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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.

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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.

    Tara Westover: Why Tell Your Story Now?

    Tara Westover: Why Tell Your Story Now?

    No birth certificates, no school, no doctors, no registered existence, and abuse at the hands of one of her brothers. Westover’s first book “Educated” describes how she escaped a traumatic childhood to graduate from Brigham Young, Harvard, and Cambridge University with a PhD. Also in this episode, Roxanne discusses some of her favorite memoirs and some of yours!
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    • 45 min
    What Would the Founding Fathers Say About America Today?

    What Would the Founding Fathers Say About America Today?

    Joseph J. Ellis is the author of many works of American history including Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, which won the National Book Award. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and is the father of three sons.
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    • 51 min
    Julia Samuel: How Do We Process Grief?

    Julia Samuel: How Do We Process Grief?

    Julia Samuel’s first book Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, And Surviving is organized by the type of loss; losing a parent, losing a child, and confronting your own death. Is the way which someone grieves different by the loss or is it more defined by who they are? Samuel, a psychotherapist specializing in grief who spent the last 25 years working with bereaved families describes grief as a process that's unique to every person, but universal in the need to be experienced and discussed.
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    • 44 min
    Robert Kolker Takes Us Inside the Mind of an American Family

    Robert Kolker Takes Us Inside the Mind of an American Family

    The Galvins looked like the manifestation of the post-World War II American Dream. Hard work. Upward mobility. A handsome, accomplished dad. A remarkable mother of twelve. But all was hardly what it seemed. Shockingly, six of the ten boys were diagnosed with schizophrenia, creating chaos of breakdowns, violence, abuse, and secrets. How could this happen to one family? How could this family even remain a family in the midst of such disruption and damage? And scientifically, what does this kind of concentration of this disease teach us?
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    • 1 hr
    Dr. Azra Raza on the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer

    Dr. Azra Raza on the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer

    According to the NIH, there has been a seventy-percent decline annually in the death rate from cardiovascular disease in the last fifty years and a one percent decline annually in the death rate from cancer over the last fifty years. How can this be when we keep hearing about great new drug discoveries and immunotherapy advances? And if true, isn't there another way to approach the nightmare that is cancer? 
    This week on Just the Right Book, Dr. Azra Raza join Roxanne Coady to discuss her latest book, The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last, out now from Basic Books.

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    • 53 min
    David Blight on the Prophet of Freedom

    David Blight on the Prophet of Freedom

    During our time practicing social distancing, in between new conversations we are revisiting some of our favorite interviews from our archives.
    In 2018, 200 years since the birth of Frederick Douglass, we received the first major biography of Douglass in a quarter century. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by prize-winning historian and Yale Professor David Blight is based on nearly a lifetime of research as well as letters and private documentation to which no biographer has previously had access. It’s this revealing collection that helped shed new light on Douglass, particularly in the latter third of his life. 
    Today's episode is brought to you by Skylight Frames. As a special holiday offer for Just the Right Book listeners, you can get $10 off your purchase of a Skylight Frame when you go to SkylightFrame/BOOK and enter the code BOOK.
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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
268 Ratings

268 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.

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