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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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






Jun 29, 2018

Whether you’re hitting the beach or a BBQ, pick up one of these three books this Independence Day! We enlisted the help of friend, author, and storyteller Matthew Dicks to recommend some titles that celebrate the birth of our nation.

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

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey

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

Drunken Fireworks (audio only) by Stephen King

Jun 27, 2018

We’re more willing to talk about sex than money.  New York Times correspondent John Schwartz discusses our discomfort with financial planning in his new book, “This is the Year I put My Financial Life in Order.”  

Schwartz (who didn’t have a will until age 58) covers everything from wills and retirement to investments, and more, making this book a must-read for anyone who has put off managing money or establishing a financial future.  As Roxanne notes, “John’s willingness to share his family's financial foibles and his path through financial planning is a gift to the rest of us.”

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

This is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order by John Schwartz

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

The World Book Encyclopedia 

Jun 22, 2018

It happens to most of us one time or another.  But how do you snap out of the dreaded reading slump?  We enlisted the help of Just the Right Book regular Michael Kindness to give us some tips and recommendations.

Books in this episode:

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule 

Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings by Jez Burrows 


Jun 20, 2018


Allison Pearson's latest book, “How Hard Can It Be” has already been optioned for TV by the producer of HBO’s hit series “Big Little Lies.”

The book’s prequel, “I Don't Know How She Does It” sold over 4 million copies and inspired a film starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

Roxanne recently sat down with the bestselling author to discuss her hilarious new book, raising children, and how stay-at-home moms can transition back into the work place.

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

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Pippi Longstalking by Astrid Lindgren

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Jun 15, 2018

Just in time for Father's Day, we hear about bestselling author (and father of four) Michael Chabon's Father's Day plans.

Still need a gift for dad? Pick up a copy of Chabon's new book "Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces"

Jun 13, 2018

Pulitzer prize-winning, best-selling author Michael Chabon joined us for a conversation about his new book of essays called Pop's: Fatherhood in Pieces.

Roxanne says “there is no shortage of books exploring the world of motherhood, the good, the bad, and the ugly, but there aren't enough books exploring the world of fatherhood. Along comes Michael Chabon with seven essays that beautifully explore the meaning, the magic, and the mysteries of fatherhood.”

Also, in this episode, we hear some of our listeners’ book recommendations.

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

Pop's: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon

The Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

The Cuckoo's Calling by J.K. Rowling

Stiff by Mary Roach

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Hellhound on his Trail by Hampton Sides

11/22/63 by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

In Harms Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton

Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

Jun 8, 2018

June is Audiobook Appreciation Month so we enlisted the help of Sharifah Williams from Book Riot to help pick out your next audiobook for those long summer drives! 

To purchase any of the audiobooks in this episode just go to or R.J. Julia.

Where'd you Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

We are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays by Samantha Irby 

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 







Jun 6, 2018

Joanne Lipman, the bestselling author of the book, “That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell them) About Working Together” brings her impressive experience as deputy editor at the Wall Street Journal, and editor-in-chief at USA Today to the seemingly age-old conversation of gender equality in the workplace and how men can join that conversation to close that gap.  

Roxanne says, “rather than telling women to man up or demonizing men, she approaches the topic by defining the problem in a fresh way and most importantly articulating some strategies and new ways of thinking for both men and women that just might have us moving forward.”

Also in this episode, some book recommendations from Book Riot Associate Editor and fellow podcaster, Sharifah Williams.

Listen to Book Riot's podcast SFF Yeah! 

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

That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell them) About Working Together by Joanne Lipman

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Mem by Bethany C. Morrow

The Tiffany Aching Series by Terry Pratchett

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Jun 1, 2018

Books about the LGBTQ community that reflect their lives and experiences as chosen by the expert staff of RJ Julia.

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

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann

The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel by Joseph Cassara

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell


May 30, 2018

No birth certificates, no school, no doctors, no registered existence, and abuse at the hands of one of her brothers. Westover’s first book “Educated” describes how she escaped a traumatic childhood to graduate from Brigham Young, Harvard, and Cambridge University with a PhD.

Also in this episode, Roxanne discusses some of her favorite memoirs and some of yours!

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

Educated by Tara Westover

Fifty Days of Solitude by Doris Grumbach

Personal History by Katharine Graham

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

Running in the Family Michael Ondaatje

With a Daughter's Eye: Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson by Mary Catherine Bateson 

Where is the Mango Princess: A Journey Back from Brain Injury by Cathy Crimmins

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese

After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, A Daughter's Search by Sarah Perry

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson 


May 25, 2018

Roxanne shares 6 of her favorite beach reads to help you kick off your Memorial Day weekend in our first Bookmarks episode of the new season!

Whether its a classic beach read, a political thriller or a short story collection, we've got you covered! "I think about it as this sort of unfettered time to read" says Roxanne. 

To purchase any of the books recommended by Roxanne, just go to R.J. Julia.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn 

West by Carys Davies

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Last Stories by William Trevor


May 23, 2018

We start our second season with two-time National Book Award finalist Rachel Kushner. Her new book, “The Mars Room” tells the story of Romy Hall who was serving two consecutive life sentences plus six years at the Stanville Women's Correction Facility in California’s Central Valley.

Roxanne says that the book “informs our understanding of prison life in a woman's correctional facility in thrilling and ironic detail” and “helps us ponder a society that gives rise to these inevitabilities, disappointments, and injustices.”

Also in this episode, we welcome back Lissa Muscatine, the owner of Politics & Prose in Washington DC for our segment “What’s on The Front Table.”

Books in this episode:

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

To purchase any of the books recommended by Lissa Muscatine, just go to Politics & Prose.  

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King

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

Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright 

Make Trouble by Cecile Richards

Something Wonderful by Todd S. Purdum

The Wine Lover's Daughter: A Memoir by Anne Fadiman

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Happiness: A Novel by Aminatta Forma

Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir by Christopher Buckley

Sharp by Michelle Dean

Educated by Tara Westover

Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog by Dave Barry 

The President Is Missing: A Novel by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir by Casey Gerald 

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro 




May 17, 2018

Luvvie Ajayi dished on meeting Oprah, moving to the US from Nigeria, and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS among women in our inaugural episode!

The comic phenom and award winning author's first book I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual became an instant New York Times best seller!

Also in this episode, we debuted our very first installment of “What’s on the Front Table” with Lissa Muscatine, former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and owner of the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Books in this episode:

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual By Luvvie Ajayi

The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke By Angela Nissel

We Should All Be Feminists By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hillbilly Elegy By J.D. Vance

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right By Arlie Russell Hochschild

The Fight to Vote By Michael Waldman

Swing Time By Zadie Smith

Luvvie’s blog

The Red Pump Project

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