Ep 26: Charles Duhigg on Being “Smarter, Faster & Better”

Ep 26: Charles Duhigg on Being “Smarter, Faster & Better”

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of “The Power of Habit,” which has spent over two years on the New York Times best-seller list.

The Harvard Business School and Yale graduate, recently joined Just the Right Book Podcast 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. His book explores how to get more done without sacrificing what we care about most.

Also in this episode, we hear from Cathy Langer, the director of buying at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver Colorado for our segment, “What’s on the Front Table.”

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Books in this episode:

Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity By Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg

Hiroshima By John Hersey

Red Sky at Morning By Richard Bradford

American War By Omar El Akkad

Trajectory: Stories By Richard Russo

Anything Is Possible By Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton By Elizabeth Strout

Borne By Jeff VanderMeer

Crime and Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A Prayer for Owen Meany By John Irving

 

JTRB Tidbits Special: A Mother’s Day Poem

JTRB Tidbits Special: A Mother’s Day Poem

 

Just the Right Book Podcast is celebrating Mother’s Day with one of Roxanne’s favorite Mother’s Day poems. In this very special Tidbit, Roxanne reads The Lanyard by Billy Collins

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The Lanyard by Billy Collins

The other day I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room,
moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.

No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one into the past more suddenly-
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid long thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.

I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that’s what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.

She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-clothes on my forehead,
and then led me out into the air light

and taught me to walk and swim,
and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.

Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift – not the worn truth

that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took
the two-toned lanyard from my hand,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even.

 

More poetry by Billy Collins:

The Rain in Portugal: Poems by Billy Collins 

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins

Ballistics by Billy Collins

The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems by Billy Collins

Nine Horses: Poems by Billy Collins

Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

Tidbits Ep 1: We Are Starting a Book Club!

Tidbits Ep 1: We Are Starting a Book Club!

Just the Right Book Podcast is thrilled to launch our very first Tidbits episode. These shorter episodes will feature just one or two thoughts or events that we think will be fun to hear about! 

Just the Right Book Podcast recently had a launch party at RJ Julia‘s and our producer talked with guests about what they are reading, what brought them out to the party, and what they thought of our podcast so far. 

Also in today’s Tidbits, Roxanne announces the start of JTRB’s Book Club. Every month, Roxanne will give YOU, our listeners, a book to read and then one listener will get the opportunity to join Roxanne on a future episode of Just the Right Book Podcast to chat about the book. To participate and be entered for a chance to win, just Tweet or Facebook post about Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout using the hashtag #JTRBpodcast. 

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Books in this episode:

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

Dodgers by Bill Beverly

Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South by Beth Macy

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Call It Sleep by Henry Roth

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing And Choice are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplan

Ep 25: Dani Shapiro on “Time, Memory & Marriage”

Ep 25: Dani Shapiro on “Time, Memory & Marriage”

RJ Julia recently hosted an event for one of their favorite authors, Dani Shapiro and Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way. The best-selling novelist and memoirist caught up with Roxanne prior to the event to discuss her latest memoir, “Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage.” The book, says Roxanne, is an “exquisite jewel” that you will want to read whether you are thinking of marriage, newly married, or have been married for a long time. Shapiro describes the joys and challenges of matrimonial life as, “Just that sense of what it is to go through life together… the all of it, the beauty and the terror.

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Books in this episode: 

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro 

Devotion by Dani Shapiro 

Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy by Dani Shapiro

 

 

 

Ep 24: Looking For “Just the Right Book?” Here Are a Dozen Recommendations

Ep 24: Looking For “Just the Right Book?” Here Are a Dozen Recommendations

Just the Right Book Podcast welcomes back it’s resident Renaissance Man Matthew Dicks. The best-selling author, story-teller, teacher, and blogger recently sat down with Roxanne to chat about his top book picks, audio books and even a few musical memoirs.   

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Books in this episode:

The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs By Matthew Dicks

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend By Matthew Dicks

A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman

A Gentleman in Moscow By Amor Towles

Rules of Civility By Amor Towles

Born to Run By Bruce Springsteen

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink By Elvis Costello

Life By Keith Richards, James Fox

Lincoln in the Bardo By George Saunders

Harry Potter 1-7 Audio Collection By J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale

You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds By Jenny Lawson

Exit West By Moshin Hamid

Ep 23: “Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through the 70’s”

Ep 23: “Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through the 70’s”

Veteran rock journalist Tom Doyle has interviewed Paul McCartney, U2, Madonna, Ringo Starr, David Bowie and many more. Doyle joined Just the Right Book from across the pond in England to talk about his newest biography, Captain Fantastic: Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through the ’70s, based on his one-on-one interviews with the legendary superstar. The book chronicles Elton’s career in the 1970s, covering hit after hit, his close professional relationships, and even his struggle with sexuality. Doyle also shares the behind-the-scenes on what it’s like to profile music legends like Paul McCartney and Keith Richards and the time he spent with Amy Winehouse in her last days.

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Books in this episode:

Captain Fantastic: Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through the 70’s By Tom Doyle

The Wasp Factory By Iain Banks

 

Songs in this episode:

Runaway Train by Elton John

Rocket Man by Elton John

Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting by Elton John

 

Albums in this episode:

A Single Man by Elton John

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Band On the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings

 

 

Ep 22: Race, Architecture & The Woman Next Door

Ep 22: Race, Architecture & The Woman Next Door

The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso’s follow-up to her award-winning novel Bom Boy, has been called “radiant” by Publisher’s Weekly and “a female take on Grumpy Old Men” by O Magazine. Omotoso, born in Barbados, raised in Nigeria, and now living in South Africa, has written a layered story about feuding neighbors, two successful women–one black, one white–and how these sworn enemies eventually discover common ground as widows in a post-apartheid Cape Town suburb.

In this episode, Roxanne calls Omotoso’s American debut novel “one hell of a read,” and talks with the author about writing about race, the spirit of her characters, and things that inspired the novel.

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Books by Yewande Omotoso:

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso
Books in this episode:

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

 

 

 

Ep 21: Kimberly Williams-Paisley Finds Light After Loss

Ep 21: Kimberly Williams-Paisley Finds Light After Loss

You probably know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Annie Banks in the popular Father of the Bride movies, from one of her many TV roles, or as the wife of country music star, Brad Paisley. The New York Times bestselling author of Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again opens up to Roxanne, who lost her own mother, Viola Ohlbaum, just days prior to recording this interview, on a special episode of Just the Right Book Podcast. Kimberly documents her mother’s rare form of dementia and tracks her family’s actions and emotions through the process leading up to her death last year. “My mother didn’t want us to talk about her illness; she wanted it to be the family secret,” says Williams-Paisley. While she wanted to honor her mother’s wishes and protect her pride, Kimberly admits, “It was a mistake, and I regret it. By keeping it secret, we missed out on a lot of resources we could have been using.” The book, says Roxanne, “does a brilliant job of normalizing a situation that many people find hard to think of as normal.”

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For More Information on Alzheimer’s & Dementia visit the Alzheimer’s Association website

Books in this episode:

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

In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living by Nancy Howard Cobb

 

 

Ep 20: Michael & Ann From Books on the Nightstand

Ep 20: Michael & Ann From Books on the Nightstand

Book podcasting legends, Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman from “Books on the Nightstand” recently joined Roxanne in the “Just the Right Book” studios to chat about books they are reading. They also give more than a dozen recommendations for your TBR list. Find out which book Roxanne is calling “the book to read this Spring” in this must-listen episode!

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

Books in this episode:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas By John Boyne

The Hearts Invisible Furies By John Boyne

Endurance By Scott Kelly

Exit West By Mosin Hamid

The Underground Railroad By Colson Whitehead

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House  By John Mechum

American War By Omar El Akkad

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do By Sarah Knight

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley By Hannah Tinti

The Good Thief By Hannah Tinti

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

50 Days of Solitude By Doris Gumbach

Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship By Michelle Kuo

Standard Deviation By Katherine Heiny

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. By Judy Blume

 

Ep 19: Ann Patchett On Humor, Heartbreak & Commonwealth

Ep 19: Ann Patchett On Humor, Heartbreak & Commonwealth

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

 

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