Tidbits Ep 19: Inside a YA Author Event; Sneak Peek at Next Week!· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
In this week's Tidbits episode Just the Right Book Podcast takes you inside a young adult author panel hosted by RJ Julia for E. Lockhart, Julie Buxbaum, Kara Thomas, Jennifer E. Smith, and Ann Brashares. Look for more from this panel in an upcoming episode of Just the Right Book Podcast. Also in today's Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week's episode with Rabbi Naomi Levy who spoke to Roxanne about her book Einstein and the Rabbi, an exploration of the meaning and purpose of the soul, inspired by the famous correspondence between Albert Einstein and a grieving rabbi.
Ep 61: 11 Books to Read Now; Linda Fairstein's "Digging for Trouble"· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
Former Books on The Nightstand host, "rep extraordinaire" and frequent guest Michael Kindness is back to add to your winter reading list! Also in this episode, Roxanne speaks to author and former New York City prosecutor Linda Fairstein, the writer of Ninteen internationally best-selling Alex Cooper novels. Fairstein stopped by Just the Right Book Podcast to chat about her kids book Digging for Trouble, the second book in her Devlin Quick Mysteries. The story follows twelve-year-old supersleuth Devlin Quick as she heads to Montana to dig out dinosaur bones, but instead discovers a mystery. So what inspired Linda to write about dinosaurs besides her love for New York City's Museum of Natural History? She explains learning that "Montana, Wyoming, and up through Alberta Canada has the largest dinosaur fossil deposits in America because there was once an inland sea there." Linda was also the former chief of Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for over two decades. Roxanne couldn't resist getting her take on the flood of sexual harassment and abuse allegations that have consumed the news over the last few months. Could a book on the subject be next for the bestselling author? Check out Linda's Website Books in this episode: Digging For Trouble by Linda Fairstein Deadfall by Linda Fairstein Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza Grant by Ron Chernow Need to Know by Karen Cleveland Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book by Dan Harris When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Ep 60: Chloe Benjamin on “The Immortalists”; 5 Books to Read Now· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? This is the premise of Chloe Benjamin's second novel The Immortalists, which was hailed "2018's First Must-Read" by Entertainment Weekly. Just the Right Book Podcast caught up with the self-proclaimed "midwest convert" right before her book tour and she dished on an array of topics including religion, ballet, magic and her latest novel which may be coming to the small screen. Benjamin even tells Roxanne whether she would choose to know the date of her death if she could. And stay tuned after the conversation with Chloe to hear the latest book recommendations from Lori Fazio, the COO of RJ Julia in Madison, CT. Books in this episode: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
Tidbits Ep 18: Chloe Benjamin Reads From "The Immortalists"· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
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.
Ep 59: An Inside Look at The New York Times’ Best Book Picks· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also a journalist, host of the Book Review Podcast and an author of an array of books on subjects ranging from pornography and starter marriages, to parenting. Her latest book, My Life With Bob, is about the life of an obsessive reader. In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, Pamela gives us a rare look at the inner workings of The New York Times and her meteoric rise to becoming the editor of The New York Times Book Review. Paul also chats with Roxanne about the newspaper's prestigious list, The 10 Best Books of 2017. And stay tuned after Roxanne's conversation with Pamela Paul to hear what patrons of RJ Julia have on their New Years Reading Resolutions List. Books in this episode: Autumn by Ali Smith Exit West by Moshin Hamid Pachinko by Min Jin Lee The Power by Naomi Alderman The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - And Us by Richard O. Prum Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Grant by Ron Chernow Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler by Thalia Zepatos The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey To The Bright Edge of The World by Eowyn Ivey The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Quotes for Nasty Women: Empowering Wisdom for Women Who Break The Rules by Linda Picone Middlemarch by George Eliot The House of Niccolo by Dorothy Dunnett Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machada Such Small Hands by Andres Barba The Saboteur by Andrew Gross Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
Tidbits Ep 17: 4 Books for a New You in the New Year!· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
In today's Tidbits Episode Roxanne gives us some of her favorite "New Year, New You" book picks. Also in today's Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week's episode with Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review and author of My Life With Bob. Books in this episode: Silence: in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard Gratitude by Oliver Sacks The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You by Nathanial T. Wheelwright, Bern Heinrich
Ep 58: Revisiting One of Our Most Popular Conversations!· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
Ann Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville and the author of seven novels. In 2012, Time Magazine named her as one of their 100 Most Influential People in the World. In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast we revisit one of our most popular episodes with the The Bel Canto author who joined Roxanne last winter from her home in Nashville. They discussed many things including her life as a bookseller, her book Commonwealth, and this years' Man Booker Prize-winner, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo. Books in this episode: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett Bel Canto by Ann Patchett Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Tidbits Ep 16: Roxanne's Best Books of 2017!· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
In today's Tidbits episode Roxanne talks about some of her favorite books of 2017! Also in today’s Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week’s episode with Ann Patchett, when we re-visit one of our most popular conversations! Books in this episode: Exit West by Moshin Hamid Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Grant by Ron Chernow Listen to Ep 47 with "Grant" author Ron Chernow here!
Ep 57: Revisiting One of Our Favorite Holiday Episodes!· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
Jacques Pepin is a world-renowned chef, a former columnist for the New York Times and the author of more than two dozen cookbooks. For this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, we revisit one of our favorite episodes with the internationally recognized French chef and author just in time for the holidays! Last December the world’s most famous cooking teacher stopped by RJ Julia to share HIS best holiday cooking tips and you’ll never believe what he tells Roxanne about his own cooking mistakes! Check out Jacques NEW book, A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey More books by Jacques Pepin: Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul in the Kitchen The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen Jacques Pepin's New Complete Techniques Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food Jacques Pepin Fast Food My Way The Short-Cut Cook Jacques Pepin More Fast Food My Way Chez Jacques: Traditions and Rituals of a Cook Jacques Pepin Celebrates Jacques Pepin's Complete Techniques: More Than 1,000 Preparations and Recipes, All Demonstrated in Thousands of Step-By-Step Photographs Jacques Pepin's Simple and Healthy Cooking This episode is sponsored by BarkBox. To get a free month of BarkBox when you subscribe to a 6 or 12-month plan, just go to www.barkbox.com/bookpodcast.
Tidbits Ep 15: "Today" by Mary Oliver: A Poem· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
In today's Tidbits episode Roxanne read one of her favorite poems from Mary Oliver's collection, A Thousand Mornings: Poems. Also in today’s Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week’s episode with world-renowned chef Jacques Pepin, when we re-visit one of our favorite episodes just in time for the holiday season! Pick up Jacques NEW book, A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen With Shorey Today By Mary Oliver Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word. I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth. But I’m taking the day off. Quiet as a feather. I hardly move though really I’m traveling a terrific distance. Stillness. One of the doors into the temple.
Ep 56: 18 Books for Your Holiday Shopping List!· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
Here at Just the Right Book Podcast we believe that books are the perfect gift for any occasion! So, we enlisted the help of two of our esteemed experts to help you find the perfect book for everyone on your list. Miriam Sontz, the CEO of the legendary Powell’s Books and Andrew Brennan, the head book buyer for RJ Julia join Roxanne in browsing the bookshelves to give us their favorite picks for this holiday season! JTRB Podcast’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather & Kirschner A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre Eternal Life by Dara Horn Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Exit West by Moshin Hamid How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Moshin Hamid Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver Lab Girl by Hope Jahren Wise Trees by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh Monograph by Chris Ware The Book of Cheese: The Essential Guide to Discovering Cheeses You'll Love by Liz Thorpe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner... Life: Recipes and Adventures from My Home Kitchen by Missy Robbins Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 by Annie Leibovitz Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Tidbits Ep 14: Matthew Weiner Reads from "Heather the Totality"· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
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!
Ep 55: Alice Hoffman's "The Rules of Magic"; "What Should I Read Next?"· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
Alice Hoffman is the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Magic, which inspired the cult-classic film by the same name starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, the New York native joins Roxanne to discuss witches, feminism, family secrets, and her latest book, The Rules of Magic. The book which is set in New York City in the sixties is a prequel to Practical Magic and was picked by Reese Witherspoon for her October 2017 Book Club read. The actress and book lover described the story as “full of magic, love, family, heartbreak and redemption.” When asked what attracted her to witches and magic, Hoffman reveals how she grew up reading fairy tales, folk tales and myths. "What you read as a child influences who you become as a writer and who you become as a person. For me, it's not a choice. Magic and literature are just wound together...braided together...they exist together. I always feel like realism is the new kid on the block and that literature is magic." And stay tuned after Roxanne's conversation with Alice Hoffman to hear from Anne Bogel, the host of the popular book podcast What Should I Read Next? and the creator of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy. Books in this episode: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger The Burning Girl by Claire Messud The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish The Ninth Hour by Alice Dermott Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen Epilogue: A Memoir by Anne Roiphe Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell The Riders by Tim Winton Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering by Wendy Lesser The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard The Writing Life by Annie Dillard Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck
Tidbits Ep 13: Linda Fairstein Reads From "Digging For Trouble"· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
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.
Vote for Your Favorite Independently Published Book!· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
Thank you to all the wonderful independent authors who submitted their books to us in November. Our poll is now officially open, which means you can visit bookpodcast.com/poll and vote for your favorite independent author and their book. Authors, we encourage you to share the poll with friends, family, and readers to boost your chance of winning. The poll closes on December 15th, after which we'll announce the winner who will receive a special shout-out on our show. Visit bookpodcast.com/poll to vote now.
Ep 54: "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
If you were born in 1997 you were four when 9/11 happened, 11 when the economy crashed in 2008, 15 when a black teenager named Trayvon Martin was murdered and his killer went free. In 2014 you were 17 when Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson Missouri, and 19 when Donald Trump was elected President. Dr. Beverly Tatum's 1997 book on race relations, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria has become a modern classic found in many classrooms. In this week's episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, the former Spelman College president joins Roxanne for a live event at Wesleyan RJ Julia to talk about the 20th anniversary edition of her time-honored book and how race relations has evolved in the past two decades. Talking about twenty-year old adults today, Tatum says "94% of them will say they have witnessed instances of bias, seeing someone treated unfairly because of their group membership. And yet only 20% of that 94% will say that they are comfortable talking about bias instances. So for that reason, I describe them as not color blind, but color silent." And stay tuned after our conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum to hear Roxanne's chat with Girly Book Club founder, Erin Woodward who's book club has over 60,000 members in 12 countries! Books in this episode: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts The Nix by Nathan Hill It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover Strange Fits of Passion by Anita Shreve One Day Closer: A Mother's Quest to Bring Her Kidnapped Daughter Home by Lorinda Stewart Wishtree by Katherine Applegate This episode of Just the Right Book Podcast is sponsored by HelloFresh. When you visit hellofresh.com and use the promo code “bookpodcast30”, you’ll save $30 off your first week of deliveries.
Tidbits 12: What's on Roxanne's Nightstand!· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
In this week's Tidbits episode, you'll hear the three books Roxanne picked up recently and can't stop raving about! Also in today’s Tidbits we give you a sneak peek at this week’s conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum, who joined Roxanne at an event hosted by the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore to talk about the 20th anniversary edition of her book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Books in this episode: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Ep 53: Isabel Allende Finds Love “In the Midst of Winter”· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” This quote by Albert Camus was the inspiration for Chilean-American author, Isabel Allende’s latest book, In the Midst of Winter. Allende, who’s novels include “The House of the Spirits” and “City of the Beasts,” joined our Roxanne Coady at a live event hosted by RJ Julia to chat about her latest work, a mad-cap caper that brings together Evelyn, a young undocumented Guatemalan woman, Lucia, a 62 year old exile from Chile and Richard, a 60 year old human rights scholar. Roxanne explains, “along the way we learn about the Injustice of immigration laws, human trafficking, the terror of militants, yet all imbued with stories of resilience, friendship and love.” Isabel and Roxanne cover many topics including, how her grandparents impacted her life growing up, democracy in Chile after 17 years of dictatorship and finding “mature love” in her 70s. Talking about her new love, Allende says “he is moving to my house in December with his clothes and a bike That’s all I accept in the house.” And in case you missed it, Roxanne gives you the titles of the 2017 National Book Award winners! Books in this episode: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende Far From the Tree by Robin Benway Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Special Announcement for Independent Authors!· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
Calling all independent authors! We want to help get the word out about independently published books and give you a chance to have Roxanne talk about your book on our show. Please pick one of the books you've authored, then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30th. Include your full name, the book title, an enticing description, and your website and/or social media links. Starting December 1st, we'll put up a poll on our website listing all the book submissions we received. The book with the most votes will receive a detailed shout-out from Roxanne on our show. Once the poll goes up, be sure to share the link with friends, family, and your readers to encourage them to vote and boost your chances of winning. Thanks in advance for your participation and for listening to Just the Right Book Podcast. Good luck, independent authors!
Tidbits Ep 11: 6 Books to Gobble Up This Thanksgiving!· Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady
If you are pondering what to cook or bring this Thanksgiving, Roxanne gives her favorite cookbook recommendations in today's Tidbits episode. Also in today’s Tidbits we give you a sneak peek at next week’s interview with Chilean-American novelist Isabel Allende, who spoke to Roxanne about her latest book, In the Midst of Winter. Books in this episode: 3-Ingredient Cocktails: An Opinionated Guide to the Most Enduring Drinks in the Cocktail Canon by Robert Simonson A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey by Jacques Pepin Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh The Book of Cheese: The Essential Guide to Discovering Cheeses You'll Love by Liz Thorpe Graces: Prayers and Poems for Everyday Meals and Special Occasions by June Cotner Christopher Kimball's Milk Street: The New Home Cooking by Christopher Kimball