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 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

Click here to listen to the full episode!

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!

Aug 31, 2018

Senator John McCain recorded the last chapter of his book, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations earlier this year and all of us at Just the Right Book thought the finest tribute would be to honor the true American patriot in his own words. 


Aug 29, 2018

Sarah Jessica Parker who is best known for her iconic role as Carrie Bradshaw is also a producer, designer, and now a publisher, recently launching her own imprint, SJP for Hogarth. In a rare and revealing interview, the Sex and the City star opens up to Roxanne on several hot topics. They discuss not only the imprint, but the series’ impact on the role of women in society, the importance of pay equality for working mothers, and recent movements #MeToo and #TimesUp.

Roxanne and SJP were delighted to discover that they had several book interests in common, even swapping book recommendations. Parker says her mother instilled in her the valuable habit of reading at a young age. “You couldn’t leave the house without something to read,” she tells Roxanne. SJP continues the routine to this very day, never walking onto a set without a book.

Sarah Jessica further encourages everyone to pick up a copy of the first book on her imprint, “A Place for Us” by Fatima Farheen Mirza, which is the story of a traditional Indian-American family in California torn between traditional and modern values. 

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

A Place for Us: A Novel by Fatima Farheen Mirza

His Favorites: A Novel by Kate Walbert

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein by Jamie Bernstein

The World as It Is: A Memoir of The Obama White House by Ben Rhodes

Aug 23, 2018

In part two of Roxanne’s powerful sit-down with Mark Salter, the two dive further into The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations, the latest collaboration between Senator John McCain and his longtime aide, speechwriter and friend, Mark.

Salter shares his first-hand story of McCain's 2008 run for president, including his VP choice, and we hear Senator McCain himself read the last chapter of the memoir. 

Purchase The Restless Wave on audio here! 

Aug 22, 2018

Mark Salter is the author, with John McCain, of several books, including Faith of My Fathers and their latest, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations. Mark served as Senator McCain’s Chief of Staff, and is often described as McCain's adviser, confidant and alter ego.

Salter recently joined Roxanne for an intimate conversation in the historic town of Castine, Maine to discuss his thoughts on the Trump presidency, foreign policy, his latest collaborative memoir with the Arizona Republican, and more. 

Roxanne says, "...We are given a front seat perspective on the most critical issues of our time... and the story of a man, restless, idealistic, heroic, patriotic, and fiercely committed to our country and its citizens."

In Part 2 of this exclusive conversation, Mark Salter shares his first-hand story of McCain’s 2008 run for president. Plus, we hear Senator McCain himself read the last chapter of the memoir. Check it out here!

Follow Mark on Twitter!



Aug 17, 2018

This summer we have been introduced to a bunch of new and exciting literary voices and with the dog days finally winding down there's a handful you won't want to miss!

We are delighted to welcome David Canfield, Book Critic and Reporter at Entertainment Weekly to share some of his favorite debuts. Chances are at least one of them will wind up being a author you choose to follow for many years to come. 

Follow David on Twitter!

Books in the episode:

There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange 

The Incendiaries: A Novel by R.O. Kwan 

From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein

Cherry: A Novel by Nico Walker 

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras 

Aug 15, 2018

This episode was originally released in April 2017. Look for a NEW episode of JTRB Podcast next week!

Book podcasting legends, Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman from “Books on the Nightstand” joined Roxanne in the “Just the Right Book” studios last Spring to chat about books they are reading. They also give more than a dozen recommendations for your TBR list!

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

Aug 9, 2018

Hang on to that sunscreen, summer's not over yet! Whether you are planning an end of summer getaway, or need ideas on where to go, Buzzfeed's Books Newsletter Editor, Ciera Velarde has five books to inspire your next vacay! 

Follow Ciera on Twitter!

More books that make you want to book a trip ASAP! 

Books in this episode:

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir by Kristin Newman

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah 

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri 

No Baggage: A Tale of Love and Wandering by Clara Bensen

Aug 8, 2018

“What is the book that changed your life?” That is the question Roxanne loves to ask all of our guests. “The stories are often poignant, personal or funny”, says Roxanne “and inevitably they become a list of books that you are dying to read.”

On a special edition of Just the Right Book Podcast, we take a look back at some of our favorite stories from past episodes. Looking for a new book recommendation? We have 17 suggestions for you to choose from!

What is the book that changed your life? Write to us at or message us on our Facebook or Twitter page.

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

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Aleph-Bet Story Book by Deborah Pessin

The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem by Deborah Meier

The Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The World Book Encyclopedia

Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays by Eula Biss

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Pippi Longstalking by Astrid Lindgren

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck

The Tiffany Aching Series by Terry Pratchett

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles

Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference by William Macaskill



Aug 3, 2018

Grab your backpack, pencils, and books, it's time to head back to school!

We enlisted elementary school librarian and Book Riot contributor Ashlie Swicker to help you and your family get ready for the new school year!

Check out Ashlie's website Be Your Own Lady and follow her on Twitter & Instagram!

Books in this episode:

Mae's First Day of School by Kate Berube

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson 

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold 

What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers

School's First Day of School by Adam Rex


Aug 1, 2018

Romance is one of the most successful genres in publishing despite often being overlooked by both the mainstream media and the publishing world.

Jaime Green is a writer, editor and teacher who has has written about books for Slate, Vulture, Thrillist, BuzzFeed and many others. She now joins The Gray Lady as the new romance columnist for The New York Times Book Review

Roxanne says "Jamie's column shows that romance novels can be smart and fun and explores how they fit into today's world culturally and politically." 

So, whether you favor Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy or prefer the modern day rom-com hunk, you are sure to find the perfect romance recommendation in Jaime's new column!

Check out Jaime's Column! 

Books in this episode:

Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV by Lucas Mann

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 

Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays by Eula Biss 

Jul 27, 2018

Monday July 30th is National Paperback Book Day! We are thrilled to welcome back Anne Bogel, the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the host of one of our favorite book podcasts, What Should I Read Next?

Anne gives us five great choices for your purse, beach bag, briefcase, or nightstand. 

Books in this episode:

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais 

The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve 


Jul 26, 2018

Reese Witherspoon has a reputation for celebrating women's stories through "Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine" so its no surprise that the Legally Blonde actress has optioned Gail Honeyman's novel for the big screen. 

The first-time author opens up to Roxanne about how a milestone birthday inspired her to pursue her dream which led to her multi-award winning book "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" about loneliness and the importance of human connection. 

Roxanne says that Gail "...finds a way to balance the light and the dark while being utterly hilarious." 



Jul 21, 2018

From Singapore to New England, Roxanne reads listener emails from around the globe! Our fans have amazing taste in books and we are thrilled to share some of your picks!

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

Books in this episode:

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering American on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

Jul 18, 2018

Frequent guest, Penguin Random House sales rep and former Books on the Nightstand host, Michael Kindness is back to share some of his favorite reads just in time for your summer vacation!

Roxanne says Michael “…has a special place in my heart and R.J. Julia’s and has not only a wide range of reading interests but he’s particularly adept at describing books in a way that makes you want to read them.”  

Get even more book talk from Michael Kindness by listening to to Ep 9Ep 20, Ep 32 & Ep 46 of Just the Right Book Podcast.

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

Bonfire: A Novel by Krysten Ritter

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha

The Gunners: A Novel by Rebecca Kaufman

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry by David L. Carlson and Landis Blair

Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

Providence: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes

You:  A Novel by Caroline Kepnes



Jul 13, 2018

Jason Pellegrini's latest sci-fi page turner, “Booth,” tells the story of a death row inmate as he reflects on his life on the day of his execution. The Long Island native who beat out 23 other independent authors to become the winner of JTRB’s previous indie author poll also discusses his decision to self-publish, and his admiration for Stephen King.

Buy Jason's book Booth!

Other books in this episode:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The Never Enders by Michael Sonbert



Jul 11, 2018

Everyone has a story to tell. Whether it’s lunch with your co-workers, conversations with friends and family or a romantic date, telling stories helps us be honest with ourselves as well as make a deeper connection with others.

Internationally bestselling author, storyteller, podcaster, and 36-time Moth StorySLAM champion, Matthew Dicks recently stopped by our studios to share his numerous tips and tools to help us all become storytellers with his new book “Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling.”

The elementary school teacher also recounts the first time he took the Moth stage, how he later turned a traumatic event into a cathartic storytelling experience, and even gives us some pointers on how to organize our time better, which is the focus of his next non-fiction book.

Pick up a copy of Storyworthy

Listen to Matthew's podcast Speak Up here!

Click here to check out Matthew's official site

Jul 6, 2018

Book-to-movie adaptations are bigger than ever in 2018! We are thrilled to welcome back Cristina Arreola, Senior Books Editor at Bustle to give us the scoop on which books to read before they hit the big screen!

Follow Cristina on Twitter!

To purchase any of the books in this episode, just go to R.J. Julia

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Crazy, Rich, Asians by Kevin Kwan

Where'd You Go Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters


Jul 3, 2018

Wondering what to read while the sun is out and the days are long? Roxanne has you covered with twenty-two hand-picked reads from biographies and self-help books to deliciously disturbing novels, beach reads and more!

To purchase any of the books in this episode, just go to R.J. Julia

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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

Grant by Ron Chernow

How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson

Dot Journaling―A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier 

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giodarno

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

How to Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life by Frank M.D. Lipman

Tangerine: A Novel by Christine Mangan

The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations by John McCain and Mark Salter

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

Educated by Tara Westover

The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer

Calypso by David Sedaris

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

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

Making Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead- My Life Story by Cecile Richards

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






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