6 Beach Reads for Memorial Day Weekend!

6 Beach Reads for Memorial Day Weekend!

Roxanne shares 6 of her favorite beach reads to help you kick off your Memorial Day weekend in our first Bookmarks episode of the new season!

Whether its a classic beach read, a political thriller or a short story collection, we’ve got you covered! “I think about it as this sort of unfettered time to read” says Roxanne.

To purchase any of the books recommended by Roxanne, just go to R.J. Julia.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

West by Carys Davies

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

Last Stories by William Trevor

 

 

Rachel Kushner Goes Inside a Women’s Prison in “The Mars Room”

Rachel Kushner Goes Inside a Women’s Prison in “The Mars Room”

Two-time National Book Award finalist Rachel Kushner’s new book, “The Mars Room” tells the story of Romy Hall who was serving two consecutive life sentences plus six years at the Stanville Women’s Correction Facility in California’s Central Valley.

Roxanne says that the book “informs our understanding of prison life in a woman’s correctional facility in thrilling and ironic detail” and “helps us ponder a society that gives rise to these inevitabilities, disappointments, and injustices.”

Also in this episode, we welcome back Lissa Muscatine, the owner of Politics & Prose in Washington DC for our segment “What’s on The Front Table.”

Books in this episode:

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

To purchase any of the books recommended by Lissa Muscatine, just go to Politics & Prose.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman

Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

Make Trouble by Cecile Richards

Something Wonderful by Todd S. Purdum

The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir by Anne Fadiman

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Happiness: A Novel by Aminatta Forma

Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir by Christopher Buckley

Sharp by Michelle Dean

Educated by Tara Westover

Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog by Dave Barry

The President Is Missing: A Novel by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir by Casey Gerald

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

 

 

 

 

Re-release: Our Very First Episode with Luvvie Ajayi

Re-release: Our Very First Episode with Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi dished on meeting Oprah, moving to the US from Nigeria, and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS among women in our inaugural episode!

The comic phenom and award winning author’s first book I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual became an instant New York Times best seller!

Also in this episode, we debuted our very first installment of “What’s on the Front Table” with Lissa Muscatine, former speech writer for Hillary Clinton and owner of the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Books in this episode:

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual By Luvvie Ajayi

The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke By Angela Nissel

We Should All Be Feminists By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hillbilly Elegy By J.D. Vance

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right By Arlie Russell Hochschild

The Fight to Vote By Michael Waldman

Swing Time By Zadie Smith

Luvvie’s blog

The Red Pump Project

 

Re-release: Asking “Ask Amy” About her New Memoir

Re-release: Asking “Ask Amy” About her New Memoir

Amy Dickinson chats about finding love at middle-age, the heartbreak of caring for an ailing parent at the end of life and moving back to her hometown of Freeville, NY.

The nationally syndicated advice columnist’s book, “Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home” is out in paperback now!

Books in this episode:

Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home by Amy Dickinson

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

 

Re-release: Our Guest John Grisham

Re-release: Our Guest John Grisham

 

John Grisham revealed just how close he came to ending his writing career when the mega-bestselling author joined us last summer to promote the crime fiction thriller, Camino Island. (now out in paperback)

“If this book doesn’t work, I’m quitting this,” said the former attorney about The Firm, his first major success.

Books in this episode:

Camino Island by John Grisham

The Firm by John Grisham

 

Re-release: Our Guest Elizabeth Strout  

Re-release: Our Guest Elizabeth Strout  

Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout gives us the scoop on the Emmy Award-winning HBO series based on her book Olive Kitteridge and shares her thoughts on Frances McDormand as the title character. We celebrate the paperback release of her renowned novel Anything is Possible.

Roxanne also talks to super-fan, Kim Nelson-Layman, who got a special surprise when she heard who else was on the phone!

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!

 

Re-release: Daphne Merkin is “This Close to Happy”

Re-release: Daphne Merkin is “This Close to Happy”

Daphne Merkin opens up about her battles with depression and offers advice on supporting loved ones struggling with the disease as we welcome the paperback release of her acclaimed memoir.

This is a fascinating conversation with the novelist and critic you won’t want to miss.

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

 

Re-release: Our Conversation with Michael Connelly

Re-release: Our Conversation with Michael Connelly

Just in time for the paperback release of The Late Show introducing Det. Renée Ballard, a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD, we reflect on the best-selling author Michael Connelly’s discussion with Roxanne at an exclusive live event.

The wonderfully entertaining former crime reporter dished on what’s it like being the Executive Producer of the hit TV series, Bosch, inspired by one of his famous characters. Connelly also talked about jazz, how he chose writing over engineering, and of course, his brand-new book series.

Thank you for getting us through our very length first season of Just the Right Book Podcast. The show would not be possible without your support. Please help we, the Collisions podcast team, and host Roxanne Coady shape the upcoming season two by taking our super quick survey about what you want from the show!

Help Us Shape Season 2 & Take Our 5-Minute Listener Survey!

Books in this episode:

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

 

Ep 72: James Forman Jr. Talks Slavery and His Own Surprising Prejudices

Ep 72: James Forman Jr. Talks Slavery and His Own Surprising Prejudices

In part two of Roxanne’s sit-down with James Forman Jr., the two dive further into James’ first book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

LISTEN TO PART 1 FIRST HERE

Forman tells us his first-hand story of the criminal justice system from his experience as a public defender and shares his incredulity over his results of Harvard’s Implicit Association Test in this season finale.

Thank you for getting us through our very length first season of Just the Right Book Podcast. The show would not be possible without your support. Please help we, the Collisions podcast team, and host Roxanne Coady shape the upcoming season two by taking our super quick survey about what you want from the show!

Help Us Shape Season 2 & Take Our 5-Minute Listener Survey!

 

Books in this episode:

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem by Deborah Meier

 

 

Ep 71: James Forman Jr. on Political Activism

Ep 71: James Forman Jr. on Political Activism

The Wall Street Journal says, “If we are going to have a national conversation about race in the United States, a book like [James Forman Jr.’s] Locking Up Our Own ought to set the tone.”

The Yale Law School professor, former public defender, and charter school founder brings his experience to the complex minefield topic of race and incarceration in his first book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

James and Roxanne explored the intricacies of political activism and the role it plays today. They also discuss the current gun debate, the decriminalization of marijuana, and James’ father, the civil rights leader James Forman Sr.

LISTEN TO PART 2 HERE

Bookmarks Ep 7: 5 Must-Read Books According to Harvard Professors!

Bookmarks Ep 7: 5 Must-Read Books According to Harvard Professors!

Business Insider recently asked a group of Harvard Professors which included Nobel laureates, scientists, economists, and Pulitzer Prize winners to share the single book they think students should read in 2018.

Roxanne tells us, “I love lists because it reminds me of what I should pay attention to.”

Harvard Recommended Books:

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Internationalists by Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith

Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Joseph E. Aoun

Read the full article here

 

 

 

“Tiger Mom” Amy Chua Does It Again

“Tiger Mom” Amy Chua Does It Again

She flipped the notion of parenting on end with her last book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Now she takes her latest shot and claims the way we act is destroying the world.

Her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations offers a bold new remedy for reversing foreign policy failures and overcoming our own destructive political tribalism at home.

R J. Julia was lucky enough to host the Yale Law School professor and as Roxanne puts it, “she is never one to shy from provocative points of view”.

Books in this episode:

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov