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 26, 2018

Say goodbye to 2018 in style with a marvelous meal curated exclusively for Just the Right Book listeners by culinary guru Dorie Greenspan!

The James Beard Award winner recently stopped by RJ Julia to talk about her thirteenth book Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cookentertaining for the holidays and why she put her doctorate on hold to bake cookies!

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Ingredients for Cake

2 cups (272 grams) all-purpose our 2 teaspoons ground coriander

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 cup (200 grams) plus 2 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger

Finely grated zest of 1 small orange or 1 tangerine

1 cup (240 ml) neutral oil, such as canola

½ cup (100 grams) packed light brown sugar

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 pound (454 grams) parsnips, trimmed, peeled and grated (3 cups)

1 cup (120 grams) chopped pecans or other nuts, toasted or not

½ cup (50 grams) chopped fresh cranberries

Ingredients for Cranberry Filling

One 12-ounce (340-gram) bag cranberries (if frozen, don’t defrost)

¾ cup (150 grams) sugar

½ cup (120 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice (or water)

1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger

Ingredients for Frosting

¾ pound (340 grams) cream cheese, cut into chunks, at room temperature

1½ sticks (12 tablespoons; 6 ounces; 170 grams) unsalted butter, cut into chunks, at room temperature

6¼ cups (750 grams) confectioners’ sugar

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract



Center a rack in the oven and preheat it to 325°F. (If your oven can’t hold three 9-inch cake pans on one rack, position the racks to divide the oven into thirds.) Butter three 9-inch round cake pans, dust the interiors with flour and tap out the excess; or use baker’s spray.

  1. Whisk the flour, coriander, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
  2. Put 2 teaspoons of the sugar in a small bowl and stir in the minced ginger and zest.
  3. Working in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the oil, the remaining 1 cup sugar and the brown sugar together on medium speed for about 2 minutes. The mixture might look grainy, but that’s fine.
  4. One by one, beat in the eggs and then continue to beat until the mixture is smooth and velvety. Beat in the vanilla, followed by the ginger-zest mixture and any syrup that might be in the bowl. Turn off the mixer and add the our mixture all at once. Pulse the mixer to start incorporating the flour, then mix on low just until the dry ingredients almost disappear.
  5. Add the parsnips and nuts and mix to incorporate. Switch to a flexible spatula and gently fold in the cranberries. Divide the batter evenly among the three pans and smooth the tops.
  6. Bake for 33 to 37 minutes, until the cakes are golden and just starting to pull away from the sides of the pans; the tops will feel springy to the touch and a tester inserted in the center will come out clean.
  7. If you’re baking on two racks or your oven has hot spots, rotate the pans from front to back and top to bottom after 18 minutes. Transfer the cakes to racks and cool for 5 minutes, then run a table knife around the sides of the pans and turn the cakes out onto racks to cool to room temperature. (You can make the cakes a day ahead—wrap them well and keep them at room temperature.)



  1. Put all the ingredients in a medium saucepan, stir and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture bubbles, many of the cranberries pop and the sauce starts to thicken, about 10 minutes. The filling will thicken more as it cools.
  2. Scrape the filling into a bowl and cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate if you’re not using immediately. (The filling can be made up to 3 days ahead and kept in the fridge.)



Working in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt together on medium speed until very smooth; scrape the beater and bowl down frequently. Add the vanilla and beat to blend.



  1. If the tops of the cakes have mounded (these usually bake pretty at), you can slice away the crowns to even them. Place one-layer bottom side down on a cake plate.
  2. Using an o set spatula or a table knife, generously cover the top of the layer with frosting. Spoon half of the cranberry filling into the center of the frosting and spread it so that it comes to about an inch or two shy of the edges of the cake.
  3. Place the second layer on the cake, top side down. Cover with frosting and spread the remaining filling over it.
  4. Finish by placing the last layer on the cake, bottom side up. Cover the top layer with frosting, adding some swirls and whorls, if you’d like. If some of the cranberry filling oozed to the edges or maybe even spilled over a little, celebrate it! I love the casual look of this cake.
  5. You’ll have frosting left over, so you can frost the sides of the cake, if you’d like. I like to leave the sides bare or run just a very thin layer of frosting around them, a layer that looks almost sheer, kind of naked, but not quite. The cake can be served as soon as it’s assembled, but it’s easier to slice if you give it an hour or two in the fridge.



You can keep the cake at room temperature (not hot or humid) for a couple of days or, wrapped, in the refrigerator for at least 5 days. You can also freeze the cake. Freeze it, then wrap airtight; if you can manage it, defrost it overnight in the refrigerator.



For an even more festive cake, crown it with sugared cranberries—finishing it like this is beautiful for the holidays. Make a simple syrup by boiling ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water together, stirring, for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, drop in as many fresh cranberries as you’d like and roll them around to coat with syrup, then lift them out with a slotted spoon or mesh spider and transfer them to a rack. Let them set for about 1 hour—they’ll be sticky and tacky, and that’s what you want. Roll the cranberries around in a cup of sugar and then let them dry on a clean rack for another hour. Sugared berries are meant for the last minute—they’ll get syrupy in the refrigerator and won’t survive freezing. 

Dec 23, 2018

Hosting holiday house guests and need some tips on what to serve?  Culinary guru Dorie Greenspan recently sat down with Roxanne at RJ Julia to chat about her new book Everyday Dorie and give us the scoop on making a holiday-worthy cheese platter!

Make sure you tune in later this week to hear Roxanne's full conversation with Dorie Greenspan!

Dec 20, 2018

Here at Just the Right Book Podcast we believe that books are the perfect gift for any occasion! So, we enlisted the help of two of our esteemed experts. This year’s gift guide should help you find the perfect book for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Publishing expert Michael Selleck and Andrew Brennan, the head book buyer for RJ Julia join Roxanne in browsing the bookshelves to give us their favorite picks for this holiday shopping season!


To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

The Patch by John McPhee

Pine Barrens John McPhee

The Big fella: Babe Ruth and The World He Created by Jane Leavy

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllenben & Tim Flannery

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering The Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat

The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

Ansel Adams and the American Landscape: A Biography by Jonathan Spaulding 

Year Of Wonder by Clemency Burton-Hill

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Biography Of Frederick Douglas by David Blight

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Dec 15, 2018

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Books in this episode:

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich


Dec 12, 2018

What did the words “the pursuit of happiness” and “we the people” mean then, and what do they mean now?

Joseph Ellis, an American history scholar and author of bestselling books about George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. All his books converged to inform us about the founding of our country and the founding of a continent-wide democracy.

Says Roxanne, “Professor Ellis has earned a Pulitzer, a national book award, and has brilliantly navigated the tricky balance of producing books of scholarly standards with widespread, enthusiastic, appreciative readership. He now brings these considerable skills to his new book, American Dialogue: The Founders and Us, which for the first time Mr. Ellis supplies our founding history to the present time, addressing critical issues like race, equality, the law, and global reach.”

Books in this episode:

American Dialogue: The Founders and Us by Joseph Ellis

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund S. Morgan

The Strange Career of Jim Crow by C. Vann Woodward

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Dec 5, 2018

What to read next? What to read at all? This is the dilemma of all readers, whether they are reading one or 200 books a year. James Mustich’s 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List includes many of the classics you might expect like Plato and Proust and covers fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel, biography, children’s books, history, and more.

Mustich who began his career in book-selling 40 years ago recently joined Roxanne in the Just the Right Book studios to talk about the book that has been called “the ultimate literary bucket-list” by the Washington Post.

Says Roxanne, “There've been lots of lists and books put together about what to read over the years, but none have done as charming and genre defying job as (James Mustich)..”

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

The Tale of the Genji by Lady Murasaki

An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer

A Thousand Place to See Before You by Patricia Schultz

The Finland Station by Edmund Wilson

Growth & Form by D’arcy Wentworth Thompson

Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las by Hunter S. Thompson Vegas

Eloise by Kay Thompson

The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon

Odyssey by Homer

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban

The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban

Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban

Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban

Middlemarch by George Elliot

Memoir Mass for the Dead by William Gibson

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

Nov 30, 2018

In our crazy-busy world, finding time to read is not always easy. Thankfully, audiobooks offer a handy way to dive into your favorite bestseller while you commute, exercise or even cook!

Robin Whitten, the founder and editor of AudioFile Magazine started the magazine in 1992 to give listeners more information about the gratification of audiobooks. She recently joined Roxanne to talk about some of the best audio books of 2018!

Audiobooks in this episode:

Circe by Madeline Miller, read by Perdita Weeks

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, read by Dion Graham

Becoming by Michelle Obama, read by Michelle Obama

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant [Ed.], read by Robin Miles

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister

The Long-Lost Home by Maryrose Wood, read by Fiona Hardingham

And make sure to check out AudioFile's NEW podcast, Behind the Mic With AudioFile Magazine

Nov 28, 2018

Take a time-traveling, fiercely independent, brave British nurse, the Scottish highland, a handsome, courageous, redheaded Scottish warrior, passionate love, conflicted love with two husbands, incredibly exciting history and dozens of riveting characters and you have a genre-defying series encompassing historical fiction, science-fiction, romance, fantasy, and of course time-travel.

Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon recently joined Roxanne to talk about her wildly popular Outlander book series which holds the #2 spot on the list of America’s best-loved works of fiction by PBS’ Great American Read.  The eight-book series has sold over 35 million copies and has been adapted into a hit TV show now in its fourth season.

Diana, who spent the early part of her career earning a BS in Zoology, an MS in Marine Biology and a Ph. D in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology told Roxanne how she knew at age eight that she would be novelist.  

Says Roxanne, “…you’ll be amazed to hear how one moves from that background to one of the bestselling authors in the world, and a (book) series that is the origin of a TV series that propelled her books right back onto the New York Times best-seller list 23 years after the books were first published.”

Books in this episode:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

This episode of Just the Right Book is brought to you by The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford. For the entire month of November, listeners can get 30% off of The Gift That I Can Give with code JTRB. Visit and apply the code at checkout to redeem your offer!

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Nov 25, 2018

Outlander is a STARZ original series based on the wildly popular collection of books by Diana Gabaldon.

While the hit television adaptation is just four episodes into its fourth season, Gabaldon is just about wrapped on her ninth novel! The New York Times bestselling author recently spoke to Roxanne about the success of the TV time-travel romance, it's actors, and whether the show will ever get ahead of the books.  

Stay tuned for Roxanne's full conversation with Diana Gabaldon on the next episode of Just the Right Book!

Pick up the first book in the series here!

Nov 22, 2018

Tana French's latest novel, The Witch Elm is her first departure from her bestselling Dublin Murder Squad series, of which there are six.

The story follows Toby, a young Irish man of privilege who's luck seemingly runs out. After being beaten and left disabled, Toby returns to his family's ancestral home to take care of his dying uncle. The novel takes a turn when a human skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden. As detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he always believed. 

Says Roxanne, "Mix in good family dysfunction, unreliable narrators, the loss of belief that your good luck is forever and a jaw dropping final 40 pages, and you have all the perfect ingredients in Tana French's hands for an exquisite book."

The former theatrical actress who has been called “incandescent” by Stephen King and “absolutely mesmerizing” by Gillian Flynn recently joined Roxanne to talk about her latest mystery, her love of unreliable narrators, archaeology, luck, and whether she ever considers going back to acting. 

Books in this episode:

The Witch Elm by Tana French

On Writing by Stephen King

Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

The Spinning Heart by Donel Ryan

True Grit by Charles Portis

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

This episode of Just the Right Book is brought to you by The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford. For the entire month of November, listeners can get 30% off of The Gift That I Can Give with code JTRB. Visit and apply the code at checkout to redeem your offer!

Nov 16, 2018

"The Witch Elm" by best-selling author and theatrical actress Tana French has been called "extraordinary" by the "King of Horror" Stephen King.

Tana spoke to Roxanne about her latest novel and gushed about King's recent and rare book review for The New York Times.

Tune in next week to hear Roxanne's full interview with Tana French! 



Nov 15, 2018

If you haven't read Lisa Brennan-Job’s memoir “Small Fry” yet, you will likely hear about it because Lisa's father was Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple. 

But this is not a biography of Steve Jobs. Rather, it is a portrait of growing up in California in the eighties and one woman's quest to understand her family, her place in that family and her place in the world.

The outline of her story is relatively well known. Mr. Jobs fathered her at 23, then denied paternity despite a DNA match and gave little in financial or emotional support until later in her life. Surrounded by complicated relationships Lisa spends much of her childhood and adolescence seeking love and acceptance. Despite her challenges, you get a picture of a resilient, adaptable woman who emerges navigating her own way. The first-time author recently joined Roxanne to share her story first hand and unedited. 

The New York Times called Brennan Jobs “a gifted writer” and Kirkus Reviews says, Brennan-Jobs “skillfully and poignantly navigates her formative years revealing the emotional wounds that parents can often inflict on their children.”

Says Roxanne “Small Fry is not about settling scores or being vindictive. It is a poignant story of a journey that, in another writer's hands, could have become something self centered. But with her unsentimental honesty, her wry humor and her literary grace, Brennan-Jobs succeeds in making a difficult story her own.”

Books in this episode:

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard

This Boys Life by Tobias Wolff

The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

This episode of Just the Right Book is brought to you by The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford. For the entire month of November, listeners can get 30% off of The Gift That I Can Give with code JTRB. Visit and apply the code at checkout to redeem your offer!


Nov 9, 2018

From classic 19th Century love stories to modern day memoirs, Roxanne reads your fan mail and shares your favorite stories! 

Books in this episode:

Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn Jr. 

Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen 

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Nov 8, 2018

2018 marks 200 years since the birth of Frederick Douglass, and we now have the first major biography of Douglass in a quarter century. 

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by prize-winning historian and Yale Professor David Blight is based on nearly a lifetime of research as well as letters and private documentation to which no biographer has previously had access. It’s this revealing collection that helped shed new light on Douglass, particularly in the latter third of his life. 

Professor Blight recently sat down with Roxanne to discuss the book the New York Times Book Review called "cinematic and deeply engaging" about how Douglass escaped slavery, then went from a boy trading bread for spelling lessons to one of the most significant figures in American history. Blight also discusses Douglass' wife of 44 years and what the political activist would think of the state of racism in the country today.

Books in this episode:

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

The Bible

This episode of Just the Right Book is brought to you by The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford. For the entire month of November, listeners can get 30% off of The Gift That I Can Give with code JTRB. Visit and apply the code at checkout to redeem your offer!

Nov 3, 2018

On a special election edition of JTRB Bookmarks, we welcomed back Lissa Muscatine, owner of the renowned Politics & Prose in Washington, DC to give us the scoop on what books we should be paying attention to the weekend before the election. 

Don't forget to hit your local bookstore before you hit the polls to vote!!

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister

Rage Become Her: The Power of Women's Anger by Soraya Chemaly  

We Can't Breathe by Jabari Asim

The Complete Federalist Papers

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics by Donna Brazile and Yolanda Caraway

Frederick Douglas: A Prophet of Freedom by David Blight

The Trump Administration and International Law by Harold Hongju Koh

We Fed an Island: The True Story of Feeding Puerto Rico One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres


Nov 1, 2018

If you’re trying to fill your holiday wish list with amazing titles, look no further! Our very own Roxanne Coady recently hosted a live event with Penguin Random House publishing powerhouses Michael Kindness, Jennifer Black and author, Matthew Dicks.

The event, which took place at the Mandell JCC in Hartford, Connecticut, was titled “Buzz About Books” and Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way! 

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Any Human Heart by William Boyd

An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones 

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

There There by Tommy Orange

The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kushner

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

Reading With Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo

The Class: A Life-Changing Teacher, His World-Changing Kids, and the Most Inventive Classroom in America by Heather Won Tesoriero

Circle by Madeline Miller

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The Silence of the Girls: A Novel by Pat Barker 

The Song of Achilles: A Novel by Madeline Miller

Waiting For Eden by Elliot Ackerman

Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling by Mathew Dicks

On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Seneca 

An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan

Educated by Tara Westover

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Heart

God, if You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem by Darrell Hammond

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron De Hart

Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read but Probably Didn't by John Atkinson

How To Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life by Frank Lipman, MD

Thirst by Scott Harrison

The Seeds of Life by Edward Dolnik

Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose

Ann Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank

The Order of The Day by Eric Vuillard

Listen to the Marriage by John J. Osborn

His Favorites by Kate Walbert

White Houses by Amy Bloom

Small Country by Gael Faye

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novick

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami 

American Dialogue by Joseph J. Ellis

American Journal: Fifty Poems of Our Time by Tracy K. Smith

Dot Journaling by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

West by Carys Davies

In Praise of Wasting Time by Alan Lightman

Oct 26, 2018

Whether you crave a hair-raising whodunit, a frightening family-friendly novel, or the book that inspired Netflix's hottest spine-chilling series, we've got you covered!

We enlisted the help of David Canfield, Book Critic and Reporter for EW to get you in the mood for Halloween!

What are some of your favorite spooky reads? Write to us at or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Small Spaces Katherine Arden 

The Witch Elm: A Novel by Tana French

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Read David's interview with Tana French here

Check out David's website here






Oct 26, 2018

Entertainment Weekly is known for bringing you exclusive behind the scenes access to your favorite heavyweights across the entertainment industry. The weekly mag is your one stop shop for all the latest news about TV shows, movies, music, theater, and of course books! 

We were honored to welcome back David Canfield, Book Critic and Reporter for Entertainment Weekly to give us the scoop on what to read this Fall! 

Follow David on Twitter!

Read David's review of Friday Black Here!

Read David's review of The Great Believers Here!

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The Friend: A Novel by Sigrid Nunez

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson

There There by Tommy Orange

Milkman: A Novel by Anna Burns

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

The Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown

Before and After: A Novel by Rosellen Brown

Everything Under: A Novel by Daisy Johnson

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

West by Caryn Davies

Family Trust: A Novel by Kathy Wang

Harry Potter (8 book series) by J.K. Rowling

The Mere Wife: A Novel by Maria Dahvana Headley


Oct 19, 2018

Autumn days beg for pumpkin, apple cider and of course books!  There are an increasing number of book-to-film adaptations. Roxanne recommends reading these books before you hit the cinema this Fall! 

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (film out now)

Tweak by Nic Sheff & Beautiful Boy by David Sheff (film "Beautiful Boy" out now) 

Wild Life by Richard Ford (film out Oct. 19th)

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin (film out Nov. 12th

Previously released films

A Wrinkle in Time

Crazy Rich Asians

Bel Canto by Anne Patchett

Click here to read The New York Times Article on "What to Read Before Heading to Movie Theater This Fall" 

Oct 17, 2018

Jason Stanley stopped by the Just the Right Book studios last year to discuss his book How Propaganda Works and how language influences the way we think and reason about public issues. 

In his new book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, the philosopher and Yale professor warns about the dangers of normalizing fascist politics.

This episode is brought to you by care/of. For 25 percent off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins , visit and enter the promo code BOOK. 

This episode was originally released March 2017. 

Oct 13, 2018

The National Book Foundation recently revealed the 24 finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards!

Roxanne highlights some of her favorite titles from the longlist which feature five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. The competitive category of Translated Literature hasn't been awarded since 1983.

The 2018 National Book Awards Winners will be announced on November 14th.

See the complete lists here!

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart

Wobble by Rae Armantrout

Trick by Domenico Starnone

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

There There by Tommy Orange

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises by Rebecca Solnit

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson 

Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh


Oct 11, 2018

What is your reaction when you hear of a marriage breaking up? Are you shocked or did you know it was coming? In John Jay Osborne Jr.'s new novel, Listen to the Marriage we are introduced to a couple who seemed to be destined for divorce.

Steve's numerous affairs and focus on work have finally pushed his wife Gretchen to take the children and move out, but in a last minute attempt to salvage their union, they begin weekly sessions with Sandy, an unconventional therapist. Told through the therapist's eyes, we see the couple both confront and skirt issues that have torn them apart. 

The former screenwriter and legal professor joined Roxanne to talk about his first novel in 37 years, his decade of experience writing in Hollywood, and how his own marriage counseling 35 years ago helped him "understand my wife for the first time".

Books in this episode:

Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn Jr. 

Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin 

Oct 5, 2018

Suffering from bad news overload? Well, we have a couple of remedies. One is dancing...and the other is books, of course! Roxanne shares four books that are distracting, witty, and engaging!

"...books offer us a way to learn and think, to make sense of the world, find peace for ourselves, or just offer us the pleasure of a well-written, utterly absorbing story" says Roxanne. 

Books in this episode:

His Favorites: A Novel by Kate Walbert

On Writing by Stephen King

Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn 

Please Do Not Touch by Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell

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Oct 4, 2018

"His Favorites" is a testament to the resiliency and strength of women facing society's sexual biases.

Bestselling National Book Award finalist Kate Walbert stopped by the Just the Right Book studios for an in depth interview on her latest book which Roxanne calls "gorgeous, restrained, and powerful."

The 149 page novel is a timely story about a 15 year old girl, a charming and manipulative English teacher, a dark secret and how the protagonist Jo confronts a trauma many years later. 

Books in this episode: 

His Favorites: A Novel by Kate Walbert 

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White 

Sep 28, 2018

This week is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Across the country there are discussions about schools, libraries, and communities banning books for their incendiary content. They shockingly include books like The Color Purple and A Wrinkle in Time, among many other titles. 

Roxanne says "Its important for us to take this time and understand how inappropriate it is to ban books and we need to become engaged if we run into a school or a library or a set of circumstances that's wants to do that..."

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle 

Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury 

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger 

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins 

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain 

Beloved by Toni Morrison

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