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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Dec 28, 2016

Matthew Dicks is the ultimate Renaissance Man. An internationally bestselling author, elementary school teacher, blogger and podcaster, just to name a few...The rock opera writing story-teller took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with Roxanne and bring YOU their top book recommendations.

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Books in this episode:

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend By Matthew Dicks

Nutshell By Ian McEwan

If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?": Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times By Gina Barreca

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives By Tim Harford

Today Will Be Different  By Maria Semple

The Nix By Nathan Hill

My Name Is Lucy Barton By Elizabeth Strout

You'll Grow Out of It By Jessi Klein

Born to Run By Bruce Springsteen

Upstream: Selected Essays By Mary Oliver

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

Dec 21, 2016

Jacques Pepin is a world-renowned chef, a former columnist for the New York Times and the author of more than two dozen cookbooks. The world's most famous cooking teacher stopped by RJ Julia to share HIS best holiday cooking tips and you'll never believe what he tells Roxanne about his own cooking mistakes. Also in this episode, hear some of Roxanne's picks for the best books of 2016.   

Books in this episode:

Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul in the Kitchen By Jacques Pepin

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen By Jacques Pepin

A French Chef Cooks at Home   By Jacques Pepin

Cuisine Economique    By Jacques Pepin

Short-Cut Cook: Make Simple Meals with Surprisingly Little Effort   By Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin’s The Art of Cooking   By Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way   By Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin: More Fast Food My Way   By Jacques Pepin

La Methode: An Illustrated Guide to the Fundamental Techniques of Cooking   By Jacques Pepin

The Underground Railroad By Colson Whitehead

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City By Matthew Desmond

The Association of Small Bombs By Karan Mahajan

In the Darkroom By Susan Faludi

Do Not Say We Have Nothing By Madeline Thien

Nutshell By Ian McEwan

Upstream: Selected Essays By Mary Oliver

Dec 14, 2016

Maria Semple stops by Just the Right Book to chat about her new best-selling comic novel, "Today Will Be Different." The screenwriter-turned-author tells Roxanne why her daughter calls her "mad mommy" and dishes on the rumored A-list actress who might play one of her characters in a movie. Also in this episode, some books Roxanne is loving right now. 









Dec 14, 2016

Liberty Hardy, one half of the dynamic duo that makes up the popular Book Riot podcast, "All the Books" is teaming up with Roxanne Coady to help you choose the best books for everyone on your holiday list! The vivacious velocireader also gives Roxanne her best tips and tricks of the podcast trade in this must-hear episode. 

Bunnicula By Deborah Howe and James Howe

The One-in-a-Million Boy By Monica Wood

Crooked Heart By Lissa Evans

Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders By Julianna Baggott

Do Not Say We Have Nothing By Madeline Thien

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders By Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton and Joshua Foer

Dorie's Cookies By Dorie Greenspan

Phoebe and Her Unicorn By Dana Simpson

10,000 Things You Need to Know: The Big Book of Lists

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy By Heather Ann Thompson

The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters By Laura Thompson

Jellicoe Road By Melina Marchetta

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil By Melina Marchetta


Dec 14, 2016

James Patterson may hold the Guinness world record for the most #1 New York Times best-sellers, but it's his latest passion project that has him buzzing. The New York native came straight to Just the Right Book to tell Roxanne all about the latest books on his children's imprint Jimmy Patterson. Also in this episode, another installment of "What's on the Front Table" with RJ Julia's Head Book Buyer, Andrew Brennan. 

Give Please a Chance By Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson

Word of Mouse By James Patterson

Forever Words: The Unknown Poems By Johnny Cash

At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk's Life By Thich Nhat Hahn

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate Discoveries from a Secret World By Peter Wohlleben

Going Once: 250 Years of Culture, Taste and Collecting at Christie's

The Secret History of Twin Peaks By Mark Frost


Dec 14, 2016

Luvvie Ajayi, author of "I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual" counts Oprah, Bono and Shonda Rhimes among her biggest fans. The comic phenom opens up to Roxanne about meeting the top media queens in the biz, moving to the US from Nigeria and how she is helping raise women's awareness for HIV/AIDS. Also in this episode, our very first installment of "What's on the Front Table," a segment about that coveted spot right in front of independent bookstores. Lissa Muscatine, former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and current owner of the Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC tells Roxanne what's on their front table. 

I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual By Luvvie Ajayi

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

We Should All Be Feminists By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hillbilly Elegy By J.D. Vance

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right By Arlie Russell Hochschild

The Fight to Vote By Michael Waldman

Swing Time By Zadie Smith

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Dec 5, 2016

Award-winning author Amy Bloom interviews Roxanne Coady, owner of the famous independent bookstore RJ Julia in Madison, CT for the introductory episode of Just the Right Book. The "Lucky Us" author gets Roxanne to dish on everything from her childhood, to her latest venture hosting a new literary podcast and of course, books...