By Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore

A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump

David Plouffe

$25.00 $22.50

A dream political book of mine- written by President Obama’s campaign manager, this book brings forward some of the wisdom from Obama’s campaigns to today’s context. It’s exactly what the title says it is- a guide for everyone on how to be involved, and if you don’t think there’s a meaningful way for you to be involved, let Plouffe challenge your perspectives. —Chris


Aravind Adiga

$26.00 $23.40

Provocative and insightful, this story propelled me through 24hrs in the tension filled life of an undocumented brown person in a white world. A Tamil man from Sri Lanka who overstays his student visa in Australia, Danny has secret information that could solve a murder. How does a person’s status impact their choices? Exposed me to a world unlike my own - why I read. —Kathy W.


Kaela Noel

$16.99 $15.63

Warm your soul with this simple yet significant urban debut; abandoned girl raised by pigeons proves why we take risks to protect those we care about. In support of the defenseless, I took to the belonging nature between animal and human against hardship. With nurturing characters like Tully, Aggie and Burr, Coo is a hopeful story of positive relationships, healing and new experiences. —Christina

Deacon King Kong

James McBride

$28.00 $25.20

If you’ve never read McBride before, this is a great introduction.” — Stuart

Nothing to See Here

Kevin Wilson

$26.99 $24.29

The hype about this book is legit! I know what you're thinking: "A book about a set of 10-year-old twins who spontaneously ignite can be believable and entertaining?" YES and YES! It's dark, funny, tender, and unforgettable. You will be charmed by the main characters and won't be able to put this one down. Put your reservations aside, and read it. You know you want to! — Tricia

Run Me to Earth

Paul Yoon

$26.00 $23.40

One of my FAVORITE authors! Paul Yoon has the ability to combine both the devastating and the beautiful throughout his storylines and characters. Every word is felt and absorbed on the pages of his books. In Run Me to Earth, three orphans in 1960’s Laos must do what it takes to survive devastating times. A simple yet complex story in one. Also, read Snow Hunters by Yoon….my absolute favorite of his books!! — Lori

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Patrick Radden Keefe

$28.95 $26.06

A gripping thriller for true crime fans and history lovers alike. Pulling you in with the promise of murder and mayhem, Keefe outlines the fascinating and overlooked history of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. A story you're guaranteed not to have heard, with characters you couldn't make up if you tried, discover why this was one of the New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2019. —Katharine

Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

$26.00 $23.40

I really loved this one! It reads like a beach book, a character study, an edgy social analysis, and a coming of age rolled into one. I cringed, I laughed, I raged, and I cheered as these two very different women tried, failed, and tried again to feel like they were enough. Although a deceptively simple story, the author addresses complex issues involving — racism, privilege, and how we connect with the people in our lives. —Kathy W.

The Dutch House

Ann Patchett

$27.99 $25.19

Patchett paints a masterpiece here; there’s no looking away. It lingers in your imagination long after the story has been told.” — Diane

The Red Lotus

Chris Bohjalian

$27.95 $25.16

Bohjalian is a masterful storyteller who clearly did his research for this captivating thriller. It's a fast paced mystery that forces you to read just ONE.MORE.CHAPTER! Well-crafted characters, vivid descriptions of NYC hospitals and Vietnam, and a plot brimming with international intrigue. A chilling glimpse into the all too real possibility of biological warfare. —Tricia


Glennon Doyle

$28.00 $25.20

If you’re someone who likes to read short, insightful personal essays, I recommend giving this book a look. Seeing herself as having been tamed by our culture to fit into certain boxes that she didn’t necessarily fit in, Doyle shares essay upon essay about breaking those boxes. Blunt and articulate, with sharp observations and rich realizations, I don’t think there’s a bad essay in this book. —Chris