From the Front Porch

Want to take a book-themed summer road trip and see where some of your favorite Southern authors lived and breathed? Well then we have the show for you. This week, Chris and Annie talk about the Southern Literary Trail, organized by the Mississippi State University libraries. Learn more at their website.

Selected authors on the Trail:
+ Truman Capote
+ Harper Lee
+ F. Scott Fitzgerald
+ Zelda Fitzgerald
+ Ralph Ellison
+ Carson McCullers
+ Flannery O'Connor
+ Alice Walker
+ Tennessee Williams
+ Eudora Welty
+ Walker Percy
+ Richard Wright
+ William Faulkner

Check out the Outdoor Kitchens menu for the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival here.

Learn more about the Historic Mary Elizabeth Stallworth Home Bed and Breakfast in Beatrice, Alabama here.

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We missed Children's Book Week last week because our Reading Recap real estate is very valuable, but we want to take this opportunity to tell you about some of our favorite new books for kids and get side-tracked several times along the way!

We also have new Shelf Subscription options available for children, middle readers, and young adults! Learn more and subscribe here.

Mentioned this week:
Hedge Hog
Not Quite Narwhal
Part-Time Mermaid
+ Is It a Mermaid?
Alma
Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
Phoebe and Her Unicorn
Izzy Gizmo
Out of Left Field
Last Kids on Earth
Be Prepared

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April showers bring Mayflowers, but what do Mayflowers bring? Well, that's complicated, but what Annie and Chris bring to the table is a new recap of what they read in April. 

Also, social media? Donezo.

Annie read:
Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
Limelight by Amy Poeppel
The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (on sale June 5)
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
The Sarah Book by Scott McClanahan

For a fantastic story about a local production of Peter Pan gone awry, check out this classic episode of This American Life.

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Have you ever finished a book and thought, "...Really?" This week on the show, Chris and Annie talk you through the [mostly good] books they've read with endings or other elements that just should have been a little different.

Also, Lordy, I hope there are tapes.

Mentioned this week:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
11/22/63 by Stephen King
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The Power by Naomi Alderman

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It's time to forge ahead into the wild unknown. Are you ready to earn 20% off a Bookshelf purchase? Follow along with Chris and Annie as they explain the terms of this year's Bookshelf Reading Challenge!

Also, do we sound different?

Mentioned this week:
Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Encyclopedia Brown by Daniel J. Sobol
The All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Familiar Enemy by Ardis Butterfield
Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
Dead Wake by Erik Larsen
Tale of Two Americas by various
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
The Evangelicals by Frances FitzGerald
Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
Arrival by Ted Chiang
How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
+ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Black Panther by various
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
+ Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The Color of Water by James McBride
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
The Hospital by Ahmed Bouanani
You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
The Dry by Jane Harper
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
An American Marriage by 
Reunion by Hannah Pittard
Sean of the South by Sean Dietrich
Portrait of the Alcoholic by Kaveh Akbar
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Last Things by Marissa Moss
Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This episode is sponsored by the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation. Learn more at their website.

We talked about poetry with Will Fargason and Ruth Baumann in Episode 114.

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Annie sits down for our bi-monthly show-within-a-show with frequent guests Emily and Hunter. This month, one of President Obama's favorite books of 2017, The Power by Naomi Alderman.

This week's episode is brought to you in part by the City of Thomasville's 97th annual Rose Show and Festival. To learn more (and to begin booking your trip), check out the City of Thomasville's website.

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It's April, which means it's time to talk about what Chris and Annie were able to read in March. Follow along as we give our reviews!

And hey, so sorry about all that background noise. Starting with episode 167, we will be recording with a brand new microphone setup and our quality should dramatically improve. Thank you so much for bearing with us in this transition period!

Annie read:
+ Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi (on sale now)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
+ All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñafor (on sale May 15)
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
Sociable by Rebecca Harrington

Chris read:
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

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Do you have a favorite chair for reading? Maybe a front porch swing or a cozy bay window? A hammock, perhaps? This week, Annie and Chris talk about reading preferences. How to do it, why, under what circumstances, and how much at a time. Also, there aren't waterproof casts, right?

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Spring is in the air, which means pollen is in our sinuses, but Chris and Annie are here for your curated and almost week-by-week guide through some of this season's exciting new releases.

Also, it occurs to me that many of you probably don't listen all the way to the end of the episode... You might enjoy what you find back there--and for the past 30 or so episodes. :)

Featured books:
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (on sale now)
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (on sale April 3)
The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel (on sale May 1)
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (on sale May 8)
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel (on sale May 15)
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (on sale June 5)
The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (on sale June 12)

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Annie sits down for her husband Jordan for their annual March Madness episode, a long-standing FTFP tradition. This episode is sponsored by the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation; the Foundation's new book, Thomasville in Concert, celebrates the Foundation's 80 years in Thomasville. You can purchase the beautiful new book (written by our friend Nadia Watts) on the TEF website or in-store at The Bookshelf.  

This year's book bracket features The Bookshelf's "sweet sixteen" -- the 16 bestselling books of 2018 thus far: 
+ Gracism
by David Anderson
+ Beauty
by John O'Donohue
+ Tell Me More
by Kelly Corrigan
+ Text Me When You Get Home
by Kayleen Schaefer
+ The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
+ The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin
+ A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
+ Awayland
by Ramona Ausubel
+ Sunburn
by Laura Lippman
+ Only Child
by Rhiannon Navin
+ Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
+ The Driest Season
by Meghan Kenny
+ We Were the Lucky Ones
by Georgia Hunter
+ The Widows of Malabar Hill
by Sujata Massey
+ Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward
+ Feel Free
by Zadie Smith

Other books mentioned on today's episode include: 

+ Help, Thanks, Wow
by Anne Lamott
+ To Bless the Space Between Us
by John O'Donohue
+ Rabbit Cake
by Annie Hartnett
+ Room
by Emma Donoghue
+ To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
+ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
+ Walking on Water
by Madeleine L'Engle

You can listen to previous March Madness episodes here

The Out of Print book bracket from 2016 is still online

This episode
of On Being with John O'Donohue is so worth your time.

Follow along with Anne Bogel's Book Flight Bonanza here.  

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