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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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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 

This episode of Just the Right Book is brought to you by Zola.com. To start your FREE wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to Zola.com/book!

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 audiofilemagazine.com!

 

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!

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