17 Fall Book Picks From Entertainment Weekly!

17 Fall Book Picks From Entertainment Weekly!

Entertainment Weekly is known for bringing you exclusive behind the scenes access to your favorite heavyweights across the entertainment industry. The weekly mag is your one stop shop for all the latest news about TV shows, movies, music, theater, and of course books! 

We were honored to welcome back David Canfield, Book Critic and Reporter for Entertainment Weekly to give us the scoop on what to read this Fall! 

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Read David’s review of Friday Black Here!

Read David’s review of The Great Believers Here!

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The Friend: A Novel by Sigrid Nunez

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson

There There by Tommy Orange

Milkman: A Novel by Anna Burns

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

The Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown

Before and After: A Novel by Rosellen Brown

Everything Under: A Novel by Daisy Johnson

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

West by Caryn Davies

Family Trust: A Novel by Kathy Wang

Harry Potter (8 book series) by J.K. Rowling

The Mere Wife: A Novel by Maria Dahvana Headley

 

What to Read Before Heading to Movie Theaters This Fall!

What to Read Before Heading to Movie Theaters This Fall!

Autumn days beg for pumpkin, apple cider and of course books!  There are an increasing number of book-to-film adaptations. Roxanne recommends reading these books before you hit the cinema this Fall!  

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (film out now)

Tweak by Nic Sheff & Beautiful Boy by David Sheff (film “Beautiful Boy” out now) 

Wild Life by Richard Ford (film out Oct. 19th)

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin (film out Nov. 12th

Previously released films

A Wrinkle in Time

Crazy Rich Asians

Bel Canto by Anne Patchett

Click here to read The New York Times Article on “What to Read Before Heading to Movie Theater This Fall” 

Re-release: How Propaganda Works

Re-release: How Propaganda Works

Jason Stanley stopped by the Just the Right Book studios last year to discuss his book How Propaganda Works and how language influences the way we think and reason about public issues. 

In his new book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, the philosopher and Yale professor warns about the dangers of normalizing fascist politics.

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This episode was originally released March 2017. 

Your 2018 National Book Award Finalists!

Your 2018 National Book Award Finalists!

The National Book Foundation recently revealed the 24 finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards!

Roxanne highlights some of her favorite titles from the longlist which feature five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. The competitive category of Translated Literature hasn’t been awarded since 1983.

The 2018 National Book Awards Winners will be announced on November 14th.

See the complete lists here!

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart

Wobble by Rae Armantrout

Trick by Domenico Starnone

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

There There by Tommy Orange

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises by Rebecca Solnit

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson 

Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh

 

“Paper Chase” Author’s Latest Novel Explores a Fractured Love Story

“Paper Chase” Author’s Latest Novel Explores a Fractured Love Story

What is your reaction when you hear of a marriage breaking up? Are you shocked or did you know it was coming? In John Jay Osborne Jr.’s new novel, Listen to the Marriage we are introduced to a couple who seemed to be destined for divorce.

Steve’s numerous affairs and focus on work have finally pushed his wife Gretchen to take the children and move out, but in a last minute attempt to salvage their union, they begin weekly sessions with Sandy, an unconventional therapist. Told through the therapist’s eyes, we see the couple both confront and skirt issues that have torn them apart. 

The former screenwriter and legal professor joined Roxanne to talk about his first novel in 37 years, his decade of experience writing in Hollywood, and how his own marriage counseling 35 years ago helped him “understand my wife for the first time”.

Books in this episode:

Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn Jr. 

Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin 

4 Books to Help You Survive the Bad News Overload

4 Books to Help You Survive the Bad News Overload

Suffering from bad news overload? Well, we have a couple of remedies. One is dancing…and the other is books, of course! Roxanne shares four books that are distracting, witty, and engaging!

“…books offer us a way to learn and think, to make sense of the world, find peace for ourselves, or just offer us the pleasure of a well-written, utterly absorbing story” says Roxanne. 

Books in this episode:

His Favorites: A Novel by Kate Walbert

On Writing by Stephen King

Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn 

Please Do Not Touch by Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell

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Past #MeToo: Constraints & Imbalances That Shape Women’s Lives

Past #MeToo: Constraints & Imbalances That Shape Women’s Lives

“His Favorites” is a testament to the resiliency and strength of women facing society’s sexual biases.

Bestselling National Book Award finalist Kate Walbert stopped by the Just the Right Book studios for an in depth interview on her latest book which Roxanne calls “gorgeous, restrained, and powerful.”

The 149 page novel is a timely story about a 15 year old girl, a charming and manipulative English teacher, a dark secret and how the protagonist Jo confronts a trauma many years later. 

Books in this episode: 

His Favorites: A Novel by Kate Walbert 

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White 

Celebrating Banned Books Week!

Celebrating Banned Books Week!

This week is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Across the country there are discussions about schools, libraries, and communities banning books for their incendiary content. They shockingly include books like The Color Purple and A Wrinkle in Time, among many other titles.

Roxanne says “Its important for us to take this time and understand how inappropriate it is to ban books and we need to become engaged if we run into a school or a library or a set of circumstances that’s wants to do that…”

What is the book that most surprised you or the book that you think should be banned? Write to us at [email protected]

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle

Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain

Beloved by Toni Morrison

 

How Doing Nothing Can Make You More Productive

How Doing Nothing Can Make You More Productive

When was the last time you found yourself doing nothing or sitting in quiet contemplation or simply looking out the window? Most of us think nothing of scrolling through social media while talking to a friend on the phone, or answering emails and texts while in a meeting. While this may seem productive and make us feel that we are excellent multi-taskers, it might not be good for us.

Alan Lightman is a physicist, novelist, and essayist who believes we are losing ourselves in the digital network and builds a case that the overload of Information and distraction from technology is making us less productive.

The MIT professor who has been described as the “poet laureate of science writers” joined Roxanne to discuss his latest book In Praise of Wasting Time. Lightman believes we need a mental attitude that values and protects stillness, privacy, solitude, and personal reflection, or at the very least, a half an hour a day to “waste time”.

We hope this conversation helps you unplug…but don’t put down whatever device you’re using to listen to this podcast just yet!

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

In Praise of Wasting Time by Alan Lightman

Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine by Alan Lightman

Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

The Trial by Kafka Franz

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

 

 

 

 

Roxanne Reacts To Your Fan Mail: Part 2!

Roxanne Reacts To Your Fan Mail: Part 2!

From the Tri-state area to the Golden State, Roxanne responds to listener emails from coast to coast!

Please continue to write to us and share your book recommendations! Email us at [email protected]

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Flowers of the Killer Moon by David Gram

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein

Antarctic Navigation by Elizabeth Arthur

 

Anne Bogel Would “Rather Be Reading”; Lithub.com’s Book Picks & More

Anne Bogel Would “Rather Be Reading”; Lithub.com’s Book Picks & More

It’s been called the “Rotten Tomatoes” of books reviews. We were delighted to welcome Dan Sheehan, the Bookmark’s editor at Literary Hub to discuss what books are hot right now, and his debut novel, Restless Souls.

Also in this episode, we welcome back the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next?, Anne Bogel. Anne spoke to Roxanne about her latest book I’d Rather Be Reading, her experience as a bookseller…for a day, and what books she is currently loving!

To purchase any of the books in this episode, please visit RJ Julia Booksellers

Restless Souls by Dan Sheehan

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

Inheritance: A Memoir of Geneaology, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell

 

4 Book Club-Worthy Reads!!

4 Book Club-Worthy Reads!!

Here’s something to talk about at your next book club! BookTrib.com‘s new deal with the Girly Book Club sends four books from select publishers to 50 U.S. book clubs every month. BookTrib’s Jim Alkon describes the four titles in the program’s inaugural package.

Books in this episode:

The Mapmaker’s Daughter by Katherine Nouri Huges

Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae

The Drum That Beats Within Us by Mike Bond

Darling Girl by Terry H. Watkins

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