This New Podcast Helps Readers Find JUST THE RIGHT BOOK

just the right bookIt happened. Again. Even after you promised yourself you wouldn’t ever sink this low, not after last time. Yet, for reasons that escape you, you’re right back where you never wanted to be: You have nothing to read. Your book lineup has been depleted, you know all the novels on your shelves by heart, and you don’t feel like spending hours wading through the library stacks. What’s a bookworm to do?

Luckily, that’s not a rhetorical question, and the answer just got simpler: Listen to the Just the Right Book podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady, owner of the venerable Connecticut independent R.J. Julia Booksellers. Started last December and updated weekly, Just the Right Book helps readers uncover new titles. Coady discusses contemporary books of all genres, interviews everyone from authors to book sellers, and gives you the inside scoop from the literary world. Each podcast includes a written list of all the books discussed, with a healthy mix of both fiction (like Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and Steve Erikson’s Shadowbahn) and nonfiction (including Trainwreck by Sady Doyle and The Unwinding by George Packer).

roxanne coadyCoady’s interview style is conversational and friendly, and she has an obvious talent for making people feel comfortable. She asks detailed questions of her guests, going in-depth with authors about their books and writing process and, during interviews with someone who has a great knowledge of books (like Carson Moss, the head buyer at the legendary Strand Book Store in New York City), she asks about what’s getting buzz. Whether speaking with a friend like Daphne Merkin (This Close to Happy, 2017) or someone with whom she has no personal relationship, the exchange flows seamlessly and naturally. No matter whom Coady is speaking with, she always asks about the book that changed his or her life.

Coady’s interviews can be interesting even to those who haven’t read the books she’s talking about, making Just the Right Book a perfect podcast for anyone who loves books—especially those of us interested in what goes on behind the scenes or looking to expand their horizons. Here are some episodes you can start with:


BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING: In the first podcast of the series, Roxanne Coady flips things around and lets listeners get to know and trust her by answering the questions instead of asking them.

DECIPHERING DEPRESSION: If you or a loved one suffer from depression, this might be a good place to start—Roxanne Coady lends an ear as close friend Daphne Merkin talks about her mental illness, her parents, and her book This Close to Happy.

WOEFUL WOMEN: Roxanne Coady talks with Sady Doyle about Doyle’s book Trainwreck and why society loves women more when they’re a mess.



About the Author:

Charlotte Chadwick is currently an intern for Booklist. A senior at Lake Forest College, she is studying creative writing and print and digital publishing. When she isn't writing short stories, there's nothing she enjoys more than drinking coffee and dodging questions about her post-grad plans.

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