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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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Feb 15, 2018

We have heard these kind of stories a million times. I’m not understood. He doesn’t listen. She spends too much money. I think I married the wrong person. How could she betray me?

Are these midlife crises? Are they fatal flaws or are they a rough patch? On this week's episode we meet Daphne De Marneffe, the author of "The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together." She takes us through some of the major stressors of marriage like money and sex, and offers tips for couples who might be going through rough patches or want to avoid them. 

Daphne is a licensed clinical psychologist offering psychotherapy to couples and individuals. She has a Bachelors degree from Harvard and a PhD in clinical psychology. As Roxanne puts it: "Her book provides, with courage and compassion, one of the best discussions, enlightenment and thought on marriage that I have read." 

Also in this episode, we hear from the patrons of RJ Julia who share what's on their nightstand. 

Books in this episode: 

The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together by Daphne De Marneffe 

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani 

The Daughter's Almanac by Katharine Whitcomb

Attachment by John Bowlby

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Water Works by Tanya Karen Gough  

Feb 13, 2018

It's Valentines Day and of course we think books are the perfect gift! So, for our first Bookmark Roxanne recommends some of the best books to read about love. 

Also in today's Bookmarks, we give you a sneak peek at this week's interview with Daphne De Marneffe, the author or "The Rough Patch."

Books in this episode: 

The Lover by Marguerite Duras

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Hourglass: Time, Memory Marriage by Dani Shapiro 

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 

Origami Love Notes Kit

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

I Wrote This Book Because I love You: Essays by Tim Kreider 

My Foolish Heart: A Pop-Up Book of Love by Nick Bantock 

What to Do When Jane Knows Dick about Dating: If He Wants You, You Will Know It by Laura J. Wellington 

Feb 8, 2018

Matchmaker, Matchmaker find me a book… Nicole Lamy is a writer, book critic and literary matchmaker for the The New York Times' Match Book column which runs online on Tuesdays and every other Sunday in the Book Review. Nicole connects readers with book suggestions based on their questions, their tastes, their literary needs, and desires. The former Boston Globe editor and TV writer joined Just the Right Book to talk book recommendations, the most outrageous letter that she has ever received, and the books that changed her life.

And stay tuned after Roxanne’s conversation with Nicole to hear a recent live event with author Min Jin Lee. Her book “Pachinko” was nominated for the 2017 National Book Award for fiction and made The New York Times “10 Best Books of 2017.” Lee also talked about her “hysterical shyness”, how she has read The Bible six times, and even the merits of kimchi. The event hosted by RJ Julia was moderated by the ladies of the “Book Cougars Podcast.”

Nicole Lamy's Twitter 

Min Jin Lee's Twitter

Books in this episode:

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton 

Thank You Octopus by Darren Farrell

Masterpiece by Elise Broach

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Portrait of a Lady by Henry James 

 

Feb 3, 2018

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) recently announced its 30 finalists in six categories––autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry––for the outstanding books of 2017. The awards will be presented on March 15, 2018 at the New School in New York City.

In this week's Tidbits Roxanne talks about these awards and a couple of her favorites! Plus, we give you a sneak peek at next week's episode with Nicole Lamy from The New York Times

Thank you to all our listeners who voted and helped us rename Tidbits. A newly-named bite-sized episode is coming next week! 

Feb 1, 2018

Looking for a good book to curl up with this winter? We've got you covered! In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast Roxanne is joined by Ellen Gamerman, the Arts and Culture reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Ellen takes us inside the Journal and shares some winter reads and even talks Oscars

Also, in this episode Roxanne speaks to author, journalist, and Rolling Stone contributor Jeff Goodell about his latest book, The Water Will Come. Goodell, who has covered climate change for fifteen years, has previously written five books on topics such as the coal industry, Geoengineering and even a memoir about growing up in Silicon Valley. 

We have certainly heard the doomsday scenarios of the impact of climate change, the warming ocean, the melting glaciers, and the rising sea levels. We have witnessed destruction by hurricanes like Sandy, Irma, Harvey and Maria. Yet most of us only have a vague understanding of what is causing it or how quickly and how destructively it’ll all happen.

Twelve Books to Read This Winter by Ellen Gamerman

Six More Books to Read This Winter by Ellen Gamerman 

Check Out Ellen's Twitter!

Books in this episode:

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World by Jeff Goodell 

The Kremlin's Candidate by Jason Matthews

Come Nineveh, Come Tyre: The Presidency of Edward M. Jason by Allen Drury

White Houses by Amy Bloom 

Sunburn by Laura Lippman 

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White 

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

 

Jan 26, 2018

Author, journalist, and Rolling Stone contributor Jeff Goodell's latest book “The Water Will Come” details how oceanside places are becoming more and more vulnerable to rising seas. 

You can hear Roxanne's full interview with Jeff next week on Just the Right Book but for this week’s Tidbits episode we decided to give you a special look inside the book with an excerpt of “The Water Will Come” read by Jeff himself. 

 

Jan 25, 2018

Albert Einstein was once the most famous person on the planet. Today his work remains integral to scientific study, to the physics of our world, and to the way we conceptualize our very existence. His quotes on all subjects litter the walls of college dorms and university classrooms but there is one quote that is unlike any other, a letter in response to a grieving father that had just lost his son.

In Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul, Rabbi Naomi Levy dives into the mystery of what prompted one of the greatest scientific minds in history to write so eloquently about the human condition and what it says about our own interconnectedness. Rabbi Levy joined Just the Right Book Podcast to take us on this journey of discovering other dimensions of Einstein and the backstory of this grieving father.

As Roxanne puts it, "What it really does is help us think about what that space is that some people have found with religion, some people look for in various versions of spirituality and she does a great job of helping us think about this notion of the soul in a wider way."

Also in this episode, we hear what some of the folks in New Haven are reading. 

Books in this episode:

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Naomi Levy

Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl  

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing Exposed and Explained by the World's Two by Al Ries, Jack Trout

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

Truthers by Geoffrey Girard 

Jan 19, 2018

In this week's Tidbits episode Just the Right Book Podcast takes you inside a young adult author panel hosted by RJ Julia for E. Lockhart, Julie Buxbaum, Kara Thomas, Jennifer E. Smith, and Ann Brashares. Look for more from this panel in an upcoming episode of Just the Right Book Podcast

Also in today's Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week's episode with Rabbi Naomi Levy who spoke to Roxanne about her book Einstein and the Rabbi, an exploration of the meaning and purpose of the soul, inspired by the famous correspondence between Albert Einstein and a grieving rabbi.

 

Jan 17, 2018

Former Books on The Nightstand host, "rep extraordinaire" and frequent guest Michael Kindness is back to add to your winter reading list!

Also in this episode, Roxanne speaks to author and former New York City prosecutor Linda Fairstein, the writer of Ninteen internationally best-selling Alex Cooper novels.

Fairstein stopped by Just the Right Book Podcast to chat about her kids book Digging for Trouble, the second book in her Devlin Quick Mysteries. The story follows twelve-year-old supersleuth Devlin Quick as she heads to Montana to dig out dinosaur bones, but instead discovers a mystery.

So what inspired Linda to write about dinosaurs besides her love for New York City's Museum of Natural History? She explains learning that "Montana, Wyoming, and up through Alberta Canada has the largest dinosaur fossil deposits in America because there was once an inland sea there." 

Linda was also the former chief of Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for over two decades. Roxanne couldn't resist getting her take on the flood of sexual harassment and abuse allegations that have consumed the news over the last few months. Could a book on the subject be next for the bestselling author?

Check out Linda's Website

Books in this episode:

Digging For Trouble by Linda Fairstein 

Deadfall by Linda Fairstein

Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza

Grant by Ron Chernow

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland 

Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover 

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book by Dan Harris 

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle  

Jan 11, 2018

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? This is the premise of Chloe Benjamin's second novel The Immortalists, which was hailed "2018's First Must-Read" by Entertainment Weekly

Just the Right Book Podcast caught up with the self-proclaimed "midwest convert" right before her book tour and she dished on an array of topics including religion, ballet, magic and her latest novel which may be coming to the small screen. Benjamin even tells Roxanne whether she would choose to know the date of her death if she could.

And stay tuned after the conversation with Chloe to hear the latest book recommendations from Lori Fazio, the COO of RJ Julia in Madison, CT. 

Books in this episode: 

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin 

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

Jan 5, 2018

Chloe Benjamin's second book, The Immortalists is one of the most anticipated books of 2018. In this week's Tidbits episode we give you a special look inside the book with an excerpt read by Chloe herself!

And tune in next week to Just the Right Book Podcast to hear Roxanne's full interview with Chloe Benjamin. 

Jan 3, 2018

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also a journalist, host of the Book Review Podcast and an author of an array of books on subjects ranging from pornography and starter marriages, to parenting. Her latest book, My Life With Bob, is about the life of an obsessive reader. 

In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, Pamela gives us a rare look at the inner workings of The New York Times and her meteoric rise to becoming the editor of The New York Times Book Review. Paul also chats with Roxanne about the newspaper's prestigious list, The 10 Best Books of 2017.

And stay tuned after Roxanne's conversation with Pamela Paul to hear what patrons of RJ Julia have on their New Years Reading Resolutions List. 

Books in this episode:

Autumn by Ali Smith

Exit West by Moshin Hamid 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - And Us by Richard O. Prum

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Grant by Ron Chernow

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. 

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood

A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler by Thalia Zepatos

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

To The Bright Edge of The World by Eowyn Ivey

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Quotes for Nasty Women: Empowering Wisdom for Women Who Break The Rules by Linda Picone

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The House of Niccolo by Dorothy Dunnett

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machada

Such Small Hands by Andres Barba 

The Saboteur by Andrew Gross

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes 

 

 

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