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Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady

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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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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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By Lina3 - Aug 11 2019
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Please number or date your episodes so it’s easier to find the book list. Thanks.

Wonderful podcast!

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Thought-provoking, insightful interviews for book lovers.

iTunes Ratings

268 Ratings
Average Ratings
220
23
14
5
6

Episodes

By Lina3 - Aug 11 2019
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Please number or date your episodes so it’s easier to find the book list. Thanks.

Wonderful podcast!

By erindotsmith - May 01 2019
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Thought-provoking, insightful interviews for book lovers.
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Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady

Latest release on Nov 26, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: 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.

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Mar 12 2020

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Rank #2: 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 

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Mar 28 2017

32mins

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Rank #3: 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. 

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Jan 03 2018

38mins

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Rank #4: 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.'"

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Apr 10 2019

35mins

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Rank #5: 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

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Dec 06 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #6: 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!

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Nov 15 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #7: 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.

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Mar 22 2018

44mins

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Rank #8: 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!

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Sep 06 2018

36mins

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Rank #9: 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!

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Jul 03 2018

49mins

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Rank #10: 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.

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Feb 08 2018

53mins

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Rank #11: 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!

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Apr 26 2018

32mins

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Rank #12: 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.

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Apr 18 2018

44mins

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Rank #13: 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!

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Aug 30 2017

41mins

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Rank #14: 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. 

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Jan 17 2018

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Rank #15: 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.

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Feb 20 2020

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Rank #16: 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.

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Sep 13 2018

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Rank #17: 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.

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Oct 03 2017

31mins

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Rank #18: 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.

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Sep 07 2018

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Rank #19: 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! 

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Nov 01 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #20: 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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We’re trying to get a better demographic handle on the people like yourself who listen to Just The Right Book Podcast. Just go to our website, www.BookPodcast.com, and click on the “Listener Survey,” it should take you about 30 seconds and be most helpful to us. Thank you in advance for this!

Get even more book talk from Michael Kindness and listen to Ep 9 & Ep 20 of Just the Right Book Podcast.

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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

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Jun 28 2017

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The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide Episode!

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Join Roxanne Coady and the staff of RJ Julia Booksellers as we explore the best books of the year to give as gifts to the readers in your life.

Books discussed include:


The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X – Les Payne

Eleanor: A Life – David Michaelis

The Luckiest Man – Mark Salter

Modern Comfort Food – Ina Garten

Jacques Pepin: Quick & Simple

Winter Cocktails : Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks – Maria del Mar Sacasa

The Choice – Dr. Edith Eger

The Gift – Dr. Edith Eger

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Lori Gottlieb – (mentioned, not discussed)

Classical Mythology A to Z: An Encyclopedia of Gods & Goddesses, Heroes & Heroines, Nymphs, Spirits, Monsters, and Places - Annette Giesecke

Chasing Chopin – Annik LaFarge

The Fire Next Time  - James Baldwin 

Begin Again – Eddie Glaude Jr.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You : A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning – Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi

Just Us – Claudia Rankine

Citizen

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou


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Nov 26 2020

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Ijeoma Oluo, Leslie Gray Streeter, and Jennifer Palmieri on Writing—and Thriving—in a World of Mediocre White Men

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In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, in partnership with Hachette, Ijeoma Oluo (Mediocre), Jennifer Palmieri (She Proclaims), and Leslie Gray Streeter (Black Widow) join Roxanne to discuss their new books.

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Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race. Her work on race has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. She has twice been named to the Root 100, and she received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award from the American Humanist Association. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Jennifer Palmieri is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Madam President. She was the Director of Communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She has previously served as the White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama and as National Press Secretary for the John Edwards presidential campaign in 2004 and the Democratic Party in 2002. She is currently President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, frequently appearing on television, radio outlets, and lectures throughout the country.

Leslie Gray Streeter is an entertainment columnist for the Palm Beach Post. Her writing has been featured in the Miami HeraldModern Loss, and elsewhere. Streeter’s many speaking engagements include annual appearances at Camp Widow, a national organization for widowed people reaching nearly 500,000, and a series of book club events for women. Leslie lives in West Palm Beach with her mother, Tina, and her son, Brooks.


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Roxanne Coady is owner of R.J. Julia, one of the leading independent booksellers in the United States, which—since 1990—has been a community resource not only for books, but for the exchange of ideas. In 1998, Coady founded Read To Grow, which provides books for newborns and children and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. RTG has distributed over 1.5 million books.

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Nov 19 2020

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Dr. Edith Eger Has Some Thoughts on Survival

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In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Edith Eger joins Roxanne to discuss her new book, The Gift.

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An eminent psychologist and one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors old enough to remember life in the camps, Dr. Edith Eger has worked with veterans, military personnel, and victims of physical and mental trauma. She lives in La Jolla, California. She is the author of the award-winning book The Choice and The Gift.

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Roxanne Coady is owner of R.J. Julia, one of the leading independent booksellers in the United States, which—since 1990—has been a community resource not only for books, but for the exchange of ideas. In 1998, Coady founded Read To Grow, which provides books for newborns and children and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. RTG has distributed over 1.5 million books.

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Nov 12 2020

59mins

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Claudia Rankine: The Reconciliation Won't Be Easy, But It's Necessary Work

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In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Claudia Rankine joins Roxanne to discuss her new book, Just Us.

Claudia Rankine is a poet, essayist, and playwright. Just Us completes her groundbreaking trilogy, following Don't Let Me Be Lonely and Citizen. She is a MacArthur Fellow and teaches at Yale University.

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Nov 05 2020

46mins

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How Reading Hemingway Shaped John McCain’s Honor Code

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In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Mark Salter joins Roxanne to discuss his book The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain.

This podcast is brought to you by Catapult, publishers of White Tears/Brown ScarsHow White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad.

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Mark Salter has collaborated with John McCain on all seven of their books, including The Restless WaveFaith of My FathersWorth the Fighting ForWhy Courage MattersCharacter Is Destiny, Hard Call, and Thirteen Soldiers. He served on Senator McCain’s staff for eighteen years.

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Roxanne Coady is owner of R.J. Julia, one of the leading independent booksellers in the United States, which—since 1990—has been a community resource not only for books, but for the exchange of ideas. In 1998, Coady founded Read To Grow, which provides books for newborns and children and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. RTG has distributed over 1.5 million books.

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Oct 29 2020

35mins

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Mark Salter on Why the Republican Party’s Future Is Bleak

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In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Mark Salter joins Roxanne to discuss his book The Luckiest Man: Life with John McCain.

This podcast is brought to you by Catapult, publishers of White Tears/Brown ScarsHow White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad.

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Mark Salter has collaborated with John McCain on all seven of their books, including The Restless WaveFaith of My FathersWorth the Fighting ForWhy Courage MattersCharacter Is Destiny, Hard Call, and Thirteen Soldiers. He served on Senator McCain’s staff for eighteen years.

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Roxanne Coady is owner of R.J. Julia, one of the leading independent booksellers in the United States, which—since 1990—has been a community resource not only for books, but for the exchange of ideas. In 1998, Coady founded Read To Grow, which provides books for newborns and children and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. RTG has distributed over 1.5 million books.

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Oct 22 2020

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NPR’s Guy Raz Is Cheering You On

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In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Guy Raz joins Roxanne to discuss his book How I Built This

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Oct 15 2020

48mins

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Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman on Racism Manifesting in Friendships

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In the fourth episode of our new season on Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow join Roxanne to discuss their book, Big Friendship

Aminatou Sow is a writer, interviewer, and cultural commentator. She is a frequent public speaker whose talks and interviews lead to candid conversations about ambition, money, and power. Aminatou lives in Brooklyn.

Ann Friedman is a journalist, essayist, and media entrepreneur. She is a contributing editor to The Gentlewoman. Every Friday, she sends a popular email newsletter. Ann lives in Los Angeles.

Together, Aminatou and Ann host the long-running podcast Call Your GirlfriendBig Friendship is both Aminatou and Ann’s first book.

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Roxanne Coady is owner of R.J. Julia, one of the leading independent booksellers in the United States, which—since 1990—has been a community resource not only for books, but for the exchange of ideas. In 1998, Coady founded Read To Grow, which provides books for newborns and children and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. RTG has distributed over 1.5 million books.

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Oct 08 2020

57mins

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Annik LaFarge on Chasing Chopin Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions

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In the fourth episode of our new season on Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Annik Lafarge joins Roxanne to discuss her new book, Chasing Chopin.

Annik LaFarge is a writer, photographer, lecturer, and author of the much-praised On the High Line: Exploring America's Most Original Urban Park, winner of the IPPY award for Travel Guidebook. She has been writing about the High Line and urban landscapes since 2009 on the blog Livin The High Line. Her most recent book is Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across 3 Centuries, 4 Countries, and a Half Dozen Revolutions. She lives in New York City.

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Oct 01 2020

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We Need to Give Everyone Permission to Feel Things

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In the third episode of our new season on Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Marc Brackett joins Roxanne to discuss his book, Permission to Feel.

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., author of Permission to Feel, is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. Marc has published 125 scholarly articles on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based, systemic approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by more than two thousand schools, pre-K through high school, across the United States and in other countries. Marc has received numerous awards and is on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). He is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses. Marc also consults regularly with corporations like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design.

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Sep 24 2020

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Has America Ever Had a Unified Vision of Itself?

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In the second episode of our new season on Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Jordan Blashek and Chris Haugh join Roxanne to discuss their book, Union: A Democrat, a Republican, and a Search for Common Ground.

Jordan Blashek is a businessman, military veteran, and attorney from Los Angeles, California. After college, Jordan spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer, serving two combat tours overseas. He holds degrees from Yale Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Princeton University. Jordan is based in New York, where he invests in entrepreneurial efforts to grow the American middle class as a part of Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt.



Christopher Haugh is a writer from Kensington, California. After graduating with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, Chris attended Oxford University and started speechwriting as an intern in the Obama White House. He went on to join the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff where he served as a speechwriter to the Secretary. In 2018, Chris graduated from Yale Law School where he was a Yale Journalism Scholar. Chris is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.

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Sep 17 2020

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Senator Chris Murphy on Who's to Blame For Rioting in American Cities

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In the first episode of our new season, Senator Chris Murphy joins Roxanne to discuss his book The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy.

Elected in 2012 as the youngest member of the U.S. Senate, Chris Murphy has earned a reputation as a serious legislator who is willing to stand up for his principles and reach across the aisle. Since the Newtown school shooting in December 2012, he has also become the best-known leader in Congress in confronting the plague of gun violence in America. Now in his second term representing Connecticut, he and his wife, Cathy, an attorney, have two young sons, Owen and Rider.

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Sep 10 2020

1hr 10mins

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Jenny Odell: There Is No Work Without Care and Maintenance

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This week, we revisit our 2019 conversation with Jenny Odell as she discusses her book How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy with Roxanne Coady.

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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Sep 03 2020

52mins

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James Forman Jr. Talks Crime and Punishment in Black America

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In today's episode, we revisit our conversation with James Forman, Jr. from 2018 as he discusses his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

James Forman Jr. is a professor of law at Yale Law School. He has written for The New York TimesThe Atlantic, numerous law reviews, and other publications. A former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, he spent six years as a public defender in Washington, D.C., where he cofounded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School.


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Aug 27 2020

49mins

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Lisa Taddeo on the Discovery-Making of Immersive Journalism

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This week, we revisit our conversation with Lisa Taddeo on her book Three Women, now out in paperback.

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 20 2020

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Steve Luxenberg: We Need to Rethink Precedents

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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 originally aired on October 24, 2019.

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Aug 13 2020

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Dr. Sunita Puri on Moving Towards the Difficulty in Ourselves

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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.

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Aug 06 2020

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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.

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Jul 30 2020

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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. 

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Jul 23 2020

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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.

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Jul 16 2020

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By Lina3 - Aug 11 2019
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Please number or date your episodes so it’s easier to find the book list. Thanks.

Wonderful podcast!

By erindotsmith - May 01 2019
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Thought-provoking, insightful interviews for book lovers.