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.

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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!

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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

Bookmarks Ep 6: Book News From Michelle Obama & Dolly Parton!

Bookmarks Ep 6: Book News From Michelle Obama & Dolly Parton!

Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s “deeply personal” memoir, Becoming drops this Fall! 

Roxanne also discusses country music legend Dolly Parton’s non-profit, Imagination Library which just celebrated a huge milestone!

Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek into our next episode featuring Amy Chua where she discusses her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

Links from this episode:

 

 

 

Ep 69: Is Democracy in Danger?

Ep 69: Is Democracy in Danger?

Our guest Yascha Mounk’s new book, “The People Vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It” is “a provocative must read,” according to Roxanne. Roxanne and Yascha will explore how we got to where we are and what we can do about it.

Yascha, the Executive Director at the Tony Blair Institute, lectures at Harvard and write The Good Fight column at Slate as well as hosts a podcast by the same name.

This is an important show you won’t want to miss.

Check out Yascha Mounk’s The Good Fight Podcast here!

Check out Yascha’s book tour!

 

Ep 68: 8 Simple Steps to Help You Through Grief

Ep 68: 8 Simple Steps to Help You Through Grief

Julia Samuel’s first book Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, And Surviving is organized by the type of loss; losing a parent, losing a child, and confronting your own death.

Is the way which someone grieves different by the loss or is it more defined by who they are?

Samuel is a psychotherapist specializing in grief who spent the last 25 years working with bereaved families. She recently joined Roxanne at RJ Julia to talk about grief as a process that’s unique to every person, but universal in the need to be experienced and discussed.

Roxanne says, “I think the point that permeates throughout the book is the need to confront pain as part of the grieving process.”

 

Bookmarks Ep 4: Amy Bloom Reads From “White Houses”

Bookmarks Ep 4: Amy Bloom Reads From “White Houses”

Roxanne recently sat down with author and friend Amy Bloom to talk about her new book White Houses, inspired by one of the most intimate relationships in history between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. Listen to Amy read an excerpt from her latest bio-fiction in this week’s episode.

Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek into our next episode featuring Julia Samuel where she discusses her latest book Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving.

Click here to listen to the full episode with Amy Bloom

 

Ep 67: YOU May Be Related to Hillary Clinton

Ep 67: YOU May Be Related to Hillary Clinton

Author A.J. Jacobs recently discovered that he was related to President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and Donald Trump!

Jacobs’ latest book, “It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” was born out of this one email: “You don’t know me, but I’m your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database.” The journalist and contributing writer for Esquire who is best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments shares how he chronicled his three-year journey to help build the biggest family tree in history.

The number of people who have had their DNA analyzed with home genealogy kits like AncestryDNA more than doubled during 2017 and now exceeds 12 million.

We also speak to Gael LeLamer, Book Buyer at Books & Books in Miami who shares what is on their front table and the books the changed her life.

Books in this episode:

It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A.J. Jacobs

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell

The Third Hotel by Laura Van Den Berg

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

Paris is Burning by Lucas Hilderbrand

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

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo by Irving Stone

Stuart Little by E.B. White

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference by William Macaskill