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”

Yewande Omotoso’s follow up to her award winning, South African-published novel “Bom Boy,” has been called “radiant” by Publisher’s Weekly and “a female take on Grumpy Old Men” by O Magazine. In her American debut, “The Woman Next Door,” the Barbados-born novelist tells the story of two successful women- one black, one white- and how these sworn enemies eventually discover common ground in a post-apartheid Cape Town suburb. Hear Omotoso talk about the book Roxanne is calling “one hell of a read” and how she is still a practicing architect in this week’s episode of “Just the Right Book.”

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Books in this episode:

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso

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

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

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