242 episodes

Just the Right Book is a podcast hosted by Roxanne Coady, owner of famous independent bookstore R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, that will help you discover new and note-worthy books in all genres, give you unique insights into your favorite authors, and bring you up to date with what’s happening in the literary world.

Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady Roxanne Coady

    • Books
    • 4.7, 275 Ratings

Just the Right Book is a podcast hosted by Roxanne Coady, owner of famous independent bookstore R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, that will help you discover new and note-worthy books in all genres, give you unique insights into your favorite authors, and bring you up to date with what’s happening in the literary world.

    Steve Luxenberg: We Need to Rethink Precedents

    Steve Luxenberg: We Need to Rethink Precedents

    Steve Luxenberg is the author of Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation and the critically acclaimed Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret. During his thirty years as a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned numerous national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes. Separate won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. 

    This episode was originally aired on October 24, 2019.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 53 min
    Dr. Sunita Puri on Moving Towards the Difficulty in Ourselves

    Dr. Sunita Puri on Moving Towards the Difficulty in Ourselves

    Doctors are acculturated and socialized to maintain life. Sometimes at all costs, even the human costs of suffering. The relatively new field of palliative care looks for the way that medicine can embrace and relieve the tension of seeking to preserve life while embracing life’s temporality. Dr. Sunita Puri explores the issues with exquisite elegance and humanity in her book That Good Night, out now in paperback from Penguin Press.
    Dr. Sunita Puri is an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California, and medical director of palliative medicine at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center. She has published essays in The New York Times, Slate, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and JAMA-Internal Medicine. She lives in Los Angeles.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Casey Schwartz: The Disillusions of an Adderall World

    Casey Schwartz: The Disillusions of an Adderall World

    In the 1990s, three to five percent of American children were believed to have what was referred to as "disordered attention." By 2013, 11 percent were believed to have disordered attention. In 1990, six hundred thousand children were on Ritalin, and by 201 three and a half million children were on stimulants. So was this better diagnosing of the problem? Is the diagnosis actually reliable? And is there an ironic result of treating the problem pharmacologically? 
    All these questions are explored in Casey Schwarz's book, ]Attention: A Love Story, but the telling is enhanced by your own personal romance with Adderall. This week on Just the Right Book, Roxanne Coady and Casey explore her explanation of what brilliant writers like David Foster Wallace have to say about attention and just why attention might be the key to a full life. 
    Casey Schwartz is the author of Attention: A Love Story and In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis. She contributes regularly to The New York Times and lives in New York City.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 47 min
    Dan Heath: How to Solve Problems Before They Happen

    Dan Heath: How to Solve Problems Before They Happen

    Why is putting out the fire more fascinating than preventing the fire? And why do we think we don't have the money to prevent something, even if the lack of prevention creates a cost? Or worse, cost lives or quality of lives? We seem to be addicted to response, recovery and rescue. All that can change to our collective good., and in dramatic ways. In Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, best-selling author Dan Heath provides the road maps, the rationale ,and dozens of incredible real examples of how thinking upstream can change anything and everything. 
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 49 min
    David Kamp on the Children's Television Revolution That Changed America

    David Kamp on the Children's Television Revolution That Changed America

    David Kamp is an author, journalist, humorist, lyricist, and a charter member of the Sesame Street—viewing audience. A longtime contributor to Vanity Fair, he has profiled such cultural icons as Johnny Cash, Sly Stone, Lucian Freud, Bruce Springsteen, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Among his books are the national bestseller The United States of Arugula, a chronicle of America’s foodways. His first musical as a lyricist, Kiss My Aztec!, a collaboration with John Leguizamo, had its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2019. He began his career at Spy, the legendary satirical monthly. He lives with his family in New York City and rural Connecticut.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 52 min
    Richard Haass on Why History Matters

    Richard Haass on Why History Matters

    Dr. Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations. An experienced diplomat and policymaker, he served as the senior Middle East adviser to President George H. W. Bush, as director of the Policy Planning Staff under Secretary of State Colin Powell, and as the U.S. envoy to both the Cyprus and Northern Ireland peace talks. A recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award, and the Tipperary International Peace Award, he is also the author or editor of fourteen other books, including the best-selling A World in Disarray.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
275 Ratings

275 Ratings

Janie B 2181 ,

Smart, informative, and fun!

Roxanne is such a smart talented interviewer. Her questions elicit great comments from her guests. I learn so much and enjoy this podcast so much. I look forward to each episode.

Queen Deej ,

Love Roxanne’s Interviews

I don’t typically read non-fiction but after listening to a few episodes, through her thoughtful, funny and insightful interviews Roxanne has totally converted me. These intimate conversations are thought provoking as they are pleasant, I so enjoy listening to Roxanne get the inside story from the authors even when I don’t always plan on reading their books, it’s always a great listen!

Chrisbman ,

Accidentally stumbled across this podcast

I adore Tim O’Brien’s books, yet I’ve never heard him speak. The interview with him made me laugh and cry. What a special human being. Thank you for that episode. I love him even more now. I’m going to reread A Lake in The Woods & The Things They Carried.

Top Podcasts In Books

Listeners Also Subscribed To