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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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Nov 9, 2018

From classic 19th Century love stories to modern day memoirs, Roxanne reads your fan mail and shares your favorite stories! 

Books in this episode:

Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn Jr. 

Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen 

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Nov 8, 2018

2018 marks 200 years since the birth of Frederick Douglass, and we now have the first major biography of Douglass in a quarter century. 

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by prize-winning historian and Yale Professor David Blight is based on nearly a lifetime of research as well as letters and private documentation to which no biographer has previously had access. It’s this revealing collection that helped shed new light on Douglass, particularly in the latter third of his life. 

Professor Blight recently sat down with Roxanne to discuss the book the New York Times Book Review called "cinematic and deeply engaging" about how Douglass escaped slavery, then went from a boy trading bread for spelling lessons to one of the most significant figures in American history. Blight also discusses Douglass' wife of 44 years and what the political activist would think of the state of racism in the country today.

Books in this episode:

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

The Bible

This episode of Just the Right Book is brought to you by The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford. For the entire month of November, listeners can get 30% off of The Gift That I Can Give with code JTRB. Visit store.faithgateway.com and apply the code at checkout to redeem your offer!

Nov 3, 2018

On a special election edition of JTRB Bookmarks, we welcomed back Lissa Muscatine, owner of the renowned Politics & Prose in Washington, DC to give us the scoop on what books we should be paying attention to the weekend before the election. 

Don't forget to hit your local bookstore before you hit the polls to vote!!

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

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister

Rage Become Her: The Power of Women's Anger by Soraya Chemaly  

We Can't Breathe by Jabari Asim

The Complete Federalist Papers

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics by Donna Brazile and Yolanda Caraway

Frederick Douglas: A Prophet of Freedom by David Blight

The Trump Administration and International Law by Harold Hongju Koh

We Fed an Island: The True Story of Feeding Puerto Rico One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres

 

Nov 1, 2018

If you’re trying to fill your holiday wish list with amazing titles, look no further! Our very own Roxanne Coady recently hosted a live event with Penguin Random House publishing powerhouses Michael Kindness, Jennifer Black and author, Matthew Dicks.

The event, which took place at the Mandell JCC in Hartford, Connecticut, was titled “Buzz About Books” and Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way! 

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

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Any Human Heart by William Boyd

An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones 

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

There There by Tommy Orange

The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kushner

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

Reading With Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo

The Class: A Life-Changing Teacher, His World-Changing Kids, and the Most Inventive Classroom in America by Heather Won Tesoriero

Circle by Madeline Miller

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The Silence of the Girls: A Novel by Pat Barker 

The Song of Achilles: A Novel by Madeline Miller

Waiting For Eden by Elliot Ackerman

Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling by Mathew Dicks

On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Seneca 

An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan

Educated by Tara Westover

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Heart

God, if You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem by Darrell Hammond

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

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

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron De Hart

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

How To Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life by Frank Lipman, MD

Thirst by Scott Harrison

The Seeds of Life by Edward Dolnik

Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose

Ann Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank

The Order of The Day by Eric Vuillard

Listen to the Marriage by John J. Osborn

His Favorites by Kate Walbert

White Houses by Amy Bloom

Small Country by Gael Faye

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novick

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami 

American Dialogue by Joseph J. Ellis

American Journal: Fifty Poems of Our Time by Tracy K. Smith

Dot Journaling by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

West by Carys Davies

In Praise of Wasting Time by Alan Lightman

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

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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 

Sep 28, 2018

This week is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Across the country there are discussions about schools, libraries, and communities banning books for their incendiary content. They shockingly include books like The Color Purple and A Wrinkle in Time, among many other titles. 

Roxanne says "Its important for us to take this time and understand how inappropriate it is to ban books and we need to become engaged if we run into a school or a library or a set of circumstances that's wants to do that..."

What is the book that most surprised you or the book that you think should be banned? Write to us at info@justtherightbookpodcast.com

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

The Color Purple by Alice Walker 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle 

Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury 

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger 

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins 

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain 

Beloved by Toni Morrison

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 info@justtherightbookpodcast.com

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! BookTrib.com’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

Click here to listen to the full episode!

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

Click here to listen to the full episode!

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

Click here to listen to the full episode!

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 info@justtherightbookpodcast.com 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 info@justtherightbookpodcast.com 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 info@justtherightbookpodcast.com !

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 Libro.fm 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

We are giving away a $100 gift card to "Just the Right Book" subscription service. It's like having your own personal bookseller! You just go to Instagram.com/justtherightbookpodcast to enter to win! 

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

May 10, 2018

Amy Dickinson chats about finding love at middle-age, the heartbreak of caring for an ailing parent at the end of life and moving back to her hometown of Freeville, NY.

The nationally syndicated advice columnist's book, “Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home” is out in paperback now!

Books in this episode:

Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home by Amy Dickinson

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

May 3, 2018

 

John Grisham revealed just how close he came to ending his writing career when the mega-bestselling author joined us last summer to promote the crime fiction thriller, Camino Island. (now out in paperback)

“If this book doesn’t work, I’m quitting this,” said the former attorney about The Firm, his first major success.

Books in this episode:

Camino Island by John Grisham 

The Firm by John Grisham

Apr 26, 2018

Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout gives us the scoop on the Emmy Award-winning HBO series based on her book Olive Kitteridge and shares her thoughts on Frances McDormand as the title character. We celebrate the paperback release of her renowned novel Anything is Possible

Roxanne also talks to super-fan, Kim Nelson-Layman, who got a special surprise when she heard who else was on the phone!

Books in this episode:

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

Check out Kim Nelson-Layman’s Blog!

Apr 18, 2018

Daphne Merkin opens up about her battles with depression and offers advice on supporting loved ones struggling with the disease as we welcome the paperback release of her acclaimed memoir.

This is a fascinating conversation with the novelist and critic you won't want to miss.

Books mentioned in this episode:

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

Apr 12, 2018

Just in time for the paperback release of The Late Show introducing Det. Renée Ballard, a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD, we reflect on the best-selling author Michael Connelly's discussion with Roxanne at an exclusive live event.  

The wonderfully entertaining former crime reporter dished on what's it like being the Executive Producer of the hit TV series, Bosch, inspired by one of his famous characters. Connelly also talked about jazz, how he chose writing over engineering, and of course, his brand-new book series.

Books in this episode:

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

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Apr 5, 2018

In part two of Roxanne’s sit-down with James Forman Jr., the two dive further into James’ first book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

Forman tells us his first-hand story of the criminal justice system from his experience as a public defender and shares his incredulity over his results of Harvard’s Implicit Association Test in this season finale.

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Books in this episode:

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

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

 

Mar 29, 2018

The Wall Street Journal says, “If we are going to have a national conversation about race in the United States, a book like [James Forman Jr.'s] Locking Up Our Own ought to set the tone."

The Yale Law School professor, former public defender, and charter school founder brings his experience to the complex minefield topic of race and incarceration in his first book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

James and Roxanne explored the intricacies of political activism and the role it plays today. They also discuss the current gun debate, the decriminalization of marijuana, and James’ father, the civil rights leader James Forman Sr. 

Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of our conversation with James Forman Jr. 

 

Mar 27, 2018

Business Insider recently asked a group of Harvard Professors which included Nobel laureates, scientists, economists, and Pulitzer Prize winners to share the single book they think students should read in 2018. 

Roxanne tells us, "I love lists because it reminds me of what I should pay attention to." 

Harvard Recommended Books:

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Internationalists by Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith 

Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Joseph E. Aoun

Read the full article here

 

 

Mar 22, 2018

 

She flipped the notion of parenting on end with her last book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Now she takes her latest shot and claims the way we act is destroying the world. 

Her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations offers a bold new remedy for reversing foreign policy failures and overcoming our own destructive political tribalism at home.

R J. Julia was lucky enough to host the Yale Law School professor and as Roxanne puts it, “she is never one to shy from provocative points of view”.

Books in this episode: 

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

Mar 19, 2018

Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s “deeply personal” memoir, Becoming drops this Fall! 

Roxanne also discusses country music legend Dolly Parton’s non-profit, Imagination Library which just celebrated a huge milestone!

Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek into our next episode featuring Amy Chua where she discusses her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

Read about Michelle Obama's first memoir, Becoming!

Read about Dolly's non-profit, Imagination Library!

 

 

Mar 15, 2018

Our guest Yascha Mounk’s new book, "The People Vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It" is “a provocative must read,” according to Roxanne. Roxanne and Yascha will explore how we got to where we are and what we can do about it.

Yascha, the Executive Director at the Tony Blair Institute, lectures at Harvard and write The Good Fight column at Slate as well as hosts a podcast by the same name.

This is an important show you won’t want to miss.

Check out Yascha Mounk’s The Good Fight Podcast here!

Check out Yascha's book tour!

 

Mar 13, 2018

From fairy princesses to books about family relationships, immigration and more, Harper's Bazaar has something for everyone's March Reading Madness! 

Check Out Harper's "18 New Books You Need to Read in March!" 

 

Mar 9, 2018

Julia Samuel’s first book Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, And Surviving is organized by the type of loss; losing a parent, losing a child, and confronting your own death.

Is the way which someone grieves different by the loss or is it more defined by who they are?

Samuel is a psychotherapist specializing in grief who spent the last 25 years working with bereaved families. She recently joined Roxanne at RJ Julia to talk about grief as a process that's unique to every person, but universal in the need to be experienced and discussed.

Roxanne says, “I think the point that permeates throughout the book is the need to confront pain as part of the grieving process.”

Mar 6, 2018

Roxanne recently sat down with author and friend Amy Bloom to talk about her new book White Houses, inspired by one of the most intimate relationships in history between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. Listen to Amy read an excerpt from her latest bio-fiction in this week's episode. 

Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek into our next episode featuring Julia Samuel where she discusses her latest book Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving

Click here to listen to the full episode with Amy Bloom

Mar 1, 2018

Author A.J. Jacobs recently discovered that he was related to President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and Donald Trump!

Jacob’s latest book, “It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” was born out of this one email: "You don't know me, but I'm your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database." The journalist and contributing writer for Esquire who is best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments shares how he chronicled his three-year journey to help build the biggest family tree in history.

The number of people who have had their DNA analyzed with home genealogy kits like AncestryDNA more than doubled during 2017 and now exceeds 12 million.

We also speak to Gael LeLamer, Book Buyer at Books & Books in Miami who shares what is on their front table and the books the changed her life.

Books in this episode:

It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A.J. Jacobs

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez 

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

The Third Hotel by Laura Van Den Berg 

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara 

Paris is Burning by Lucas Hilderbrand 

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone

Stuart Little by E.B. White

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss 

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

Feb 27, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting The Oscars again this year and we are thrilled to see so many book-based movies nominated!

Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek of our conversation with author A.J. Jacobs talking about “It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” which will be out later this week. 

The 90th Oscars telecast on Sunday, March 4, 2018, will now begin at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST

The Books Adapted into This Year's Oscar Contenders:

Call Me by Your Name, adapted from André Aciman's novel of the same name: best picture; actor in a leading role (Timothée Chalamet); original song; and adapted screenplay (James Ivory).

Darkest Hour, based on the book Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink by Anthony McCarten, who also wrote the screenplay: best picture; actor in a leading role (Gary Oldman); and cinematography (Bruno Delbonne).

Mudbound, adapted from the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan: actress in a supporting role (Mary J. Blige); cinematography (Rachel Morrison); and adapted screenplay.

All the Money in the World, based on Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty by John Pearson: actor in a supporting role (Christopher Plummer).

The Disaster Artist, adapted from the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell: adapted screenplay (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber).

Molly's Game, adapted from the book Molly's Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World by Molly Bloom: adapted screenplay (Aaron Sorkin).

The Breadwinner, adapted from the children's novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis: animated feature film.

Ferdinand, based on the children's book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson: animated feature film.

The Boss Baby, based on Marla Frazee's picture book of the same name: animated feature

Feb 23, 2018

Bustle is a website geared towards Millennial women delivering everything you need to know, see, and read right now. In this episode, Senior Books Editor Cristina Arreola talks to Roxanne about everything from BookCon to Broadway and their shared love of Cheryl Strayed. 

Also in this episode, we hear from New York Times best-selling author and friend of the show Amy Bloom who was at RJ Julia recently to launch her new novel White Houses. The bio-fiction which USA Today called "irresistibly audacious" is inspired by one of the most intriguing relationships in history- between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok.

Check out Amy Bloom's official website

Check out Cristina's Twitter

Books in this episode: 

White Houses by Amy Bloom

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed 

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison 

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

Feb 21, 2018

A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, and contributing writer for Esquire and is best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments. His latest book 
"It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree" chronicles Jacobs's three-year journey to help build the biggest family tree in history.

You can hear Roxanne’s full interview with A.J. next week on Just the Right Book but for this week’s Bookmarks episode we decided to give you a special look inside the book with an excerpt of “It's All Relative” read by A.J. Jacobs himself.

Later this week, you can hear Connecticut author Amy Bloom talk about her latest book "White Houses." Stay tuned for a sneak peek in this week's Bookmarks

 

Feb 15, 2018

We have heard these kind of stories a million times. I’m not understood. He doesn’t listen. She spends too much money. I think I married the wrong person. How could she betray me?

Are these midlife crises? Are they fatal flaws or are they a rough patch? On this week's episode we meet Daphne De Marneffe, the author of "The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together." She takes us through some of the major stressors of marriage like money and sex, and offers tips for couples who might be going through rough patches or want to avoid them. 

Daphne is a licensed clinical psychologist offering psychotherapy to couples and individuals. She has a Bachelors degree from Harvard and a PhD in clinical psychology. As Roxanne puts it: "Her book provides, with courage and compassion, one of the best discussions, enlightenment and thought on marriage that I have read." 

Also in this episode, we hear from the patrons of RJ Julia who share what's on their nightstand. 

Books in this episode: 

The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together by Daphne De Marneffe 

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani 

The Daughter's Almanac by Katharine Whitcomb

Attachment by John Bowlby

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Water Works by Tanya Karen Gough  

Feb 13, 2018

It's Valentines Day and of course we think books are the perfect gift! So, for our first Bookmark Roxanne recommends some of the best books to read about love. 

Also in today's Bookmarks, we give you a sneak peek at this week's interview with Daphne De Marneffe, the author or "The Rough Patch."

Books in this episode: 

The Lover by Marguerite Duras

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Hourglass: Time, Memory Marriage by Dani Shapiro 

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 

Origami Love Notes Kit

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

I Wrote This Book Because I love You: Essays by Tim Kreider 

My Foolish Heart: A Pop-Up Book of Love by Nick Bantock 

What to Do When Jane Knows Dick about Dating: If He Wants You, You Will Know It by Laura J. Wellington 

Feb 8, 2018

Matchmaker, Matchmaker find me a book… Nicole Lamy is a writer, book critic and literary matchmaker for the The New York Times' Match Book column which runs online on Tuesdays and every other Sunday in the Book Review. Nicole connects readers with book suggestions based on their questions, their tastes, their literary needs, and desires. The former Boston Globe editor and TV writer joined Just the Right Book to talk book recommendations, the most outrageous letter that she has ever received, and the books that changed her life.

And stay tuned after Roxanne’s conversation with Nicole to hear a recent live event with author Min Jin Lee. Her book “Pachinko” was nominated for the 2017 National Book Award for fiction and made The New York Times “10 Best Books of 2017.” Lee also talked about her “hysterical shyness”, how she has read The Bible six times, and even the merits of kimchi. The event hosted by RJ Julia was moderated by the ladies of the “Book Cougars Podcast.”

Nicole Lamy's Twitter 

Min Jin Lee's Twitter

Books in this episode:

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton 

Thank You Octopus by Darren Farrell

Masterpiece by Elise Broach

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Portrait of a Lady by Henry James 

 

Feb 3, 2018

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) recently announced its 30 finalists in six categories––autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry––for the outstanding books of 2017. The awards will be presented on March 15, 2018 at the New School in New York City.

In this week's Tidbits Roxanne talks about these awards and a couple of her favorites! Plus, we give you a sneak peek at next week's episode with Nicole Lamy from The New York Times

Thank you to all our listeners who voted and helped us rename Tidbits. A newly-named bite-sized episode is coming next week! 

Feb 1, 2018

Looking for a good book to curl up with this winter? We've got you covered! In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast Roxanne is joined by Ellen Gamerman, the Arts and Culture reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Ellen takes us inside the Journal and shares some winter reads and even talks Oscars

Also, in this episode Roxanne speaks to author, journalist, and Rolling Stone contributor Jeff Goodell about his latest book, The Water Will Come. Goodell, who has covered climate change for fifteen years, has previously written five books on topics such as the coal industry, Geoengineering and even a memoir about growing up in Silicon Valley. 

We have certainly heard the doomsday scenarios of the impact of climate change, the warming ocean, the melting glaciers, and the rising sea levels. We have witnessed destruction by hurricanes like Sandy, Irma, Harvey and Maria. Yet most of us only have a vague understanding of what is causing it or how quickly and how destructively it’ll all happen.

Twelve Books to Read This Winter by Ellen Gamerman

Six More Books to Read This Winter by Ellen Gamerman 

Check Out Ellen's Twitter!

Books in this episode:

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

The Kremlin's Candidate by Jason Matthews

Come Nineveh, Come Tyre: The Presidency of Edward M. Jason by Allen Drury

White Houses by Amy Bloom 

Sunburn by Laura Lippman 

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White 

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

 

Jan 26, 2018

Author, journalist, and Rolling Stone contributor Jeff Goodell's latest book “The Water Will Come” details how oceanside places are becoming more and more vulnerable to rising seas. 

You can hear Roxanne's full interview with Jeff next week on Just the Right Book but for this week’s Tidbits episode we decided to give you a special look inside the book with an excerpt of “The Water Will Come” read by Jeff himself. 

 

Jan 25, 2018

Albert Einstein was once the most famous person on the planet. Today his work remains integral to scientific study, to the physics of our world, and to the way we conceptualize our very existence. His quotes on all subjects litter the walls of college dorms and university classrooms but there is one quote that is unlike any other, a letter in response to a grieving father that had just lost his son.

In Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul, Rabbi Naomi Levy dives into the mystery of what prompted one of the greatest scientific minds in history to write so eloquently about the human condition and what it says about our own interconnectedness. Rabbi Levy joined Just the Right Book Podcast to take us on this journey of discovering other dimensions of Einstein and the backstory of this grieving father.

As Roxanne puts it, "What it really does is help us think about what that space is that some people have found with religion, some people look for in various versions of spirituality and she does a great job of helping us think about this notion of the soul in a wider way."

Also in this episode, we hear what some of the folks in New Haven are reading. 

Books in this episode:

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Naomi Levy

Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl  

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing Exposed and Explained by the World's Two by Al Ries, Jack Trout

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

Truthers by Geoffrey Girard 

Jan 19, 2018

In this week's Tidbits episode Just the Right Book Podcast takes you inside a young adult author panel hosted by RJ Julia for E. Lockhart, Julie Buxbaum, Kara Thomas, Jennifer E. Smith, and Ann Brashares. Look for more from this panel in an upcoming episode of Just the Right Book Podcast

Also in today's Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week's episode with Rabbi Naomi Levy who spoke to Roxanne about her book Einstein and the Rabbi, an exploration of the meaning and purpose of the soul, inspired by the famous correspondence between Albert Einstein and a grieving rabbi.

 

Jan 17, 2018

Former Books on The Nightstand host, "rep extraordinaire" and frequent guest Michael Kindness is back to add to your winter reading list!

Also in this episode, Roxanne speaks to author and former New York City prosecutor Linda Fairstein, the writer of Ninteen internationally best-selling Alex Cooper novels.

Fairstein stopped by Just the Right Book Podcast to chat about her kids book Digging for Trouble, the second book in her Devlin Quick Mysteries. The story follows twelve-year-old supersleuth Devlin Quick as she heads to Montana to dig out dinosaur bones, but instead discovers a mystery.

So what inspired Linda to write about dinosaurs besides her love for New York City's Museum of Natural History? She explains learning that "Montana, Wyoming, and up through Alberta Canada has the largest dinosaur fossil deposits in America because there was once an inland sea there." 

Linda was also the former chief of Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for over two decades. Roxanne couldn't resist getting her take on the flood of sexual harassment and abuse allegations that have consumed the news over the last few months. Could a book on the subject be next for the bestselling author?

Check out Linda's Website

Books in this episode:

Digging For Trouble by Linda Fairstein 

Deadfall by Linda Fairstein

Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza

Grant by Ron Chernow

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland 

Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover 

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book by Dan Harris 

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle  

Jan 11, 2018

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? This is the premise of Chloe Benjamin's second novel The Immortalists, which was hailed "2018's First Must-Read" by Entertainment Weekly

Just the Right Book Podcast caught up with the self-proclaimed "midwest convert" right before her book tour and she dished on an array of topics including religion, ballet, magic and her latest novel which may be coming to the small screen. Benjamin even tells Roxanne whether she would choose to know the date of her death if she could.

And stay tuned after the conversation with Chloe to hear the latest book recommendations from Lori Fazio, the COO of RJ Julia in Madison, CT. 

Books in this episode: 

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin 

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

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

Jan 5, 2018

Chloe Benjamin's second book, The Immortalists is one of the most anticipated books of 2018. In this week's Tidbits episode we give you a special look inside the book with an excerpt read by Chloe herself!

And tune in next week to Just the Right Book Podcast to hear Roxanne's full interview with Chloe Benjamin. 

Jan 3, 2018

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also a journalist, host of the Book Review Podcast and an author of an array of books on subjects ranging from pornography and starter marriages, to parenting. Her latest book, My Life With Bob, is about the life of an obsessive reader. 

In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, Pamela gives us a rare look at the inner workings of The New York Times and her meteoric rise to becoming the editor of The New York Times Book Review. Paul also chats with Roxanne about the newspaper's prestigious list, The 10 Best Books of 2017.

And stay tuned after Roxanne's conversation with Pamela Paul to hear what patrons of RJ Julia have on their New Years Reading Resolutions List. 

Books in this episode:

Autumn by Ali Smith

Exit West by Moshin Hamid 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - And Us by Richard O. Prum

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Grant by Ron Chernow

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

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood

A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler by Thalia Zepatos

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

To The Bright Edge of The World by Eowyn Ivey

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Quotes for Nasty Women: Empowering Wisdom for Women Who Break The Rules by Linda Picone

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The House of Niccolo by Dorothy Dunnett

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machada

Such Small Hands by Andres Barba 

The Saboteur by Andrew Gross

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes 

 

 

Dec 29, 2017

In today's Tidbits Episode Roxanne gives us some of her favorite "New Year, New You" book picks. 

Also in today's Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week's episode with Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review and author of My Life With Bob.

Books in this episode:

Silence: in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge

Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks 

The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You by Nathanial T. Wheelwright, Bern Heinrich

 

 

 

Dec 27, 2017

Ann Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville and the author of seven novels. In 2012, Time Magazine named her as one of their 100 Most Influential People in the World.

In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast we revisit one of our most popular episodes with the The Bel Canto author who joined Roxanne last winter from her home in Nashville. They discussed many things including her life as a bookseller, her book Commonwealth, and this years' Man Booker Prize-winner, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo

Books in this episode:

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Dec 22, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode Roxanne talks about some of her favorite books of 2017! 

Also in today’s Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week’s  episode with Ann Patchett, when we re-visit one of our most popular conversations!

Books in this episode:

Exit West by Moshin Hamid 

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Grant by Ron Chernow

Listen to Ep 47 with "Grant" author Ron Chernow here!

 

 

Dec 20, 2017

Jacques Pepin is a world-renowned chef, a former columnist for the New York Times and the author of more than two dozen cookbooks. For this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, we revisit one of our favorite episodes with the internationally recognized French chef and author just in time for the holidays!

Last December the world’s most famous cooking teacher stopped by RJ Julia to share HIS best holiday cooking tips and you’ll never believe what he tells Roxanne about his own cooking mistakes!

Check out Jacques NEW book, A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey 

More books by Jacques Pepin:

Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul in the Kitchen

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

Jacques Pepin's New Complete Techniques

Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food

Jacques Pepin Fast Food My Way 

The Short-Cut Cook

Jacques Pepin More Fast Food My Way

Chez Jacques: Traditions and Rituals of a Cook

Jacques Pepin Celebrates

Jacques Pepin's Complete Techniques: More Than 1,000 Preparations and Recipes, All Demonstrated in Thousands of Step-By-Step Photographs

Jacques Pepin's Simple and Healthy Cooking 

This episode is sponsored by BarkBox. To get a free month of BarkBox when you subscribe to a 6 or 12-month plan, just go to www.barkbox.com/bookpodcast.

Dec 15, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode Roxanne read one of her favorite poems from Mary Oliver's collection, A Thousand Mornings: Poems

Also in today’s Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week’s  episode with world-renowned chef Jacques Pepin, when we re-visit one of our favorite episodes just in time for the holiday season!

Pick up Jacques NEW book, A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen With Shorey

Today
By Mary Oliver

Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.

But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.

Stillness.  One of the doors
into the temple.

Dec 13, 2017

Here at Just the Right Book Podcast we believe that books are the perfect gift for any occasion! So, we enlisted the help of two of our esteemed experts to help you find the perfect book for everyone on your list.

Miriam Sontz, the CEO of the legendary Powell’s Books and Andrew Brennan, the head book buyer for RJ Julia join Roxanne in browsing the bookshelves to give us their favorite picks for this holiday season!

JTRB Podcast’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather & Kirschner

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

Eternal Life by Dara Horn

Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

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

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Moshin Hamid

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Wise Trees by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

Monograph by Chris Ware

The Book of Cheese: The Essential Guide to Discovering Cheeses You'll Love by Liz Thorpe

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner... Life: Recipes and Adventures from My Home Kitchen by Missy Robbins

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 by Annie Leibovitz

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

 

Dec 8, 2017

In today's Tidbits Episode we hear author and Mad Men creator read a passage from his debut novel, Heather the Totality

Listen to Roxanne's full interview with Matthew here

And next week on Just the Right Book Podcast, we hear from Miriam Sontz, the CEO of Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon and Andrew Brennan, the head book buyer at RJ Julia who will help you find the perfect book for everyone on your holiday list!

Dec 6, 2017

Alice Hoffman is the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Magic, which inspired the cult-classic film by the same name starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.

In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, the New York native joins Roxanne to discuss witches, feminism, family secrets, and her latest book, The Rules of Magic. The book which is set in New York City in the sixties is a prequel to Practical Magic and was picked by Reese Witherspoon for her October 2017 Book Club read. The actress and book lover described the story as “full of magic, love, family, heartbreak and redemption.”

When asked what attracted her to witches and magic, Hoffman reveals how she grew up reading fairy tales, folk tales and myths. "What you read as a child influences who you become as a writer and who you become as a person. For me, it's not a choice. Magic and literature are just wound together...braided together...they exist together. I always feel like realism is the new kid on the block and that literature is magic."

And stay tuned after Roxanne's conversation with Alice Hoffman to hear from Anne Bogel, the host of the popular book podcast What Should I Read Next? and the creator of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy.

 

Books in this episode:

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud 

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

The Ninth Hour by Alice Dermott

Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen 

Epilogue: A Memoir by Anne Roiphe

Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel 

This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell 

The Riders by Tim Winton 

Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering by Wendy Lesser

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard 

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard 

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee

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

 

 

 

 

Dec 4, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode we hear author and former prosecutor Linda Fairstein read a passage from her latest book for ages 9-12 called Digging For Trouble. You can hear Roxanne's full conversation with Linda later on this month.

Also in today's Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at this week's  episode with author Alice Hoffman who spoke to Roxanne about her new book, The Rules of Magic, a prequel to Practical Magic which inspired a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. 

Dec 1, 2017

Thank you to all the wonderful independent authors who submitted their books to us in November. Our poll is now officially open, which means you can visit bookpodcast.com/poll and vote for your favorite independent author and their book.

Authors, we encourage you to share the poll with friends, family, and readers to boost your chance of winning. The poll closes on December 15th, after which we'll announce the winner who will receive a special shout-out on our show.

Visit bookpodcast.com/poll to vote now.

Nov 29, 2017

If you were born in 1997 you were four when 9/11 happened, 11 when the economy crashed in 2008, 15 when a black teenager named Trayvon Martin was murdered and his killer went free. In 2014 you were 17 when Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson Missouri, and 19 when Donald Trump was elected President. 

Dr. Beverly Tatum's 1997 book on race relations, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria has become a modern classic found in many classrooms. In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, the former Spelman College president joins Roxanne for a live event at Wesleyan RJ Julia to talk about the 20th anniversary edition of her time-honored book and how race relations has evolved in the past two decades.

Talking about twenty-year old adults today, Tatum says "94% of them will say they have witnessed instances of bias, seeing someone treated unfairly because of their group membership. And yet only 20% of that 94% will say that they are comfortable talking about bias instances. So for that reason, I describe them as not color blind, but color silent." 

And stay tuned after our conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum to hear Roxanne's chat with Girly Book Club founder, Erin Woodward who's book club has over 60,000 members in 12 countries!

Books in this episode:

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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

This episode of Just the Right Book Podcast is sponsored by HelloFresh. When you visit hellofresh.com and use the promo code “bookpodcast30”, you’ll save $30 off your first week of deliveries.

 

Nov 27, 2017

In this week's Tidbits episode, you'll hear the three books Roxanne picked up recently and can't stop raving about!

Also in today’s Tidbits we give you a sneak peek at this week’s conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum, who joined Roxanne at an event hosted by the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore to talk about the 20th anniversary edition of her book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Books in this episode:

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli 

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Nov 23, 2017

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” This quote by Albert Camus was the inspiration for Chilean-American author, Isabel Allende’s latest book, In the Midst of Winter.  

Allende, who’s novels include “The House of the Spirits” and “City of the Beasts,” joined our Roxanne Coady at a live event hosted by RJ Julia to chat about her latest work, a mad-cap caper that brings together Evelyn, a young undocumented Guatemalan woman, Lucia, a 62 year old exile from Chile and Richard, a 60 year old human rights scholar. Roxanne explains, “along the way we learn about the Injustice of immigration laws, human trafficking, the terror of militants, yet all imbued with stories of resilience, friendship and love.”

Isabel and Roxanne cover many topics including, how her grandparents impacted her life growing up, democracy in Chile after 17 years of dictatorship and finding “mature love” in her 70s. Talking about her new love, Allende says “he is moving to my house in December with his clothes and a bike That’s all I accept in the house.” 

And in case you missed it, Roxanne gives you the titles of the 2017 National Book Award winners! 

Books in this episode:

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

 

Nov 20, 2017

Calling all independent authors!

We want to help get the word out about independently published books and give you a chance to have Roxanne talk about your book on our show. Please pick one of the books you've authored, then send us an email at info@justtherightbookpodcast.com by November 30th. Include your full name, the book title, an enticing description, and your website and/or social media links.

Starting December 1st, we'll put up a poll on our website listing all the book submissions we received. The book with the most votes will receive a detailed shout-out from Roxanne on our show. Once the poll goes up, be sure to share the link with friends, family, and your readers to encourage them to vote and boost your chances of winning.

Thanks in advance for your participation and for listening to Just the Right Book Podcast. Good luck, independent authors!

Nov 17, 2017

If you are pondering what to cook or bring this Thanksgiving, Roxanne gives her favorite cookbook recommendations in today's Tidbits episode. 

Also in today’s Tidbits we give you a sneak peek at next week’s interview with Chilean-American novelist Isabel Allende, who spoke to Roxanne about her latest book, In the Midst of Winter

Books in this episode:

3-Ingredient Cocktails: An Opinionated Guide to the Most Enduring Drinks in the Cocktail Canon by Robert Simonson

A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey by Jacques Pepin

Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh

The Book of Cheese: The Essential Guide to Discovering Cheeses You'll Love by Liz Thorpe

Graces: Prayers and Poems for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions by June Cotner

Christopher Kimball's Milk Street: The New Home Cooking by Christopher Kimball

Nov 15, 2017

Whether you are creating your own bookish wish list, looking to get a jump on your holiday gifts, or just looking for a fantastic read, our literary experts have you covered! 

Our very own Roxanne Coady recently had the pleasure of hosting a live event with Penguin Random House publishing powerhouses Michael Kindness, Jennifer Black and author, Matthew Dicks. The event, which took place at the JCC in West Hartford, Connecticut, was titled "Buzz About Books" and Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way!

Stay tuned after the events to hear what folks are reading, straight from the New York Public Library in New York City. 

Books in this episode:

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

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

Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe by Dawm Tripp

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships by Deborah Tannen

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly

Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's a Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark Frost

Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Naomi Levy

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays by Samantha Irby Neverwhere (Audio) by Neil Gaiman

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Chemistry by Weike Wang

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro 

A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey by Jacques Pepin

Dying: A Memoir by Corey Taylor

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club) by Imbolo Mbue

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young: The Graduation Speeches by Kurt Vonnegut

Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman

The Whites by Richard Price

Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem by Amir D. Azcel

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition by Susan McCutcheon

Nov 13, 2017

How well does "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner know the famous characters of the hit drama series?

In this week's TidBits episode, the screenwriter-turned author takes Just the Right Book Podcast's "Mad-Men Rapid-Fire Quiz!" 

Hear Matthew Weiner talk about his debut novel "Heather, the Totality" in Ep. 51 

Nov 9, 2017

Variety has called Mad Men "The Last Great Drama of TV's Golden Age." What you might not know if that the hit drama series was rejected "by everyone" before making it's AMC debut in 2007. The cable network's first drama series went on to win four Golden Globes and fifteen Emmy Awards before its final episode aired in 2015.

In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner joins Roxanne in New York City to dish on his debut book, Heather The Totality. The 138 page work which Weiner refers to as "novel concentrate" explores the intertwining lives of a privileged Manhattan couple, their beautiful daughter Heather, and a sociopathic stalker. The screenwriter-turned-author also talks about his upcoming TV series The Romanoffs and the books that have changed his life.  

Stay tuned after the interview with Matthew to hear some great recommendations on books to distract you. Whether they end "happily ever after" or are just fun, you'll want to check out these entertaining titles!

Books in this episode:

Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner

East of Eden by John Steinbeck 

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Irresistible Blueberry Bake Shop by Mary Simies

Rules of Love and Grammer by Mary Simies

House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederick Backman

The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Lights of Paris by Eleanor Brown

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

The Spellman Files: A Novel by Lisa Lutz 

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Set by Alexander McCall Smith

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Ella Enchanted by Gail CarsonLevine

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Tricky Twenty-Two: Romance Mystery (a Stephanie Plum Novel) by Janet Evanovich - Unofficial & Independent Summary & Analysis (Paperback) 

 

 

 

 

Nov 3, 2017

An intimate New York City Wedding in the Rare Books Room of the Strand Bookstore? A pop-up bookshop for children and teenagers opens in the South Bronx?

In this week's Tidbits episode, Roxanne shares two pieces of news straight from the Big Apple! Plus, we tell you how to be a part of next week's episode and win a prize!

Articles in this episode:

An Intimate New York City Wedding at Strand Bookstore

Boogie Down Books: Pop-up Opens in the Bronx

You still have a chance to submit your questions for Matthew Weiner, the creator of the AMC hit drama series Mad Men and the author of the soon-to-be released book, Heather the Totality. Roxanne will be speaking to Matthew next week and if she uses your question, you win a prize!

Send your questions to info@justtherightbookpodcast.com, or write to us on Facebook or Twitter by Monday November 6th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Just the Right Book subscription service, a personalized book of the month program founded by Roxanne Coady. You won’t have to worry about what you are going to read next because a group of genius booksellers choose for you!

Oct 31, 2017

The heroic story of Suzanne Spaak, who risked everything and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi-occupied Paris to Auschwitz is one of many untold stories of the Holocaust. This week's episode of Just the Right Book welcomes author Anne Nelson who tells Spaak's story in her latest book, Suzanne's Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris

The Yale University alum consults with many of the leading US foundations including Gates, Rockefeller, and Carnegie on international media conflict and human rights, was a war correspondent in Latin America and reported from Eastern Europe and Asia for the New York Times, LA Times, BBC, NPR, and PBS.

Nelson has now set her considerable wide-ranging skills on a story of extraordinary courage in the face of evil. She has resurrected from obscurity the life of Suzanne Spaak, a wealthy Brussels-born woman who used her prominent status in Nazi-occupied Paris to rescue, shelter, and support Jewish children that were orphaned or left behind after their parents were deported to the concentration camps of Europe. Roxanne says, "In Miss Nelson's hand this story of courage is a page-turner filled with fascinating detailed research on the state of terror that existed in Nazi-occupied Paris, the espionage, and the extraordinary bravery of some and the astounding complicity with evil of many."

Also in this episode, some fantastic book recommendations from co-founder and president of The Book Report Network, Carol Fitzgerald.

Books in this episode:

Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris by Anne Nelson

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

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 Kristen Hannah

A Trace of Footprints by Ruth Wolff

Next week, Roxanne will be speaking with Matthew Weiner, the creator of the AMC hit drama series Mad Men and the author of the soon-to-be released book, Heather the Totality. If you have any questions that you would like to ask Matthew, please write to us at info@justtherightbookpodcast.com, our Facebook page or Tweet us!

If we use your question, you will win a gift certificate to the Just the Right Book subscription service, which is a personalized book of the month program. You won't even have to worry about what you are going to read next because a group of genius booksellers choose for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 26, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode, Roxanne recommends a kids book that's also perfect for pet lovers of all ages. Plus, a timeless tale of terror for adults which Roxanne calls "brilliant in every way."

We are really interested in hearing what you think is the perfect Halloween book! Post your recommendations on our Facebook page or Tweet us!

Also in today’s Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week’s interview with author Anne Nelson, who spoke to Roxanne about her new book, Suzanne's Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris.

Books in this episode:

Pug & Pig Trick-Or-Treat by Sue Lowell Gallion, Joyce Wan (Illustrator)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

Oct 24, 2017

Why do certain moments influence us so strongly? In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, we speak to Dan Heath, one half of the dynamic writing team which includes his brother Chip Heath. Dan explains how their latest book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact is about defining the moments that bring special meaning to our lives and the importance of creating them.

The Heath brothers' latest collaboration demonstrates how to apply The Power of Moments in many areas of life including: business, marriage, education, healthcare and hospitality. Dan shares a few of the stories from the book including one of his favorites about a Los Angeles hotel called the Magic Castle. Here, you can order up free popsicles for delivery poolside using a red phone by the pool known as the "Popsicle Hotline." The frozen treats are even brought out on a silver tray by someone wearing white gloves. The Magic Castle may look like an average motel painted bright yellow but the staffers realize that guests will forgive a lot of "average" as long as there are certain moments worth cherishing. 

And also in this episode, we to hear from Justin Souther from Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina for our segment, "What's on the Front Table."

Books in this episode:

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Decisive: How to Make Better Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty by Peter Singer

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte

In the Distance by Hernan Diaz

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix 

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home by Denise Kiernan

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterson

 

Oct 20, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode, we hear Claire Messud read a passage from her latest book, The Burning Girl. Roxanne describes the novel as "a fascinating look at friendships between young girls and how they arc over time."

Also in today's Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week's interview with novelist Dan Heath, who spoke to Roxanne about his new book, The Power of Moments.

Listen to the full interview with Claire Messud here

 

Oct 18, 2017

You may know Cheryl Strayed from her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, which inspired the blockbuster film starring Reese Witherspoon or from one of her other bestsellers, Tiny Beautiful Things or Brave Enough.

The Portland resident, who's popular advice column Dear Sugar inspired the podcast Dear Sugars is also the co-author of The Sweet Spot advice column in the New York Times Thursday Styles section. Strayed stopped by Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about that famous hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, her career as an advice columnist and how curiosity at a young age set the tone for her life journey. “As a child, I was very probing,” she tells Roxanne. “In fact, my mother would say I could ask each adult only three questions, because she knew I would never stop. I always paid careful attention to people’s emotional realities.” 

Stay tuned after the interview with Cheryl to hear what is on the front table at RJ Julia in Madison, Connecticut. 

Books in this episode:

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead

The Origins of Creativity by Edward O. Wilson

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Additional authors in this episode:

Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, Mary Gaitskill & William Trevor. 

Oct 12, 2017

The National Book Foundation recently revealed the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards. In today's Tidbits episode, Roxanne highlights some of her favorite titles from the four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 15th in New York.

See the complete list of nominees here

Books in this episode:

Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

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

In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae

 

Oct 11, 2017

Ron Chernow is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, historian, and journalist who wrote the biography which became the inspiration for the record-breaking, hip-hop Broadway musical Hamilton.

In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book, Chernow joins Roxanne to talk about his latest expository biography on Ulysses S. Grant. In Grant, the author paints the former president as a flawed man, yet great general and president. Chernow reveals that after getting thrown out of the Army for drinking on payday, Grant must beg his father for a menial job selling leather goods while working below his two younger brothers. Once the Civil War begins, Grant is called to duty and through his merits is vaulted to the top commander of the Union army.

“My job as a biographer is to probe the ‘silences,’ what the subject doesn’t want to talk about,” says Chernow, referring to Grant’s own military memoirs in which “there is not a single syllable about his drinking problem…or his terrible poverty.”

Stay tuned after the interview with Ron Chernow to hear what is currently on Roxanne's nightstand. 

Books in this episode:

Grant by Ron Chernow

Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Lord Charnwood 

Abraham Lincoln by Carl Sandburg

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

 

Oct 3, 2017

Michael Kindness "always has his finger on the pulse of what we should be reading," says Roxanne. Just the Right Book Podcast welcomes back Penguin Random House sales rep and former Books on the Nightstand host, Michael Kindness, who shares the print and audio books that he is loving right now. Roxanne and Michael also get into a discussion about the recent controversy surrounding an early draft of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in which Charlie Bucket was black.

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

Follow Michael Kindness on Twitter

Books in this episode:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero 

Artemis by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

The Ice Storm by Rick Moody

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin 

Audio Books in this episode:

Charlotte's Web 50th Anniversary Retrospective Edition (Compact Disc) by E.B. White, E.B. White (read by) 

The BFG by Roald Dahl, David Walliams (read by)

House of Names by Colm Toibin, Juliet Stevenson (read by), Charlie Anson (read by) 

The Changeling by Victor D. Lavalle

 

 

Sep 29, 2017

This week is Banned Books Week. Typically, across the country there are discussions about schools, libraries, and communities banning books for their incendiary content. They shockingly include books like Harry Potter and To Kill a Mockingbird, among other inexplicable titles. 

In today's Tidbits episode, Roxanne talks about a different spin on Banned Books Week and how she is encouraging us to pick up a book that we would not normally read. Lissa Muscatine of Politics & Prose joins Roxanne in the discussion. 

Also in today’s Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week’s interview with special guest, Michael Kindness.

Click here to read Roxanne's letter 

Books in this episode:

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Dark Money by Jane Mayer

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

 

 

 

 

Sep 27, 2017

It comes as no surprise that novelist Claire Messud discovered her life's calling at such a young age. "It was one of those things I announced when I was a kid. My parents gave me a typewriter for my sixth birthday because I had already said that I wanted to be a writer," says Messud. 

The New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children joins Just the Right Book to discuss her latest novel, The Burning Girl, which explores the unraveling of two adolescent girls' friendship as they set out on a dangerous journey. Roxanne describes Claire as "one of the finest storytellers today about women's friendships." 

And also in this episode, we hear from Casey Coonerty, the owner of  Bookshop Santa Cruz for our segment "What's on the Front Table."

Immigration Project Recommended Reading List

Immigration Project Recommended Reading: Kids

Artful Reading Benches in celebration of our 50th anniversary

Books in this episode: 

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles 

Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky 

Enrique's Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario 

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson 

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines 

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York by Tyler Anbinder

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 

Autumn by Ali Smith 

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 22, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode, we hear Daniel Handler read a passage from his latest book, All the Dirty Parts. "You are going to want to read this book because it does have all the dirty parts and gives you an idea of what its like to be a teenage boy utterly obsessed with sex," says Roxanne. Daniel Handler is also the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the thirteen-volume sequence he wrote under the pen name, Lemony Snicket.

Also in today's Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week's interview with novelist Claire Messud, who spoke to Roxanne about her new book, The Burning Girl.

Listen to the full interview with Daniel Handler here

Sep 21, 2017

Nicole Krauss is an award-winning, best-selling author, was on the New Yorker's list of "20 Under 40" and her latest novel Forest Dark, about the personal transformation of two seemingly disparate individuals, has been called "elegant, provocative and mesmerizing." 

The History of Love author who Roxanne calls "provocatively philosophical, fiercely intelligent and poetic," came straight to Just the Right Book on the day of her debut to talk about her new book, which has been called "a brilliant novel" by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Phillip Roth. 

Make sure to stay tuned after the interview with Nicole for a special installment of What's On the Front Table with Lissa Muscatine, one of the owners of the renowned Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC. Muscatine, a former speechwriter for Hillary Clinton also tells Roxanne about her recent interview with Clinton when the former Secretary of State kicked off her fifteen-city tour at Politics and Prose to promote her new book, What Happened.

And only for Just the Right Book Podcast listeners, we are giving away a copy of Nicole's new book, Forest Dark. Visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/bookpodcast and check out the post at the top with details on how to enter to win!

Click here to watch Lissa Muscatine's interview with Hillary Clinton

Books in this episode:

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Aleph-Bet Story Book by Deborah Pessin

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and Why by Sady Doyle

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

Glass Houses by Louise Penny 

Al Franken, Giant of the State by Al Franken

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 

Sep 15, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode, Roxanne tells us about about a group of "book women" who rode 100 to 120 miles a week on their own horses or mules to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities in the 1940's.

The Pack Horse Library initiative was part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), created to help lift America out of the Great Depression.

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Sep 13, 2017

You might know Daniel Handler as the award-winning author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the thirteen-volume sequence he wrote under the pen name, Lemony Snicket. The San Francisco native took time out of his multi-city tour to chat with Just the Right Book Podcast about his latest book, All the Dirty Parts, which details the erotic impulses of a teenage boy.

Roxanne and Daniel cover a range of topics including talking to your kids about sexuality, pornography's contribution to our culture, and how the book has stirred up controversy. "Publishing houses just felt like it was not something that could be presented for young people," says Handler. 

And stay tuned after the interview with Daniel for a special sneak peek of books coming out in 2018, straight from the renowned Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont. 

This episode of Just the Right Book Podcast is sponsored by Hello Fresh. When you visit hellofresh.com and use the promo code "bookpodcast30", you'll save $30 off your first week of deliveries. 

Books in this episode:

All the Dirty Parts: A Novel by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim 

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Escape Artist: Memoir of a Visionary Artist on Death Row by William A. Noguera

Mem by Bethany C. Morrow

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

The Last Wave by Gillian Best

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest J. Gaines

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Sep 6, 2017

Hurricane Harvey was the strongest storm to make landfall in the United States since Charley in 2004. On a very special episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, we speak to two independent bookstores in Houston impacted by the storm.

McKenna Jordan from Murder By The Book and Benjamin Rybeck from Brazos Bookstore tell Roxanne how they are recovering and lending aid in the after-math of Harvey. "They need to come in and get that semblance of normalcy...come to their favorite bookstore and get a new book to read as a distraction," says McKenna of her customers.

This episode is sponsored by BarkBox. To get a free month of BarkBox when you subscribe to a 6 or 12-month plan, just go to www.barkbox.com/bookpodcast

Books in this episode:

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Address by Fiona Davis

The Sadness by Benjamin Rybeck

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre

Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson 

Train Dreams: A Novella by Denis Johnson

Where to donate to Harvey Victims:

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Houston Food Bank

Houston Humane Society 

American Red Cross

AmeriCares

 

Aug 30, 2017

One of the questions that Roxanne loves to ask all of our guests is "What is the book that changed your life?" "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 the past forty episodes. Looking to start a new book this Labor Day weekend? We have 25 suggestions for you to choose from!

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Books in this episode:

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

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

The Corrections by Jonathan Frazen

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Exodus by Leon Uris 

Ulysses by James Joyce

The Wasp Factory By Iain Banks

Dreamtigers By Jorge Luis Borges

Marie Curie by Lola M. Schaefer, Wyatt Schaefer, Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor)

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler 

The Hundred-Foot Journey By Richard C. Morais

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Summer of '42 by Herman Raucher

A Series of Unfortunate Events Box: The Complete Wreck (Books 1-13) by Lemony Snicket 

It Starts with Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Flowers in the Attic Saga: Flowers in the Attic/Petals on the Wind/If There Be Thorns/Seeds of Yesterday; Garden of Shadows by V.C. Andrews

Nuyorican Poetry: An Anthology of Puerto Rican Words and Feelings edited by Miguel Algarin & Miguel Pinero

 

 

 

 

Aug 23, 2017

Best-selling author Michael Connelly recently celebrated his thirtieth book, The Late Show at an exclusive live event with our very own Roxanne Coady.

The former crime reporter dished on being the Executive Producer of the hit TV series, Bosch (now in its fourth season), inspired by one of his famous characters. Connelly also talked about jazz, how he chose writing over engineering, and of course, his brand-new book series introducing LAPD Detective Renee Ballard. 

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Books in this episode:

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler 

Aug 16, 2017

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. RJ Julia recently had the distinct pleasure of hosting a live event for Luanne's second young adult novel, The Beautiful Lost, which drew many interesting questions from the audience. The Connecticut native spoke about mental health, her jump into the YA arena, and more in this intimate bookstore chat.

Stay tuned after Luanne to hear some of Roxanne's Out of This World science and sci-fi book recommendations perfect for celebrating the upcoming solar eclipse.

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Books in this episode:

The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice

The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice

The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger

Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024 by Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak 

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger

Hello, Is This Planet Earth?: My View from the International Space Station by Tim Peake

Otherworlds: Visions of Our Solar System by Michael Benson

 

 

Aug 9, 2017

In a career that spans almost five decades, Dean Koontz has plenty to be thankful for, including fourteen novels that reached the number one spot on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. The Pennsylvania native, who has sold over 450 million copies of his books came straight to Just the Right Book to dish on his latest novel, The Silent Corner, which kicks off a new series starring Jane Hawk, a young FBI agent gone rogue.

In a rare and revealing interview, Koontz discusses his writing process, what his wife thinks of his books and his relationship with his alcoholic father. "In a way, my father gave me my work ethic, by being an example of the other side of all of that," says Koontz. 

Stay tuned after our interview with Dean to hear Roxanne's summer recommendations for kids and young adults.

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Books in this episode:

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky by Paul Johnson 

Art: A New History by Paul Johnson

For Kids & Young Adults

Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald 

Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy

Mars One by Jonathan Maberry

Master-Pieces: Flip and Flop 10 Great Works by Will Lach

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Edible Numbers: Count, Learn, Eat by Jennifer Vogel Bass

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems For All Seasons by Julie Fogliano

Fairy Garden Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh

Maisy's Sailboat by Lucy Cousins 

Voyage by Billy Collins 

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

DK Findout! Pirates by E.T. Fox

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 

 

Aug 1, 2017

Summer's not over yet! Whether you are looking for a beach read, memoir, thriller, biography, or non-fiction book, we've got you covered! Roxanne gives her summer book recommendations during a very special luncheon at the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford, Connecticut. 

Following Roxanne's speech, stay tuned for a behind the scenes interview with Clay Smith, the Editor-In-Chief of the renowned, Kirkus Reviews and now host of the new literary podcast Fully Booked

 

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Books in this episode:

You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships by Deborah Tannen

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro 

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Where the Light Gets in: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley 

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Jul 26, 2017

One of Roxanne's favorite authors, Elizabeth Strout joins Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about her latest novel, Anything is Possible. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author also gives us the scoop on the Emmy Award-winning HBO series, Olive Kitteridge (based on Strout's book of the same name) and shares her thoughts on Frances McDormand as the title character. "You read Strout, really for the same reason you listen to a requiem: to experience the beauty in sadness," says Jennifer Senior of the New York Times. 

We also talk to our first JTRB book club winner, Kim Nelson-Layman, who got a special surprise when she heard who else was on the phone with Roxanne.

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Books in this episode:

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson 

Check out Kim Nelson-Layman's Blog!

 

 

Jul 19, 2017

Colm Toibin is the bestselling, award-winning author of seven novels, including The Master and Brooklyn. The Irish-born author joins Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about his new novel, House of Names, a retelling of the Greek myth of Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, and their children. 

And later in this episode, we hear from Miriam Sontz, CEO of the famous Powell's Books in Portland Oregon for a special installment of "What's on the Front Table."

 

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Books in this episode:

House of Names by Colm Toibin

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Marie Curie by Lola M. Schaefer, Wyatt Schaefer, Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor) 

 

 

 

 

Jul 12, 2017

Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, which have sold over thirty million copies world-wide and have been translated into more than forty languages.  

The Chicago native took the stage in a live event presented by RJ Julia and New Haven Legal Assistance Association to discuss his latest war-crime mystery, "Testimony". Turow also tells us how Harrison Ford was cast for the role of Rusty Sabich in the box office winning thriller, "Presumed Innocent".

And stay tuned after the interview with Scott Turow to hear what is currently on Roxanne's nightstand. 

 

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Books in this episode:

Testimony by Scott Turow

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

 

Jul 5, 2017

Deborah Tannen is a mega bestselling author and renowned Georgetown linguist. Her previous book, You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, was on the NY Times Bestseller List for four years, and as Roxanne puts it, "has become the bible for the differences in the way in which girls and women and boys and men converse."

Tannen joins Just the Right Book to discuss her new book, You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships, guiding us to understand the conversational ingredients and behavior that bond or break our friendships with women.

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Books in this episode:

You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships by Deborah Tannen

A Connecticut Yankee in King Author's Court by Mark Twain

Poem in this episode:

Some People by Rachel Field 

Isn’t it strange some people make
You feel so tired inside,
Your thoughts begin to shrivel up
Like leaves all brown and dried!

But when you’re with some other ones,
It’s stranger still to find
Your thoughts as thick as fireflies
All shiny in your mind!

 

Jun 28, 2017

Michael Kindness is a sales rep for Penguin Random House, the former host of the popular podcast, Books on the Nightstandand of course, a friend of the show. The "hand-seller to booksellers" returns to Just the Right Book Podcast to help add to your summer book pile! Michael and Roxanne also talked about some indie bookstores that you should visit this summer, or anytime.

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Books in this episode:

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore 

Chemistry by Weike Wang

Shadow Man by Alan Drew

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

House of Names (Compact Disc) by Colm Toibin, Juliet Stevenson (Read by), Charlie Anson (Read by)

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Bookstores in this episode:

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC

The Montague Bookmill in Montague, MA

The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, CA

Prairie Lights in Iowa City, IA

Book People in Austin, TX

Phoenix Books in Essex, Burlington, Rutland & Chester, VT

Powell's Books in Portland, OR

Jun 21, 2017

John Grisham recently sat down with Roxanne in a rare and candid interview as part of his first book tour in twenty-five years! The bestselling author chose RJ Julia for the second stop of his thirteen-city tour to promote his latest book, Camino Island.

"If this book doesn't work, I'm quitting this." says Grisham of The Firm, the book that changed his life. The former lawyer also talks book-selling, about his work with the Innocence Project, and even reveals which books are in the works to become TV series. 

Later in this episode, we hit the Yale campus to see what students are looking forward to reading this summer. 

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John Grisham's Podcast: Book Tour with John Grisham

Books in this episode:

Camino Island by John Grisham 

The Firm by John Grisham

Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff

Startup: A Novel by Doree Shafrir 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris 

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 

The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations by David Grant

 

Jun 18, 2017
Just the Right Book Podcast is celebrating Father's Day with a special poem. In this very special Tidbit, Roxanne reads The Gift by Li-Young Lee.
 
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The Gift
By Li-Young Lee
 
To pull the metal splinter from my palm
my father recited a story in a low voice.
I watched his lovely face and not the blade.
Before the story ended, he’d removed
the iron sliver I thought I’d die from.
 
I can’t remember the tale,
but hear his voice still, a well
of dark water, a prayer.
And I recall his hands,
two measures of tenderness
he laid against my face,
the flames of discipline
he raised above my head.
 
Had you entered that afternoon
you would have thought you saw a man
planting something in a boy’s palm,
a silver tear, a tiny flame.
Had you followed that boy
you would have arrived here,
where I bend over my wife’s right hand.
 
Look how I shave her thumbnail down
so carefully she feels no pain.
Watch as I lift the splinter out.
I was seven when my father
took my hand like this,
and I did not hold that shard
between my fingers and think,
Metal that will bury me,
christen it Little Assassin,
Ore Going Deep for My Heart.
And I did not lift up my wound and cry,
Death visited here!
I did what a child does
when he’s given something to keep.
I kissed my father.
 
Jun 15, 2017

A “luminous novel” set in corrupt, war-torn, violent Pakistan guides us through a story of love, hope and beauty by a recently widowed Muslim architect and her Christian neighbors. That’s the latest story line from author Nadeem Aslam, who joins Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about his fifth novel, The Golden Legend. Aslam was born in Pakistan, fled to the UK with his family as a teenager and published his first short story at 13. 

And later in this episode, we hear from Mary Williams, General Manager for Skylight Books in Los Angeles, who gives us some recommendations for the Dads and Grads in your life!

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Books in this episode:

The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam

The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam

East of Eden by John Steinbeck 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering by Wendy Lesser

1984 by George Orwell

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray D. Bradbury

Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami

Are You Anybody?: A Memoir by Jeffrey Tambor

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politic's and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein 

Books for Grads:

Make Trouble by John Waters

The Little Book of Life Hacks: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier and More Beautiful by Yumi Sakugawa

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths about Being Creative by Danielle Krysa

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander

Books for Dads:

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris 

My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

 

Jun 7, 2017

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his new memoir, Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court, and his decades-long friendship with UCLA coach and mentor John Wooden. 

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer took the stage in a live event hosted by Read to Grow and RJ Julia and Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way. 

After the conversation, with sportscaster Dan Patrick, Adbul-Jabbar answers questions from the audience, including one young fan's question on who Kareem's favorite teammate was and why.  

Later in this episode, we hear from patrons of RJ Julia on what's on their nightstand.

 

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Books in this episode:

Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

The to All the Boys I've Loved Before Collection: To All the Boys I've Loved Before; P.S. I Still Love You; Always and Forever, Lara Jean (Boxed Set) by Jenny Han

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman 

The Force by Don Winslow

This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

Like Family by Paolo Giordano 

 

May 31, 2017

Michael Pietsch is the CEO of Hachette Book Group which comprises eight publishing divisions. In a career spanning forty years, Michael has edited or published books by acclaimed writers including J.K. Rowling, James Patterson, Stephenie Meyer, and Keith Richards, just to name a few.

The Harvard alum joins Just the Right Book to give us the real deal behind book publishing. Pietsch discusses his career as a publisher, his love of music, the book that changed his life and gives us the scoop on how to get a book published.   

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Books in this episode:

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Lucky by Alice Sebold

Life by Keith Richards

Prufrock: And other Observations by T.S. Eliot

 

May 25, 2017

In today's Tidbits episode, Roxanne talks about poetry and reads a selection from one of her favorite books, A Child's Anthology of Poetry. Also in this episode, Roxanne answers a listener's question about the Pulitzer prize-winning bestseller, Underground Railroad.

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Books in this episode:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

A Child's Anthology of Poetry Edited by Elizabeth Hauge Sword

 

Sick by Shel Silverstein

“I cannot go to school today”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox.
And there’s one more – that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in.
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There’s a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is …
What? What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is ………….. Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”

 

   
May 24, 2017

Novelist and television writer Sarah Dunn may be the creator and executive producer of the hit ABC sitcom, American Housewife, but it's her latest novel, The Arrangement that has everyone buzzing.

The novel, which Roxanne called "absolutely delicious," tells the story of a couple that embarks on an open marriage while raising a special-needs son.

The Arrangement has been called "this summer's must-read" by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, but as Sarah warns, "Do not try this at home."

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Books in this episode:

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

May 17, 2017

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of "The Power of Habit," which has spent over two years on the New York Times best-seller list.

The Harvard Business School and Yale graduate, recently joined Just the Right Book Podcast 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. His book explores how to get more done without sacrificing what we care about most.

Also in this episode, we hear from Cathy Langer, the director of buying for the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver Colorado for our segment, "What's on the Front Table."  

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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

May 12, 2017

 

Just the Right Book Podcast is celebrating Mother's Day with one of Roxanne's favorite Mother's Day poems. In this very special Tidbit, Roxanne reads The Lanyard by Billy Collins

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The Lanyard by Billy Collins

The other day I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room,
moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.

No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one into the past more suddenly-
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid long thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.

I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that's what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.

She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-clothes on my forehead,
and then led me out into the air light

and taught me to walk and swim,
and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.

Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift - not the worn truth

that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took
the two-toned lanyard from my hand,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even.

 

More poetry by Billy Collins:

The Rain in Portugal: Poems by Billy Collins 

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins

Ballistics by Billy Collins

The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems by Billy Collins

Nine Horses: Poems by Billy Collins

Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

May 12, 2017

Just the Right Book Podcast is thrilled to launch our very first Tidbits episode. These shorter episodes will feature just one or two thoughts or events that we think will be fun to hear about! 

Just the Right Book Podcast recently had a launch party at RJ Julia's and our producer talked with guests about what they are reading, what brought them out to the party, and what they thought of our podcast so far. 

Also in today's Tidbits, Roxanne announces the start of JTRB's Book Club. Every month, Roxanne will give YOU, our listeners, a book to read and then one listener will get the opportunity to join Roxanne on a future episode of Just the Right Book Podcast to chat about the book. To participate and be entered for a chance to win, just Tweet or Facebook post about Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout using the hashtag #JTRBpodcast. 

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Books in this episode:

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

Dodgers by Bill Beverly

Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South by Beth Macy

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Call It Sleep by Henry Roth

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing And Choice are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplan

May 10, 2017

RJ Julia recently hosted an event for one of their favorite authors, Dani Shapiro and Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way. The best-selling novelist and memoirist caught up with Roxanne prior to the event to discuss her latest memoir, "Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage." The book, says Roxanne, is an "exquisite jewel" that you will want to read whether you are thinking of marriage, newly married, or have been married for a long time. Shapiro describes the joys and challenges of matrimonial life as, "Just that sense of what it is to go through life together... the all of it, the beauty and the terror.

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Books in this episode: 

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro 

Devotion by Dani Shapiro 

Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy by Dani Shapiro

 

 

 

May 3, 2017

Just the Right Book Podcast welcomes back it's resident Renaissance Man Matthew Dicks. The best-selling author, story-teller, teacher, and blogger recently sat down with Roxanne to chat about his top book picks, audio books and even a few musical memoirs.   

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Books in this episode:

The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs By Matthew Dicks

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend By Matthew Dicks

A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman

A Gentleman in Moscow By Amor Towles

Rules of Civility By Amor Towles

Born to Run By Bruce Springsteen

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink By Elvis Costello

Life By Keith Richards, James Fox

Lincoln in the Bardo By George Saunders

Harry Potter 1-7 Audio Collection By J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale

You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds By Jenny Lawson

Exit West By Moshin Hamid

Apr 26, 2017

Veteran rock journalist Tom Doyle has interviewed Paul McCartney, U2, Madonna, Ringo Starr, David Bowie and many more. Doyle joined Just the Right Book from across the pond in England to talk about his newest biography, Captain Fantastic: Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the ‘70s, based on his one-on-one interviews with the legendary superstar. The book chronicles Elton’s career in the 1970s, covering hit after hit, his close professional relationships, and even his struggle with sexuality. Doyle also shares the behind-the-scenes on what it’s like to profile music legends like Paul McCartney and Keith Richards and the time he spent with Amy Winehouse in her last days.

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Books in this episode:

Captain Fantastic: Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the 70's By Tom Doyle

The Wasp Factory By Iain Banks

 

Songs in this episode:

Runaway Train by Elton John

Rocket Man by Elton John

Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting by Elton John

 

Albums in this episode:

A Single Man by Elton John

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Band On the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings

 

Apr 19, 2017

Yewande Omotoso's follow up to her award winning, South African-published novel "Bom Boy," has been called "radiant" by Publisher's Weekly and "a female take on Grumpy Old Men" by O Magazine. In her American debut, "The Woman Next Door," the Barbados-born novelist tells the story of two successful women- one black, one white- and how these sworn enemies eventually discover common ground in a post-apartheid Cape Town suburb. Hear Omotoso talk about the book Roxanne is calling "one hell of a read" and how she is still a practicing architect in this week's episode of "Just the Right Book."

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Books in this episode:

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

 

 

Apr 12, 2017

You probably know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Annie Banks in the popular Father of the Bride movies, from one of her many TV roles or as the wife of country music star, Brad Paisley. The NY Times bestselling author of "Where the Light Gets in: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again" opens up to Roxanne (who lost her own mother, Viola Ohlbaum just days prior to recording this interview) on a special episode of "Just the Right Book." Kimberly documents her mother’s rare form of dementia and tracks her family’s actions and emotions through the process and her death last year. “My mother didn’t want us to talk about her illness; she wanted it to be the family secret,” says Williams-Paisley. While she wanted to honor her mother’s wishes and “protect her pride, it was a mistake and I regret it. By keeping it secret, we missed out on a lot of resources we could have been using.” The book, says Roxanne, “does a brilliant job of normalizing a situation that many people find hard to think of as normal.”

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For More Information on Alzheimer's & Dementia visit the Alzheimer's Association website

Books in this episode:

Where the Light Gets in: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley 

In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living by Nancy Howard Cobb

 

Apr 5, 2017

Book podcasting legends, Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman from "Books on the Nightstand" recently joined Roxanne in the "Just the Right Book" studios to chat about books they are reading. They also give more than a dozen recommendations for your TBR list. Find out which book Roxanne is calling "the book to read this Spring" in this must-listen episode!  

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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

Mar 28, 2017

Ann Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville and the author of seven novels. In 2012, Time Magazine named her as one of their 100 Most Influential People in the World. The Bel Canto author recently joined "Just the Right Book" from her home in Nashville to talk about being a bookseller and about her most personal novel to date, Commonwealth. “My father was dying as I was writing this novel,” Ann tells Roxanne. “I knew he’d hate this book, but I knew I was writing it because he was never going to read it.” The specific actions of the characters are not the same, but the emotions are. “As my mother would say, ‘None of it happened, and all of it is true.’”  

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Books in this episode:

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 

 

Mar 22, 2017

Author, professor, philosopher, Jason Stanley stopped by the Just the Right Book studios to talk propaganda, how it works and how language influences the way we think and reason about public issues. The "How Propaganda Works" author holds a PhD from MIT, has taught philosophy at Cornell, University of Michigan and Rutgers, and is now a professor of philosophy at Yale University. Also in this episode, Roxanne gives us some of her favorite picks from the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

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Books in this episode:

How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Soujourner Truth

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 

 

Mar 15, 2017

You probably know Amy Dickinson from the nationally syndicated advice column "Ask Amy", which is carried in over 150 newspapers and read by an estimated 22 million readers daily! She is also a best-selling author and featured panelist on NPR's popular comedy quiz show "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me." Amy's new book "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home", picks up where her New York Times best-selling memoir, "The Mighty Queens of Freeville" left off. She recently joined "Just the Right Book" to chat about finding love at middle-age, the heartbreak of caring for an ailing parent at the end of life and of course her moving back to her hometown of Freeville, NY. 

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Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home by Amy Dickinson

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Mar 8, 2017

The Strand Book Store is New York City's legendary home of "18 miles" of new, used and rare books. This episode features a special installment of our segment, "What's on the Front Table." The Strand's head buyer, Carson Moss, joined Just the Right Book from their East Village location to give Roxanne the scoop on the rumored quiz every prospective employee must take and what's on their front table. Also in this episode, Roxanne shares some of her book recommendations in her segment "What You Need to Know."

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Books in this episode:

Ulysses By James Joyce

Dreamtigers By Jorge Luis Borges

Shadowbahn By Steve Erickson

Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman

Langdon Clay: Cars: New York City 1974-1976 By Langdon Clay (photographer)

Animals By Ingela P. Arrhenius

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty By Dorothy Roberts

We Should All Be Feminists By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Long Drop By Denise Mina

The Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution

The Federalist Papers

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York by Tyler Anbinder

March by John Lewis

How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley

Mar 1, 2017

Sady Doyle is an award-winning writer and journalist who's work has appeared in The Guardian, Slate, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, just to name a few. The Brooklyn resident and founder of the feminist blog Tiger Beatdown joined Roxanne to talk about her latest book "Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear...and Why.” In her interview, Sady talks about Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse, Hillary Clinton, Marilyn Monroe and even Mary Wollstonecraft. Later in the episode, Just the Right Book hits the streets of the Big Apple to find out what people are reading in NYC. 

Books mentioned in this episode: 

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear…and Why By Sady Doyle

Valencia by Michelle Tea

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

Black Wave by Michelle Tea

We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to Covergirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Emma by Jane Austin

Feb 22, 2017

Daphne Merkin is a novelist, critic, contributor to the New York Times, Elle and Tablet Magazine. As Roxanne puts it, Daphne "can write about pocket-books and lipstick and then sound like she has a PhD in Philosophy." The New York native recently opened up to Roxanne about her long-awaited memoir, This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression and offers her advice for supporting loved ones who are struggling with depression. 

Books mentioned in this episode:

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon

Feb 14, 2017

Lindsey Lee Johnson's debut novel, "The Most Dangerous Place on Earth" tells the story of a group of students as they maneuver through the social politics of their high school. "Just the Right Book" recently caught up with the former high school teacher to talk all about the book the New York Times called "an alarming, compelling, and coolly funny debut novel."  Lindsey also dishes on her NEXT novel and why her friends call her "cheerleader Lindsey." Also in this episode, we hear from renowned media scholar and MIT professor Sherry Turkle on her book "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age." 

Books in this episode:

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

Feb 8, 2017

Jo Malone is known around the world for her iconic brand of fragrances and now as the founder and Creative Director of her brand-new fragrance brand, Jo Loves. The "English scent maverick" recently opened up to Roxanne in a heart-felt interview about her inspiring success story, her brave battle with breast cancer and her new memoir, My Story. Also in this episode, a brand-new installment of "What's on the Front Table" with Harvard Book Store General Manager, Carole Horne.    

Jo Malone: My Story By Jo Malone

The Hundred-Foot Journey By Richard C. Morais

Drunks: An American History By Christopher Finan

Oz: The Complete Hardcover Collection 5 Volume Set By L. Frank Baum

Little Women By Louisa May Alcott

Darwin By Adrian Desmond

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales By Oliver Sacks

Beloved By Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America By Ibram X. Kendi

A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) By John Lewis

Kindred By Octavia Butler

Maus: A Survivor's Tale By Art Speigelman

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood By Marjane Satrapi

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story By Douglas Preston

Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White By Michael Tisserand

Harvard Bookstore

Feb 1, 2017

You've probably heard Rebecca Schinsky hosting the popular podcast "Book Riot- "The Podcast" with Jeff O'Neal or know her from her other popular Book Riot show "All the Books" with Liberty Hardy. As the executive director of product and e-commerce for Riot New Media Group, Rebecca has her finger on the pulse of the literary world and teamed up with Roxanne to give YOU the books to add to your TBR list in 2017. Plus, you'll hear what books the readers in our offices are looking forward to this year. 

Book Riot

Rebecca Schinsky's Twitter

Books in this episode:

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

Origin by Dan Brown

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales

The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island by Linda Greenlaw

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

 

Jan 25, 2017

Dr. Gina Barreca is a women's humorist, author, writer, speaker and professor at UConn. Her latest book, "If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?: Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times" is a collection of fun, feminist-infused essays. The feminist humor maven stopped by "Just the Right Book" right before the Women's Marches to chat with Roxanne about the women empowerment books that we all need to read.        

Gina's site: http://ginabarreca.com/

Books in this episode:

"If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?": Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times  By Gina Barreca

The Second Sex  By Simone De Beauvoir

The Golden Notebook  By Doris Lessing

Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo  By Mary Douglas

How Institutions Think  By Mary Douglas

The Powers of the Weak  By Elizabeth Janeway

We Should All Be Feminists  By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman  By Robert K. Massie

Cleopatra: A Life  By Stacy Schiff

Personal History  By Katharine Graham

She  By H. Rider Haggard

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind  By Scott Stossel

Pretty Is  By Maggie Mitchell

In Praise of Folly  By Desiderius Erasmus

Jan 18, 2017

Michael Kindness set the gold standard for book podcasts as the former host of the popular show "Books on the Nightstand" and is the "hand-seller to book-sellers" for Penguin Random House. Michael joined Roxanne in the studio to talk about being a sales rep for the publishing powerhouse and shares his recommendations to help YOU kick 2017 off right! Also in this episode, more from our interview with Just the Right Book's FIRST guest, Amy Bloom. Plus, rate & review us on Itunes to be entered to win the book of your choice from today's episode!

Sadly, "Books on the Nightstand" has ended but you can listen (or re-listen) to all the episodes here: http://booksonthenightstand.com/

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Books in this episode:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, his Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing by Damion Searls

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich  

Little Sweet Potato by Amy Bloom

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom  

 

Jan 11, 2017

Deirdre Bair is a national book award winner and has given us Five award-winning biographies. RJ Julia recently held an event for the literary biographer who told Roxanne how she came to write the first complete biography of legendary gangster Al Capone. Also in this episode, we chat with guests of RJ Julia and ask them what they are reading. Plus, we find out what's on Roxanne's nightstand.    

Books in this episode:

Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend by Deirdre Bair

Ulysses by James Joyce

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

Calling it Quits: Late Life Divorce and Starting Over by Deirdre Bair

The Sympathizer: A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Jan 4, 2017

Beth Macy's last book, "Factory Man" is a New York Times best-seller and now in development to become an HBO mini-series produced by Tom Hanks. Beth's latest book "Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South" is already generating film buzz. Beth came straight to Roxanne to dish about the book that is catching the attention of one of Hollywood's hottest leading men. Also in this episode, RJ Julia's General Manager stops by to tell us just what it takes to become a bookseller. 

Books in this episode:

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South by Beth Macy

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

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

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Dec 28, 2016

Matthew Dicks is the ultimate Renaissance Man. An internationally bestselling author, elementary school teacher, blogger and podcaster, just to name a few...The rock opera writing story-teller took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with Roxanne and bring YOU their top book recommendations.

Matthew’s Blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/

Books in this episode:

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend By Matthew Dicks

Nutshell By Ian McEwan

If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?": Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times By Gina Barreca

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives By Tim Harford

Today Will Be Different  By Maria Semple

The Nix By Nathan Hill

My Name Is Lucy Barton By Elizabeth Strout

You'll Grow Out of It By Jessi Klein

Born to Run By Bruce Springsteen

Upstream: Selected Essays By Mary Oliver

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

Dec 21, 2016

Jacques Pepin is a world-renowned chef, a former columnist for the New York Times and the author of more than two dozen cookbooks. The world's most famous cooking teacher stopped by RJ Julia to share HIS best holiday cooking tips and you'll never believe what he tells Roxanne about his own cooking mistakes. Also in this episode, hear some of Roxanne's picks for the best books of 2016.   

Books in this episode:

Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul in the Kitchen By Jacques Pepin

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen By Jacques Pepin

A French Chef Cooks at Home   By Jacques Pepin

Cuisine Economique    By Jacques Pepin

Short-Cut Cook: Make Simple Meals with Surprisingly Little Effort   By Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin’s The Art of Cooking   By Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way   By Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin: More Fast Food My Way   By Jacques Pepin

La Methode: An Illustrated Guide to the Fundamental Techniques of Cooking   By Jacques Pepin

The Underground Railroad By Colson Whitehead

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City By Matthew Desmond

The Association of Small Bombs By Karan Mahajan

In the Darkroom By Susan Faludi

Do Not Say We Have Nothing By Madeline Thien

Nutshell By Ian McEwan

Upstream: Selected Essays By Mary Oliver

Dec 14, 2016

Maria Semple stops by Just the Right Book to chat about her new best-selling comic novel, "Today Will Be Different." The screenwriter-turned-author tells Roxanne why her daughter calls her "mad mommy" and dishes on the rumored A-list actress who might play one of her characters in a movie. Also in this episode, some books Roxanne is loving right now. 

TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT 

THE CORRECTIONS BY JONATHAN FRAZEN

THE RED CAR BY MARCY DEMANSKY

CITIZEN VINCE BY JESS WALTER

DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY  BY BILL CLEGG

FATES AND FURIES BY LAUREN GROFF

A CHILD’S ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY BY ELIZABETH HAUGE SWORD

 

Dec 14, 2016

Liberty Hardy, one half of the dynamic duo that makes up the popular Book Riot podcast, "All the Books" is teaming up with Roxanne Coady to help you choose the best books for everyone on your holiday list! The vivacious velocireader also gives Roxanne her best tips and tricks of the podcast trade in this must-hear episode. 

Bunnicula By Deborah Howe and James Howe

The One-in-a-Million Boy By Monica Wood

Crooked Heart By Lissa Evans

Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders By Julianna Baggott

Do Not Say We Have Nothing By Madeline Thien

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders By Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton and Joshua Foer

Dorie's Cookies By Dorie Greenspan

Phoebe and Her Unicorn By Dana Simpson

10,000 Things You Need to Know: The Big Book of Lists

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy By Heather Ann Thompson

The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters By Laura Thompson

Jellicoe Road By Melina Marchetta

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil By Melina Marchetta

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Dec 14, 2016

James Patterson may hold the Guinness world record for the most #1 New York Times best-sellers, but it's his latest passion project that has him buzzing. The New York native came straight to Just the Right Book to tell Roxanne all about the latest books on his children's imprint Jimmy Patterson. Also in this episode, another installment of "What's on the Front Table" with RJ Julia's Head Book Buyer, Andrew Brennan. 

Give Please a Chance By Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson

Word of Mouse By James Patterson

Forever Words: The Unknown Poems By Johnny Cash

At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk's Life By Thich Nhat Hahn

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate Discoveries from a Secret World By Peter Wohlleben

Going Once: 250 Years of Culture, Taste and Collecting at Christie's

The Secret History of Twin Peaks By Mark Frost

 

Dec 14, 2016

Luvvie Ajayi, author of "I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual" counts Oprah, Bono and Shonda Rhimes among her biggest fans. The comic phenom opens up to Roxanne about meeting the top media queens in the biz, moving to the US from Nigeria and how she is helping raise women's awareness for HIV/AIDS. Also in this episode, our very first installment of "What's on the Front Table," a segment about that coveted spot right in front of independent bookstores. Lissa Muscatine, former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and current owner of the Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC tells Roxanne what's on their front table. 

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: http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/

Luvvie's foundation: http://www.theredpumpproject.org/

 

Dec 5, 2016

Award-winning author Amy Bloom interviews Roxanne Coady, owner of the famous independent bookstore RJ Julia in Madison, CT for the introductory episode of Just the Right Book. The "Lucky Us" author gets Roxanne to dish on everything from her childhood, to her latest venture hosting a new literary podcast and of course, books...

 

 

 

 

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