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Looking for book or gift recommendations?

Join us for a virtual appointment with a bookseller!

Using Zoom video conferencing, we'll make recommendations, walk you through our Staff Suggestions and Gifts displays, share New and Noteworthy titles, and answer any questions you may have. We kindly request a minimum purchase of $50.00.

15-minute appointments can be scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 10am and 5pm. 15-minute gift recommendation appointments can be scheduled on Monday and Friday between the hours of 10am-12pm. Please schedule your appointment below. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with the Zoom link to be used at the scheduled meeting time. We look forward to seeing you! Questions? Call or email us: (203) 245-3959.


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Meet Your Virtual Booksellers
 

BarbBarb M.

How long have you been a bookseller at RJ Julia?

I’ve been with the store 14 or 15 years this September (2020).

What do you enjoy reading most?

I mostly like historical fiction, but I also enjoy a good Jennifer Weiner, or something like Authenticity Project, or a beach read now and then.

Describe your ideal reading experience:

My ideal reading experience is when traveling, or in my upright Queen Anne-type chair with good lighting, nibbling on sliced apples or sipping an iced chai so I won't fall asleep. Or outside on my front deck. Also, it's my favorite way to fall asleep, reading in bed, although I know it's not good for my neck!

Tell us more about yourself!

I appreciate good passion and character development, especially in stories that span several generations. I always hope for a happy ending, but I also appreciate a more realistic conclusion, too. I really like learning something about a real person or the history of a place. Usually, authors have done a lot of research and then spiced it up, which is fine with me. Occasionally, I like a good memoir or non-fiction book, too.

My favorite all time thing about working in the bookstore is when someone comes in and asks for me and some new ideas of what I've recently liked.


JillJill S.

How long have you been a bookseller at RJ Julia?

I’ve worked at RJ Julia Booksellers for nearly ten years holding various positions. I started as a holiday gift wrapper for two years before becoming a bookseller and eventually, a new bookseller trainer.

What do you enjoy reading most?

I enjoy reading mostly fiction (some historical), books about family drama, disfunctional relationships, spooky tales, and stories with unreliable narrators as well as mysteries. I have been known to enjoy a romance or two. 

Describe your ideal reading experience:

I love a good story, good writing, and an unpredictable ending... a book I’d read until the wee hours!

Tell us more about yourself!

Some of my favorite authors include Stephen King, Chris Bohjalian, and Mary Oliver (poetry).


LauraLaura J.

How long have you been a bookseller at RJ Julia?

Three years.

What do you enjoy reading most?

I'll read anything except most horror. Having said that, I like well-written, plot-driven books, and love a good twist or new take on storytelling. Recently, I've enjoyed The Psychology of Time Travel, Nothing To See Here, Three Hours in Paris, and can't wait to share the soon-to-be released Here We Are and Her Last Flight. I like mysteries, books on writing, cookbooks (especially vegetable-centric ones) and recipe-based memoirs. I used to be a teacher, so I also love to help people find new favorites in the kids' department or help pull together titles for a gift, a new reader, or to keep up with a voracious one.

Describe your ideal reading experience:

Any time and place can be an ideal reading experience, but I especially love that first hour of the day when the coffee pot has just finished brewing. And if that hour turns into two? Heaven!

Tell us more about yourself!

I have an MFA in writing for children and a particular fondness for picture books. I recently adopted a sourdough starter and am always up for a browse through the cookbooks. I am a novice gardener and I know my way around RJ's gardening section.