Ep 18: Jason Stanley On How Propaganda Works

Ep 18: Jason Stanley On How Propaganda Works

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 author of How Propaganda Works 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

 

 

 

Ep 17: Amy Dickinson Says “Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things”

Ep 17: Amy Dickinson Says “Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things”

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

 

Ep 16: What’s on the Front Table: The Strand Book Store

Ep 16: What’s on the Front Table: The Strand Book Store

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.” Strand’s head buyer, Carson Moss, joins Just the Right Book from the store’s East Village location to give Roxanne the scoop on what the store is displaying on its front table and the rumored quiz given to every prospective employee.

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

 

Ep 15: Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear and Why

Ep 15: Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear and Why

Sady Doyle is an award-winning writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Slate, Buzzfeed, and The Atlantic. The Brooklyn resident and founder of the feminist blog Tiger Beatdown joins Roxanne to talk about her latest book Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why. Sady and Roxanne discuss the “trainwreck” phenomenon and why some famous women like Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse, Hillary Clinton, Marilyn Monroe, Mary Wollstonecraft have earned such controversial reputations.

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 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

 

Ep 14: Daphne Merkin Is This Close to Happy

Ep 14: Daphne Merkin Is This Close to Happy

Daphne Merkin is a novelist, critic, contributor to the New York Times, Elle and Tablet Magazine. As Roxanne puts it, Daphne can write about pocketbooks and lipstick and still 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 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

 

Ep 13: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Ep 13: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Lindsey Lee Johnson’s debut novel, The Most Dangerous Place on Earth tells the story of a group of students and how 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 about her next novel and explains 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

 

Ep 12: Jo Malone, The English Scent Maverick

Ep 12: Jo Malone, The English Scent Maverick

English scent maverick and founder of several London-based fragrance brands, Jo Malone opens up to Roxanne on her inspiring success story, battling breast cancer, and writing her new autobiography, Jo Malone: My Story. Having established a nose for business with her coveted brand, Malone turns her attention to the creation of a new fragrance line, Jo Loves.

Also in this episode, our next 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

 

Ep11: Book Riot and JTRB Add to Your 2017 TBR List

Ep11: Book Riot and JTRB Add to Your 2017 TBR List

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.

Show Notes:

Book Riot Website

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

 

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Ep10: “If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?”

Ep10: “If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?”

Dr. Gina Barreca is a humorist, author, feminist 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 ahead of the now historic Women’s March to chat with Roxanne about feminism today and women’s empowerment books that we all need to read.

Show Notes:

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

 

Ep 9: “Books on the Nightstand”

Ep 9: “Books on the Nightstand”

Michael Kindness set the gold standard for book podcasts as the former host of the popular show “Books on the Nightstand.” He’s also the “hand-seller to booksellers” for Penguin Random House. Michael joined Roxanne in the studio to talk about being a sales rep for the publishing powerhouse and shares his book 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, we’re giving away the chance to win the book of your choice from today’s episode. Just rate and review us on iTunes to be entered!

Sadly, “Books on the Nightstand” has ended but you can listen (or re-listen) to all the episodes here: http://booksonthenightstand.com/

Follow Michael Kindness on Twitter

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