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 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..."

What is the book that most surprised you or the book that you think should be banned? Write to us at

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

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

Sep 26, 2018

When was the last time you found yourself doing nothing or sitting in quiet contemplation or simply looking out the window? Most of us think nothing of scrolling through social media while talking to a friend on the phone, or answering emails and texts while in a meeting. While this may seem productive and make us feel that we are excellent multi-taskers, it might not be good for us. 

Alan Lightman is a physicist, novelist, and essayist who believes we are losing ourselves in the digital network and builds a case that the overload of Information and distraction from technology is making us less productive.

The MIT professor who has been described as the "poet laureate of science writers" joined Roxanne to discuss his latest book In Praise of Wasting Time. Lightman believes we need a mental attitude that values and protects stillness, privacy, solitude, and personal reflection, or at the very least, a half an hour a day to "waste time". 

We hope this conversation helps you unplug...but don't put down whatever device you're using to listen to this podcast just yet!

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

In Praise of Wasting Time by Alan Lightman

Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine by Alan Lightman 

Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman

The Trial by Kafka Franz

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje




Sep 21, 2018

From the Tri-state area to the Golden State, Roxanne responds to listener emails from coast to coast! 

Please continue to write to us and share your book recommendations! Email us at

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

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Flowers of the Killer Moon by David Gram

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein 

Antarctic Navigation by Elizabeth Arthur 

Sep 20, 2018

It's been called the "Rotten Tomatoes" of books reviews. We were delighted to welcome Dan Sheehan, the Bookmark's editor at Literary Hub to discuss what books are hot right now, and his debut novel, Restless Souls

Also in this episode, we welcome back the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next?, Anne Bogel. Anne spoke to Roxanne about her latest book I'd Rather Be Reading, her experience as a bookseller...for a day, and what books she is currently loving! 

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

Restless Souls by Dan Sheehan

I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

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

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen

Inheritance: A Memoir of Geneaology, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield 

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell

Sep 13, 2018

Here's something to talk about at your next book club!’s new deal with the Girly Book Club sends four books from select publishers to 50 U.S. book clubs every month. BookTrib’s Jim Alkon describes the four titles in the program’s inaugural package.

Books in this episode:

The Mapmaker's Daughter by Katherine Nouri Huges

Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae 

The Drum That Beats Within Us by Mike Bond

Darling Girl by Terry H. Watkins

BookTrib is a community of readers created by Meryl Moss Media.








Sep 13, 2018

Looking for more books to add to your TBR pile?! Here at JTRB Podcast, we are pleased to have such amazing & knowledgeable friends on our show to share what they are reading and loving! During this special episode, we revisit some of our favorite book experts.

Co-founder and President of The Book Report Network, Carol Fitzgerald

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Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy

Manhattan Beach (Audio) by Jennifer Egan, Heather Lind (Read by), Vincent Piazza (Read by)

The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris by Anne Nelson


Girly Book Club founder, Erin Woodward

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The Nix by Nathan Hill

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Strange Fits of Passion by Anita Shreve

One Day Closer: A Mother’s Quest to Bring Her Kidnapped Daughter Home by Lorinda Stewart

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate


R.J. Julia COO, Lori Fazio

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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


Arts and Culture Reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Ellen Gamerman

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White Houses by Amy Bloom

The Kremlin’s Candidate: A Novel by Jason Matthews

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

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Sep 7, 2018

Want to get more done without sacrificing what you care about most? Last spring Charles Duhigg  joined us 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.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, Harvard Business School and Yale graduate is also the author of “The Power of Habit,” which has spent over two years on the New York Times best-seller list.

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

This episode was originally released May 2017.

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

Sep 6, 2018

Our segment, “What’s on the Front Table” features booksellers, owners, and buyers from some of the best indie bookstores in the U.S.!

On a special edition of Just the Right Book Podcast we take you on a cross-country road trip to some of our favorite bookshops from past episodes! Are you ready? Let’s go!! 

What is your favorite independent bookstore? Write to us at or message us on our Facebook or Twitter page. 


R.J. Julia, Madison CT

Forever Words: The Unknown Poems By Johnny Cash

The Secret History of Twin Peaks By Mark Frost

Listen to the full episode with Andrew Brennan here!

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead

The Origins of Creativity by Edward O. Wilson

Listen to the full episode with Brian Wraight here!


Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Listen to the full episode with Lissa Muscatine here!

Books & Books, Miami Fl.

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell

Listen to the full episode with Gael LeLamer here!


Murder By The Book, Houston TX

The Child Finder: A Novel by Renee Denfeld

The Address: A Novel by Fiona Davis

Brazos, Bookstore, Houston, TX

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre

Listen to the full episode with McKenna Jordan from Murder By The Book & Benjamin Rybeck from Brazos Bookstore here!


Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Listen to the full episode with Casey Coonerty here!

Powell's Books, Portland, OR

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Listen to the full episode with Miriam Sontz here!