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.

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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

 

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

Ep 52: 42 Books That Will Make Your Holiday Wish List!

Ep 52: 42 Books That Will Make Your Holiday Wish List!

Whether you’re looking to get a jump on crafting your holiday wish list or just looking for a fantastic read, our literary experts have you covered!

Our very own Roxanne Coady recently had the pleasure of hosting a live event with Penguin Random House publishing powerhouses Michael Kindness, Jennifer Black and author, Matthew Dicks. The event, which took place at the JCC in West Hartford, Connecticut, was titled “Buzz About Books” and Just the Right Book Podcast was there every step of the way! If you’re trying to fill your holiday wish list with amazing titles, look no further!

Stay tuned after the events to hear what folks are reading, straight from the New York Public Library in New York City.

Books mentioned for your holiday wish list:

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

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

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe by Dawm Tripp

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships by Deborah Tannen

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s a Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark Frost

Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul by Naomi Levy

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life: Essays by Samantha Irby Neverwhere (Audio) by Neil Gaiman

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Chemistry by Weike Wang

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

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro

A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey by Jacques Pepin

Dying: A Memoir by Corey Taylor

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Behold the Dreamers (Oprah’s Book Club) by Imbolo Mbue

If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young: The Graduation Speeches by Kurt Vonnegut

Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman

The Whites by Richard Price

Fermat’s Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem by Amir D. Azcel

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition by Susan McCutcheon