From the Front Porch

It's the latest installment of our show within a show, Love It or Loathe It, in which Annie, Emily, and Hunter discuss a contentious book in a book club-style roundtable. This week: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.

Also mentioned this week:
+ Room by Emma Donoghue
Get Out

SPOILER DISCUSSION OCCURS BETWEEN 19:00 AND 21:12.

This episode is brought to you in part by the city of Thomasville. Come join us for Victorian Christmas, our annual celebration of the holiday in the manner of a Victorian street fair! Mark December 14 and 15 on your calendars and learn more here

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Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

The holiday season is upon us, which means it's time for us to recap what we read in the month of November. Give thanks! Also, Universal, please consider changing how your lockers work. 

Annie read:
Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman (on sale February 27)
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson (on sale February 20)

Chris read:
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Also mentioned:
Mindhunter
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

This episode is brought to you in part by the city of Thomasville. Come join us for Victorian Christmas, our annual celebration of the holiday in the manner of a Victorian street fair! Mark December 14 and 15 on your calendars and learn more here

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here

Direct download: Episode_148____November_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 8:46am EST

'Tis the season to start thinking about children's books! What will you buy this year for the young reader in your life? Chris and Annie have some suggestions for you this week, hopefully beyond the old standards--not that there's anything wrong with the old standards! Also, weird moles.

Mentioned this week:
Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dragons Love Tacos Too by Adam Rubin
Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone
Franklin's Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell and Kathie Harnett
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
There's a Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman
Little Red by Bethan Woollvin
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
Hooray for Hat by Dave Won
Boss Baby by Marla Frazee
Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee
King Baby by Kate Beaton
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
God's Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell
Big and Small, God Made Them All by Ben Wilder
The Story Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

This episode is brought to you in part by the city of Thomasville. Come join us for Victorian Christmas, our annual celebration of the holiday in the manner of a Victorian street fair! Mark December 14 and 15 on your calendars and learn more here

This week's episode is also sponsored by the Paxton House, a historic bed and breakfast in downtown Thomasville. Make a reservation at their website above and follow them on Instagram here!

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here

Direct download: Episode_147____The_New_Childrens_Classics.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we're coming to you a couple days early! Spend time with us, and then spend time with your loved ones. Best of both worlds. This week, Annie and Chris talk about food books, cookbooks, and how feasting structures our lives. Also, bedbugs.

Featured this week:
The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn
Cooked by Michael Pollan
Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community by Wendell Berry
Voracious by Cara Nicoletti
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone
Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon
Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

Follow Joy the Baker here. (Or Drake on Cake here.)

This week's episode is sponsored by the Paxton House, a historic bed and breakfast in downtown Thomasville. Make a reservation at their website above and follow them on Instagram here!

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here

Direct download: Episode_146____Food_for_Thought.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Sometimes we talk about old books like they're sacred and have nothing to do with what we're reading day to day, but new books and old books both speak to us, don't they? And sometimes they speak to each other. This week, Chris and Annie discuss some of their favorite classics and their favorite new books as if they are cousins. Of the kissing variety?

For instance, if you like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, check out Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett.

If you like One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you may enjoy Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.

If you like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, you may enjoy The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

If you like Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, you may enjoy My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

If you like The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, you may enjoy The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

If you like The Giver by Lois Lowry, you may enjoy Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. 

If you like In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, you may enjoy American Fire by Monica Hesse.

If you like The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, you may enjoy Blankets by Craig Thompson.

If you like The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, you may enjoy Delancey by Molly Wizenberg.

If you like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, you may enjoy The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.

November 25 is Small Business Saturday! Come visit us at the Bookshelf and see all of our small business friends. If you can't come to Thomasville that weekend, support your local businesses!

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Direct download: Episode_145____New_Books_for_Old_Souls.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's a week later than usual, but it's a brand new month, which means it's time for a reading recap, our monthly feature in which Annie and Chris briefly review what they read this month. October was long, but we read some great books!

Annie read:
Thanks, Obama by David Litt
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
Unbelievable by Katy Tur
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Chris read:
Pregnant Butch by A. K. Summers
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Also mentioned:
+ Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Direct download: Episode_144____October_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Why do so many readers seem to be afraid of short stories? Annie and Chris chat with author and professor CJ Hauser about how short stories are different from novels, how to approach a collection, and why book clubs should embrace shorts.

Stop worrying and love the short story! 

Mentioned this episode:
+ The Collected Stories of Grace Paley
Selected Stories: Andre Dubus
+ Flannery O'Connor: The Complete Stories
+ We're in Trouble by Christopher Coake
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
Emporiuby Adam Johnson
Later, at the Bar by Rebecca Barry
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
One More Thing by B. J. Novak
Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Awayland by Ramona Ausubel
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

CJ's favorite collections:
Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
Bear Down, Bear North by Melinda Moustakis
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

Annie's favorite collections:
+ St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

Chris's favorite collections:
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

Learn more about CJ and find links to her writing on her website

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Direct download: Episode_143____Short_Form.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

'Tis the season for ~spooky scary~ reads, so Chris and Annie are back to talk about suspense, horror, and why we sometimes need a good scare. Also, WHAT is the title of this book? There's a dog and a creepy neighbor. That's all we've got. 

Mentioned this week:
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
Goosebumps by R. L. Stine
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
+ Edgar Allan Poe
Boo to You Too by Elizabeth Rogers
The Littlest Witch by Jeanne Massey
The Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
Velocity by Dean Koontz
The Taking by Dean Koontz
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Final Girls by Riley Sager
There's Somebody Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
The Likeness by Tana French
The Secret Place by Tana French
The Fever by Megan Abbott
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Lost Girls by Robert Kolker
Who Killed These Girls? by Beverly Lowry
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
IT by Stephen King
My Friend Dahmer by John Backderf
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

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Direct download: Episode_142____A_Good_Scare.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Let's face it: when you read a lot, it can be a strain on the eyes. And you can't multitask with a book in your hands. And reading while driving will get you pulled over. Thankfully, the slow march of progress has given us an answer. This week is all about the audiobook. Annie and Chris talk about their experience with and admiration of the audiobook along with some of their favorites. Find them at your leisure on Libro.fm and list The Bookshelf as your partner store!

Mentioned this week:
+ David Sedaris
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
All the Lives I Want by Alana Massey
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This episode is brought to you in part by Fontaine Maury, a branding and design firm with offices in Thomasville and Tallahassee. View a portfolio of their work and contact them regarding your branding needs at their website

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Direct download: Episode_141____What_Should_I_Listen_to_Next_.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

We get lots of emails about what it is we actually do all day. Who are we, exactly, and what does a day in the life of our independent bookstore look like? Annie and Chris are here to walk you through a typical Tuesday at The Bookshelf. 

Today's episode is brought to you in part by Fuzzy Goat yarn shop right here in downtown Thomasville, GA. Fuzzy Goat offers a variety of yarns from independent, Southern, and US sources and a wide selection of classes for advanced knitters and novices alike. Check them out on Instagram here.

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Direct download: Episode_140____A_Day_in_the_Life.m4a
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