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A Washington native, Julie grew up on the Olympic Peninsula. She received an Associate of Arts degree from North Seattle Community College and her Professional Writer credentials from Washington State University. Julie worked as a Library Assistant in a rural district while raising her two children then became the proprietor of her own shop in Old Town Poulsbo. She now enjoys living on Bainbridge Island and working as a bookseller at Eagle Harbor Book Company.

"It's like a combination of all the best places I've lived, and the skills I've developed came together at one time."

When not trying to figure out what to read next, Julie enjoys beachcombing, walks on Bainbridge, gardening, kayaking, drawing and watercolor, helping out PAWS, visiting her grandson in Alaska, sailing and snorkeling in warmer climates while trying to keep up with her partner, Greg.

The Curve of Time (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781770500372
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Published: Whitecap Books, 5/2011
These are the recollections of an intrepid widow who took her five young children cruising every summer in a 25’ boat, exploring British Columbia’s Inside Passage. Blanchet’s reverence for nature is evident as she and her children discover abandoned native villages, explore tide pools, climb headlands or huddle in their boat, waiting for storms to abate. An accomplished navigator with a respect for the vicissitudes of nature, she saw these waters as pristine as they must have been when Vancouver discovered them long ago. The author just touches on the heartbreaking loss of her husband, enough for us to understand her courage to live her life the way she chooses, raising her children close to nature all year long, celebrating life every day.

Longbourn (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385351232
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Published: Knopf, 10/2013
If you are a Jane Austen fan or relish the next episode of Downton Abbey, you will love this story of the below-stairs version of Pride and Prejudice. While we catch glimpses of the Bennet girls’ romantic lives, the main character, Sarah the housemaid, lives in a world of drudgery, yearning to have an independent life and adventures of her own. At the same time, we learn about the unromantic colonial wars of the period and the disturbing truth about how upper-class families acquired their fortunes. This is a great romp through the messy lives of our favorite heroines and their servants, giving new dimensions to Austen’s classic. I thoroughly enjoyed Jo Baker’s writing and her imaginative rendition of the period. ~ Julie

Caleb's Crossing (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780143121077
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Published: Penguin Books, 4/2012

ISBN-13: 9780061988356
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Published: Harper Perennial, 4/2012

Pieced together from journals, letters, military records, and pictures, Zuckoff’s book places us squarely in wartime New Guinea, 1945. A sight-seeing “joy ride” into the most remote area of the island was supposed to have been a treat for twenty-four American enlisted men and WACs. Their destination was a recently discovered lush valley in the interior that was almost inaccessible by plane, impossible to land in, and populated by legendary giant cannibals. The crash survivors were stranded in the most isolated and dangerous jungle on earth. Zuckoff’s research and richly descriptive prose make for an incredible tale of survival, courage, and good old American ingenuity. ~ Julie

City of Women (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399157769
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 8/2012

In this novel of Berlin toward the end of World War II, Sigrid Schroeder lives an oppressed life as a hausfrau, working for the war effort while her husband fights on the Eastern Front. As the men fight, the women of Berlin subsist in fear and mistrust, navigating the scarcities, harsh regulations, and scrutiny of the government. Sigrid inadvertently becomes involved in a dangerous underground movement saving undesirables from deportation and concentration camps, and finds herself caught between what she believes in and how she must survive. Gillham has given us a flawed protagonist who possesses sensuality, cynicism, and resolve. His writing is by turns lyrical and raw, and there is never a pause in this page turner. ~ Julie

Jasmine Nights (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781439155585
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Published: Touchstone, 6/2012
Gregson’s third novel delivers the same gritty narrative that highlights her previous works, East of the Sun and Band of Angels. Beautiful Saba Tarcan, daughter of a Turkish merchant marine and an English mother, is a talented singer who performs before the troops in North Africa during World War II. She meets and falls in love with a handsome RAF pilot, and her high profile connections and multi-lingual abilities lead to her recruitment by the British Secret Service. Gregson’s novels—great adventures from the opulent past, wondrous journeys of women from history—are well-researched, with gutsy protagonists. One can almost sense the flavors of the exotic marketplace or the smell of the desert in the evening as she describes them.
~ Julie

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