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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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Casey Schwartz: The Disillusions of an Adderall World
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In the 1990s, three to five percent of American children were believed to have what was referred to as "disordered attention." By 2013, 11 percent were believed to have disordered attention. In 1990, six hundred thousand children were on Ritalin, and by 201 three and a half million children were on stimulants. So was this better diagnosing of the problem? Is the diagnosis actually reliable? And is there an ironic result of treating the problem pharmacologically?  All these questions are explored in Casey Schwarz's book, ]Attention: A Love Story, but the telling is enhanced by your own personal romance with Adderall. This week on Just the Right Book, Roxanne Coady and Casey explore her explanation of what brilliant writers like David Foster Wallace have to say about attention and just why attention might be the key to a full life.  Casey Schwartz is the author of Attention: A Love Story and In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis. She contributes regularly to The New York Times and lives in New York City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
Dan Heath: How to Solve Problems Before They Happen
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Why is putting out the fire more fascinating than preventing the fire? And why do we think we don't have the money to prevent something, even if the lack of prevention creates a cost? Or worse, cost lives or quality of lives? We seem to be addicted to response, recovery and rescue. All that can change to our collective good., and in dramatic ways. In Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, best-selling author Dan Heath provides the road maps, the rationale ,and dozens of incredible real examples of how thinking upstream can change anything and everything.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2020
David Kamp on the Children's Television Revolution That Changed America
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David Kamp is an author, journalist, humorist, lyricist, and a charter member of the Sesame Street—viewing audience. A longtime contributor to Vanity Fair, he has profiled such cultural icons as Johnny Cash, Sly Stone, Lucian Freud, Bruce Springsteen, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Among his books are the national bestseller The United States of Arugula, a chronicle of America’s foodways. His first musical as a lyricist, Kiss My Aztec!, a collaboration with John Leguizamo, had its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2019. He began his career at Spy, the legendary satirical monthly. He lives with his family in New York City and rural Connecticut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2020
Richard Haass on Why History Matters
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Dr. Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations. An experienced diplomat and policymaker, he served as the senior Middle East adviser to President George H. W. Bush, as director of the Policy Planning Staff under Secretary of State Colin Powell, and as the U.S. envoy to both the Cyprus and Northern Ireland peace talks. A recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award, and the Tipperary International Peace Award, he is also the author or editor of fourteen other books, including the best-selling A World in Disarray. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2020
Bess Kalb on How Comedy Saves Her
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BESS KALB is an Emmy-nominated writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Her writing for the show earned her a Writer's Guild Award in 2016. She has also written for the Oscars and the Emmys. A regular contributor to The New Yorker's "Daily Shouts," her work has been published in The New Republic, Grantland, Salon.com, Wired, The Nation, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles. This episode is sponsored by Care/Of. For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter the code book50. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2020
How Can We Stay Human in a F*cked Up World?
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How do we respond to the immensity of suffering that confronts us and overwhelms us without losing our compassion or sanity? This week, we revisit Roxanne Coady's conversation with Tim Desmond as they discuss his book, How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life. Tim Desmond is a psychotherapist, student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy. He has dedicated his life to creating peace and compassion in the world through meditation, psychotherapy, conflict resolution and nonviolent social change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2020
Dr. Beverly Tatum: Are We More Color Blind or Just Color Silent?
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2020
Mitchell S. Jackson: This Isn't Our Eden and Never Will Be
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This week, we revisit our conversation with Mitchell Jackson. The legacy of growing up black in a state whose original constitution stated "no free negro or mulatto not residing in the state at the time of the adoption of this constitution shall come, reside or be within the state or hold any real estate or make any contracts or maintain any suit therein. And the Legislative Assembly shall provide by penal laws for the removal by public officers of all such negroes and mulattoes, and for their effectual exclusion from the state and for the punishment of persons who shall bring them into the state or employ or harbor them." This legacy is explored with brutal honesty and humor, poetry, and above all, with love for the family that is Mitchell Jackson's American family. It is a memoir that uses original storytelling methods to encompass a vibrant personal journey of race, violence, manhood and tragedy. But it is defined by survival within that chaos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2020
Tara Westover: Why Tell Your Story Now?
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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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2020
What Would the Founding Fathers Say About America Today?
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Joseph J. Ellis is the author of many works of American history including Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, which won the National Book Award. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and is the father of three sons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2020
Julia Samuel: How Do We Process Grief?
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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, a psychotherapist specializing in grief who spent the last 25 years working with bereaved families describes grief as a process that's unique to every person, but universal in the need to be experienced and discussed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2020
Robert Kolker Takes Us Inside the Mind of an American Family
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The Galvins looked like the manifestation of the post-World War II American Dream. Hard work. Upward mobility. A handsome, accomplished dad. A remarkable mother of twelve. But all was hardly what it seemed. Shockingly, six of the ten boys were diagnosed with schizophrenia, creating chaos of breakdowns, violence, abuse, and secrets. How could this happen to one family? How could this family even remain a family in the midst of such disruption and damage? And scientifically, what does this kind of concentration of this disease teach us? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2020
Dr. Azra Raza on the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer
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According to the NIH, there has been a seventy-percent decline annually in the death rate from cardiovascular disease in the last fifty years and a one percent decline annually in the death rate from cancer over the last fifty years. How can this be when we keep hearing about great new drug discoveries and immunotherapy advances? And if true, isn't there another way to approach the nightmare that is cancer?  This week on Just the Right Book, Dr. Azra Raza join Roxanne Coady to discuss her latest book, The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last, out now from Basic Books. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2020
David Blight on the Prophet of Freedom
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During our time practicing social distancing, in between new conversations we are revisiting some of our favorite interviews from our archives. In 2018, 200 years since the birth of Frederick Douglass, we received 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.  Today's episode is brought to you by Skylight Frames. As a special holiday offer for Just the Right Book listeners, you can get $10 off your purchase of a Skylight Frame when you go to SkylightFrame/BOOK and enter the code BOOK. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2020
How Can Boys Truly Move Forward as Better Men? Peggy Orenstein on Navigating the New Masculinity
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Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, she has been published in USA Today, Parenting, Salon, the New Yorker, and other publications, and has contributed commentary to NPR's All Things Considered. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2020
Anne Bogel: Stop Overthinking Everything!
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Anne Bogel is the author of Reading People and I'd Rather Be Reading and creator of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy and the podcasts What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book. Bogel's popular book lists and reading guides have established her as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2020
Bill Burnett and Dave Evans on How to Thrive and Find Happiness at Work
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Over a forty-year span of working forty hours a week, which most of us will do, we will spend eighty-thousand hours in what poll after poll shows that almost seventy percent of the employed are disengaged. Globally, almost 85 percent are unhappy and unhappy with work likely means unhappy with life. Is this the way it has to be? It is work. Well, the answer is delightfully an unequivocal no.  Bill Burnett is the executive director of the Stanford Design Program, and was a product leader for Apple's groundbreaking PowerBook business. He directs the undergraduate and graduate program in design at Stanford. Dave Evans is the co-director of the Stanford Life Design Lab, and a cofounder of Electronic Arts, one of the world's largest interactive entertainment companies. He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
Mitchell S. Jackson on Holding Up a Mirror to Whiteness
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The legacy of growing up black in a state whose original constitution stated "no free negro or mulatto not residing in the state at the time of the adoption of this constitution shall come, reside or be within the state or hold any real estate or make any contracts or maintain any suit therein. And the Legislative Assembly shall provide by penal laws for the removal by public officers of all such negroes and mulattoes, and for their effectual exclusion from the state and for the punishment of persons who shall bring them into the state or employ or harbor them." This legacy is explored with brutal honesty and humor, poetry, and above all, with love for the family that is Mitchell Jackson's American family. It is a memoir that uses original storytelling methods to encompass a vibrant personal journey of race, violence, manhood and tragedy. But it is defined by survival within that chaos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2020
Kate Murphy: When Was the Last Time You Really Listened to Someone?
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We spend a lot of time talking and listening. But are we really listening and are we being heard? Do you fail to register the name of a person that you were just introduced to? Do you find that someone is texting or looking at their phone while you're having a conversation with them? And why, with all the connecting that we're doing, are more people lonely and unheard?  Kate Murphy is a Houston, Texas-based journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Economist, Agence France-Presse, and Texas Monthly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2020
Dr. Sunita Puri on the Human Costs of Suffering
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Doctors are acculturated and socialized to maintain life. Sometimes at all costs, even the human costs of suffering. The relatively new field of palliative care looks for the way that medicine can embrace and relieve the tension of seeking to preserve life while embracing life’s temporality. Dr. Sunita Puri explores the issues with exquisite elegance and humanity in her book That Good Night, out now in paperback from Penguin Press. Dr. Sunita Puri is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California, and medical director of palliative medicine at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center. She has published essays in The New York Times, Slate, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and JAMA-Internal Medicine. She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2020
Erik Larson on How Winston Churchill Still Shows Us True Leadership During Political Turmoil
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A fine spring and a beautiful evening on May 10, 1940, didn’t seem the type of day that would portend a sequence of events that would define our world to this day. Yet, on Winston Churchill’s first day as Prime Minister, Hitler invaded Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and that succeeding year, May 1940 to May 1941, saw the death of 45,000 Britains through a blistering series of bombings amounting risks that Germany would occupy and rule all of Europe, and the emergence of Churchill as a man that would define for all time true leadership. Erik Larson again brings his extraordinary talent in making history relevant and riveting to his latest book, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2020
Richie Jackson on What It Takes to Be Gay in America Right Now
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Richie Jackson is currently producing Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song on Broadway. He executive produced Showtime's Nurse Jackie (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for "Best Comedy Series") for seven seasons and co-executive produced the film Shortbus, written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. He and his husband, Jordan Roth, were honored with The Trevor Project's 2016 Trevor Hero Award. They live in New York City with their two sons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2020
Sylvia Ann Hewlett on #MeToo in the Corporate World
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The #MeToo movement is thriving. Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose have lost their seats. Harvey Weinstein is on trial for rape. The veil of secrecy and shame has been lifted. Does this mean that we can check that box—mission accomplished? Not really. The real corporate world has yet to do all that it will take for environments to fundamentally change. Sylvia Ann Hewlett in her new book, #MeToo in the Corporate World: Power, Privilege, and the Path Forward uses data, analysis, interviews, and her considerable and award-winning skills to help us understand the day-to-day contributing factors of corporate culture that must change. In her fourteenth book, she gives us another critically acclaimed book that is practical, smart, and slightly optimistic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2020
Richard Stengel on How to Save Our Democracy
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Our democracy is dependent on the free flow of information, but it is as critically dependent on the reliability of that information. Since waging an information war is easier and cheaper than buying tanks and tridents, we’re at a critical stage of protecting our democracy. We could have no better guy to this conversation than Rick Stengel. Among his esteemed positions and experience—being Time magazine’s editor in chief and serving three years as President Obama’s Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Affairs. In his latest book, Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What Can We Do About It, we have a lively front seat into what’s happening right now and whether democracy is safe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2020
Ada Calhoun on Defining the Midlife Crisis for Women
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Men have defined the space of midlife crisis for decades — the sporty cars, the affairs, etc. But what does a midlife crisis look like for women, and do Gen X women have a particular vulnerability? Ada Calhoun has used her uncanny ability to define the zeitgeist along with countless interviews, research, and data to answer these questions, resulting in her latest book, Why We Can’t Sleep. In this episode of Just the Right Book, Roxanne Coady talks with Calhoun about her latest book and how seemingly having it all can make you miserable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2020
Gail Collins on the Adventures of Older Women in American History
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From colonial times when qualities valued for sought-after wives were that she should be civil and up to fifty, to proposed legislation in 1915 that would have made it illegal for a woman over forty-four to wear cosmetics for the purpose of making a false impression, to today when we celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg lifting weights and issuing wise Supreme Court decisions, we are reminded that the stature of older women has been a roller coaster rides over U.S. history. These tidbits are a smidgen are what we learn in Gail Collins’s new book, No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History, out now from Little, Brown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2020
How Beck Dorey-Stein Ended Up at the White House From a Craiglist Ad
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A graduate of Wesleyan University, BECK DOREY-STEIN worked as a White House stenographer from 2012 to 2017. Previously she worked as a high school English teacher in Hightstown, New Jersey, Washington, DC, and Seoul, South Korea. This is her first book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2020
How Should We Define Free Speech at Universities? Wesleyan President Michael Roth Argues for "Safe Enough Spaces"
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Has confidence in our universities eroded? Is the price for making people feel included making universities inhospitable to controversial ideas? Have we become too politically correct or not politically correct enough? And, most critically, have our colleges become political institutions rather than institutions that are creating lifelong learners that are willing to engage in honest debate and equipped to effectively navigate in a heterogenous world? In his new book, Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses Michael Roth answers these questions and more. His book presents a much-needed template for honest conversations and he grounds these provocative topics in reality versus hype, and characterizes a path forward for our universities to fulfill their mission of developing self-awareness, subtlety of thought, and openness to the possibility of learning from others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2019
Stephen A. Schwarzman on What It Takes to Be Successful
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Stephen Schwarzman, with his cofounder Pete Peterson, built Blackstone into the largest private equity firm in the world, with over half a trillion dollars under management. Yet at the beginning, that success did not seem inevitable. In 1985, they sent out almost five hundred letters to potential investors and received two responses. Two years later, they closed an eight-hundred million fund, and they closed it on the eve on the largest one-day percentage drop in stock market history. Along the way, Steve Schwarzman became one of the sought-after advisors to business, governments, and leaders around the world as well as an incredibly active philanthropists in China, England, and the United States. In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Schwarzman joins Roxanne Coady to discuss his new book, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, out now from Avid Reader Press. This episode is sponsored by Amistad Books and the upcoming novel Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin, a stunning debut inspired the true history of a settlement in Halifax, Nova Scotia, whose black population—largely the descendants of slaves from the American South and the Caribbean-- carved out a community against the harsh maritime landscape and against bigotry and racism. Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin is available now wherever books are sold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 12, 2019
Just the Right Book: Special Holiday Episode!
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This week, Roxanne Coady and two members of the RJ Julia Booksellers staff, COO Lori Fazio and head book buyer Andrew Brennan, share their picks of the holiday season, including The Boy, the Mold, the Fox, and the Horse, The Martini Cocktail, Jubilee, The Complete Goal Manual, and much more. Listen and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2019
Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Most Intimate Evil of Enslavement
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How does memory create power? How do you define freedom, and how does the emotional savagery of selling and separating members of a family destroy and define a human being? And, most powerfully, in the midst of trauma and loss, how does one find courage and how does love survive? These ideas and more are explored in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ first novel, The Water Dancer. In partnership with RJ Julia Booksellers, this event was recorded live at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2019
Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton on The Book of Gutsy Women
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THE BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience is the first book that Secretary Clinton and Chelsea have written together, and they are excited to welcome readers into a conversation they began having when Chelsea was a little girl. Join them as they discuss the women throughout history who have had the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. Inspired by women whose tenacity blazed the trail, the two global leaders lay out a vision for how these stories of persistence can galvanize women and men, boys and girls around the world. There’s Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist whose Asperger’s syndrome has shaped her advocacy. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, LGBTQ trailblazer Edie Windsor, and swimmer Diana Nyad, who each kept pushing forward, no matter what. Writers like Rachel Carson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, historian Mary Beard, who used wit to open doors that were once closed, and activists like Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai, who looked fear in the face and persevered. And so many more. This groundbreaking celebration of gutsiness is a call to action – not just for women, but for all of us, especially now. The authors write, “Ensuring the rights, opportunities, and full participation of women and girls remains a big piece of unfinished business of the twenty-first century. Finishing it is going to take all of us standing shoulder to shoulder, across the generations, across genders. This is not a moment for anyone to leave the fight, or sit on the sidelines waiting for the perfect moment to join.” The event took place at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale on October 29, 2019. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2019
How Do We Escape Family Secrets? Adrienne Brodeur on Her New Memoir
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Adrienne Brodeur began her career in publishing as the co-founder, along with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, of the fiction magazine Zoetrope: All-Story, which won the National Magazine Award for Best Fiction three times and launched the careers of many writers. She was a book editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for many years and, currently, she is the Executive Director of Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute. She has published essays in the New York Times. She splits her time between Cambridge and Cape Cod with her husband and children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2019
Mo Rocca on His New Book That Brings New Life to Forgotten Stories
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Mo Rocca is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, and host and creator of the Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learned to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers across the country. He’s also a frequent panelist on NPR’s hit weekly quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Rocca spent four seasons as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. As an actor, Mo starred on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Rocca is the author of All the Presidents’ Pets, a historical novel about White House pets and their role in presidential decision-making. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2019
Susannah Cahalan on the Study That Defined How We Diagnose Mental Illness
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Susannah Cahalan is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, a memoir about her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease of the brain. She writes for the New York Post. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American Magazine, Glamour, Psychology Today, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2019
What Do We Give Our Children? Tim O’Brien Contemplates Fatherhood and Writing
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Tim O'Brien received the 1979 National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. Among his other books are The Things They Carried, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, and In the Lake of the Woods, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing in 2013. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2019
Steve Luxenberg: "Race is Our National Conversation"
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Steve Luxenberg is the author of Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation and the critically acclaimed Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret. During his thirty years as a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned numerous national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes. Separate won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.  This episode was recorded live at RJ Julia Booksellers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2019
Do Brains Have a Gender? Gina Rippon Debunks the Myth
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Gina Rippon is Honorary Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging at Aston Brain Centre at Aston University in Birmingham, England. Her research involves the use of state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to investigate developmental disorders such as autism. In 2015 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association for her contributions to the public communication of science. Rippon is part of the European Union Gender Equality Network, belongs to WISE and ScienceGrrl, and is a member of Robert Peston’s Speakers for Schools program and the Inspiring the Future initiative. She lives in the United Kingdom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2019
James B. Stewart on Going Inside the "Deep State"
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James B. Stewart is the author of Heart of a Soldier, the bestsellers Blind Eye and Blood Sport, and the blockbuster Den of Thieves. He is currently a columnist for the New York Times and a professor at Columbia Journalism School, and in 1988 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading.

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Oct 10, 2019
Tatiana Schlossberg Wants You to Be Less Serious About Climate Change
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Tatiana Schlossberg is a journalist writing about climate change and the environment. She previously reported on those subjects for the Science and Climate sections of the New York Times, where she also worked on the Metro desk. Her work has also appeared in the Atlantic, Bloomberg View, the Record (Bergen County), and the Vineyard Gazette. She lives in New York.

This episode was recorded live at RJ Julia in Madison, CT.

Also, Dan Sheehan of Bookmarks stops by to discuss the best reviewed books this month, including:

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
Ducks, Newburyport byLucyEllman
Trick
Mirror by Jia Tolentino
The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri
The
Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
Fentanyl, Inc. by Ben Westhoff

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Oct 03, 2019
What Does It Mean to Be Human? Lori Gottlieb on the World of Therapy
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Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which is being adapted as a television series with Eva Longoria. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes The Atlantic‘s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and contributes regularly to The New York Times. She is on the Advisory Council for Bring Change to Mind and has appeared in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.” 

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Sep 26, 2019
How Do You Become Racist? Alexandra Fuller on Her Childhood in Rhodesia
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Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969. In 1972, she moved with her family to a farm in southern Africa. She lived in Africa until her mid-twenties. In 1994, she moved to Wyoming. Fuller is the author of several memoirs including Travel Light, Move Fast, Leaving Before the Rains Come, and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness. On this week's episode, the memoirist discusses her latest book, her childhood in Rhodesia and the blatant racism that permeated her early life, and the death of her son.

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Sep 19, 2019
Is the World More or Less F*cked Up Than It Used to Be? Tim Desmond on Mindfulness Practices for Real Life
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How do we respond to the immensity of suffering that confronts us and overwhelms us without losing our compassion or sanity? This week, Roxanne Coady sits down with Tim Desmond to discuss his book, How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life. Tim Desmond is a psychotherapist, student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy. He has dedicated his life to creating peace and compassion in the world through meditation, psychotherapy, conflict resolution and nonviolent social change.

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Sep 12, 2019
How Do We Write About Grief? Jayson Greene on Life After Trauma
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JAYSON GREENE is a contributing writer and former senior editor at Pitchfork. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vulture, and GQ, among other publications. Once More We Saw Stars is his first book. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

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Sep 05, 2019
How Doing Nothing May Be the Best Way to Focus on the Real World
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JENNY ODELL is an artist and writer who teaches at Stanford, has been an artist-in-residence at places like the San Francisco dump, Facebook, the Internet Archive, and the San Francisco Planning Department, and has exhibited her art all over the world. She lives in Oakland. How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy is her first book.


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Aug 29, 2019
Was the Last Pirate of New York City Its First Gangster?
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Rich Cohen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tough Jews, The Avengers, Monsters, and (with Jerry Weintraub) When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead. He is a co-creator of the HBO series Vinyl and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper’s Magazine, among others. Cohen has won the Great Lakes Book Award, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for outstanding coverage of music. His stories have been included in The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing. He lives in Connecticut. The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, A Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation is his latest.


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Aug 22, 2019
Brenda Wineapple on What We Can Learn From the First Impeachment
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Brenda Wineapple is the author of the award-winning Hawthorne: A Life, Genêt: A Biography of Janet Flanner, and Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Stein. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in many publications, among them The American Scholar, The New York Times Book Review, Parnassus, Poetry, and The Nation. A Guggenheim fellow, a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and twice of the National Endowment for the Humanities, she teaches in the MFA programs at Columbia University and The New School and lives in New York City. The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a New Nation is her latest novel. 

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Aug 15, 2019
Lisa Taddeo on the Female Perspective of Sexuality
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Lisa Taddeo has contributed to New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the Best American Sports Writing and Best American Political Writing anthologies, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. Lisa Taddeo's debut nonfiction book, Three Women, poignantly, provocatively, and perceptively describes the emotional landscape that she studied for eight years, resulting in a book that Refinery29 descries as "a book that pays deep and solemn attention to the link between a woman's body and heart and sense of self."

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Aug 08, 2019
Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady: Lisa Taddeo Preview
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Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady is back! Each week, we will bring to you the stories behind the books, talking to some of the very best contemporary non-fiction authors about books that are timeless and charming, provocative, and of-the-moment: the conversations you want to hear about the books you need to read.

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Aug 05, 2019
One on One with the Author of "The Silent Patient"
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First-time author Alex Michaelides' novel which landed #1 on The New York Times best-seller list in its first week is the debut book for Celadon, a new imprint of Macmillan.  Says Roxanne "I knew it was going to be a wild and riveting ride from the opening sentence, 'Alicia Berenson was thirty-three years old when she killed her husband.'"
Apr 10, 2019
Macmillan Launches a NEW Imprint; 12 Books From Lithub.com
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Roxanne hit the Big Apple and sat down with publishing powerhouses Jamie Raab and Deb Futter, the founders of a NEW Macmillan imprint, Celadon. Also in this episode, we hear from recurring guest and friend of the show Dan Sheehan, of Literary Hub! Roxanne caught up with the Restless Souls author in NYC where he gave us some terrific book recommendations and more!
Mar 26, 2019
Searching for America's Moral Imagination & "The Common Good"
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Political commentator, and college professor Robert Reich joined Roxanne to talk about his latest book The Common Good. Roxanne and Professor Reich had a far-ranging conversation that included the intersection between capitalism and progressivism, the possibility that if we didn't have Trump we would have someone just like him, and what the 2020 election might look like.
Mar 14, 2019
Flashback Fiction Friday: 4 of Our Faves!
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TGIF! All of us at Just the Right Book thought it would be fun to revisit some of our favorite fiction writers from the past two seasons. Hear what inspired their stories and characters in this special episode.
Mar 08, 2019
Meet the Hosts of "The Librarian Is In"
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Roxanne hit the Big Apple last week to sit down with Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius, the hosts of the New York Public Library's popular podcast The Librarian Is In, a show all about books, culture, and what to read next. 
Mar 01, 2019
Former Obama Staffer Talks Antitrust in the New Gilded Age
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Roxanne recently sat down with technology law expert and professor Tim Wu at his Columbia University office in New York City to discuss his latest book The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age which examines the history of antitrust actions in the 20th century, making the argument that breaking up today's largest high-tech titans would be good for business as well as our democracy. 
Feb 22, 2019
Bonus: Live with Madeleine Albright
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In this special bonus episode, we take you inside the Q&A session of RJ Julia's recent live event with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the Yale School of Management. Listen to Roxanne's exclusive interview with Madeleine Albright here!
Feb 18, 2019
Madeleine Albright: Redefining Fascism
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RJ Julia recently hosted the former Secretary of State to a sold-out crowd at the Yale School of Management. Albright sat down for an exclusive interview with Roxanne to discuss her latest book Fascism: A Warning where she draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a United States diplomat to guide us through the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past. 
Feb 14, 2019
God, Rebellion, & The Beatles; A Coming-Of-Age Story
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Roxanne says first-time author Erin Hosier “assuredly can tell her story and does so with the kind of wit, energy, warmth, and honesty that rivets you to the page.” The New York City native and literary agent kicked off publicity for her memoir "Don’t Let Me Down" at the JTRB studios for her podcast debut conversation!  
Feb 07, 2019
2 Hot New February Releases From Lit Hub!
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We welcome back Dan Sheehan from Literary Hub to give us the scoop on a couple of this month's titillating titles! 
Feb 01, 2019
10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now!
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Is your smart speaker listening to your conversations? Is Google reading your emails? Jaron Lanier, the author of the international bestsellers “You Are Not a Gadget” and “Who Owns the Future?” touches on these topics and more when he recently joined Roxanne to discuss his latest book, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.
Jan 31, 2019
Dani Shapiro Uncovers Cathartic Family Secret in Latest Memoir
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During a recent sold-out event at RJ Julia, Dani sat down with Roxanne to discuss her fifth memoir, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, how a commercial DNA kit revealed her hidden lineage, and her emotional connection to her family and faith. Roxanne says “it reflects the Zeitgeist of our times, issues of identity, family secrets, and how we tell our stories.”
Jan 23, 2019
4 Books to Read Right Now From Literary Hub!
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We recently welcomed Irish fiction writer, journalist, and editor of LitHub's Bookmarks section, Dan Sheehan back to the show to dish on his recent column, books he is currently loving, and his favorite book of 2018!! This episode was recorded on January 15th.
Jan 22, 2019
The One Book That Offers 5 Principles to Being Fearless!
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As a co-founder of the foundation with her husband, Steve, Jean Case has discovered and embraced the role of being fearless as a key ingredient for everyone and anyone to realize their potential and purpose. The entrepreneurial powerhouse joined us to discuss her inspiring first book, Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose where she outlines her guide to living fearlessly and why embracing your failures can lead to success. 
Jan 17, 2019
Michelle Obama in Her Own Words: An Excerpt from "Becoming"
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3.4 million copies sold last year made Becoming by Michelle Obama the best-selling book of 2018! We are thrilled to share an excerpt of the memoir read by the former first lady herself.
Jan 11, 2019
Listen Back With 3 of The New York Times Best Books of 2018
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Last week we heard Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review discuss the 10 Best Books of 2018! But before you dive into your 2019 TBR pile, you might just want to take a look back at some of the best titles of this past year as chosen by the editors of the Times Book Review. For this compilation episode, we revisit three bestselling non-fiction authors from The New York Times list who joined Roxanne on the podcast in 2018!
Jan 11, 2019
5 Inspiring Book Picks From Roxanne!
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From poems, toasts, and inspiring quotes that feed your heart and mind to brief body-bending exercises, these inspiring books will help you kick 2019 off right! Plus, they make perfect hostess gifts!
Jan 04, 2019
The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018!
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2018 produced some spectacular literary page turners and if you are looking to catch up before you dive into your 2019 New Year's reading resolutions, we've got you covered! Pamela Paul, who is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times recently joined Roxanne to discuss the top ten reads of 2018!
Jan 03, 2019
Dorie Greenspan's Perfect New Year's Eve Menu!
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Say goodbye to 2018 in style with a marvelous meal curated exclusively for Just the Right Book listeners by culinary guru Dorie Greenspan! The James Beard Award winner recently stopped by RJ Julia to talk about her thirteenth book Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook, entertaining for the holidays and why she put her doctorate on hold to bake cookies!
Dec 26, 2018
How to Make the Ultimate Cheese Plate!
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Hosting holiday house guests and need some tips on what to serve?  Culinary guru Dorie Greenspan recently sat down with Roxanne at RJ Julia to chat about her new book Everyday Dorie and give us the scoop on making a holiday-worthy cheese platter! Make sure you tune in later this week to hear Roxanne's full conversation with Dorie Greenspan!
Dec 23, 2018
13 Books for Your Holiday Shopping List!
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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. This year’s gift guide should help you find the perfect book for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Publishing expert Michael Selleck 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 shopping season!
Dec 20, 2018
Roxanne Reacts to Your Fan Mail: Part 4!
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We love hearing your comments and book recommendations! Please keep them coming by reaching out to us at info@justtherightbookpodcast.com or on our Twitter and Facebook pages! 
Dec 15, 2018
What The Founding Fathers Would Say About America Today
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Says Roxanne, “Professor Ellis has earned a Pulitzer, a national book award, and has brilliantly navigated the tricky balance of producing books of scholarly standards with widespread, enthusiastic, appreciative readership. He now brings these considerable skills to his new book, American Dialogue: The Founders and Us, which for the first time Mr. Ellis supplies our founding history to the present time, addressing critical issues like race, equality, the law, and global reach.”
Dec 12, 2018
1,000 Books to Read Before You Die
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What to read next? What to read at all? This is the dilemma of all readers, whether they are reading one or 200 books a year. James Mutich’s 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List includes many of the classics you might expect like Plato and Proust and covers fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel, biography, children’s books, history, and more.
Dec 05, 2018
6 Audiobooks From AudioFile Magazine!
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In our crazy-busy world, finding time to read is not always easy. Thankfully, audiobooks offer a handy way to dive into your favorite bestseller while you commute, exercise or even cook! Robin Whitten, the founder and editor of AudioFile Magazine started the magazine in 1992 to give listeners more information about the gratification of audiobooks. She recently joined Roxanne to talk about some of the best audio books of 2018!
Nov 30, 2018
The Origins of "Outlander" with Author Diana Gabaldon
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Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon recently joined Roxanne to talk about her wildly popular Outlander book series which holds the #2 spot on the list of America’s best-loved works of fiction by PBS’ Great American Read.  The eight-book series has sold over 35 million copies and has been adapted into a hit TV show now in its fourth season.
Nov 28, 2018
"Outlander" Author on Hit STARZ Series
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Outlander is a STARZ original series based on the wildly popular collection of books by Diana Gabaldon. While the hit television adaptation is just four episodes into its fourth season, Gabaldon is just about wrapped on her ninth novel! The New York Times bestselling author recently spoke to Roxanne about the success of the TV time-travel romance, it's actors, and whether the show will ever get ahead of the books.  
Nov 25, 2018
Inside "The Witch Elm" with Tana French
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Tana French's latest novel, The Witch Elm is her first departure from her bestselling Dublin Murder Squad series, of which there are six. The former theatrical actress who has been called “incandescent” by Stephen King and “absolutely mesmerizing” by Gillian Flynn recently joined Roxanne to talk about her latest mystery, her love of unreliable narrators, archaeology, luck, and whether she ever considers going back to acting. 
Nov 22, 2018
Tana French Reacts to Stephen King's New York Times Review
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"The Witch Elm" by best-selling author and theatrical actress Tana French has been called "extraordinary" by the "King of Horror" Stephen King. Tana spoke to Roxanne about her latest novel and gushed about King's recent and rare book review for The New York Times. Tune in next week to hear Roxanne's full interview with Tana French! 
Nov 16, 2018
Steve Jobs' Daughter Finds Her Own Voice in Revealing New Memoir
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If you haven't read Lisa Brennan-Job’s memoir “Small Fry” yet, you will likely hear about it because Lisa's father was Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple.  But this is not a biography of Steve Jobs. Rather, it is a portrait of growing up in California in the eighties and one woman's quest to understand her family, her place in that family and her place in the world.
Nov 15, 2018
Roxanne Reacts to Your Fan Mail: Part 3!
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From classic 19th Century love stories to modern day memoirs, Roxanne reads your fan mail and shares your favorite stories! 
Nov 09, 2018
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
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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. 
Nov 08, 2018
8 Books to Read For Election Day!
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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!!
Nov 03, 2018
46 Books That Will Make Your Holiday Wish List!
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If you’re trying to fill your holiday wish list with amazing titles, look no further! Roxanne 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 we were there every step of the way! 
Nov 01, 2018
5 Creepy Books to Read This Halloween!
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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!
Oct 26, 2018
17 Fall Book Picks From Entertainment Weekly!
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Entertainment Weekly 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! 
Oct 26, 2018
What to Read Before Heading to Movie Theaters This Fall!
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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! 
Oct 19, 2018
Re-release: How Propaganda Works
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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.
Oct 17, 2018
Your 2018 National Book Award Finalists!
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The 2018 National Book Awards Winners will be announced on November 14th. Roxanne highlights some of her favorite titles from the longlist which feature five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.
Oct 13, 2018
"Paper Chase" Author's Latest Novel Explores a Fractured Love Story
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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. 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".
Oct 11, 2018
4 Books to Help You Survive the Bad News Overload
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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!
Oct 05, 2018
Past #MeToo: Constraints & Imbalances That Shape Women's Lives
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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. 
Oct 04, 2018
Celebrating Banned Books Week!
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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 other titles. 
Sep 28, 2018
How Doing Nothing Can Make You More Productive
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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 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". 
Sep 26, 2018
Roxanne Reacts To Your Fan Mail: Part 2!
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From the Tri-state area to the Golden State, Roxanne responds to listener emails from coast to coast! 
Sep 21, 2018
Anne Bogel Would "Rather Be Reading"; Lithub.com's Book Picks & More
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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! 
Sep 20, 2018
4 Book Club-Worthy Reads!!
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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.
Sep 13, 2018
25 Must-Reads From 4 of Our Favorite Experts!
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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.
Sep 13, 2018
Re-release: Charles Duhigg on Being “Smarter, Faster & Better”
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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.
Sep 07, 2018
17 Book Picks From 7 Independent Bookstores!
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JTRB Podcast takes you on a cross-country road trip to some of our favorite indie bookstores from past episodes! Looking for a new book recommendation? We have 17 suggestions for you to choose from!
Sep 06, 2018
Senator John McCain in His Own Words: A Tribute
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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 31, 2018
Sarah Jessica Parker Talks New Imprint, SATC’s Impact on Women & More
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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.
Aug 29, 2018
Mark Salter on McCain's Legacy, Presidential Run & His Vision for America
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In part two of Roxanne’s powerful sit-down with Mark Salter, the two dive further into "The Restless Wave", 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. 
Aug 23, 2018
John McCain's Co-Author, Mark Salter on a Great American Patriot
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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. 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. 
Aug 22, 2018
5 Hot New Summer Debuts to Have on Your Radar!
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With the dog days of summer finally winding down, there's a handful of new and exciting literary voices 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. 
Aug 17, 2018
Re-release: 15 Must-Reads From "Books on the Nightstand"
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Book podcasting legends, Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman from “Books on the Nightstand” 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! This episode was originally released in April 2017. 
Aug 15, 2018
5 Books That Make You Want to Book A Trip ASAP!
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Whether you are planning an end of summer getaway, or need ideas on where to go, Buzzfeed's Newsletter Editor, Ciera Velarde has five books to inspire your next vacay! 
Aug 09, 2018
17 Books That Changed Their Lives
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“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!
Aug 08, 2018
5 Perfect Picture Books For Back To School!
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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! 
Aug 03, 2018
Meet The New York Times' New Romance Columnist Jaime Green
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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. 
Aug 01, 2018
Anne Bogel's 5 Paperback Picks
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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. 
Jul 27, 2018
Gail Honeyman Says "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine"
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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. 
Jul 26, 2018
Roxanne Reacts To Your Fan Mail!
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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 !
Jul 21, 2018
11 Must-Read Books From One of Our Favorite Insiders
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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!
Jul 18, 2018
JTRB’s Indie Author Poll Winner!
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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.
Jul 13, 2018
Storytelling Tips & Tricks From a Moth Champion
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Internationally bestselling author, storyteller, podcaster, and 35-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.”
Jul 11, 2018
4 Books To Read Before They Become Movies!
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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!
Jul 06, 2018
Roxanne's 22 Must-Read Books For The Summer
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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!
Jul 03, 2018
3 Patriotic Books for the 4th of July!
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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.
Jun 29, 2018
Is This Your (Financial) Year?
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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.
Jun 27, 2018
In a Reading Slump? We Can Help!
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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.
Jun 22, 2018
“I Don't Know How She Does It” Author Does It Again!
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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.
Jun 20, 2018
Michael Chabon's Father's Day Plans
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Just in time for Father's Day., we find 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 15, 2018
Michael Chabon: A Look at Fatherhood & Writing
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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...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
Jun 13, 2018
4 Audiobooks For Your Long Summer Drives!
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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! 
Jun 08, 2018
Beyond #MeToo: Addressing Gender Roles in the Workplace
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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 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.   Also in this episode, some book recommendations from BookRiot Associate Editor and fellow podcaster, Sharifah Williams.
Jun 06, 2018
4 LGBTQ Books to Read During Pride Month!
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Books about the LGBTQ community that reflect their lives and experiences as chosen by the expert staff of RJ Julia.
Jun 01, 2018
Tara Westover: From Harrowing Childhood to Cambridge PhD
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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!
May 30, 2018
6 Beach Reads for Memorial Day Weekend!
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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. 
May 25, 2018
Rachel Kushner Goes Inside a Women’s Prison in “The Mars Room”
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Two-time National Book Award finalist Rachel Kushner’s 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. 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.”
May 23, 2018
Re-release: Our Very First Episode with Luvvie Ajayi
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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,
May 17, 2018
Re-release: Asking "Ask Amy" About her New Memoir
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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 on paperback now!
May 10, 2018
Re-release: Our Guest John Grisham
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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.
May 03, 2018
Re-release: Our Guest Elizabeth Strout  
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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!
Apr 26, 2018
Re-release: Daphne Merkin is "This Close to Happy"
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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.
Apr 18, 2018
Re-release: Our Conversation with Michael Connelly
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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 former crime reporter dished on what's it like being the Executive Producer of the hit TV series, Bosch, jazz, how he chose writing over engineering, and of course, talked about his brand-new book series.
Apr 12, 2018
Ep 72: James Forman Jr. Talks Slavery and His Own Surprising Prejudices
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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.
Apr 05, 2018
Ep 71: James Forman Jr. on Political Activism
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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." James and Roxanne explored the intricacies of political activism and discuss the current gun debate, the decriminalization of marijuana, James’ father, civil rights leader James Forman Sr. and his first book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.
Mar 29, 2018
Bookmarks Ep 7: 5 Must-Read Books According to Harvard Professors!
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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." 
Mar 27, 2018
Ep 70: “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua Does It Again
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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.
Mar 22, 2018
Bookmarks Ep 6: Book News From Michelle Obama & Dolly Parton!
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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. 
Mar 19, 2018
Ep 69: Is Democracy in Danger?
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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.
Mar 15, 2018
Bookmarks Ep 5: 18 Books For Your March Reading Madness!
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From fairy princesses to books about family relationships, immigration and more, Harper's Bazaar has something for everyone's March Reading Madness!  Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek into our next episode featuring Yascha Mounk where he discusses his latest book The People vs Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It. 
Mar 13, 2018
Ep 68: 8 Simple Steps to Help You Through Grief
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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, a psychotherapist specializing in grief who spent the last 25 years working with bereaved families describes grief as a process that's unique to every person, but universal in the need to be experienced and discussed.
Mar 09, 2018
Bookmarks Ep 4: Amy Bloom Reads From "White Houses"
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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. 
Mar 06, 2018
Ep 67: YOU May Be Related to Hillary Clinton
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A.J. Jacobs, journalist and contributing writer for Esquire, shares how he chronicled his three-year journey to help build the biggest family tree in history in his latest book, "It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree." 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.
Mar 01, 2018
Bookmarks Ep 3: A Book Lovers Guide to the 2018 Oscars!
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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
Feb 27, 2018
Ep 66: 5 Books From Bustle; A Biofiction on Eleanor Roosevelt's Secret White House Romance
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In this episode, Bustle's 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 author Amy Bloom who was at RJ Julia recently to launch her new book 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.
Feb 23, 2018
Bookmarks Ep 2: A.J. Jacobs Reads from "It's All Relative"
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A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, and contributing writer for Esquire. 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. In this week’s Bookmarks, we give you a special look inside the book with an excerpt read by A.J. Jacobs himself. Later this week, you can hear author Amy Bloom talk about her latest book "White Houses." Stay tuned for a sneak peek in this week's Bookmark
Feb 21, 2018
Ep 65: Marriage and the Art of Living Together
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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.  Also in this episode, we hear from the patrons of RJ Julia who share what's on their nightstand.
Feb 15, 2018
Bookmarks Ep 1: 3 Books to Fall in Love With This V-Day!
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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."
Feb 13, 2018
Ep 64: Dear Match Book; Min Jin Lee's "Pachinko" Live
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Nicole Lamy is a writer, book critic and literary matchmaker for The New York Times' Match Book column. Nicole 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 who talks about her book “Pachinko”, her “hysterical shyness”, how she has read The Bible six times, and even the merits of kimchi.
Feb 08, 2018
Tidbits Ep 21: The National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists!
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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. 
Feb 03, 2018
Ep 63: Inside the WSJ's Book List; Jeff Goodell's "The Water Will Come"
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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. Also in this episode, Roxanne speaks to author, journalist and Rolling Stone contributor Jeff Goodell about his latest book, "The Water Will Come." The book details how oceanside places are becoming more and more vulnerable to rising seas due to global warming and climate change.
Feb 01, 2018
Tidbits Ep 20: Jeff Goodell Reads From "The Water Will Come"
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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 26, 2018
Ep 62: "Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul"
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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. Also in this episode, we hear what some of the folks in New Haven are reading. 
Jan 25, 2018
Tidbits Ep 19: Inside a YA Author Event; Sneak Peek at Next Week!
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In this week's Tidbits episode Just the Right Book Podcast takes you inside a young adult author panel hosted by RJ Julia. 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 19, 2018
Ep 61: 11 Books to Read Now; Linda Fairstein's "Digging for Trouble"
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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 who stopped by Just the Right Book Podcast to chat about her kid's book Digging for Trouble, the second book in her Devlin Quick Mysteries. 
Jan 17, 2018
Ep 60: Chloe Benjamin on “The Immortalists”; 5 Books to Read Now
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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 stay tuned after the conversation with Chloe to hear the latest book recommendations from Lori Fazio, the COO of RJ Julia in Madison, CT. 
Jan 11, 2018
Tidbits Ep 18: Chloe Benjamin Reads From "The Immortalists"
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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 05, 2018
Ep 59: An Inside Look at The New York Times’ Best Book Picks
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Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. 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 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. 
Jan 03, 2018
Tidbits Ep 17: 4 Books for a New You in the New Year!
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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.
Dec 29, 2017
Ep 58: Revisiting One of Our Most Popular Conversations!
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Ann Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville and the author of seven novels. 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. 
Dec 27, 2017
Tidbits Ep 16: Roxanne's Best Books of 2017!
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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!
Dec 22, 2017
Ep 57: Revisiting One of Our Favorite Holiday Episodes!
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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 re-visit one of our favorite episodes with the the internationally recognized French chef and author just in time for the holidays!
Dec 20, 2017
Tidbits Ep 15: "Today" by Mary Oliver: A Poem
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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. 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
Dec 15, 2017
Ep 56: 18 Books for Your Holiday Shopping List!
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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!
Dec 13, 2017
Tidbits Ep 14: Matthew Weiner Reads from "Heather the Totality"
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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 08, 2017
Ep 55: Alice Hoffman's "The Rules of Magic"; "What Should I Read Next?"
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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, family secrets, feminism 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
Dec 06, 2017
Tidbits Ep 13: Linda Fairstein Reads From "Digging For Trouble"
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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 04, 2017
Vote for Your Favorite Independently Published Book!
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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 our website 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.
Dec 01, 2017
Ep 54: "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
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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.
Nov 29, 2017
Tidbits 12: What's on Roxanne's Nightstand!
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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 next 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?
Nov 27, 2017
Ep 53: Isabel Allende Finds Love “In the Midst of Winter”
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llende, 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, "In the Midst of Winter." And in case you missed it, Roxanne gives you the titles of the 2017 National Book Award winners! 
Nov 23, 2017
Special Announcement for Independent Authors!
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Calling all independent authors! We're giving you a chance to have Roxanne talk about your book on our show! Pick one of your books, then send an email to info@justtherightbookpodcast.com by Nov. 30. Include your full name, book title, enticing description, and your website and/or social media links. On Dec. 1, we'll put up a poll on our website to have listeners vote. Once it goes up, be sure to share the link with friends, family, and your readers to boost your chances of winning. Good luck!
Nov 20, 2017
Tidbits Ep 11: 6 Books to Gobble Up This Thanksgiving!
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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. 
Nov 17, 2017
Ep 52: 42 Books That Will Make Your Holiday Wish List!
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Whether you're looking to craft your holiday wish list or just 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." If you're trying to fill your holiday wish list with amazing titles, look no further!
Nov 15, 2017
Tidbits Ep 10: Matthew Weiner Takes Our "Mad Men" Rapid-Fire Quiz
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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!"
Nov 13, 2017
Ep 51: "Mad Men" Creator Talks Rejection, Tenacity & Debut Novel
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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.  
Nov 09, 2017
Tidbits Ep 9: Book News from the Big Apple; Win A Prize from JTRB!
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An intimate New York City Wedding in the rare book 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!
Nov 03, 2017
Ep 50: A True Story of Heroism in Nazi-Occupied Paris
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The heroic story of Suzanne Spaak who risked everything and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation in Nazi-occupied Paris to Auschwitz is one of many untold stories of the Holocaust. 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.  Also in this episode, some fantastic book recommendations from co-founder and president of The Book Report Network, Carol Fitzgerald.
Oct 31, 2017
Tidbits Ep 8: Halloween Picks for Kids & Adults!
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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!
Oct 26, 2017
Ep 49: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
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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.
Oct 24, 2017
Tidbits Ep 7: Claire Messud Reads From "The Burning Girl"
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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 20, 2017
Ep 48: Cheryl Strayed...Into the "Wild" & On to Advice Columns
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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.
Oct 18, 2017
Tidbits Ep 6: The 2017 National Book Awards Finalists!
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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.
Oct 12, 2017
Ep 47: "Hamilton" Author's Latest Bio Uncovers a Heroic U.S. Grant
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Ron Chernow is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who wrote the biography which became the inspiration for the record-breaking, hip-hop Broadway musical Hamilton. Chernow joins Roxanne to talk about his latest expository biography on Ulysses S. Grant. 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.
Oct 11, 2017
Ep 46: 12 Can't Miss Reads From One of Our Favorite Insiders
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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 an early draft of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in which Charlie Bucket was black.
Oct 03, 2017
Tidbits Ep 5: It's Banned Books Week!
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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. 
Sep 29, 2017
Ep 45: "The Burning Girl" Blisters With Growing Pains
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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." 
Sep 27, 2017
Tidbits Ep 4: Daniel Handler Reads From "All the Dirty Parts"
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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.
Sep 22, 2017
Ep 44: Transformation & Self-Realization in Nicole Krauss' "Forest Dark"
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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 21, 2017
Tidbits Ep 3: The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Books
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In today's Tidbits episode, Roxanne tells us about about a group of "book women", who would ride 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
Sep 15, 2017
Ep 43: Lemony Snicket Author Gets "Dirty"
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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.
Sep 13, 2017
Ep 42: Houston Bookstores Lend Aid & Comfort After Harvey
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On a very special episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, we spoke to two independent bookstores in Houston impacted by the storm. McKenna Jordan from Murder By The Book and Benjamin Rybeck from BrazosBooks told 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.
Sep 06, 2017
Ep 41: 25 Books That Will Change Your Life
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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!
Aug 30, 2017
Ep 40: "The Late Show" with Michael Connelly: Live
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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. 
Aug 23, 2017
Ep 39: Luanne Rice Live; Book Picks For the Solar Eclipse
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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 16, 2017
Ep 38: Dean Koontz One on One
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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.
Aug 09, 2017
Ep 37: 21 Books to Check Out This Summer!
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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

Aug 01, 2017
Ep 36: Elizabeth Strout Knows "Anything is Possible"
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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 26, 2017
Ep 35: An Exciting Retelling of a Classic Greek Tragedy
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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 19, 2017
Ep 34: The "Testimony" of Scott Turow: Live
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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 12, 2017
Ep 33: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships
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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!

 

Jul 05, 2017
Ep 32: Books on the Nightstand's Summer Picks
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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 28, 2017
Ep 31: John Grisham One on One
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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 21, 2017
JTRB Tidbits Special: A Father's Day Poem
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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.   Be sure to like us on Facebook and join our mailing list to hear more news about Just the Right Book Podcast     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 18, 2017
Ep 30: A Moving Tale of Pakistan; Book Ideas for Dads & Grads
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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 15, 2017
Ep 29: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Live On Stage
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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 

 

Jun 07, 2017
Ep 28: Hachette CEO On The Real Deal Behind Publishing
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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 31, 2017
Tidbits Ep 2: Sick by Shel Silverstein- A Poem
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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 25, 2017
Ep 27: Sarah Dunn Talks Open Marriage, Autism and "The Arrangement"
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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 24, 2017
Ep 26: Charles Duhigg on Being "Smarter, Faster & Better"
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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 17, 2017
JTRB Tidbits Special: A Mother's Day Poem
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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
Tidbits Ep 1: We Are Starting a Book Club!
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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 12, 2017
Ep 25: Dani Shapiro on "Time, Memory & Marriage"
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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 10, 2017
Ep 24: Looking For "Just the Right Book?" Here Are a Dozen Recommendations
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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

May 03, 2017
Ep 23: "Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the 70's"
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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 26, 2017
Ep 22: Race, Architecture & "The Woman Next Door"
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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 19, 2017
Ep 21: Kimberly Williams-Paisley Finds Light After Loss
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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 12, 2017
Ep 20: Michael & Ann From "Books on the Nightstand"
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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

Apr 05, 2017
Ep 19: Ann Patchett On Humor, Heartbreak & "Commonwealth"
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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 28, 2017
Ep 18: Jason Stanley tells us "How Propaganda Works"
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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 22, 2017
Ep 17: Amy Dickinson says "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things"
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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 15, 2017
Ep 16: "What's on the Front Table": The Strand Bookstore
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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 08, 2017
Ep 15: “Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear...and Why”
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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

Mar 01, 2017
Ep 14: Daphne Merkin is "This Close to Happy"
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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 22, 2017
Ep 13: "The Most Dangerous Place on Earth"
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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 15, 2017
Ep 12: Jo Malone: The "English Scent Maverick"
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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 08, 2017
Ep 11: "Book Riot" and JTRB Add to Your 2017 TBR List
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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

 

Feb 01, 2017
Ep 10: "If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?"
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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 25, 2017
Ep 9: "Books on the Nightstand"
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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 18, 2017
Ep 8: Al Capone: Lover or Cold-Blooded Killer?
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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 11, 2017
Ep 7: Kidnapped and Displayed as Circus Freaks in the Jim Crow South
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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

Jan 04, 2017
Ep 6: Looking for Your Next Read? We've Got you Covered!
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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 28, 2016
Ep 5: Jacques Pepin brings "Heart & Soul" to this holiday season
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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 21, 2016
Ep 4: Maria Semple Thinks "Today Will Be Different"
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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
Ep 3: It's Beginning to Book a Lot Like Christmas
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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
Ep 2: James Patterson Tells Us Why We Should "Give Please a Chance"
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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
Ep 1: Luvvie Ajayi Is Judging Us & We Like It
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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 14, 2016
Introducing Roxanne Coady
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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...

 

 

 

 

Dec 05, 2016