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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

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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.

    Bill Goldstein Has Some Thoughts on What You Should Read Next

    Bill Goldstein Has Some Thoughts on What You Should Read Next

    The number of big books coming out this fall is unprecedented. In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Roxanne talks with critic and book reviewer Bill Goldstein to guide you through which books you want to read, have read, are thinking about reading, or you should know about.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Anne Sebba on Ethel Rosenberg's Early Days

    Anne Sebba on Ethel Rosenberg's Early Days

    In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Anne Sebba joins Roxanne to discuss her new book, Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy, out now from St. Martin's Press.
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    • 55 min
    George Packer on Redefining "American" and the Inequalities of the State

    George Packer on Redefining "American" and the Inequalities of the State

    In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, George Packer joins Roxanne to discuss his new book, The Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal, out now from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
    George Packer is a journalist, novelist, playwright, and staff writer for The New Yorker. His latest book is Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, which the members of the Whiting Award grant jury—from whom Packer was awarded a grant to complete the work—say is “irreverent, fast-paced, and unfailingly rigorous. . . an enthralling nonfiction picaresque that offers incisive clues to the complexities this country faces today.” Packer’s other works include the nonfiction titles The Unwinding, recipient of the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2013; The Assassins’ Gate, which was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by the New York Times Book Review and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and has taught writing at Harvard, Bennington, and Columbia.


    Roxanne Coady is owner of R.J. Julia, one of the leading independent booksellers in the United States, which—since 1990—has been a community resource not only for books, but for the exchange of ideas. In 1998, Coady founded Read To Grow, which provides books for newborns and children and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. RTG has distributed over 1.5 million books.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Robert Ballard, the Man Who's Discovered More Than Just the Titanic

    Robert Ballard, the Man Who's Discovered More Than Just the Titanic

    For many reasons, when you hear the name Robert Ballard, you might think of the discovery of the Titanic. But, forgive us for this, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are the other discoveries of shipwrecks like the Bismarck, the Lusitania, and the PT-109. There is the pioneering development of remote submersibles and telepresence that have escalated undersea exploration exponentially. There’s also the discovery of hydrothermal vents on the floor of the ocean that could eventually be a source of food and energy. Most profoundly, there is Robert Ballard’s restless enthusiasm for discovery and adventure and the commitment to creating the oceanic exploration version of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
    In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Robert Ballard joins Roxanne Coady to discuss his new memoir, Into the Deep: A Memoir From the Man Who Found Titanic, out now from National Geographic.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ursula Burns on the Dangers of Exceptionalism

    Ursula Burns on the Dangers of Exceptionalism

    In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Ursula Burns joins Roxanne Coady to discuss her new memoir, Where You Are Is Not Who You Are, out now from Amistad Press.
    Ursula M. Burns was the chair and CEO of VEON from mid 2019 to early 2020, a senior advisor to Teneo LTD, Nestlé, Exxon Mobil, and The Ford Foundation among others. She is a member of the board of directors of Uber. She served as CEO of Xerox from 2009 to 2016, and as chairwoman from 2010 to 2017. In 2014, Forbes rated her the 22nd most powerful woman in the world. She was a leader of the STEM program of the White House from 2009 to 2016, and Vice Chair and then Chair of the President's Export Council for the Obama Administration. She lives in London and New York.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    What Professional Poker Taught Maria Konnikova About the American Dream

    What Professional Poker Taught Maria Konnikova About the American Dream

    In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Maria Konnikova joins Roxanne Coady to discuss her book, The Biggest Bluff, out now from Penguin Press.
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
302 Ratings

302 Ratings

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Roxanne, host of the Just the Right Book podcast, highlights all aspects of finding note-worth books and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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!

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