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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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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

May 10, 2017

RJ Julia recently hosted an event for one of their favorite authors, Dani Shapiro and Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way. The best-selling novelist and memoirist caught up with Roxanne prior to the event to discuss her latest memoir, "Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage." The book, says Roxanne, is an "exquisite jewel" that you will want to read whether you are thinking of marriage, newly married, or have been married for a long time. Shapiro describes the joys and challenges of matrimonial life as, "Just that sense of what it is to go through life together... the all of it, the beauty and the terror.

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Books in this episode: 

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro 

Devotion by Dani Shapiro 

Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy by Dani Shapiro

 

 

 

May 3, 2017

Just the Right Book Podcast welcomes back it's resident Renaissance Man Matthew Dicks. The best-selling author, story-teller, teacher, and blogger recently sat down with Roxanne to chat about his top book picks, audio books and even a few musical memoirs.   

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Books in this episode:

The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs By Matthew Dicks

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend By Matthew Dicks

A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman

A Gentleman in Moscow By Amor Towles

Rules of Civility By Amor Towles

Born to Run By Bruce Springsteen

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink By Elvis Costello

Life By Keith Richards, James Fox

Lincoln in the Bardo By George Saunders

Harry Potter 1-7 Audio Collection By J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale

You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds By Jenny Lawson

Exit West By Moshin Hamid

Apr 26, 2017

Veteran rock journalist Tom Doyle has interviewed Paul McCartney, U2, Madonna, Ringo Starr, David Bowie and many more. Doyle joined Just the Right Book from across the pond in England to talk about his newest biography, Captain Fantastic: Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the ‘70s, based on his one-on-one interviews with the legendary superstar. The book chronicles Elton’s career in the 1970s, covering hit after hit, his close professional relationships, and even his struggle with sexuality. Doyle also shares the behind-the-scenes on what it’s like to profile music legends like Paul McCartney and Keith Richards and the time he spent with Amy Winehouse in her last days.

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Books in this episode:

Captain Fantastic: Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the 70's By Tom Doyle

The Wasp Factory By Iain Banks

 

Songs in this episode:

Runaway Train by Elton John

Rocket Man by Elton John

Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting by Elton John

 

Albums in this episode:

A Single Man by Elton John

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Band On the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings

 

Apr 19, 2017

Yewande Omotoso's follow up to her award winning, South African-published novel "Bom Boy," has been called "radiant" by Publisher's Weekly and "a female take on Grumpy Old Men" by O Magazine. In her American debut, "The Woman Next Door," the Barbados-born novelist tells the story of two successful women- one black, one white- and how these sworn enemies eventually discover common ground in a post-apartheid Cape Town suburb. Hear Omotoso talk about the book Roxanne is calling "one hell of a read" and how she is still a practicing architect in this week's episode of "Just the Right Book."

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Books in this episode:

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

 

 

Apr 12, 2017

You probably know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Annie Banks in the popular Father of the Bride movies, from one of her many TV roles or as the wife of country music star, Brad Paisley. The NY Times bestselling author of "Where the Light Gets in: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again" opens up to Roxanne (who lost her own mother, Viola Ohlbaum just days prior to recording this interview) on a special episode of "Just the Right Book." Kimberly documents her mother’s rare form of dementia and tracks her family’s actions and emotions through the process and her death last year. “My mother didn’t want us to talk about her illness; she wanted it to be the family secret,” says Williams-Paisley. While she wanted to honor her mother’s wishes and “protect her pride, it was a mistake and I regret it. By keeping it secret, we missed out on a lot of resources we could have been using.” The book, says Roxanne, “does a brilliant job of normalizing a situation that many people find hard to think of as normal.”

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For More Information on Alzheimer's & Dementia visit the Alzheimer's Association website

Books in this episode:

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

In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living by Nancy Howard Cobb

 

Apr 5, 2017

Book podcasting legends, Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman from "Books on the Nightstand" recently joined Roxanne in the "Just the Right Book" studios to chat about books they are reading. They also give more than a dozen recommendations for your TBR list. Find out which book Roxanne is calling "the book to read this Spring" in this must-listen episode!  

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Books in this episode:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas By John Boyne

The Hearts Invisible Furies By John Boyne

Endurance By Scott Kelly

Exit West By Mosin Hamid

The Underground Railroad By Colson Whitehead

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House  By John Mechum

American War By Omar El Akkad

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do By Sarah Knight

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley By Hannah Tinti

The Good Thief By Hannah Tinti

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

50 Days of Solitude By Doris Gumbach

Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship By Michelle Kuo

Standard Deviation By Katherine Heiny

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. By Judy Blume

Mar 28, 2017

Ann Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville and the author of seven novels. In 2012, Time Magazine named her as one of their 100 Most Influential People in the World. The Bel Canto author recently joined "Just the Right Book" from her home in Nashville to talk about being a bookseller and about her most personal novel to date, Commonwealth. “My father was dying as I was writing this novel,” Ann tells Roxanne. “I knew he’d hate this book, but I knew I was writing it because he was never going to read it.” The specific actions of the characters are not the same, but the emotions are. “As my mother would say, ‘None of it happened, and all of it is true.’”  

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Books in this episode:

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 

 

Mar 22, 2017

Author, professor, philosopher, Jason Stanley stopped by the Just the Right Book studios to talk propaganda, how it works and how language influences the way we think and reason about public issues. The "How Propaganda Works" author holds a PhD from MIT, has taught philosophy at Cornell, University of Michigan and Rutgers, and is now a professor of philosophy at Yale University. Also in this episode, Roxanne gives us some of her favorite picks from the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

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Books in this episode:

How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Soujourner Truth

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

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 

 

Mar 15, 2017

You probably know Amy Dickinson from the nationally syndicated advice column "Ask Amy", which is carried in over 150 newspapers and read by an estimated 22 million readers daily! She is also a best-selling author and featured panelist on NPR's popular comedy quiz show "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me." Amy's new book "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home", picks up where her New York Times best-selling memoir, "The Mighty Queens of Freeville" left off. She recently joined "Just the Right Book" to chat about finding love at middle-age, the heartbreak of caring for an ailing parent at the end of life and of course her moving back to her hometown of Freeville, NY. 

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Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home by Amy Dickinson

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Mar 8, 2017

The Strand Book Store is New York City's legendary home of "18 miles" of new, used and rare books. This episode features a special installment of our segment, "What's on the Front Table." The Strand's head buyer, Carson Moss, joined Just the Right Book from their East Village location to give Roxanne the scoop on the rumored quiz every prospective employee must take and what's on their front table. Also in this episode, Roxanne shares some of her book recommendations in her segment "What You Need to Know."

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Books in this episode:

Ulysses By James Joyce

Dreamtigers By Jorge Luis Borges

Shadowbahn By Steve Erickson

Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman

Langdon Clay: Cars: New York City 1974-1976 By Langdon Clay (photographer)

Animals By Ingela P. Arrhenius

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty By Dorothy Roberts

We Should All Be Feminists By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Long Drop By Denise Mina

The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution

The Federalist Papers

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

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

March by John Lewis

How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley

Mar 1, 2017

Sady Doyle is an award-winning writer and journalist who's work has appeared in The Guardian, Slate, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, just to name a few. The Brooklyn resident and founder of the feminist blog Tiger Beatdown joined Roxanne to talk about her latest book "Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear...and Why.” In her interview, Sady talks about Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse, Hillary Clinton, Marilyn Monroe and even Mary Wollstonecraft. Later in the episode, Just the Right Book hits the streets of the Big Apple to find out what people are reading in NYC. 

Books mentioned in this episode: 

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear…and Why By Sady Doyle

Valencia by Michelle Tea

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

Black Wave by Michelle Tea

We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to Covergirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Emma by Jane Austin

Feb 22, 2017

Daphne Merkin is a novelist, critic, contributor to the New York Times, Elle and Tablet Magazine. As Roxanne puts it, Daphne "can write about pocket-books and lipstick and then sound like she has a PhD in Philosophy." The New York native recently opened up to Roxanne about her long-awaited memoir, This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression and offers her advice for supporting loved ones who are struggling with depression. 

Books mentioned in this episode:

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

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

Feb 14, 2017

Lindsey Lee Johnson's debut novel, "The Most Dangerous Place on Earth" tells the story of a group of students as they maneuver through the social politics of their high school. "Just the Right Book" recently caught up with the former high school teacher to talk all about the book the New York Times called "an alarming, compelling, and coolly funny debut novel."  Lindsey also dishes on her NEXT novel and why her friends call her "cheerleader Lindsey." Also in this episode, we hear from renowned media scholar and MIT professor Sherry Turkle on her book "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age." 

Books in this episode:

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

Feb 8, 2017

Jo Malone is known around the world for her iconic brand of fragrances and now as the founder and Creative Director of her brand-new fragrance brand, Jo Loves. The "English scent maverick" recently opened up to Roxanne in a heart-felt interview about her inspiring success story, her brave battle with breast cancer and her new memoir, My Story. Also in this episode, a brand-new installment of "What's on the Front Table" with Harvard Book Store General Manager, Carole Horne.    

Jo Malone: My Story By Jo Malone

The Hundred-Foot Journey By Richard C. Morais

Drunks: An American History By Christopher Finan

Oz: The Complete Hardcover Collection 5 Volume Set By L. Frank Baum

Little Women By Louisa May Alcott

Darwin By Adrian Desmond

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales By Oliver Sacks

Beloved By Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America By Ibram X. Kendi

A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) By John Lewis

Kindred By Octavia Butler

Maus: A Survivor's Tale By Art Speigelman

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood By Marjane Satrapi

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story By Douglas Preston

Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White By Michael Tisserand

Harvard Bookstore

Feb 1, 2017

You've probably heard Rebecca Schinsky hosting the popular podcast "Book Riot- "The Podcast" with Jeff O'Neal or know her from her other popular Book Riot show "All the Books" with Liberty Hardy. As the executive director of product and e-commerce for Riot New Media Group, Rebecca has her finger on the pulse of the literary world and teamed up with Roxanne to give YOU the books to add to your TBR list in 2017. Plus, you'll hear what books the readers in our offices are looking forward to this year. 

Book Riot

Rebecca Schinsky's Twitter

Books in this episode:

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

Origin by Dan Brown

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

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

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales

The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island by Linda Greenlaw

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

 

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.        

Gina's site: http://ginabarreca.com/

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: http://booksonthenightstand.com/

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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

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