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 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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Bookmarks Ep 1: 3 Books to Fall in Love With This V-Day!

Bookmarks Ep 1: 3 Books to Fall in Love With This V-Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day and of course we think books are the perfect gift! So, for our first Bookmark Roxanne recommends some of the best books to read about love.

Also in today’s Bookmarks, we give you a sneak peek at this week’s interview with Daphne De Marneffe, the author or “The Rough Patch.”

Valentine’s Day Books in this episode:

The Lover by Marguerite Duras

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Hourglass: Time, Memory Marriage by Dani Shapiro

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Origami Love Notes Kit

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

I Wrote This Book Because I love You: Essays by Tim Kreider

My Foolish Heart: A Pop-Up Book of Love by Nick Bantock

What to Do When Jane Knows Dick about Dating: If He Wants You, You Will Know It by Laura J. Wellington

 

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

Tidbits Ep 16: Roxanne’s Best Books of 2017!

Tidbits Ep 16: Roxanne’s Best Books of 2017!

In today’s Tidbits episode Roxanne talks about some of her favorite books of 2017!

Also in today’s Tidbits, we give you a sneak peek at next week’s episode with Ann Patchett, when we re-visit one of our most popular conversations!

Books in this episode:

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Grant by Ron Chernow

Listen to Ep 47 with “Grant” author Ron Chernow here!

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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