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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Apr 10, 2019

"The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master" says the BBC.

First-time author Alex Michaelides' novel which landed #1 on The New York Times best-seller list in its first week is the debut book for Celadon, a new imprint of Macmillan

Says Roxanne "I knew it was going to be a wild and riveting ride from the opening sentence, 'Alicia Berenson was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband.'"

We then learn that Alicia, a well-known painter kills her famous photographer husband Gabriel. Alicia then goes and remains silent through her arrest, trial and ultimate institutionalization at The Grove, a facility for the criminally insane. Enter a psychotherapist named Theo Faber who is obsessed with her case and manages to get a job at The Grove with the hope of uncovering her motive.

Michaelides joined Roxanne to talk about the thriller that has already been optioned for film by Annapurna and Plan B. The labels have already produced "If Beale Street Could Talk", an Oscar nominated film adaptation of the James Baldwin novel. 

If you missed Roxanne's conversation with Celdaon founders Jamie Rabb and Deb Futter you can listen to it here!

Just the Right Book Podcast will no longer be produced by Collisions Media but will continue! Please follow RJ Julia on Facebook and Twitter for the scoop as we transition. Please email us at and let us know what you would like to hear more of when we return. Thank you so much to all of our fans. We look forward to returning very soon. 

Mar 26, 2019

You may have read (or at least heard of) “Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley, “Seriously, I'm Kidding” by Ellen Degenerous, or “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee. Or perhaps you have picked up a book by Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, or Al Franken.

If so, you can thank Jamie Rabb, former President & Publisher of Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group and Deb Futter, the former publisher of Twelve and Vice President & Editor-in-Chief of Grand Publishing.

The publishing powerhouses have now joined forces to launch Celadon Books, a new Macmillan imprint that publishes a highly curated list of 20-25 fiction and nonfiction titles a year, reflecting the eclectic taste of its founders. Roxanne recently sat down with Jamie and Deb in NYC to talk about just what it takes to launch an imprint, what we have to look forward to from Celadon and more.

Also in this episode we hear from recurring guest and friend of the show Dan Sheehan, the editor of the Bookmarks section of Literary Hub! We caught up with the Restless Souls author in NYC where he gave us some terrific book recommendations and got into a pretty interesting conversation about book reviews. 

Check out Celadon's Books Here!

Books in this episode:

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona

The Bird King by Willow Wilson

A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle

Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal 

When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia by Christina Thompson

Gingerbread: A Novel by Helen Oyeyemi

Stay Up With Hugo Best: A Novel by Erin Somers

America Was Hard to Find by Kathleeen Alcott

Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado 

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison 

Mar 14, 2019

Rooted in common sense, Robert Reich explains what he believes is the common good and how it constitutes the very essence of our nation. 

The former Secretary of Commerce, political commentator, and college professor joined Roxanne to talk about his latest book The Common Good. Roxanne and Professor Reich had a far-ranging conversation that included the intersection between capitalism and progressivism, the possibility that if we didn't have Trump we would have someone just like him, and what the 2020 election might look like.

Mar 8, 2019

TGIF! All of us at Just the Right Book thought it would be fun to revisit some of our favorite fiction writers from the past two seasons. Hear what inspired their stories and characters in this special episode.

If you haven't yet picked up any of these novels, this weekend might be the perfect time! Just head over to your favorite local independent bookstore, curl up with a glass or wine or a cup of tea, and enjoy the pleasure of a great read. 

Books in this episode:

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

Listen to our entire conversation with Sarah here!


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Listen to our entire conversation with Gail here!


The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Listen to our entire conversation with Alice here!


The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

Listen to our entire conversation with Dean here!


Bonus New Release: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides 

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Mar 1, 2019

Roxanne hit the Big Apple last week to sit down with Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius, the hosts of the New York Public Library's popular podcast The Librarian Is In, a show all about books, culture, and what to read next. 

The bibliophile BFFs talked about how they got their start (one was a political journalist), what books they are loving right now, and even debate e-books vs book books showing us why librarians truly have the most novel ideas. 

"Check out" The Librarian Is In here!

Click here to Listen to Roxanne on The Librarian Is In 

Books in this episode:

Black Out by Connie Willis

I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Foe by Iain Reid

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Why Read the Classics by Italo Calvino

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Blubber by Judy Blume


Feb 22, 2019

Business behemoths Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple might help us keep costs down but do they take away our freedom, and what can we do about it? 

Roxanne recently sat down with technology law expert and professor Tim Wu at his Columbia University office in New York City to discuss his latest book The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age which examines the history of antitrust actions in the 20th century, making the argument that breaking up today's largest high-tech titans would be good for business as well as our democracy. 

Roxanne says, "in the short, persuasive, provocative, and historically grounded book, Tim shows us how allowing unrestricted growth of concentrated private power can feed an appetite for nationalist and even extremist leadership."


Feb 18, 2019

In this special bonus episode, we take you inside the Q&A session of RJ Julia's recent live event with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the Yale School of Management.

Listen to Roxanne's exclusive interview with Madeleine Albright here!

Feb 14, 2019

A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is a bully with an army... someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.” 

RJ Julia recently hosted the former Secretary of State to a sold-out crowd at the Yale School of Management. Albright sat down for an exclusive interview with Roxanne to discuss her latest book Fascism: A Warning where she draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a United States diplomat to guide us through the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past. 

Feb 7, 2019

Everyone has a story...not everyone can tell it. Roxanne says first-time author Erin Hosier “assuredly can tell her story and does so with the kind of wit, energy, warmth, and honesty that rivets you to the page.”

The New York City native and literary agent kicked off publicity for her memoir Don’t Let Me Down at the Just the Right Book studios for her podcast debut conversation!  

The Beatles provided the soundtrack for the long and winding road from rural Ohio to New York City and we meet Erin’s parents who unpredictably trade their sixties rock ‘n’ roll life for Christian hymns. We meet her dad who was prone to violent outbursts. We also get to know Erin as she navigates her way through the debris and love of a fractured family, in the end reminding us that all you need is love.

Other books in this episode:

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy 

The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner


Feb 1, 2019

We welcome back Dan Sheehan from Literary Hub to give us the scoop on a couple of this month's titillating titles! 

Books in this episode:

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James 

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Check out Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2019!


Jan 31, 2019

Is your smart speaker listening to your conversations? Is Google reading your emails? Jaron Lanier, the author of the international bestsellers “You Are Not a Gadget” and “Who Owns the Future?” touches on these topics and more when he recently joined Roxanne to discuss his latest book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.

The Virtual Reality pioneer and founder of VPL Research (the first company to sell VR goggles and gloves) finds that social media fosters addiction, and generally makes us feel worse and fearful about each other and the world.

So, should we say goodbye to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? While Lanier believes it should be a personal decision, he does warn, “because these things are so sneaky, a lot of people confuse their addiction with an actual benefit.”

Books in this episode:

Rumi Poetry: Rumi Poems on Love and Happiness by Rumi

I and Thou by Martin Buber 

Knowledge of Man by Martin Buber 

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Jan 23, 2019

Through her previous nine bestselling books, Dani Shapiro has explored the profound question of how we come to be who we are, how the threads of family secrets, tragedy, spirituality, and joy layer and intertwine to create a unique being.

During a recent sold-out event at RJ Julia, Dani sat down with Roxanne to discuss her fifth memoir, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, how a commercial DNA kit revealed her hidden lineage, and her emotional connection to her family and faith. Roxanne says “it reflects the Zeitgeist of our times, issues of identity, family secrets, and how we tell our stories.”

Dani has written for the New Yorker, Salon, Elle, the New York Times, and has appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. This latest book has received wide acclaim from NPR, The New York Times, The Today Show and dozens of reviews. 

Preview Dani's NEW Podcast "Family Secrets" here!

Jan 22, 2019

We recently welcomed Irish fiction writer, journalist, and editor of LitHub's Bookmarks section, Dan Sheehan back to the show to dish on his recent column, books he is currently loving, and his favorite book of 2018!!

Books in this episode:

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

This episode was recorded on January 15th.


Jan 17, 2019

Over the last 20 years, the Case Foundation has contributed more than $100 million in funding to businesses and nonprofits that use entrepreneurship and innovation to drive social change.

As a co-founder of the foundation with her husband, Steve, Jean Case has discovered and embraced the role of being fearless as a key ingredient for everyone and anyone to realize their potential and purpose.

Jean was an early executive at America Online where she directed the marketing and branding as AOL brought the Internet to the world.

The entrepreneurial powerhouse joined us to discuss her inspiring first book, Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose where she outlines her guide to living fearlessly and why embracing your failures can lead to success. 

Other books in this episode:

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Jan 11, 2019

3.4 million copies sold last year made Becoming by Michelle Obama the best-selling book of 2018! We are thrilled to share an excerpt of the memoir read by the former first lady herself.

Audio File Magazine says “In a rich, warm timbre, Michelle Obama treats us to reminiscences and reflections on her life as though we were friends seated in her living room. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, the insights of "the other Obama" are interesting due to the sheer fact of her uniqueness.”

A special thanks to our friends at audio file magazine for providing the clip. Please check them out at!


Jan 11, 2019

Last week we heard Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review discuss the 10 Best Books of 2018! But before you dive into your 2019 TBR pile, you might just want to take a look back at some of the best titles of this past year as chosen by the editors of the Times Book Review.

For this compilation episode, we revisit three bestselling non-fiction authors from The New York Times list who joined Roxanne on the podcast in 2018!

Books in this episode:

Educated by Tara Westover

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Jan 4, 2019

From poems, toasts, and inspirational quotes that feed your heart and mind to brief body-bending exercises, these books will help you kick 2019 off right! Plus, they make perfect hostess gifts!

Books in this episode:

5-Minute Yoga: A More Energetic, Focused, and Balanced You in Just 5 Minutes a Day by Adams Media

Written in the Stars: Constellations, Facts, and Folklore by Alison Davies

A Little Book of Japanese Contentments: Ikigai, Forest Bathing, Wabi-sabi and More by Erin Niimi Longhurst 

Family Celebrations: Poems, Toasts and Traditions for Every Occasion by June Cotner & Nancy Tupper Ling

Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed


Jan 3, 2019

2018 produced some spectacular literary page turners and if you are looking to catch up before you dive into your 2019 New Year's reading resolutions, we've got you covered!

Pamela Paul, who is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees book coverage at The New York Times recently joined Roxanne to discuss the top ten reads of 2018!

Check out The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018!

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

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani

There There by Tommy Orange

Washington Black by Esi Edugyanv

American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan Jobs

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

Check out Anne Bogel's 15 inspiring and practical books to help you achieve your New Year's resolutions!

Check out Anne Bogel's 2019 Reading Challenge here!