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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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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 info@justtherightbook.com 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 takecareof.com 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

Read Roxanne's newsletter here!

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 

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