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TGIF Reads
July 23, 2021
Stroll Madison's annual sidewalk sales this weekend and browse our specially-priced bargain books.  Thank you for shopping local!
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Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
NEW STAFF SUGGESTIONS

STAFF PICK Imposing and gothic, Temple House is an elite all-girls boarding school, set high above the sea in Ireland. When brilliant scholarship student Louisa arrives, she finds it unwelcoming, until she is befriended by the enigmatic Victoria and handsome, unorthodox art teacher Mr. Lavelle. But when Victoria confides that she and the charismatic teacher have plans to run away, everything changes. Except it’s Louisa and Mr. Lavelle who disappear. Twenty-five years later, a young journalist is determined to unearth the truth. A tense, atmospheric thriller! — Marilyn
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STAFF PICK In  the early days before the music industry became the behemoth that it is today, one woman stands against the male-dominated industry, compromising nothing to perform her music the way it was meant to be — except her heart. Inspired by the true-life love affair between James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, this is a mesmerizing ride down memory lane for all us who lived and loved the music of the '70s. You'll find Jane Quinn (such a simple name) to be as complex as the music she writes. Emma Brodie has written a hit for the top of the charts. — Terri
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NEW IN PAPERBACK From the author of Orphan Train comes a compelling novel of three strong-willed women — two British convicts and one Aboriginal girl in 19th century Australia. Unfair treatment, harsh and brutal conditions, and seeming hopelessness is met with incredible perseverance and the will to survive. The Exiles caught my attention on the very first page. — Barb
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STAFF PICK "Legacies are the point of friendship." A biologist and former park ranger befriends a fox and begins an exploration of her, and our, relationships with flora, fauna, each other, and ourselves. With thoughts on The Little Prince, Moby Dick, and Frankenstein, this book is personal, philosophical, and a joy to read. — Laura
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NEW & NOTEWORTHY NONFICTION
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ROXANNE'S SUMMER PICKS
Discover the summer's hottest books, curated for you by RJ Julia Booksellers' founder Roxanne Coady.  Find masters of fiction at the height of their craft and explore compelling nonfiction stories of life and the pursuit of meaning. Click here to see Roxanne's Summer Reading list.
BOOK MARKS BEST REVIEWED BOOKS
Check out Book Marks  LitHub’s “Rotten Tomatoes” for Books!
LitHub is a website readers can rely on for smart, engaged, entertaining writing about all things books. Book Marks, presented by LitHub, aggregates reviews from over 70 sources and is the perfect way to learn about new books. Scroll to the very bottom of any book page at rjjulia.com to read Book Marks. LitHub also hosts Roxanne Coady's Just the Right Book Podcast — click here for more.
JOIN US FOR A BOOK SIGNING
Journey down Connecticut's rivers and coastline with Connecticut Waters, a tribute to Connecticut’s maritime roots both past and present. The book takes readers on a nautical journey exploring the many ways Nutmeggers use our lakes, rivers, sounds, and shores for industry, education, and recreation.

Stop by the bookstore on Monday morning, July 26 at 11:00am to have your book signed and personalized. Click here to learn more.
ONE BOOK, ONE SUMMER READ
Our One Book, One Summer Read encourages families, students, schools, and communities to come together to read one book, promoting literacy, lively discussion, reading, and family fun! Families will enjoy sharing this title which can be read aloud to children ages 8+ or individually at each reader's own pace.

Read From the Desk of Zoe Washington and then join us for a live meet and greet book signing and in-person event or sign up to attend virtually. Click here for more details.
SUMMER READING
Readers earn raffle tickets for both time spent reading AND for purchasing books.
Read all summer and enter to win rad prizes! Click here for details.
  • Young Chef Prize featuring a Life Bowls gift card.
  • Great Outdoors Prize featuring a Mystic Aquarium gift card.
  • Game On Prize featuring a Game Stop gift card.
  • Books Rule Prize featuring an RJ Julia Booksellers gift card.
JUST THE RIGHT BOOK PODCAST
Maria Konnikova had never played poker and didn't even know the rules when she approached Erik Seidel, Poker Hall of Fame inductee and winner of tens of millions of dollars in earnings, and convinced him to be her mentor. Under Seidel's guidance, Konnikova had many epiphanies about life that derived from her new pursuit.

FROM THE EPISODE:  My aptitude for poker was because a lot of the skills I brought from other times in my life  psychology, journalism, observation — it all came together in a way that enabled me to achieve greater success than I could have hoped for.
— Maria Konnikoa

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