Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

2018 marks 200 years since the birth of Frederick Douglass, and we now have the first major biography of Douglass in a quarter century. 

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by prize-winning historian and Yale Professor David Blight is based on nearly a lifetime of research as well as letters and private documentation to which no biographer has previously had access. It’s this revealing collection that helped shed new light on Douglass, particularly in the latter third of his life. 

Professor Blight recently sat down with Roxanne to discuss the book the New York Times Book Review called “cinematic and deeply engaging” about how Douglass escaped slavery, then went from a boy trading bread for spelling lessons to one of the most significant figures in American history. Blight also discusses Douglass’ wife of 44 years and what the political activist would think of the state of racism in the country today.

 

Books in this episode:

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

The Bible

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8 Books to Read For Election Day!

8 Books to Read For Election Day!

On a special election edition of JTRB Bookmarks, we welcomed back Lissa Muscatine, owner of the renowned Politics & Prose in Washington, DC to give us the scoop on what books we should be paying attention to the weekend before the election. 

Don’t forget to hit your local bookstore before you hit the polls to vote!!

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

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

Rage Become Her: The Power of Women’s Anger by Soraya Chemaly  

We Can’t Breathe by Jabari Asim

The Complete Federalist Papers

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics by Donna Brazile and Yolanda Caraway

Frederick Douglas: A Prophet of Freedom by David Blight

The Trump Administration and International Law by Harold Hongju Koh

We Fed an Island: The True Story of Feeding Puerto Rico One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres

 

46 Books That Will Make Your Holiday Wish List!

46 Books That Will Make Your Holiday Wish List!

If you’re trying to fill your holiday wish list with amazing titles, look no further! Our very own Roxanne Coady recently hosted a live event with Penguin Random House publishing powerhouses Michael Kindness, Jennifer Black and author, Matthew Dicks.

The event, which took place at the Mandell JCC in Hartford, Connecticut, was titled “Buzz About Books” and Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way! 

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

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Any Human Heart by William Boyd

An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones 

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

There There by Tommy Orange

The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kushner

Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Reading With Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo

The Class: A Life-Changing Teacher, His World-Changing Kids, and the Most Inventive Classroom in America by Heather Won Tesoriero

Circle by Madeline Miller

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The Silence of the Girls: A Novel by Pat Barker 

The Song of Achilles: A Novel by Madeline Miller

Waiting For Eden by Elliot Ackerman

Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling by Mathew Dicks

On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Seneca 

An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan

Educated by Tara Westover

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Heart

God, if You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked: Tales of Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem by Darrell Hammond

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron De Hart

Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read but Probably Didn’t by John Atkinson

How To Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life by Frank Lipman, MD

Thirst by Scott Harrison

The Seeds of Life by Edward Dolnik

Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose

Ann Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank

The Order of The Day by Eric Vuillard

Listen to the Marriage by John J. Osborn

His Favorites by Kate Walbert

White Houses by Amy Bloom

Small Country by Gael Faye

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novick

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami 

American Dialogue by Joseph J. Ellis

American Journal: Fifty Poems of Our Time by Tracy K. Smith

Dot Journaling by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

West by Carys Davies

In Praise of Wasting Time by Alan Lightman

5 Creepy Books to Read This Halloween!

5 Creepy Books to Read This Halloween!

Whether you crave a hair-raising whodunit, a frightening family-friendly novel, or the book that inspired Netflix’s hottest spine-chilling series, we’ve got you covered!

We enlisted the help of David Canfield, Book Critic and Reporter for EW to get you in the mood for Halloween!

What are some of your favorite spooky reads? Write to us at [email protected] or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter

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

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Small Spaces Katherine Arden 

The Witch Elm: A Novel by Tana French

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Read David’s interview with Tana French here

Check out David’s website here

 

 

 

 

 

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! 

Follow David on Twitter!

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.

This episode is brought to you by care/of. For 25 percent off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins , visit takecareof.com and enter the promo code BOOK. 

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