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25th Anniversary Staff Picks

In honor of R.J. Julia Bookseller’s 25th anniversary, we chose our favorite books over the last 25 years. It was a long process- narrowing it down to just one book per year was no easy task.

A Thousand Acres

By Jane Smiley
Narrated by C. J. Critt /  14 hours 48 minutes

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Jane Smiley’s spellbinding novel also headed best-seller lists for many months. A Thousand Acres is the powerful, mythic story of an American farm family and the land that nourishes and consumes its members. Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle... Read More »

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The Secret History

By Donna Tartt
Narrated by Donna Tartt /  22 hours 3 minutes

The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

In this brilliant debut novel, Donna Tartt gives us a richly textured and hypnotic story of golden youth corrupted by its own moral arrogance.

Richard Papen had never been to New England before his nineteenth... Read More »

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Angela's Ashes

By Frank McCourt
Narrated by Frank McCourt /  15 hours 8 minutes

"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."
So begins the luminous memoir of Frank... Read More »

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The Perfect Storm

A True Story of Men Against the Sea
By Sebastian Junger
Narrated by Richard Davidson /  9 hours 25 minutes

Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories. Now, in the tradition of Moby Dick comes a New York Times best-seller destined to become a modern classic. Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating... Read More »

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In the Heart of the Sea

The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
By Nathaniel Philbrick
Narrated by Scott Brick /  10 hours 2 minutes

From the author of In the Hurricane's Eye and Valiant Ambition, the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller and a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, directed by Ron Howard.

Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson star in a film based on this National Book Award–winning account of the true events behind... Read More »

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Tell No One - Abridged

By Harlan Coben
Narrated by Steven Weber /  5 hours 16 minutes

For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

Everyone tells him it's time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for... Read More »

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Middlesex

A Novel
By Jeffrey Eugenides
Narrated by Kristoffer Tabori /  21 hours 19 minutes

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school, Grosse Pointe, MI, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. The... Read More »

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The Devil in the White City

Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
By Erik Larson
Narrated by Scott Brick /  14 hours 58 minutes

In The Devil in the White City, the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant... Read More »

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Still Life

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: Book #1
By Louise Penny
Narrated by Ralph Cosham /  9 hours 35 minutes

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has... Read More »

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

A Memoir
By Bill Bryson
Narrated by Bill Bryson /  7 hours 38 minutes

BONUS FEATURE: Exclusive interview with the author.

From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language, a vivid, nostalgic and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the last century. A book that delivers on the promise that it is “laugh-out-loud funny.”

Some say that... Read More »

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The Help

By Kathryn Stockett
Narrated by Jenna Lamia /  18 hours 3 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award–winning film.

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her... Read More »

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell & Bahni Turpin /  12 hours 30 minutes

Now a major motion picture from HBO® starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human... Read More »

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Steve Jobs

By Walter Isaacson
Narrated by Dylan Baker /  25 hours 3 minutes

FEATURING A NEW EPILOGUE READ BY THE AUTHOR

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING BIOGRAPHIES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND ALBERT EINSTEIN, THIS IS THE EXCLUSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF STEVE JOBS.

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors,... Read More »

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

A Novel
By Jan-Philipp Sendker & Kevin Wiliarty
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell /  9 hours 27 minutes

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be-until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese... Read More »

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Novel
By Anthony Marra
Narrated by Colette Whitaker /  12 hours 7 minutes

A National Book Awards Longlist Selection

A New York Times and Washington Post bestseller

A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.


Two doctors risk everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut... Read More »

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All the Light We Cannot See

A Novel
By Anthony Doerr
Narrated by Zach Appelman /  16 hours 2 minutes

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris... Read More »

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