25 Must-Reads From 4 of Our Favorite Experts!

25 Must-Reads From 4 of Our Favorite Experts!

Looking for more books to add to your TBR pile?! Here at JTRB Podcast, we are pleased to have such amazing & knowledgeable friends on our show to share what they are reading and loving! During this special episode, we revisit some of our favorite book experts.

Co-founder and President of The Book Report Network, Carol Fitzgerald

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Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy

Manhattan Beach (Audio) by Jennifer Egan, Heather Lind (Read by), Vincent Piazza (Read by)

The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris by Anne Nelson

 

Girly Book Club founder, Erin Woodward

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The Nix by Nathan Hill

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Strange Fits of Passion by Anita Shreve

One Day Closer: A Mother’s Quest to Bring Her Kidnapped Daughter Home by Lorinda Stewart

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

 

R.J. Julia COO, Lori Fazio

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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

 

Arts and Culture Reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Ellen Gamerman

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White Houses by Amy Bloom

The Kremlin’s Candidate: A Novel by Jason Matthews

Come Nineveh, Come Tyre: The Presidency of Edward M. Jason by Allen Drury

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

 

Re-release: Charles Duhigg on Being “Smarter, Faster & Better”

Re-release: Charles Duhigg on Being “Smarter, Faster & Better”

Want to get more done without sacrificing what you care about most? Last spring Charles Duhigg  joined us to talk about his latest book, “Smarter Faster, Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity.” “People often get tied up in being busy, rather than being productive,” says Duhigg.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, Harvard Business School and Yale graduate is also the author of “The Power of Habit,” which has spent over two years on the New York Times best-seller list.

Also in this episode, we hear from Cathy Langer, the director of buying at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver Colorado for our segment, “What’s on the Front Table.”

This episode was originally released May 2017.

Books in this episode:

Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity By Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg

Hiroshima By John Hersey

Red Sky at Morning By Richard Bradford

American War By Omar El Akkad

Trajectory: Stories By Richard Russo

Anything Is Possible By Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton By Elizabeth Strout

Borne By Jeff VanderMeer

Crime and Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A Prayer for Owen Meany By John Irving

 

17 Book Picks From 7  Independent Bookstores!

17 Book Picks From 7 Independent Bookstores!

Our segment, “What’s on the Front Table” features booksellers, owners, and buyers from some of the best indie bookstores in the U.S.!

On a special edition of Just the Right Book Podcast we take you on a cross-country road trip to some of our favorite bookshops from past episodes! Are you ready? Let’s go!!

What is your favorite independent bookstore? Write to us at [email protected] or message us on our Facebook or Twitter page.

 

R.J. Julia, Madison CT

Forever Words: The Unknown Poems By Johnny Cash

The Secret History of Twin Peaks By Mark Frost

Listen to the full episode with Andrew Brennan here!

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead

The Origins of Creativity by Edward O. Wilson

Listen to the full episode with Brian Wraight here!

 

Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Listen to the full episode with Lissa Muscatine here!

Books & Books, Miami Fl.

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

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

Listen to the full episode with Gael LeLamer here!

 

Murder By The Book, Houston TX

The Child Finder: A Novel by Renee Denfeld

The Address: A Novel by Fiona Davis

Brazos, Bookstore, Houston, TX

A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre

Listen to the full episode with McKenna Jordan from Murder By The Book & Benjamin Rybeck from Brazos Bookstore here!

 

Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Listen to the full episode with Casey Coonerty here!

Powell’s Books, Portland, OR

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Listen to the full episode with Miriam Sontz here!

 

Sarah Jessica Parker Talks New Imprint, SATC’s Impact on Women & More

Sarah Jessica Parker Talks New Imprint, SATC’s Impact on Women & More

Sarah Jessica Parker who is best known for her iconic role as Carrie Bradshaw is also a producer, designer, and now a publisher, recently launching her own imprint, SJP for Hogarth. In a rare and revealing interview, the Sex and the City star opens up to Roxanne on several hot topics. They discuss not only the imprint, but the series’ impact on the role of women in society, the importance of pay equality for working mothers, and recent movements #MeToo and #TimesUp.

Roxanne and SJP were delighted to discover that they had several book interests in common, even swapping book recommendations. Parker says her mother instilled in her the valuable habit of reading at a young age. “You couldn’t leave the house without something to read,” she tells Roxanne. SJP continues the routine to this very day, never walking onto a set without a book.

Sarah Jessica further encourages everyone to pick up a copy of the first book on her imprint, “A Place for Us” by Fatima Farheen Mirza, which is the story of a traditional Indian-American family in California torn between traditional and modern values. 

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

A Place for Us: A Novel by Fatima Farheen Mirza

His Favorites: A Novel by Kate Walbert

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein by Jamie Bernstein

The World as It Is: A Memoir of The Obama White House by Ben Rhodes

Mark Salter on McCain’s Legacy, Presidential Run & His Vision for America

Mark Salter on McCain’s Legacy, Presidential Run & His Vision for America

In part two of Roxanne’s powerful sit-down with Mark Salter, the two dive further into The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations, the latest collaboration between Senator John McCain and his longtime aide, speechwriter and friend, Mark.

Salter shares his first-hand story of McCain’s 2008 run for president, including his VP choice, and we hear Senator McCain himself read the last chapter of the memoir.

Listen to Part One

Purchase The Restless Wave on audio here!

 

John McCain’s Co-Author, Mark Salter on a Great American Patriot

John McCain’s Co-Author, Mark Salter on a Great American Patriot

Mark Salter is the author, with John McCain, of several books, including Faith of My Fathers and their latest, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations. Mark served as Senator McCain’s Chief of Staff, and is often described as McCain’s adviser, confidant and alter ego.

Salter recently joined Roxanne for an intimate conversation in the historic town of Castine, Maine to discuss his thoughts on the Trump presidency, foreign policy, his latest collaborative memoir with the Arizona Republican, and more.

Roxanne says, “…We are given a front seat perspective on the most critical issues of our time… and the story of a man, restless, idealistic, heroic, patriotic, and fiercely committed to our country and its citizens.”

Make sure to check out Part 2 of this exclusive conversation, out now. Mark Salter shares his first-hand story of McCain’s 2008 run for president. Plus, we hear Senator McCain himself read the last chapter of the memoir. Click hear to listen!

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5 Hot New Summer Debuts to Have on Your Radar!

5 Hot New Summer Debuts to Have on Your Radar!

This summer we have been introduced to a bunch of new and exciting literary voices and with the dog days finally winding down there’s a handful you won’t want to miss!

We are delighted to welcome David Canfield, Book Critic and Reporter at Entertainment Weekly to share some of his favorite debuts. Chances are at least one of them will wind up being a author you choose to follow for many years to come.

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Books in the episode:

There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange

The Incendiaries: A Novel by R.O. Kwan

From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein

Cherry: A Novel by Nico Walker

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

 

Re-release: 15 Must-Reads From “Books on the Nightstand”

Re-release: 15 Must-Reads From “Books on the Nightstand”

This episode was originally released in April 2017. Look for a NEW episode of JTRB Podcast next week!

Book podcasting legends, Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman from “Books on the Nightstand” joined Roxanne in the “Just the Right Book” studios last Spring to chat about books they are reading. They also give more than a dozen recommendations for your TBR list!

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

 

5 Books That Make You Want to Book A Trip ASAP!

5 Books That Make You Want to Book A Trip ASAP!

Hang on to that sunscreen, summer’s not over yet! Whether you are planning an end of summer getaway, or need ideas on where to go, Buzzfeed’s Books Newsletter Editor, Ciera Velarde has five books to inspire your next vacay!

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More books that make you want to book a trip ASAP! 

Books in this episode:

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir by Kristin Newman

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

No Baggage: A Tale of Love and Wandering by Clara Bensen

 

17 Books That Changed Their Lives

17 Books That Changed Their Lives

“What is the book that changed your life?” That is the question Roxanne loves to ask all of our guests. “The stories are often poignant, personal or funny”, says Roxanne “and inevitably they become a list of books that you are dying to read.”

On a special edition of Just the Right Book Podcast, we take a look back at some of our favorite stories from past episodes. Looking for a new book recommendation? We have 17 suggestions for you to choose from!

What is the book that changed your life? Write to us at [email protected] or message us on our Facebook or Twitter page.

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

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Aleph-Bet Story Book by Deborah Pessin

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

The Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The World Book Encyclopedia

Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays by Eula Biss

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Pippi Longstalking by Astrid Lindgren

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck

The Tiffany Aching Series by Terry Pratchett

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles

Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

 

 

 

5 Perfect Picture Books For Back To School!

5 Perfect Picture Books For Back To School!

Grab your backpack, pencils, and books, it’s time to head back to school!

We enlisted elementary school librarian and Book Riot contributor Ashlie Swicker to help you and your family get ready for the new school year!

Check out Ashlie’s website Be Your Own Lady and follow her on Twitter & Instagram!

Books in this episode:

Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex