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

 

 

Meet The New York Times’ New Romance Columnist Jaime Green

Meet The New York Times’ New Romance Columnist Jaime Green

Romance is one of the most successful genres in publishing despite often being overlooked by both the mainstream media and the publishing world.

Jaime Green is a writer, editor and teacher who has has written about books for Slate, Vulture, Thrillist, BuzzFeed and many others. She now joins The Gray Lady as the new romance columnist for The New York Times Book Review.

Roxanne says “Jamie’s column shows that romance novels can be smart and fun and explores how they fit into today’s world culturally and politically.”

So, whether you favor Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy or prefer the modern day rom-com hunk, you are sure to find the perfect romance recommendation in Jaime’s new column!

Check out Jaime’s Column!

Books in this episode:

Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV by Lucas Mann

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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

 

Anne Bogel’s 5 Paperback Picks

Anne Bogel’s 5 Paperback Picks

Monday July 30th is National Paperback Book Day! We are thrilled to welcome back Anne Bogel, the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the host of one of our favorite book podcasts, What Should I Read Next?.

Anne gives us five great choices for your purse, beach bag, briefcase, or nightstand.

Books in this episode:

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais

The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

 

 

Gail Honeyman Says “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”

Gail Honeyman Says “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”

Reese Witherspoon has a reputation for celebrating women’s stories through “Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine” so its no surprise that the Legally Blonde actress has optioned Gail Honeyman’s novel for the big screen.

The first-time author opens up to Roxanne about how a milestone birthday inspired her to pursue her dream which led to her multi-award winning book “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” about loneliness and the importance of human connection.

Roxanne says that Gail “…finds a way to balance the light and the dark while being utterly hilarious.”

 

 

 

Roxanne Reacts To Your Fan Mail!

Roxanne Reacts To Your Fan Mail!

From Singapore to New England, Roxanne reads listener emails from around the globe! Our fans have amazing taste in books and we are thrilled to share some of your picks!

Please continue to write to us and share your book recommendations! Email us at [email protected] !

Books in this episode:

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering American on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 

11 Must-Read Books From One of Our Favorite Insiders

11 Must-Read Books From One of Our Favorite Insiders

Frequent guest, Penguin Random House sales rep and former Books on the Nightstand host, Michael Kindness is back to share some of his favorite reads just in time for your summer vacation!

Roxanne says Michael “…has a special place in my heart and R.J. Julia’s and has not only a wide range of reading interests but he’s particularly adept at describing books in a way that makes you want to read them.”

Get even more book talk from Michael Kindness by listening to to Ep 9Ep 20, Ep 32 & Ep 46 of Just the Right Book Podcast.

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

Bonfire: A Novel by Krysten Ritter

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha

The Gunners: A Novel by Rebecca Kaufman

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry by David L. Carlson and Landis Blair

Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

Providence: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes

You:  A Novel by Caroline Kepnes

 

 

 

JTRB’s Indie Author Poll Winner!

JTRB’s Indie Author Poll Winner!

Jason Pellegrini’s latest sci-fi page turner, “Booth,” tells the story of a death row inmate as he reflects on his life on the day of his execution. The Long Island native who beat out 23 other independent authors to become the winner of JTRB’s previous indie author poll also discusses his decision to self-publish, and his admiration for Stephen King.

Buy Jason’s book Booth!

Other books in this episode:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The Never Enders by Michael Sonbert

 

 

 

Storytelling Tips & Tricks From a Moth Champion

Storytelling Tips & Tricks From a Moth Champion

Everyone has a story to tell. Whether it’s lunch with your co-workers, conversations with friends and family or a romantic date, telling stories helps us be honest with ourselves as well as make a deeper connection with others.

Internationally bestselling author, storyteller, podcaster, and 36-time Moth StorySLAM champion, Matthew Dicks recently stopped by our studios to share his numerous tips and tools to help us all become storytellers with his new book “Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling.”

The elementary school teacher also recounts the first time he took the Moth stage, how he later turned a traumatic event into a cathartic storytelling experience, and even gives us some pointers on how to organize our time better, which is the focus of his next non-fiction book.

Pick up a copy of Storyworthy!

Listen to Matthew’s podcast Speak Up here!

Click here to check out Matthew’s official site!