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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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:

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:

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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:

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. 









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


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:

Luvvie's foundation:


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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