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The Book That Changed My Life
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Roxanne J. Coady is the founder of R.J. Julia Booksellers Ltd. and serves as its chief executive officer and president. The bookstore was created by Coady to be "a place of inspiration, information, and excitement." She also founded an online retailer, JustTheRightBook.com, which is a personalized book of the month club. Lastly, she is the founder and chair of Read to Grow, an organization that works to improve early literacy for all Connecticut children.

Joy Johannessen is an editor who has worked at many publishing houses including Chelsea House, Grove Press, and Oxford University Press. Johannessen was a senior editor at HarperCollins Publishers, and the executive editor of Delphinium Books. Among the hundreds of writers she has worked with are Dorothy Allison, Michael Cunningham, and Ursula Le Guin, to name just a few. With Roxanne Coady, she is the coeditor of The Book That Changed My Life- 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them.

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?The 71 authors offer?happy hoorays and heartfelt blessings
?"Boston Globe"
"?The Book That Changed My Life" takes a refreshingly populist approach in this collection of 71 lively favorite-book essays... A welcoming and inspiring book about books that will engage teens curious about books and writers, or in need of an unthreatening invitation to experience the pleasures of books."
?"Booklist"
"What I love about Coady's "The Book that Changed My Life" is the way it captures a passion that has been muted by earthly concerns about money and competition and sell-through; like a lot of us, these authors clearly love books and its biz."
?Sara Nelson, "Publishers Weekly"
?[Coady and Johannassen] have compiled a wonderful cross section of contributors and a wildly diverse group of books. From the Bible (Sen. Joseph Lieberman) to To Kill a Mockingbird (author Wally Lamb), the contents of this book will encourage quick perusal, a checking of titles, or the

aThe 71 authors offera]happy hoorays and heartfelt blessingsa]a
a"Boston Globe"
"aThe Book That Changed My Life" takes a refreshingly populist approach in this collection of 71 lively favorite-book essays... A welcoming and inspiring book about books that will engage teens curious about books and writers, or in need of an unthreatening invitation to experience the pleasures of books."
a"Booklist"
"What I love about Coady's "The Book that Changed My Life" is the way it captures a passion that has been muted by earthly concerns about money and competition and sell-through; like a lot of us, these authors clearly love books and its biz."
aSara Nelson, "Publishers Weekly"
a[Coady and Johannassen] have compiled a wonderful cross section of contributors and a wildly diverse group of books. From the Bible (Sen. Joseph Lieberman) to To Kill a Mockingbird (author Wally Lamb), the contents of this book will encourage quick perusal, a checking of titles, or the generation of a must-read list.a
aSTARRED "Library Journal"
aBet you canat read just one.a
a"Hartford Courant"
aAfter years of hosting authors and writers of every caliber, level of fame and expertise, Roxanne Coady has finally joined their ranks.a
a"New Haven Register"
"Editor Joy Johannessen and bookseller Roxanne Coady have gather together a star-studded roster of authors... [whose] passion for their books is downright contagious, making you want to rush to the shelves to pay homage to your own personal bests."
a"Cookie Magazine"
" [A] stunning collection of original essays."
a"Pages"
aA Connecticut bookseller and a New York publishing vet corral an impressiveassemblage of noted writers to contribute brief essays on the one book that they will forever remember. Many of the pairings of writer and book are delightfully unexpected (Nelson DeMille on Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged!"). Of course, many classics appear among the favorites, but this anthology also contains many remarkable books that merit rediscovery, such as Sebastian Junger on Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.""
a"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

The 71 authors offerhappy hoorays and heartfelt blessings
"Boston Globe"
"The Book That Changed My Life" takes a refreshingly populist approach in this collection of 71 lively favorite-book essays... A welcoming and inspiring book about books that will engage teens curious about books and writers, or in need of an unthreatening invitation to experience the pleasures of books."
"Booklist"
"What I love about Coady's "The Book that Changed My Life" is the way it captures a passion that has been muted by earthly concerns about money and competition and sell-through; like a lot of us, these authors clearly love books and its biz."
Sara Nelson, "Publishers Weekly"
[Coady and Johannassen] have compiled a wonderful cross section of contributors and a wildly diverse group of books. From the Bible (Sen. Joseph Lieberman) to To Kill a Mockingbird (author Wally Lamb), the contents of this book will encourage quick perusal, a checking of titles, or the generation of a must-read list.
STARRED "Library Journal"
Bet you cant read just one.
"Hartford Courant"
After years of hosting authors and writers of every caliber, level of fame and expertise, Roxanne Coady has finally joined their ranks.
"New Haven Register"
"Editor Joy Johannessen and bookseller Roxanne Coady have gather together a star-studded roster of authors... [whose] passion for their books is downright contagious, making you want to rush to the shelves to pay homage to your own personal bests."
"Cookie Magazine"
" [A] stunning collection of original essays."
"Pages"
A Connecticut bookseller and a New York publishing vet corral an impressive assemblage of noted writersto contribute brief essays on the one book that they will forever remember. Many of the pairings of writer and book are delightfully unexpected (Nelson DeMille on Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged!"). Of course, many classics appear among the favorites, but this anthology also contains many remarkable books that merit rediscovery, such as Sebastian Junger on Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.""
"Seattle Post-Intelligencer"

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