Vote for Your Favorite Independently Published Book!

Vote for Your Favorite Independently Published Book!

Thank you to all the wonderful independent authors who submitted their books to us in November. Our poll is now officially open, which means you can visit bookpodcast.com/poll and vote for your favorite independent author and their book.

Authors, we encourage you to share the poll with friends, family, and readers to boost your chance of winning. The poll closes on December 15th, after which we’ll announce the winner who will receive a special shout-out on our show.

Ep 53: Isabel Allende Finds Love “In the Midst of Winter”

Ep 53: Isabel Allende Finds Love “In the Midst of Winter”

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” This quote by Albert Camus was the inspiration for Chilean-American author, Isabel Allende’s latest book, In the Midst of Winter.

Allende, who’s novels include “The House of the Spirits” and “City of the Beasts,” joined our Roxanne Coady at a live event hosted by RJ Julia to chat about her latest work, a mad-cap caper that brings together Evelyn, a young undocumented Guatemalan woman, Lucia, a 62 year old exile from Chile and Richard, a 60 year old human rights scholar. Roxanne explains, “along the way we learn about the Injustice of immigration laws, human trafficking, the terror of militants, yet all imbued with stories of resilience, friendship and love.”

Isabel and Roxanne cover many topics including, how her grandparents impacted her life growing up, democracy in Chile after 17 years of dictatorship and finding “mature love” in her 70s. Talking about her new love, Allende says “he is moving to my house in December with his clothes and a bike That’s all I accept in the house.”

And in case you missed it, Roxanne gives you the titles of the 2017 National Book Award winners!

Books in this episode:

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

 

 

Ep 51: “Mad Men” Creator Talks Rejection, Tenacity & Debut Novel

Ep 51: “Mad Men” Creator Talks Rejection, Tenacity & Debut Novel

Variety has called Mad Men “The Last Great Drama of TV’s Golden Age.” What you might not know is that the hit drama series was rejected “so many times” before making it’s AMC debut in 2007. The cable network’s first drama series went on to win four Golden Globes and fifteen Emmy Awards before its final episode aired in 2015.

In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner joins Roxanne in New York City to dish on his debut book, Heather The Totality. The 138 page work which Weiner refers to as “novel concentrate” explores the intertwining lives of a privileged Manhattan couple, their beautiful daughter Heather, and a sociopathic stalker. The screenwriter-turned-author also talks about his upcoming TV series The Romanoffs and the books that have changed his life.

Stay tuned after the interview with Matthew to hear some great recommendations on books to distract you. Whether they end “happily ever after” or are just fun, you’ll want to check out these entertaining titles!

This episode of Just the Right Book Podcast is sponsored by HelloFresh. When you visit hellofresh.com and use the promo code “bookpodcast30”, you’ll save $30 off your first week of deliveries.

Books in this episode:

Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Irresistible Blueberry Bake Shop by Mary Simies

Rules of Love and Grammer by Mary Simies

House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederick Backman

The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Lights of Paris by Eleanor Brown

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

The Spellman Files: A Novel by Lisa Lutz

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Set by Alexander McCall Smith

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Ella Enchanted by Gail CarsonLevine

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Tricky Twenty-Two: Romance Mystery (a Stephanie Plum Novel) by Janet Evanovich – Unofficial & Independent Summary & Analysis (Paperback)

 

 

 

 

 

Tidbits Ep 9: Book News from the Big Apple; Win A Prize from JTRB!

Tidbits Ep 9: Book News from the Big Apple; Win A Prize from JTRB!

An intimate New York City Wedding in the rare book room of the Strand Bookstore? A pop-up bookshop for children and teenagers opens in the South Bronx?

In this week’s Tidbits episode, Roxanne shares two pieces of news straight from the Big Apple! Plus, we tell you how to be a part of next week’s episode and win a prize!

Articles in this episode:

An Intimate New York City Wedding at Strand Bookstore

Boogie Down Books: Pop-up Opens in the Bronx

You still have a chance to submit your questions for Matthew Weiner, the creator of the AMC hit drama series Mad Men and the author of the soon-to-be released book, Heather the Totality. Roxanne will be speaking to Matthew next week and if she uses your question, you win a prize!

Send your questions to [email protected], or write to us on Facebook or Twitter by Monday November 6th for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Just the Right Book subscription service, a personalized book of the month program founded by Roxanne Coady. You won’t have to worry about what you are going to read next because a group of genius booksellers choose for you!

 

Ep 50: A True Story of Heroism in Nazi-Occupied Paris

Ep 50: A True Story of Heroism in Nazi-Occupied Paris

The heroic story of Suzanne Spaak, who risked everything and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi-occupied Paris to Auschwitz is one of many untold stories of the Holocaust. This week’s episode of Just the Right Book welcomes author Anne Nelson who tells Spaak’s story in her latest book, Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris.

The Yale University alum consults with many of the leading US foundations including Gates, Rockefeller, and Carnegie on international media conflict and human rights, was a war correspondent in Latin America and reported from Eastern Europe and Asia for the New York Times, LA Times, BBC, NPR, and PBS.

Nelson has now set her considerable wide-ranging skills on a story of extraordinary courage in the face of evil. She has resurrected from obscurity the life of Suzanne Spaak, a wealthy Brussels-born woman who used her prominent status in Nazi-occupied Paris to rescue, shelter, and support Jewish children that were orphaned or left behind after their parents were deported to the concentration camps of Europe. Roxanne says, “In Miss Nelson’s hand this story of courage is a page-turner filled with fascinating detailed research on the state of terror that existed in Nazi-occupied Paris, the espionage, and the extraordinary bravery of some and the astounding complicity with evil of many.”

Also in this episode, some fantastic book recommendations from co-founder and president of The Book Report Network, Carol Fitzgerald.

Books in this episode:

Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris by Anne Nelson

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy

Manhattan Beach (Audio) by Jennifer Egan, Heather Lind (Read by), Vincent Piazza (Read by)

The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

A Trace of Footprints by Ruth Wolff

Next week, Roxanne will be speaking with Matthew Weiner, the creator of the AMC hit drama series Mad Men and the author of the soon-to-be released book, Heather the Totality. If you have any questions that you would like to ask Matthew, please write to us at [email protected], our Facebook page or Tweet us!

If we use your question, you will win a gift certificate to the Just the Right Book subscription service, which is a personalized book of the month program. You won’t even have to worry about what you are going to read next because a group of genius booksellers choose for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tidbits Ep 8: Halloween Picks for Kids & Adults!

Tidbits Ep 8: Halloween Picks for Kids & Adults!

In today’s Tidbits episode, Roxanne recommends a kids book that’s also perfect for pet lovers of all ages. Plus, a timeless tale of terror for adults which Roxanne calls “brilliant in every way.”

We are really interested in hearing what you think is the perfect Halloween book! Post your recommendations on our Facebook page or Tweet us!

Also in today’s Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week’s interview with author Anne Nelson, who spoke to Roxanne about her new book, Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris.

Books in this episode:

Pug & Pig Trick-Or-Treat by Sue Lowell Gallion, Joyce Wan (Illustrator)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

 

Ep 49: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

Ep 49: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

Why do certain moments influence us so strongly? In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, we speak to Dan Heath, one half of the dynamic writing team which includes his brother Chip Heath. Dan explains how their latest book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact is about defining the moments that bring special meaning to our lives and the importance of creating them.

The Heath brothers’ latest collaboration demonstrates how to apply The Power of Moments in many areas of life including: business, marriage, education, healthcare and hospitality. Dan shares a few of the stories from the book including one of his favorites about a Los Angeles hotel called the Magic Castle. Here, you can order up free popsicles for delivery poolside using a red phone by the pool known as the “Popsicle Hotline.” The frozen treats are even brought out on a silver tray by someone wearing white gloves. The Magic Castle may look like an average motel painted bright yellow but the staffers realize that guests will forgive a lot of “average” as long as there are certain moments worth cherishing.

And also in this episode, we to hear from Justin Souther from Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina for our segment, “What’s on the Front Table.”

Books in this episode:

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Decisive: How to Make Better Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty by Peter Singer

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte

In the Distance by Hernan Diaz

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano

The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterson

 

 

Tidbits Ep 7: Claire Messud Reads From “The Burning Girl”

Tidbits Ep 7: Claire Messud Reads From “The Burning Girl”

In today’s Tidbits episode, we hear Claire Messud read a passage from her latest book, The Burning Girl. Roxanne describes the novel as “a fascinating look at friendships between young girls and how they arc over time.”

Also in today’s Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week’s interview with novelist Dan Heath, who spoke to Roxanne about his new book, The Power of Moments.

Listen to the full interview with Claire Messud here

 

 

Ep 48: Cheryl Strayed…Into the “Wild” & On to Advice Columns

Ep 48: Cheryl Strayed…Into the “Wild” & On to Advice Columns

You may know Cheryl Strayed from her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, which inspired the blockbuster film starring Reese Witherspoon or from one of her other bestsellers, Tiny Beautiful Things or Brave Enough.

The Portland resident, who’s popular advice column Dear Sugar inspired the podcast Dear Sugars is also the co-author of The Sweet Spot advice column in the New York Times Thursday Styles section. Strayed stopped by Just the Right Book Podcast to talk about that famous hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, her career as an advice columnist and how curiosity at a young age set the tone for her life journey. “As a child, I was very probing,” she tells Roxanne. “In fact, my mother would say I could ask each adult only three questions, because she knew I would never stop. I always paid careful attention to people’s emotional realities.”

Stay tuned after the interview with Cheryl to hear what is on the front table at RJ Julia in Madison, Connecticut.

Books in this episode:

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead

The Origins of Creativity by Edward O. Wilson

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Additional authors in this episode:
Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, Mary Gaitskill & William Trevor. 

 

 

 

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Tidbits Ep 6: The 2017 National Book Awards Finalists!

Tidbits Ep 6: The 2017 National Book Awards Finalists!

The National Book Foundation recently revealed the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards. In today’s Tidbits episode, Roxanne highlights some of her favorite titles from the four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 15th in New York.

See the complete list of nominees here

Books in this episode:

Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae

 

 

Ep 47: “Hamilton” Author’s Latest Bio Uncovers a Heroic U.S. Grant

Ep 47: “Hamilton” Author’s Latest Bio Uncovers a Heroic U.S. Grant

Ron Chernow is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, historian, and journalist who wrote the biography which became the inspiration for the record-breaking, hip-hop Broadway musical Hamilton.

In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book, Chernow joins Roxanne to talk about his latest expository biography on Ulysses S. Grant. In Grant, the author paints the former president as a flawed man, yet great general and president. Chernow reveals that after getting thrown out of the Army for drinking on payday, Grant must beg his father for a menial job selling leather goods while working below his two younger brothers. Once the Civil War begins, Grant is called to duty and through his merits is vaulted to the top commander of the Union army.

“My job as a biographer is to probe the ‘silences,’ what the subject doesn’t want to talk about,” says Chernow, referring to Grant’s own military memoirs in which “there is not a single syllable about his drinking problem or his terrible poverty.”

Stay tuned after the interview with Ron Chernow to hear what is currently on Roxanne’s nightstand.

Books in this episode:

Grant by Ron Chernow

Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Lord Charnwood

Abraham Lincoln by Carl Sandburg

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward