Ep 39: Luanne Rice Live; Book Picks For the Solar Eclipse

Ep 39: Luanne Rice Live; Book Picks For the Solar Eclipse

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. RJ Julia recently had the distinct pleasure of hosting a live event for Luanne’s second young adult novel, The Beautiful Lost, which drew many interesting questions from the audience. The Connecticut native spoke about mental health, her jump into the YA arena, and more in this intimate bookstore chat.

Stay tuned after Luanne to hear some of Roxanne’s Out of This World science and sci-fi book recommendations perfect for celebrating the upcoming solar eclipse.

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Books in this episode:

The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice

The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice

The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger

Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024 by Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak

Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger

Hello, Is This Planet Earth?: My View from the International Space Station by Tim Peake

Otherworlds: Visions of Our Solar System by Michael Benson

 

 

Ep 38: Dean Koontz One on One

Ep 38: Dean Koontz One on One

In a career that spans almost five decades, Dean Koontz has plenty to be thankful for, including fourteen novels that reached the number one spot on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. The Pennsylvania native, who has sold over 450 million copies of his books came straight to Just the Right Book to dish on his latest novel, The Silent Corner, which kicks off a new series starring Jane Hawk, a young FBI agent gone rogue.

In a rare and revealing interview, Koontz discusses his writing process, what his wife thinks of his books and his relationship with his alcoholic father. “In a way, my father gave me my work ethic, by being an example of the other side of all of that,” says Koontz.

Stay tuned after our interview with Dean to hear Roxanne’s summer recommendations for kids and young adults.

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Books in this episode:

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky by Paul Johnson

Art: A New History by Paul Johnson

For Kids & Young Adults

Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald

Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy

Mars One by Jonathan Maberry

Master-Pieces: Flip and Flop 10 Great Works by Will Lach

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Edible Numbers: Count, Learn, Eat by Jennifer Vogel Bass

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems For All Seasons by Julie Fogliano

Fairy Garden Handbook by Liza Gardner Walsh

Maisy’s Sailboat by Lucy Cousins

Voyage by Billy Collins

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

DK Findout! Pirates by E.T. Fox

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

 

 

Ep 37: 21 Books to Check  Out This Summer!

Ep 37: 21 Books to Check Out This Summer!

Summer’s not over yet! Whether you are looking for a beach read, memoir, thriller, biography, or non-fiction book, we’ve got you covered! Roxanne gives her summer book recommendations during a very special luncheon at the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford, Connecticut.

Following Roxanne’s speech, stay tuned for a behind the scenes interview with Clay Smith, the Editor-In-Chief of the renowned, Kirkus Reviews and now host of the new literary podcast Fully Booked.

 

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Books in this episode:

You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships by Deborah Tannen

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Where the Light Gets in: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

 

Ep 36: Elizabeth Strout Knows “Anything is Possible”

Ep 36: Elizabeth Strout Knows “Anything is Possible”

One of Roxanne’s favorite authors, Elizabeth Strout joins Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about her latest novel, Anything is Possible. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author also gives us the scoop on the Emmy Award-winning HBO series, Olive Kitteridge (based on Strout’s book of the same name) and shares her thoughts on Frances McDormand as the title character. “You read Strout, really for the same reason you listen to a requiem: to experience the beauty in sadness,” says Jennifer Senior of the New York Times.

We also talk to our first JTRB book club winner, Kim Nelson-Layman, who got a special surprise when she heard who else was on the phone with Roxanne.

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Books in this episode:

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

Check out Kim Nelson-Layman’s Blog!

 

 

 

Ep 35: An Exciting Retelling of a Classic Greek Tragedy

Ep 35: An Exciting Retelling of a Classic Greek Tragedy

Colm Toibin is the bestselling, award-winning author of seven novels, including The Master and Brooklyn. The Irish-born author joins Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about his new novel, House of Names, a retelling of the Greek myth of Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, and their children.

And later in this episode, we hear from Miriam Sontz, CEO of the famous Powell’s Books in Portland Oregon for a special installment of “What’s on the Front Table.”

 

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Books in this episode:

House of Names by Colm Toibin

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Marie Curie by Lola M. Schaefer, Wyatt Schaefer, Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor)

 

 

 

 

 

Ep 34: The “Testimony” of Scott Turow: Live

Ep 34: The “Testimony” of Scott Turow: Live

Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, which have sold over thirty million copies world-wide and have been translated into more than forty languages.  

The Chicago native took the stage in a live event presented by RJ Julia and New Haven Legal Assistance Association to discuss his latest war-crime mystery, “Testimony”. Turow also tells us how Harrison Ford was cast for the role of Rusty Sabich in the box office winning thriller, “Presumed Innocent”.

And stay tuned after the interview with Scott Turow to hear what is currently on Roxanne’s nightstand. 

 

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Books in this episode:

Testimony by Scott Turow

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

 

Ep 33: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships

Ep 33: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships

Deborah Tannen is a mega bestselling author and renowned Georgetown linguist. Her previous book, You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, was on the NY Times Bestseller List for four years, and as Roxanne puts it, “has become the bible for the differences in the way in which girls and women and boys and men converse.”

Tannen joins Just the Right Book to discuss her new book, You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships, guiding us to understand the conversational ingredients and behavior that bond or break our friendships with women.

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Books in this episode:

You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen

You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships by Deborah Tannen

A Connecticut Yankee in King Author’s Court by Mark Twain

Poem in this episode:

Some People by Rachel Field

Isn’t it strange some people make
You feel so tired inside,
Your thoughts begin to shrivel up
Like leaves all brown and dried!

But when you’re with some other ones,
It’s stranger still to find
Your thoughts as thick as fireflies
All shiny in your mind!

 

Ep 32: Books on the Nightstand’s Summer Picks

Ep 32: Books on the Nightstand’s Summer Picks

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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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

Also check out the article Roxanne mentioned on Culture Trip:

50 Unique Independent Bookstores You Need to Visit in Every US State

Ep 31: John Grisham One on One

Ep 31: John Grisham One on One

John Grisham recently sat down with Roxanne in a rare and candid interview as part of his first book tour in twenty-five years! The bestselling author chose RJ Julia for the second stop of his thirteen-city tour to promote his latest book, Camino Island.

“If this book doesn’t work, I’m quitting this.” says Grisham of The Firm, the book that changed his life. The former lawyer also talks book-selling, about his work with the Innocence Project, and even reveals which books are in the works to become TV series. 

Later in this episode, we hit the Yale campus to see what students are looking forward to reading this summer. 

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John Grisham’s Podcast: Book Tour with John Grisham

Books in this episode:

Camino Island by John Grisham 

The Firm by John Grisham

Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff

Startup: A Novel by Doree Shafrir 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations by David Grant

 

Tidbits Special: A Father’s Day Poem

Tidbits Special: A Father’s Day Poem

Just the Right Book Podcast is celebrating Father’s Day with a very special poem. In this very special Tidbit, Roxanne reads The Gift by Li-Young Lee.
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The Gift
By Li-Young Lee
To pull the metal splinter from my palm
my father recited a story in a low voice.
I watched his lovely face and not the blade.
Before the story ended, he’d removed
the iron sliver I thought I’d die from.
I can’t remember the tale,
but hear his voice still, a well
of dark water, a prayer.
And I recall his hands,
two measures of tenderness
he laid against my face,
the flames of discipline
he raised above my head.
Had you entered that afternoon
you would have thought you saw a man
planting something in a boy’s palm,
a silver tear, a tiny flame.
Had you followed that boy
you would have arrived here,
where I bend over my wife’s right hand.
Look how I shave her thumbnail down
so carefully she feels no pain.
Watch as I lift the splinter out.
I was seven when my father
took my hand like this,
and I did not hold that shard
between my fingers and think,
Metal that will bury me,
christen it Little Assassin,
Ore Going Deep for My Heart.
And I did not lift up my wound and cry,
Death visited here!
I did what a child does
when he’s given something to keep.
I kissed my father.

 

Ep 30: A Moving Tale of Pakistan; Book Ideas for Dads & Grads

Ep 30: A Moving Tale of Pakistan; Book Ideas for Dads & Grads

 

A “luminous novel” set in corrupt, war-torn, violent Pakistan guides us through a story of love, hope and beauty by a recently widowed Muslim architect and her Christian neighbors. That’s the latest story line from author Nadeem Aslam, who joins Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about his fifth novel, The Golden Legend. Aslam was born in Pakistan, fled to the UK with his family as a teenager and published his first short story at 13.

And later in this episode, we hear from Mary Williams, General Manager for Skylight Books in Los Angeles, who gives us some recommendations for the Dads and Grads in your life!

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Books in this episode:

The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam

The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering by Wendy Lesser

1984 by George Orwell

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray D. Bradbury

Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami

Are You Anybody?: A Memoir by Jeffrey Tambor

No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politic’s and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein

Books for Grads:

Make Trouble by John Waters

The Little Book of Life Hacks: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier and More Beautiful by Yumi Sakugawa

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths about Being Creative by Danielle Krysa

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander

Books for Dads:

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris

My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

 

Ep 29: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Live On Stage

Ep 29: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Live On Stage

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his new memoir, Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court, and his decades-long friendship with UCLA coach and mentor John Wooden. 

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer took the stage in a live event hosted by Read to Grow and RJ Julia and Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way.

After the conversation, with sportscaster Dan Patrick, Adbul-Jabbar answers questions from the audience, including one young fan’s question on who Kareem’s favorite teammate was and why.

Later in this episode, we hear from patrons of RJ Julia on what’s on their nightstand.

 

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Books in this episode:

Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

The to All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Collection: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before; P.S. I Still Love You; Always and Forever, Lara Jean (Boxed Set) by Jenny Han

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman

The Force by Don Winslow

This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Beren and Luthien by J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

Like Family by Paolo Giordano