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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Jun 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

Drunken Fireworks (audio only) by Stephen King

Jun 27, 2018

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

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

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

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

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

The World Book Encyclopedia 

Jun 22, 2018

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

Books in this episode:

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule 

Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings by Jez Burrows 


Jun 20, 2018


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

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

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

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

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Pippi Longstalking by Astrid Lindgren

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Jun 15, 2018

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

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

Jun 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

Pop's: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon

The Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

The Cuckoo's Calling by J.K. Rowling

Stiff by Mary Roach

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Hellhound on his Trail by Hampton Sides

11/22/63 by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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

Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig

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

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

Jun 8, 2018

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

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

Where'd you Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Their Eyes Are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 







Jun 6, 2018

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

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

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

Listen to Book Riot's podcast SFF Yeah! 

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

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

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Mem by Bethany C. Morrow

The Tiffany Aching Series by Terry Pratchett

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Jun 1, 2018

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

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

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

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann

The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel by Joseph Cassara

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