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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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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 

 

Jun 7, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his new memoir, Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court, and his decades-long friendship with UCLA coach and mentor John Wooden. 

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer took the stage in a live event hosted by Read to Grow and RJ Julia and Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way. 

After the conversation, with sportscaster Dan Patrick, Adbul-Jabbar answers questions from the audience, including one young fan's question on who Kareem's favorite teammate was and why.  

Later in this episode, we hear from patrons of RJ Julia on what's on their nightstand.

 

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Books in this episode:

Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

The to All the Boys I've Loved Before Collection: To All the Boys I've Loved Before; P.S. I Still Love You; Always and Forever, Lara Jean (Boxed Set) by Jenny Han

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman 

The Force by Don Winslow

This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

Like Family by Paolo Giordano 

 

May 31, 2017

Michael Pietsch is the CEO of Hachette Book Group which comprises eight publishing divisions. In a career spanning forty years, Michael has edited or published books by acclaimed writers including J.K. Rowling, James Patterson, Stephenie Meyer, and Keith Richards, just to name a few.

The Harvard alum joins Just the Right Book to give us the real deal behind book publishing. Pietsch discusses his career as a publisher, his love of music, the book that changed his life and gives us the scoop on how to get a book published.   

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Books in this episode:

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Lucky by Alice Sebold

Life by Keith Richards

Prufrock: And other Observations by T.S. Eliot

 

May 25, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode, Roxanne talks about poetry and reads a selection from one of her favorite books, A Child's Anthology of Poetry. Also in this episode, Roxanne answers a listener's question about the Pulitzer prize-winning bestseller, Underground Railroad.

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Books in this episode:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

A Child's Anthology of Poetry Edited by Elizabeth Hauge Sword

 

Sick by Shel Silverstein

“I cannot go to school today”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox.
And there’s one more – that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in.
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There’s a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is …
What? What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is ………….. Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”

 

   
May 24, 2017

Novelist and television writer Sarah Dunn may be the creator and executive producer of the hit ABC sitcom, American Housewife, but it's her latest novel, The Arrangement that has everyone buzzing.

The novel, which Roxanne called "absolutely delicious," tells the story of a couple that embarks on an open marriage while raising a special-needs son.

The Arrangement has been called "this summer's must-read" by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, but as Sarah warns, "Do not try this at home."

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Books in this episode:

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

May 17, 2017

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of "The Power of Habit," which has spent over two years on the New York Times best-seller list.

The Harvard Business School and Yale graduate, recently joined Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about his latest book, "Smarter Faster, Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity." "People often get tied up in being busy, rather than being productive," says Duhigg. His book explores how to get more done without sacrificing what we care about most.

Also in this episode, we hear from Cathy Langer, the director of buying for the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver Colorado for our segment, "What's on the Front Table."  

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Books in this episode: 

Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity By Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg

Hiroshima By John Hersey

Red Sky at Morning By Richard Bradford

American War By Omar El Akkad

Trajectory: Stories By Richard Russo

Anything Is Possible By Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton By Elizabeth Strout

Borne By Jeff VanderMeer

Crime and Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A Prayer for Owen Meany By John Irving

May 12, 2017

 

Just the Right Book Podcast is celebrating Mother's Day with one of Roxanne's favorite Mother's Day poems. In this very special Tidbit, Roxanne reads The Lanyard by Billy Collins

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The Lanyard by Billy Collins

The other day I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room,
moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.

No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one into the past more suddenly-
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid long thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.

I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that's what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.

She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-clothes on my forehead,
and then led me out into the air light

and taught me to walk and swim,
and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.

Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift - not the worn truth

that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took
the two-toned lanyard from my hand,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even.

 

More poetry by Billy Collins:

The Rain in Portugal: Poems by Billy Collins 

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins

Ballistics by Billy Collins

The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems by Billy Collins

Nine Horses: Poems by Billy Collins

Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

May 12, 2017

Just the Right Book Podcast is thrilled to launch our very first Tidbits episode. These shorter episodes will feature just one or two thoughts or events that we think will be fun to hear about! 

Just the Right Book Podcast recently had a launch party at RJ Julia's and our producer talked with guests about what they are reading, what brought them out to the party, and what they thought of our podcast so far. 

Also in today's Tidbits, Roxanne announces the start of JTRB's Book Club. Every month, Roxanne will give YOU, our listeners, a book to read and then one listener will get the opportunity to join Roxanne on a future episode of Just the Right Book Podcast to chat about the book. To participate and be entered for a chance to win, just Tweet or Facebook post about Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout using the hashtag #JTRBpodcast. 

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Books in this episode:

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

Dodgers by Bill Beverly

Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South by Beth Macy

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Call It Sleep by Henry Roth

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing And Choice are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplan

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