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Just The Right Book Podcast
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 noteworthy 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.

“Listen to the Marriage” Explores a Fractured Love Story

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What is your reaction when you hear of a marriage breaking up? Are you shocked or did you know it was coming? In John Jay Osborn Jr.’s new novel, Listen to the Marriage we are introduced to a couple who seemed to be destined for divorce. Steve’s numerous affairs and focus on work have finally pushed his wife Gretchen to take the children and move out, but in a last minute attempt to salvage their union, they begin weekly sessions with Sandy, an unconventional therapist. 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…

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“Outlander” Origins with Author Diana Gabaldon

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Take a time-traveling, fiercely independent, brave British nurse, the Scottish highland, a handsome, courageous, redheaded Scottish warrior, passionate love, conflicted love with two husbands, incredibly exciting history and dozens of riveting characters and you have a genre-defying series encompassing historical fiction, science-fiction, romance, fantasy, and of course time-travel. 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. Diana, who spent the early part of her career earning a BS in Zoology, an MS in…

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Steve Jobs’ Daughter Finds Her Own Voice in New Memoir

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If you haven’t read Lisa Brennan-Job’s memoir “Small Fry” (Grove Press) 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. The outline of her story is relatively well known. Mr. Jobs fathered her at 23, then denied paternity despite a DNA match and gave little in financial or emotional support until later in her life. Surrounded by complicated relationships Lisa spends much of her childhood and adolescence seeking love and acceptance. Despite…

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“Prophet of Freedom” Illuminates Frederick Douglass

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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 (Simon and Schuster) 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. Professor Blight recently sat down with Roxanne to discuss the book the New York Times Book Review called “cinematic and deeply engaging” about how Douglass escaped slavery, then went from a boy trading bread for spelling lessons to one of the…

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46 Books You Need To Add To 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 Coady 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 Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way! To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne Any Human Heart by William Boyd An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones There There by Tommy Orange The Mars Room: A Novel by…

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Entertainment Weekly’s Book Critic Roundup

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Entertainment Weekly is known for bringing you exclusive behind the scenes access to your favorite heavyweights across the entertainment industry. The weekly mag 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! Follow David on Twitter! Read David’s review of Friday Black Here! Read David’s review of The Great Believers Here! To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai The Friend: A Novel by Sigrid Nunez Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson There There by Tommy Orange Milkman: A Novel by Anna Burns Lincoln…

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Book-To-Film Adaptations Coming Your Way 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! To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (film out now) Tweak by Nic Sheff  & Beautiful Boy by David Sheff (film “Beautiful Boy” out now)               Wildlife by Richard Ford (film out Oct. 19th) If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin (film out Nov. 12th) Previously released films A Wrinkle in Time Crazy Rich Asians Bel Canto by Anne Patchett Click here to read The New York Times Article on “What…

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Expert Insights into the National Book Award Finalists

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The National Book Foundation recently revealed the 24 finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards! Roxanne highlights some of her favorite titles from the longlist which feature five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. The competitive category of Translated Literature hasn’t been awarded since 1983. The 2018 National Book Awards Winners will be announced on November 14th. See the complete lists here! To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart Wobble by Rae Armantrout Trick by Domenico Starnone The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka An American Marriage by Tayari Jones…

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Bad News Overload? 4 Books To Help You Through

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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! “…books offer us a way to learn and think, to make sense of the world, find peace for ourselves, or just offer us the pleasure of a well-written, utterly absorbing story” says Roxanne. Books in this episode: His Favorites: A Novel by Kate Walber On Writing by Stephen King Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn Please Do Not Touch by Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell

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How Doing Nothing Can Make You More Productive

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When was the last time you found yourself doing nothing or sitting in quiet contemplation or simply looking out the window? Most of us think nothing of scrolling through social media while talking to a friend on the phone, or answering emails and texts while in a meeting. While this may seem productive and make us feel that we are excellent multi-taskers, it might not be good for us. 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 who has been described as the “poet laureate of science writers” joined…

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Literary Hub Editor and Blogger Talk Books

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It’s been called the “Rotten Tomatoes” of books reviews. 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! Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers Restless Souls by Dan Sheehan I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon My…

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Is Your Book Club Looking for Ideas? Here Are Four

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Here’s something to talk about at your next book club! BookTrib.com‘s new deal with the Girly Book Club sends 4 book club worthy reads 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. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! Books in this episode: The Mapmaker’s Daughter by Katherine Nouri Huges Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae The Drum That Beats Within Us by Mike Bond Darling Girl by Terry H. Watkins BookTrib is a community of readers created by Meryl Moss Media.

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17 Recommendations From 7 Independent Booksellers

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Our segment, “What’s on the Front Table” features booksellers, owners, and buyers from some of the best indie bookstores in the U.S.! On a special edition of Just the Right Book Podcast we take you on a cross-country road trip to some of our favorite independent bookshops from past episodes! Are you ready? Let’s go!! R.J. Julia, Madison CT Forever Words: The Unknown Poems By Johnny Cash The Secret History of Twin Peaks By Mark Frost Listen to the full episode with Andrew Brennan here! Savage Country by Robert Olmstead The Origins of Creativity by Edward O. Wilson Listen to the full episode with Brian Wraight here!   Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie Lab Girl by Hope Jahren Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly…

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Meet The New York Times’ New Romance Columnist

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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. Roxanne says “Jamie’s column shows that romance novels can be smart and fun and explores how they fit into today’s world culturally and politically.” So, whether you favor Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy or prefer the modern day rom-com hunk, you are sure to find the perfect romance recommendation in Jaime’s new column! Check out Jaime’s Column! Books in this episode: Captive Audience: On Love…

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Sarah Jessica Parker On Her Imprint and Empowering Women

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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. Roxanne and SJP were delighted to discover that they had several book interests in common, even swapping book recommendations. Parker says her mother instilled in her the valuable habit of reading at a young age. “You couldn’t leave the house without something…

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EW Book Critic’s Five Final Summer Selections

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This summer we have been introduced to a bunch of new and exciting literary voices and with the dog days finally winding down there’s a handful 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, brought to us by the Just the Right Book poadcast. Chances are at least one of them will wind up being a author you choose to follow for many years to come. Follow David on Twitter! Books in the episode: There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange The Incendiaries: A Novel by R.O. Kwan From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein Cherry: A Novel by Nico Walker Fruit of the…

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