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Tana French Reacts to Stephen King's New York Times Review

11/16/2018
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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!

Duration:00:04:07

Steve Jobs' Daughter Finds Her Own Voice in Revealing New Memoir

11/14/2018
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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. The outline of her story is relatively well known. Mr. Jobs fathered her at 23, then denied paternity despite a DNA match and...

Duration:00:51:43

Roxanne Reacts to Your Fan Mail: Part 3!

11/9/2018
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From classic 19th Century love stories to modern day memoirs, Roxanne reads your fan mail and shares your favorite stories! Books in this episode: Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn Jr. Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Duration:00:03:25

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

11/7/2018
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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...

Duration:01:16:50

8 Books to Read For Election Day!

11/3/2018
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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!! To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister Rage Become Her: The...

Duration:00:18:50

46 Books That Will Make Your Holiday Wish List!

11/1/2018
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If you’re trying to fill your holiday wish list with amazing titles, look no further! Our very own 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...

Duration:01:11:07

5 Creepy Books to Read This Halloween!

10/26/2018
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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! What are some of your favorite spooky reads? Write to us at info@justtherightbook.com or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter! To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia...

Duration:00:07:42

17 Fall Book Picks From Entertainment Weekly!

10/25/2018
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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...

Duration:00:35:43

What to Read Before Heading to Movie Theaters This Fall!

10/19/2018
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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 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (film out now) Tweak by Nic Sheff & Beautiful Boy by David Sheff (film "Beautiful Boy" out now) Wild Life by Richard Ford (film out Oct. 19th) If Beale Street Could Talk by James...

Duration:00:05:45

Re-release: How Propaganda Works

10/17/2018
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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. This episode is brought to you by care/of. For 25 percent off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins , visit takecareof.com and enter the...

Duration:00:34:58

Your 2018 National Book Award Finalists!

10/13/2018
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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...

Duration:00:05:16

"Paper Chase" Author's Latest Novel Explores a Fractured Love Story

10/11/2018
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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 Osborne 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...

Duration:00:31:16

4 Books to Help You Survive the Bad News Overload

10/5/2018
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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 Walbert On Writing by Stephen King Listen to the Marriage...

Duration:00:07:28

Past #MeToo: Constraints & Imbalances That Shape Women's Lives

10/4/2018
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"His Favorites" is a testament to the resiliency and strength of women facing society's sexual biases. 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...

Duration:00:46:56

Celebrating Banned Books Week!

9/28/2018
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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 many other titles. Roxanne says "Its important for us to take this time and understand how inappropriate it is to ban books and we need to become engaged if we run into a school or a library or a set of...

Duration:00:02:48

How Doing Nothing Can Make You More Productive

9/26/2018
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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...

Duration:00:25:08

Roxanne Reacts To Your Fan Mail: Part 2!

9/21/2018
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From the Tri-state area to the Golden State, Roxanne responds to listener emails from coast to coast! Please continue to write to us and share your book recommendations! Email us at info@justtherightbookpodcast.com To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers Warlight by Michael Ondaatje Flowers of the Killer Moon by David Gram Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley Famous Father Girl by Jamie...

Duration:00:04:35

Anne Bogel Would "Rather Be Reading"; Lithub.com's Book Picks & More

9/20/2018
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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...

Duration:01:08:45

4 Book Club-Worthy Reads!!

9/13/2018
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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 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. 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...

Duration:00:05:05

25 Must-Reads From 4 of Our Favorite Experts!

9/13/2018
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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. Co-founder and President of The Book Report Network, Carol Fitzgerald Click here to listen to the full episode! Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy Manhattan Beach (Audio)...

Duration:00:38:24