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

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

 

Ep 66: 5 Books From Bustle; A Biofiction on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Secret White House Romance

Ep 66: 5 Books From Bustle; A Biofiction on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Secret White House Romance

Bustle is a website geared towards young women delivering everything you need to know, see, and read right now. In this episode, Senior Books Editor Cristina Arreola talks to Roxanne about everything from BookCon to Broadway and their shared love of Cheryl Strayed.

Also in this episode, we hear from New York Times best-selling author and friend of the show Amy Bloom who was at RJ Julia recently to launch her new novel White Houses. The bio-fiction which USA Today called “irresistibly audacious” is inspired by one of the most intriguing relationships in history- between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok.

Check out Amy Bloom’s official website

Check out Cristina’s Twitter

Books in this episode:

White Houses by Amy Bloom

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

Tidbits Ep 20: Jeff Goodell Reads From “The Water Will Come”

Tidbits Ep 20: Jeff Goodell Reads From “The Water Will Come”

Author, journalist, and Rolling Stone contributor Jeff Goodell’s latest book “The Water Will Come” details how oceanside places are becoming more and more vulnerable to rising seas due to global warming and climate change.

You can hear Roxanne’s full interview with Jeff next week on Just the Right Book but for this week’s Tidbits episode we decided to give you a special look inside the book with an excerpt of “The Water Will Come” read by Jeff himself.

Ep 60: Chloe Benjamin on ‘The Immortalists’; 5 Books to Read Now

Ep 60: Chloe Benjamin on ‘The Immortalists’; 5 Books to Read Now

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? This is the premise of Chloe Benjamin’s second novel The Immortalists, which was hailed “2018’s First Must-Read” by Entertainment Weekly.

Just the Right Book Podcast caught up with the self-proclaimed “midwest convert” right before her book tour and she dished on an array of topics including religion, ballet, magic and her latest novel which may be coming to the small screen. Benjamin even tells Roxanne whether she would choose to know the date of her death if she could.

And stay tuned after the conversation with Chloe to hear the latest book recommendations from Lori Fazio, the COO of RJ Julia in Madison, CT.

Books in this episode:

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

Ep 59: An Inside Look at The New York Times’ Best Book Picks

Ep 59: An Inside Look at The New York Times’ Best Book Picks

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also a journalist, host of the Book Review Podcast and an author of an array of books on subjects ranging from pornography and starter marriages, to parenting. Her latest book, My Life With Bob, is about the life of an obsessive reader.

In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, Pamela gives us a rare look at the inner workings of The New York Times and her meteoric rise to becoming the editor of The New York Times Book Review. Paul also chats with Roxanne about the newspaper’s prestigious list, The 10 Best Books of 2017.

And stay tuned after Roxanne’s conversation with Pamela Paul to hear what patrons of RJ Julia have on their New Years Reading Resolutions List.

Books in this episode:

Autumn by Ali Smith

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World – And Us by Richard O. Prum

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Grant by Ron Chernow

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood

A Journey of One’s Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler by Thalia Zepatos

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

To The Bright Edge of The World by Eowyn Ivey

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Quotes for Nasty Women: Empowering Wisdom for Women Who Break The Rules by Linda Picone

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The House of Niccolo by Dorothy Dunnett

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machada

Such Small Hands by Andres Barba

The Saboteur by Andrew Gross

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

Ep 57: Revisiting One of Our Favorite Holiday Episodes!

Ep 57: Revisiting One of Our Favorite Holiday Episodes!

Jacques Pepin is a world-renowned chef, a former columnist for the New York Times and the author of more than two dozen cookbooks. For this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, we revisit one of our favorite episodes with the internationally recognized French chef and author just in time for the holidays!

Last December the world’s most famous cooking teacher stopped by RJ Julia to share HIS best holiday cooking tips and you’ll never believe what he tells Roxanne about his own cooking mistakes!

 

Check out Jacques NEW book, A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey

More books by Jacques Pepin:

Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul in the Kitchen

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

Jacques Pepin’s New Complete Techniques

Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food

Jacques Pepin Fast Food My Way 

The Short-Cut Cook

Jacques Pepin More Fast Food My Way

Chez Jacques: Traditions and Rituals of a Cook

Jacques Pepin Celebrates

Jacques Pepin’s Complete Techniques: More Than 1,000 Preparations and Recipes, All Demonstrated in Thousands of Step-By-Step Photographs

Jacques Pepin’s Simple and Healthy Cooking 

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Tidbits Ep 15: “Today” by Mary Oliver: A Poem

Tidbits Ep 15: “Today” by Mary Oliver: A Poem

In today’s Tidbits episode Roxanne read one of her favorite poems from Mary Oliver’s collection, A Thousand Mornings: Poems.

Also in today’s Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week’s  episode with world-renowned chef Jacques Pepin, when we re-visit one of our favorite episodes just in time for the holiday season!

Pick up Jacques NEW book, A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen With Shorey

“Today” by Mary Oliver

Today I’m flying low and I’m
not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

The world goes on as it must,
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten.
And so forth.

But I’m taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling
a terrific distance.

Stillness.  One of the doors
into the temple.

Ep 56: 18 Books for Your Holiday Shopping List!

Ep 56: 18 Books for Your Holiday Shopping List!

Here at Just the Right Book Podcast we believe that books are the perfect gift for any occasion! So, we enlisted the help of two of our esteemed experts. This year’s gift guide should help you find the perfect book for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Miriam Sontz, the CEO of the legendary Powell’s Books and Andrew Brennan, the head book buyer for RJ Julia join Roxanne in browsing the bookshelves to give us their favorite picks for this holiday shopping season!

JTRB Podcast’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather & Kirschner

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

Eternal Life by Dara Horn

Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

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

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Moshin Hamid

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Wise Trees by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

Monograph by Chris Ware

The Book of Cheese: The Essential Guide to Discovering Cheeses You’ll Love by Liz Thorpe

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner… Life: Recipes and Adventures from My Home Kitchen by Missy Robbins

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 by Annie Leibovitz

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Tidbits Ep 14: Matthew Weiner Reads from “Heather the Totality”

Tidbits Ep 14: Matthew Weiner Reads from “Heather the Totality”

In today’s Tidbits Episode we hear author and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner read a passage from his debut novel, Heather the Totality.

And next week on Just the Right Book Podcast, we hear from Miriam Sontz, the CEO of Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon and Andrew Brennan, the head book buyer at RJ Julia who will help you find the perfect book for everyone on your holiday list!

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Ep 55: Alice Hoffman’s “The Rules of Magic”; “What Should I Read Next?”

Ep 55: Alice Hoffman’s “The Rules of Magic”; “What Should I Read Next?”

Alice Hoffman is the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Magic, which inspired the cult-classic film by the same name starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.

In this week’s episode of Just the Right Book Podcast, the New York native joins Roxanne to discuss witches, feminism, family secrets, and her latest book, The Rules of Magic. The book which is set in New York City in the sixties is a prequel to Practical Magic and was picked by Reese Witherspoon for her October 2017 Book Club read. The actress and book lover described the story as “full of magic, love, family, heartbreak and redemption.”

When asked what attracted her to witches and magic, Alice Hoffman reveals how she grew up reading fairy tales, folk tales and myths. “What you read as a child influences who you become as a writer and who you become as a person. For me, it’s not a choice. Magic and literature are just wound together…braided together…they exist together. I always feel like realism is the new kid on the block and that literature is magic.”

And stay tuned after Roxanne’s conversation with Alice Hoffman to hear from Anne Bogel, the host of the popular book podcast What Should I Read Next? and the creator of the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Books in this episode:

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

The Ninth Hour by Alice Dermott

Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen

Epilogue: A Memoir by Anne Roiphe

Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel

This Must be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell

The Riders by Tim Winton

Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering by Wendy Lesser

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee

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

Tidbits 12: What’s on Roxanne Coady’s Nightstand!

Tidbits 12: What’s on Roxanne Coady’s Nightstand!

In this week’s Tidbits episode, you’ll hear the three books that our host Roxanne Coady picked up recently and can’t stop raving about!

Also in today’s Tidbits we give you a sneak peek at this week’s conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum. She joined Roxanne at an event hosted by the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore to talk about the 20th anniversary edition of her book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Books on Roxanne Coady’s Nightstand:

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton