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Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady

Just the Right Book is a podcast hosted by Roxanne Coady, owner of famous independent bookstore R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, that will help you discover new and note-worthy books in all genres, give you unique insights into your favorite authors, and bring you up to date with what’s happening in the literary world.
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Oct 20, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode, we hear Claire Messud read a passage from her latest book, The Burning Girl. Roxanne describes the novel as "a fascinating look at friendships between young girls and how they arc over time."

Also in today's Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week's interview with novelist Dan Heath, who spoke to Roxanne about his new book, The Power of Moments.

Listen to the full interview with Claire Messud here

 

Oct 18, 2017

You may know Cheryl Strayed from her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, which inspired the blockbuster film starring Reese Witherspoon or from one of her other bestsellers, Tiny Beautiful Things or Brave Enough.

The Portland resident, who's popular advice column Dear Sugar inspired the podcast Dear Sugars is also the co-author of The Sweet Spot advice column in the New York Times Thursday Styles section. Strayed stopped by Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about that famous hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, her career as an advice columnist and how curiosity at a young age set the tone for her life journey. “As a child, I was very probing,” she tells Roxanne. “In fact, my mother would say I could ask each adult only three questions, because she knew I would never stop. I always paid careful attention to people’s emotional realities.” 

Stay tuned after the interview with Cheryl to hear what is on the front table at RJ Julia in Madison, Connecticut. 

Books in this episode:

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead

The Origins of Creativity by Edward O. Wilson

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Oct 12, 2017

The National Book Foundation recently revealed the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards. In today's Tidbits episode, Roxanne highlights some of her favorite titles from the four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 15th in New York.

See the complete list of nominees here

Books in this episode:

Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae

 

Oct 11, 2017

Ron Chernow is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, historian, and journalist who wrote the biography which became the inspiration for the record-breaking, hip-hop Broadway musical Hamilton.

In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book, Chernow joins Roxanne to talk about his latest expository biography on Ulysses S. Grant. In Grant, the author paints the former president as a flawed man, yet great general and president. Chernow reveals that after getting thrown out of the Army for drinking on payday, Grant must beg his father for a menial job selling leather goods while working below his two younger brothers. Once the Civil War begins, Grant is called to duty and through his merits is vaulted to the top commander of the Union army.

“My job as a biographer is to probe the ‘silences,’ what the subject doesn’t want to talk about,” says Chernow, referring to Grant’s own military memoirs in which “there is not a single syllable about his drinking problem…or his terrible poverty.”

Stay tuned after the interview with Ron Chernow to hear what is currently on Roxanne's nightstand. 

Books in this episode:

Grant by Ron Chernow

Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Lord Charnwood 

Abraham Lincoln by Carl Sandburg

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

 

Oct 3, 2017

Michael Kindness "always has his finger on the pulse of what we should be reading," says Roxanne. Just the Right Book Podcast welcomes back Penguin Random House sales rep and former Books on the Nightstand host, Michael Kindness, who shares the print and audio books that he is loving right now. Roxanne and Michael also get into a discussion about the recent controversy surrounding an early draft of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in which Charlie Bucket was black.

Get even more book talk from Michael Kindness and listen to Ep 9, Ep 20 & Ep 32 of Just the Right Book Podcast.

Follow Michael Kindness on Twitter

Books in this episode:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero 

Artemis by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

The Ice Storm by Rick Moody

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin 

Audio Books in this episode:

Charlotte's Web 50th Anniversary Retrospective Edition (Compact Disc) by E.B. White, E.B. White (read by) 

The BFG by Roald Dahl, David Walliams (read by)

House of Names by Colm Toibin, Juliet Stevenson (read by), Charlie Anson (read by) 

The Changeling by Victor D. Lavalle

 

 

Sep 29, 2017

This week is Banned Books Week. Typically, across the country there are discussions about schools, libraries, and communities banning books for their incendiary content. They shockingly include books like Harry Potter and To Kill a Mockingbird, among other inexplicable titles. 

In today's Tidbits episode, Roxanne talks about a different spin on Banned Books Week and how she is encouraging us to pick up a book that we would not normally read. Lissa Muscatine of Politics & Prose joins Roxanne in the discussion. 

Also in today’s Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week’s interview with special guest, Michael Kindness.

Click here to read Roxanne's letter 

Books in this episode:

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Dark Money by Jane Mayer

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

 

 

 

 

Sep 27, 2017

It comes as no surprise that novelist Claire Messud discovered her life's calling at such a young age. "It was one of those things I announced when I was a kid. My parents gave me a typewriter for my sixth birthday because I had already said that I wanted to be a writer," says Messud. 

The New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children joins Just the Right Book to discuss her latest novel, The Burning Girl, which explores the unraveling of two adolescent girls' friendship as they set out on a dangerous journey. Roxanne describes Claire as "one of the finest storytellers today about women's friendships." 

And also in this episode, we hear from Casey Coonerty, the owner of  Bookshop Santa Cruz for our segment "What's on the Front Table."

Immigration Project Recommended Reading List

Immigration Project Recommended Reading: Kids

Artful Reading Benches in celebration of our 50th anniversary

Books in this episode: 

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles 

Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky 

Enrique's Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario 

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson 

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines 

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York by Tyler Anbinder

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 

Autumn by Ali Smith 

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 22, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode, we hear Daniel Handler read a passage from his latest book, All the Dirty Parts. "You are going to want to read this book because it does have all the dirty parts and gives you an idea of what its like to be a teenage boy utterly obsessed with sex," says Roxanne. Daniel Handler is also the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the thirteen-volume sequence he wrote under the pen name, Lemony Snicket.

Also in today's Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week's interview with novelist Claire Messud, who spoke to Roxanne about her new book, The Burning Girl.

Listen to the full interview with Daniel Handler here

Sep 21, 2017

Nicole Krauss is an award-winning, best-selling author, was on the New Yorker's list of "20 Under 40" and her latest novel Forest Dark, about the personal transformation of two seemingly disparate individuals, has been called "elegant, provocative and mesmerizing." 

The History of Love author who Roxanne calls "provocatively philosophical, fiercely intelligent and poetic," came straight to Just the Right Book on the day of her debut to talk about her new book, which has been called "a brilliant novel" by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Phillip Roth. 

Make sure to stay tuned after the interview with Nicole for a special installment of What's On the Front Table with Lissa Muscatine, one of the owners of the renowned Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC. Muscatine, a former speechwriter for Hillary Clinton also tells Roxanne about her recent interview with Clinton when the former Secretary of State kicked off her fifteen-city tour at Politics and Prose to promote her new book, What Happened.

And only for Just the Right Book Podcast listeners, we are giving away a copy of Nicole's new book, Forest Dark. Visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/bookpodcast and check out the post at the top with details on how to enter to win!

Click here to watch Lissa Muscatine's interview with Hillary Clinton

Books in this episode:

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Aleph-Bet Story Book by Deborah Pessin

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and Why by Sady Doyle

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

Glass Houses by Louise Penny 

Al Franken, Giant of the State by Al Franken

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 

Sep 15, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode, Roxanne tells us about about a group of "book women" who rode 100 to 120 miles a week on their own horses or mules to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities in the 1940's.

The Pack Horse Library initiative was part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), created to help lift America out of the Great Depression.

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Sep 13, 2017

You might know Daniel Handler as the award-winning author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the thirteen-volume sequence he wrote under the pen name, Lemony Snicket. The San Francisco native took time out of his multi-city tour to chat with Just the Right Book Podcast about his latest book, All the Dirty Parts, which details the erotic impulses of a teenage boy.

Roxanne and Daniel cover a range of topics including talking to your kids about sexuality, pornography's contribution to our culture, and how the book has stirred up controversy. "Publishing houses just felt like it was not something that could be presented for young people," says Handler. 

And stay tuned after the interview with Daniel for a special sneak peek of books coming out in 2018, straight from the renowned Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont. 

This episode of Just the Right Book Podcast is sponsored by Hello Fresh. When you visit hellofresh.com and use the promo code "bookpodcast30", you'll save $30 off your first week of deliveries. 

Books in this episode:

All the Dirty Parts: A Novel by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim 

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Escape Artist: Memoir of a Visionary Artist on Death Row by William A. Noguera

Mem by Bethany C. Morrow

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

The Last Wave by Gillian Best

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest J. Gaines

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Sep 6, 2017

Hurricane Harvey was the strongest storm to make landfall in the United States since Charley in 2004. On a very special episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, we speak to two independent bookstores in Houston impacted by the storm.

McKenna Jordan from Murder By The Book and Benjamin Rybeck from Brazos Bookstore tell Roxanne how they are recovering and lending aid in the after-math of Harvey. "They need to come in and get that semblance of normalcy...come to their favorite bookstore and get a new book to read as a distraction," says McKenna of her customers.

This episode is sponsored by BarkBox. To get a free month of BarkBox when you subscribe to a 6 or 12-month plan, just go to www.barkbox.com/bookpodcast

Books in this episode:

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Address by Fiona Davis

The Sadness by Benjamin Rybeck

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre

Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson 

Train Dreams: A Novella by Denis Johnson

Where to donate to Harvey Victims:

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Houston Food Bank

Houston Humane Society 

American Red Cross

AmeriCares

 

Aug 30, 2017

One of the questions that Roxanne loves to ask all of our guests is "What is the book that changed your life?" "The stories are often poignant, personal or funny", says Roxanne "and inevitably they become a list of books that you are dying to read."

On a special edition of Just the Right Book Podcast, we take a look back at some of our favorite stories from the past forty episodes. Looking to start a new book this Labor Day weekend? We have 25 suggestions for you to choose from!

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Books in this episode:

The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke by Angela Nissel

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

The Corrections by Jonathan Frazen

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Exodus by Leon Uris 

Ulysses by James Joyce

The Wasp Factory By Iain Banks

Dreamtigers By Jorge Luis Borges

Marie Curie by Lola M. Schaefer, Wyatt Schaefer, Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor)

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler 

The Hundred-Foot Journey By Richard C. Morais

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Summer of '42 by Herman Raucher

A Series of Unfortunate Events Box: The Complete Wreck (Books 1-13) by Lemony Snicket 

It Starts with Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Flowers in the Attic Saga: Flowers in the Attic/Petals on the Wind/If There Be Thorns/Seeds of Yesterday; Garden of Shadows by V.C. Andrews

Nuyorican Poetry: An Anthology of Puerto Rican Words and Feelings edited by Miguel Algarin & Miguel Pinero

 

 

 

 

Aug 23, 2017

Best-selling author Michael Connelly recently celebrated his thirtieth book, The Late Show at an exclusive live event with our very own Roxanne Coady.

The former crime reporter dished on being the Executive Producer of the hit TV series, Bosch (now in its fourth season), inspired by one of his famous characters. Connelly also talked about jazz, how he chose writing over engineering, and of course, his brand-new book series introducing LAPD Detective Renee Ballard. 

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Books in this episode:

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler 

Aug 16, 2017

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. RJ Julia recently had the distinct pleasure of hosting a live event for Luanne's second young adult novel, The Beautiful Lost, which drew many interesting questions from the audience. The Connecticut native spoke about mental health, her jump into the YA arena, and more in this intimate bookstore chat.

Stay tuned after Luanne to hear some of Roxanne's Out of This World science and sci-fi book recommendations perfect for celebrating the upcoming solar eclipse.

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Books in this episode:

The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice

The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice

The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger

Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024 by Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak 

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger

Hello, Is This Planet Earth?: My View from the International Space Station by Tim Peake

Otherworlds: Visions of Our Solar System by Michael Benson

 

 

Aug 9, 2017

In a career that spans almost five decades, Dean Koontz has plenty to be thankful for, including fourteen novels that reached the number one spot on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. The Pennsylvania native, who has sold over 450 million copies of his books came straight to Just the Right Book to dish on his latest novel, The Silent Corner, which kicks off a new series starring Jane Hawk, a young FBI agent gone rogue.

In a rare and revealing interview, Koontz discusses his writing process, what his wife thinks of his books and his relationship with his alcoholic father. "In a way, my father gave me my work ethic, by being an example of the other side of all of that," says Koontz. 

Stay tuned after our interview with Dean to hear Roxanne's summer recommendations for kids and young adults.

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Books in this episode:

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky by Paul Johnson 

Art: A New History by Paul Johnson

For Kids & Young Adults

Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald 

Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy

Mars One by Jonathan Maberry

Master-Pieces: Flip and Flop 10 Great Works by Will Lach

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Edible Numbers: Count, Learn, Eat by Jennifer Vogel Bass

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems For All Seasons by Julie Fogliano

Fairy Garden Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh

Maisy's Sailboat by Lucy Cousins 

Voyage by Billy Collins 

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

DK Findout! Pirates by E.T. Fox

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 

 

Aug 1, 2017

Summer's not over yet! Whether you are looking for a beach read, memoir, thriller, biography, or non-fiction book, we've got you covered! Roxanne gives her summer book recommendations during a very special luncheon at the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford, Connecticut. 

Following Roxanne's speech, stay tuned for a behind the scenes interview with Clay Smith, the Editor-In-Chief of the renowned, Kirkus Reviews and now host of the new literary podcast Fully Booked

 

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Books in this episode:

You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships by Deborah Tannen

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro 

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Where the Light Gets in: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley 

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Jul 26, 2017

One of Roxanne's favorite authors, Elizabeth Strout joins Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about her latest novel, Anything is Possible. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author also gives us the scoop on the Emmy Award-winning HBO series, Olive Kitteridge (based on Strout's book of the same name) and shares her thoughts on Frances McDormand as the title character. "You read Strout, really for the same reason you listen to a requiem: to experience the beauty in sadness," says Jennifer Senior of the New York Times. 

We also talk to our first JTRB book club winner, Kim Nelson-Layman, who got a special surprise when she heard who else was on the phone with Roxanne.

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Books in this episode:

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson 

Check out Kim Nelson-Layman's Blog!

 

 

Jul 19, 2017

Colm Toibin is the bestselling, award-winning author of seven novels, including The Master and Brooklyn. The Irish-born author joins Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about his new novel, House of Names, a retelling of the Greek myth of Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, and their children. 

And later in this episode, we hear from Miriam Sontz, CEO of the famous Powell's Books in Portland Oregon for a special installment of "What's on the Front Table."

 

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Books in this episode:

House of Names by Colm Toibin

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Marie Curie by Lola M. Schaefer, Wyatt Schaefer, Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor) 

 

 

 

 

Jul 12, 2017

Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, which have sold over thirty million copies world-wide and have been translated into more than forty languages.  

The Chicago native took the stage in a live event presented by RJ Julia and New Haven Legal Assistance Association to discuss his latest war-crime mystery, "Testimony". Turow also tells us how Harrison Ford was cast for the role of Rusty Sabich in the box office winning thriller, "Presumed Innocent".

And stay tuned after the interview with Scott Turow to hear what is currently on Roxanne's nightstand. 

 

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Books in this episode:

Testimony by Scott Turow

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

 

Jul 5, 2017

Deborah Tannen is a mega bestselling author and renowned Georgetown linguist. Her previous book, You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, was on the NY Times Bestseller List for four years, and as Roxanne puts it, "has become the bible for the differences in the way in which girls and women and boys and men converse."

Tannen joins Just the Right Book to discuss her new book, You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships, guiding us to understand the conversational ingredients and behavior that bond or break our friendships with women.

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Books in this episode:

You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships by Deborah Tannen

A Connecticut Yankee in King Author's Court by Mark Twain

Poem in this episode:

Some People by Rachel Field 

Isn’t it strange some people make
You feel so tired inside,
Your thoughts begin to shrivel up
Like leaves all brown and dried!

But when you’re with some other ones,
It’s stranger still to find
Your thoughts as thick as fireflies
All shiny in your mind!

 

Jun 28, 2017

Michael Kindness is a sales rep for Penguin Random House, the former host of the popular podcast, Books on the Nightstandand of course, a friend of the show. The "hand-seller to booksellers" returns to Just the Right Book Podcast to help add to your summer book pile! Michael and Roxanne also talked about some indie bookstores that you should visit this summer, or anytime.

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Books in this episode:

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore 

Chemistry by Weike Wang

Shadow Man by Alan Drew

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

House of Names (Compact Disc) by Colm Toibin, Juliet Stevenson (Read by), Charlie Anson (Read by)

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Bookstores in this episode:

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC

The Montague Bookmill in Montague, MA

The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, CA

Prairie Lights in Iowa City, IA

Book People in Austin, TX

Phoenix Books in Essex, Burlington, Rutland & Chester, VT

Powell's Books in Portland, OR

Jun 21, 2017

John Grisham recently sat down with Roxanne in a rare and candid interview as part of his first book tour in twenty-five years! The bestselling author chose RJ Julia for the second stop of his thirteen-city tour to promote his latest book, Camino Island.

"If this book doesn't work, I'm quitting this." says Grisham of The Firm, the book that changed his life. The former lawyer also talks book-selling, about his work with the Innocence Project, and even reveals which books are in the works to become TV series. 

Later in this episode, we hit the Yale campus to see what students are looking forward to reading this summer. 

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John Grisham's Podcast: Book Tour with John Grisham

Books in this episode:

Camino Island by John Grisham 

The Firm by John Grisham

Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff

Startup: A Novel by Doree Shafrir 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris 

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 

The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations by David Grant

 

Jun 18, 2017
Just the Right Book Podcast is celebrating Father's Day with a special poem. In this very special Tidbit, Roxanne reads The Gift by Li-Young Lee.
 
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The Gift
By Li-Young Lee
 
To pull the metal splinter from my palm
my father recited a story in a low voice.
I watched his lovely face and not the blade.
Before the story ended, he’d removed
the iron sliver I thought I’d die from.
 
I can’t remember the tale,
but hear his voice still, a well
of dark water, a prayer.
And I recall his hands,
two measures of tenderness
he laid against my face,
the flames of discipline
he raised above my head.
 
Had you entered that afternoon
you would have thought you saw a man
planting something in a boy’s palm,
a silver tear, a tiny flame.
Had you followed that boy
you would have arrived here,
where I bend over my wife’s right hand.
 
Look how I shave her thumbnail down
so carefully she feels no pain.
Watch as I lift the splinter out.
I was seven when my father
took my hand like this,
and I did not hold that shard
between my fingers and think,
Metal that will bury me,
christen it Little Assassin,
Ore Going Deep for My Heart.
And I did not lift up my wound and cry,
Death visited here!
I did what a child does
when he’s given something to keep.
I kissed my father.
 
Jun 15, 2017

A “luminous novel” set in corrupt, war-torn, violent Pakistan guides us through a story of love, hope and beauty by a recently widowed Muslim architect and her Christian neighbors. That’s the latest story line from author Nadeem Aslam, who joins Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about his fifth novel, The Golden Legend. Aslam was born in Pakistan, fled to the UK with his family as a teenager and published his first short story at 13. 

And later in this episode, we hear from Mary Williams, General Manager for Skylight Books in Los Angeles, who gives us some recommendations for the Dads and Grads in your life!

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Books in this episode:

The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam

The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam

East of Eden by John Steinbeck 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering by Wendy Lesser

1984 by George Orwell

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray D. Bradbury

Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami

Are You Anybody?: A Memoir by Jeffrey Tambor

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politic's and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein 

Books for Grads:

Make Trouble by John Waters

The Little Book of Life Hacks: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier and More Beautiful by Yumi Sakugawa

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths about Being Creative by Danielle Krysa

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander

Books for Dads:

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris 

My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

 

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