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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Jan 25, 2017

Dr. Gina Barreca is a women's humorist, author, writer, speaker and professor at UConn. Her latest book, "If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?: Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times" is a collection of fun, feminist-infused essays. The feminist humor maven stopped by "Just the Right Book" right before the Women's Marches to chat with Roxanne about the women empowerment books that we all need to read.        

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Books in this episode:

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

The Second Sex  By Simone De Beauvoir

The Golden Notebook  By Doris Lessing

Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo  By Mary Douglas

How Institutions Think  By Mary Douglas

The Powers of the Weak  By Elizabeth Janeway

We Should All Be Feminists  By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman  By Robert K. Massie

Cleopatra: A Life  By Stacy Schiff

Personal History  By Katharine Graham

She  By H. Rider Haggard

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind  By Scott Stossel

Pretty Is  By Maggie Mitchell

In Praise of Folly  By Desiderius Erasmus

Jan 18, 2017

Michael Kindness set the gold standard for book podcasts as the former host of the popular show "Books on the Nightstand" and is the "hand-seller to book-sellers" for Penguin Random House. Michael joined Roxanne in the studio to talk about being a sales rep for the publishing powerhouse and shares his recommendations to help YOU kick 2017 off right! Also in this episode, more from our interview with Just the Right Book's FIRST guest, Amy Bloom. Plus, rate & review us on Itunes to be entered to win the book of your choice from today's episode!

Sadly, "Books on the Nightstand" has ended but you can listen (or re-listen) to all the episodes here:

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Books in this episode:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, his Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing by Damion Searls

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich  

Little Sweet Potato by Amy Bloom

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom  


Jan 11, 2017

Deirdre Bair is a national book award winner and has given us Five award-winning biographies. RJ Julia recently held an event for the literary biographer who told Roxanne how she came to write the first complete biography of legendary gangster Al Capone. Also in this episode, we chat with guests of RJ Julia and ask them what they are reading. Plus, we find out what's on Roxanne's nightstand.    

Books in this episode:

Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend by Deirdre Bair

Ulysses by James Joyce

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

Calling it Quits: Late Life Divorce and Starting Over by Deirdre Bair

The Sympathizer: A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Jan 4, 2017

Beth Macy's last book, "Factory Man" is a New York Times best-seller and now in development to become an HBO mini-series produced by Tom Hanks. Beth's latest book "Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South" is already generating film buzz. Beth came straight to Roxanne to dish about the book that is catching the attention of one of Hollywood's hottest leading men. Also in this episode, RJ Julia's General Manager stops by to tell us just what it takes to become a bookseller. 

Books in this episode:

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

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Born a Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

News of the World by Paulette Jiles