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 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 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, 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, 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 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 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

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



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 

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