From the Front Porch

It's time to reflect back on 2016, which means... It's time to recap Annie's favorite books of the year. 

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel

Commonwealth by Ann Patched

Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin

+ This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

+ Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Yeung

You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

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"Grape nuts or sex? It's a no brainer." Food writer and editor Julia Reed popped by the podcast to chat about Southern food culture, holiday entertaining, and mixing politics with pleasure. (You'll hear lots of laughter this episode; Julia's one-liners will have you in stitches.) 

+ You can find Julia's piece about Bill and Melinda Gates in the Wall Street Journal Magazine.

+ More about Julia Reed and her books can be found here 

Julia was in town for Thomasville's Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

+ William Christenberry photography

+ Garden and Gun magazine

+ The Bitter Southerner

 

Julia mentions: 

+ William Trevor short stories 

+ Walker Percy

Night School by Lee Child

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke


Don't forget to leave us a voicemail for our 100th episode here!

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Annie and Chris work through Annie's books she read in November:

Fun Home

Scrappy Little Nobody

+ My Brilliant Friend

Talking as Fast as I Can

Listen to Anna Kendrick's Nerdist interview here.

Reply All's 48-hour call-in episode.

Listen to our Love It or Loathe It episode about My Brilliant Friend here

Vote for The Bookshelf in the Indie Awards: http://www.independentwestand.org/indies/profile.php?id=92.

Don't forget to leave us a voice message for our upcoming 100th episode: http://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/frontporch.

 

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Annie sits down with podcast regular Hunter McLendon and new voice Emily McKenna to discuss Elena Ferrante's international bestseller My Brilliant Friend

+ Get an introduction to Emily on her first podcast episode here.

+ Read more about the mystery of Elena Ferrante here

 

Shop from The Bookshelf here

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Annie and Chris talk Thanksgiving menus and favorite cookbooks. 

+ The Can't Cookbook

+ A Southern Gentleman's Kitchen

+ Jamie's Food Revolution

+ Soup Nights

+ Appetites

+ Cooking for Jeffrey

+ Joy of Cooking

+ The Forest Feast

 

Learn all about Ina and Jeffrey's marriage here

Shop local from faraway by browsing our online store here

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On this unintentionally abbreviated episode of the podcast, Annie and Chris answer a listener email all about finding the time to read. 

Have your own bookish question you'd like answered? 

Email Annie: annie [at] bookshelfthomasville [dot] com

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Check out The Bookshelf online store here

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Southern hosts and hostesses, unite! On this special bonus episode, Annie chats with Southern lifestyle guru James Farmer. James is the author of A Time to CelebrateA Time to CookDinner on the Grounds, and several other beautiful coffee table books all about Southern hospitality. He's in Thomasville this week for the city's annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, and -- if you're local! -- you can find James at the following events:

+ Cocktails and Conversations on Thursday, November 17, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets available here. Join James, Julia Reed, and the Mashburns as they chat about Southern hospitality inspired by the fall season!

+ Book signing at downtown Thomasville's store Relish on Friday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. James will be signing copies of his beautiful books during this free event. 

You can find James online on Instagram and his website

James is reading: 

The Flower Hunter and the People by Matthew Jennings

Liberating Paris by Linda Bloodsworth Thompson

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Annie chats with Chris about the books she read in October: 

Today Will Be Different

Dark Matter

In the Garden of Small Beginnings

Juniper (listen to this Radiolab episode for more on this story)

+ The Children

Who Killed These Girls? (here's the Reply All episode Chris mentioned) 

** Shop these titles on The Bookshelf website here. **

Other titles mentioned include: 

+ Where'd You Go, Bernadette

+ Leave Me

+ The Martian

+ Before the Fall

+ Kitchens of the Great Midwest

+ Visit from the Goon Squad

+ Seating Arrangements

+ The Nest

+ Commonwealth

+ The Children's Crusade

 

Annie mentioned how she finds book recommendations on Instagram through Shauna Niequist and Elise Blaha Cripe

 

 

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If you're new to From the Front Porch, this episode will introduce you to hosts Annie and Chris. Learn about their reading tastes, what they do when their not at The Bookshelf, and who they'd have over for their dream literary dinner party. 

(The interview was inspired by the New York Times' By the Book interviews. Gretchen Rubin's is here.) 

Books and authors mentioned include: 

Station Eleven

+ My Brilliant Friend

Present Over Perfect

Pond

Boss Life

Grit

+ Neil Gaiman

+ Mindy Kaling

+ F. Scott Fitzgerald

+ Umberto Ecco

+ Hannah Arendt

+ Flannery O'Connor

+ Madeleine L'Engle

+ J.K. Rowling

+ Shauna Niequist

+ Swing Time

The Martian

Bread and Wine

The Mothers

Another Day in the Death of America

+ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

 

Find The Bookshelf online here

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Ever wonder what it's like to run a small business start-up? Annie and Chris chat with Scott Chastain, the owner and founder of Everfan, a customizable costume accessory company. Everfan bases their thriving Internet business in Thomasville, so Annie, Chris, and Scott discuss entrepreneurship, small town living, and of course, what Scott's been reading lately. 

Find Everfan online: Website | Instagram | Facebook

Podcasts mentioned: 

+ Slate Political Gabfest

+ StartUp

+ Reply All

Books mentioned: 

+ A Confederacy of Dunces

+ Catch-22

+ Catcher in the Rye

+ When Breath Becomes Air

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Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy and the What Should I Read Next podcast joins Annie and Chris to chat about book blogging, all those advanced reading copies, and what she's reading right now. 

Podcasts Anne recommends: 

+ Pantsuit Politics

+ Young House Love

+ The Popcast

+ Books on the Nightstand

+ Smartest Person in the Room

Books mentioned in this episode: 

+ Crossing to Safety 

+ Age of Innocence

+ Madame Bovary

Alexander Hamilton

+ Commonwealth

+ Run 

+ Bel Canto

For additional bookish conversation, hop on over to Episode 44 of What Should I Read Next; Annie was a guest this week!

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Annie talks about the effects of stress on her reading life and chats with Chris about the books she read in September. Last month's selections included: 

Moo by Sharon Creech

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

+ Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

You can find these selections and more on our store website: www.bookshelfthomasville.com

 

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Curious what the life of a book sales rep might look like? Annie and Chris interview Virginia Price, a sales rep for Penguin Random House. Virginia recommends her favorite upcoming fall book releases (and gives readers a preview of some spring titles to come). Plus, the three book lovers share their favorite podcasts and why movie book covers are so, so bad. 

FICTION: 

The Mothers

+ Ninth City Burning

+ Reputations

+ Swing Time

+ Ink and Bone

+ The Girl on the Train 

NONFICTION: 

+ The Princess Diarist

+ The Book of Joy

+ The Glass Universe 

+ Dogs and Their People

 

Other titles mentioned: 

+ War and Peace

+ Anna Karenina

+ Lord of the Rings

+ Exit West

+ MacArthur's Spies

Podcasts mentioned: 

+ 410wned Gaming Podcast

+ This American Life

+ RadioLab

+ Welcome to Night Vale

+ The Bright Sessions

+ Grammar Girl 

For more book recommendations, you can reach Virginia at vprice {at} penguinrandomhouse {dot} com. 

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Ever wonder what a booksellers conference might look like? Annie chats with her mom about this year's Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA): the authors, the booksellers, the lessons learned. 

Books, podcasts, authors, and blogs mentioned: 

+ DesignSponge and Grace Bonney

+ In the Company of Women 

+ The King of the Birds

+ Girl in Pieces

+ Author Liane Moriarty

+ Author Mary Kay Andrews

+ Author Shauna Niequist

+ Little Women

+ A Year of Living Danishly

 

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Author Ann Patchett recently compared bookselling to being on a sitcom. Annie and Chris investigate that claim, comparing their fellow booksellers to Friends characters and examining why we identify with fictional characters of all kinds. 

+ Read Ann Patchett's original interview, here

+ Find CJ Hauser's essay all about characters who are "just like us" here

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For some, life on the Gulf Coast is a religion, and now, we've got our very own Bible of sorts: Saints of Old Florida, a gorgeous new lifestyle book by Emily Raffield, Melissa Farrell, and Christina McDermott. Emily and Melissa chatted with Annie and Chris about life on the coast, their favorite coastal memories, and why collecting our Southern stories is so important. 

For more information about Emily, Melissa, Christina, and their new book, visit their website, Saints of Old Florida. The book can be purchased online or through several locally-owned shops in and around the coast; a full stockist list is here.

Melissa's shop in Port St. Joe is called Joseph's Cottage

In this episode, books and podcasts mentioned include:

+ Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

+ Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray

+ Garance Dore's podcast, Pardon My French 

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Behold, the power of Oprah. Annie and Chris chat about the books Annie read in August, including Oprah's book club book, The Underground Railroad. The rest of Annie's list: 

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

 

And other books Annie and Chris mentioned: 

+ Fates & Furies

Crossing to Safety

+ Pond

The Royal We

Station Eleven

Everything I Never Told You

Reconstructing Amelia 

Prep

+ Ghettoside 

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"A room without books is a body without a soul," said Cicero, and so we believe. This episode, Annie and Chris talk about the roles books play in homes and home decor: why we keep books and what they say about us. 

+ This episode was inspired by Robbie Hopkins from Audible Discernment; you can check out our full episode with Robbie and the guys here

+ Books by the foot your thing? You can buy them from another indie bookstore, Strand Books, here.

+ Mrs. Kendall's Unread Library, here

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When you travel, how big of a role does food play in your experience of a new city or town? This episode, Debra Smith, the owner and founder of Taste of Thomasville, a Thomasville Food Tour, visits with Annie and Chris. They chat about Thomasville's best restaurants, Gone with the Wind, and that big oak tree everybody's always talking about.

Debra's favorite podcasts are The Dave Ramsey Show and Serial.

She's currently reading The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg.  

You can find information and tickets on the Taste of Thomasville tour at www.tasteofthomasvillefoodtour.com.

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Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet? No spoilers here, but Chris and Annie do chat about their expectations going into the newly released book. They also discuss Go Set a Watchman, J.K. Rowling's turn as Robert Galbraith, and how they'd be sorted at Hogwarts. 

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Annie and Chris recap the books Annie read in July, plus they chat about what to do when you're in a reading rut.

Books discussed include: 

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The Trespasser by Tana French

You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

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Can't decide if you love or hate a book? This is the podcast series for you. Annie once again joins frequent podcast contributors Hunter McLendon and Rebekah Arwood for a discussion of Wendy Walker's All Is Not Forgotten (a new thriller on shelves now; Reese Witherspoon's already bought the film rights). 

Comparable titles: 

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

+ Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

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Love books, music, and the South? Then we've got the episode for you. Annie and Chris met with the guys of Audible Discernment, a music podcast out of nearby Albany, Ga., and they chat all things literary and musical (including a nostalgia for country music and why Pride and Prejudice would be better set in the South). 

Books mentioned: 

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison 

A Boy from Georgia by Hamilton Jordan

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

The Whale by Mark Beauregard

The Last Days of Video by Jeremy Hawkins

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Annie and Chris deep dive into reading more than one book at any given time... And some book therapy ensues. 

They mention: 

+ Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

+ The Trespasser by Tana French

The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth

+ Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

+ Grit by Angela Duckworth

+ The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

+ The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

Plus this article about millennialsthis one about what Obama does at night, and... are you an abstainer or a moderator?  

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Looking for your next summer read? Look no further. Annie and Chris chat about the books Annie read in June, including: 

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis (rel. August 23)

Love Warrior by Glennon Melton Doyle (rel. September 6) 

It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool, Tooby Nora McIrney Purmort

Light to Paris by Eleanor Brown

All Stories Are Love Stories by Elizabeth Percer

How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky 

Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Leave Me by Gayle Forman (rel. September 6)

 

Also mentioned: 

+ The Momastery blog 

+ Aaron Purmort's obituary

+ Lin-Manuel Miranda's Twitter account

+ WTXL card-making segment

+ Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide

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Earlier this month, Annie traveled to Haiti with Dot Products, a school supply company based out of Jackson, Mississippi. This episode, Chris and Annie chat with Hallie Darphin, founder of Dot, about Dot's mission, making a global impact, and the magic of reading recommendations. 

 

Hallie mentions these books: 

+ The Color Purple

1984

Brave New World

Quiet (and this TED Talk by Susan Cain) 

 

And these podcasts: 

+ Being Boss

+ Serial

+ This American Life

+ The Moth

 

Find Dot online: Website | Instagram | Facebook

 

Plus, here's a video from Annie's time in Haiti with Dot.

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New York Times bestselling author Anton DiSclafani (The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for GirlsThe After Party) drops by the podcast to talk about life in a small town, North Florida versus South Florida, and writing with a baby on board. 

Anton mentions: 

+ Radiolab

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

The Golden Bowl by Henry James

Event details about Anton's signing are here

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Ever wondered if a particular book is worth reading? In our Love It or Loathe It episodes, we debate newly released titles and whether they're worth adding to your TBR list or not. 

This episode, Annie, Rebekah, and Hunter chat about Walt by Russell Wangersky. 

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Turns out design is pretty much what makes the world -- and small businesses -- go 'round. Learn all about marketing and the ups and downs of social media as Annie and Chris chat with local small business consultant Dara Barwick. 

+ Dara's website

+ The Southern C Summit

+ Our interview with Sarah Turner

+ Our interview with Laura Beggs

+ Melanie Duncan podcast episodes

+ Deep South Details podcast

 

Annie and Chris mention: 
The Popcast

Serial

+ This American Life 

Reply All

 

Dara's book recommendations: 

Under the Hood 

Good to Great and the Social Sector

 

 

 

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Chris asks Annie about the books she read in May, including: 

+ Brighton by Michael Harvey (releases June 14)

Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam (releases June 7)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Girls by Emma Cline (releases June 14) 

Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson (releases September 13) 

+ Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty (releases July 26)

The Mothers by Britt Bennett (releases October 11) 

 

Also mentioned: 

Defending Jacob

Everybody Rise

Britt-Marie Was Here

American Girls

+ The Dollhouse

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

 

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Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of those Instagram accounts we all follow? Annie and Chris chat with Lindsay Hopkins of Pen and Paint, an enormously popular Instagram account and Etsy shop based in Albany, Georgia. 

Find Lindsay on Instagram and Etsy.

 

Podcasts we mention: 

+ StoryCorps

+ This American Life

+ Smart Creative Women

+ Elise Gets Crafty

+ Audible Discernment

 

Books Lindsay mentions: 

+ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

+ Tattoos on the Heart by Father Gregory Boyle (The podcast episode Annie mentions is from On Being with Krista Tippett, found here.) 

+ Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

 

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Want to know if a book's for you? Welcome to Love It or Loathe It, episodes where Bookshelf staffers and friends tell you exactly what they think about a newly released title. In this volume, Annie chats with Bookshelf manager Rebekah and frequent podcast contributor Hunter all about I'm Glad about You by Theresa Rebeck. 

Other titles mentioned: 

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Are You My Mother?, by Alison Bechdel

+ Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

+ A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel 

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What do you get when you have a bookstore staffer who's also a news junkie? A very special episode of this podcast. Chris and Annie chat with bookseller Sterling Ivey about news in pop culture, favorite news sources, and what he really thinks about morning show hosts. 

Sterling's favorite podcasts: 

+ Serial

+ This American Life

+ Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin

+ WTF with Marc Maron

+ Comedy Bang! Bang!

Books mentioned in this episode: 

Middlemarch

+ Plato's Republic

+ The First Nazi

Kissinger

The Whale 

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty

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We're living in a post-Gone Girl world, which means not all thrillers are created equal. Annie and Chris chat about the books she read in April, including a couple of just-okay novels and one National Book Award winner. 

Read Bottom Up

The Passenger

Ordinary Grace

We Are Called To Rise

Losing It

Fortune Smiles

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty

The Adam Johnson Annie references is here

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Chris' blog is here

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News flash: Some TV shows are better than others. Chris and Annie wax philosophical about their favorite TV shows for readers, including: 

Gilmore Girls

Arrested Development

Breaking Bad 

Jane the Virgin

Mad Men

House of Cards

+ Seinfeld

The Office

The Wonder Years

The Bachelor

 

Related: All 339 Books Referenced in Gilmore Girls

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Thomasville is the City of Roses, and spring is the town's time to shine! Each year, Thomasville hosts the Rose Show and Festival, and Chris and Annie talk to city event coordinator Sarah Turner about balancing tradition with new ideas, why a festival devoted to roses, and what she's reading right now. 

Vote for Thomasville in USA Today's Best Historic Small Town competition! 

Check out all the Rose Show festivities -- including parade details and flower show times -- here

Support Tallahassee's Word of South festival.

 

Sarah's go-to podcasts: 

+ Radio Lab

+ This American Life

 

Books Sarah mentioned:

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Fed, White, and Blue by Simon Majumdar

Tribal by Diane Roberts

+ The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

 

Books Chris mentioned: 

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison 

Battleborn by Claire Watkins

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson 

 

Books Annie mentioned:

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

 

Website | Twitter | Instagram

 

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One perk of life in a small town: You can try something just to see if it works. And if it does? Then you've established a new town tradition, like Thomasville's Due South music festival, put on by the Center of the Arts

Annie and Chris chat with the Center's marketing director, Callie Sewell, about music festivals; the Athens, Ga., music scene; and whether Jane Eyre is overrated. 

BUY TICKETS for Due South here

 

Books mentioned: 

Jane Eyre

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

No One Belongs Here More Than You

+ The Nest

The Empathy Exams

 

Podcasts mentioned:

+ This American Life

+ Serial 

+ The Moth

+ Mom and Dad Are Fighting

+ Gilmore Guys

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How do you raise creative kids? Do small towns foster creativity better than big cities do? Annie and guest Emily McKenna chat about these questions, plus book hangover and what they're reading right now. 

Emily is the product developer for Everfan, a superhero and imaginative play company located right above The Bookshelf in Thomasville. Emily is also the owner of You're Maker, where she teaches classes to adults and children. 

Books mentioned in today's episode: 

Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (plus the Austin Family Chronicles and Walking on Water

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warlick (preorder here

Plus, Chip Kidd's TED talk, and How to review the podcast on iTunes. 

Full show notes here

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The podcast introduces a new co-host with a familiar voice, and Annie recaps the books she read in March, including: 

Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

- The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

I'm Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick

Annie also menions: American Girls, The Nest, and The Excellent Lombards. 

Find the Perfect Days podcast episode here

Check out this episode of This American Life about American teenagers on social media. (It's fascinating!)

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Which book wins this year's Out of Print Book Bracket? Listen as Annie and frequent podcast contributor Jordan Jones duke it out over their favorite contemporary classics, including Fates and Furies vs. Looking for Alaska and All the Light We Cannot See vs. Room

Round One match-ups can be found here

Follow The Bookshelf on Instagram for the shop's own version of March Madness. 

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Ever wondered why guys aren't in book clubs? Listen as Annie and Grassroots Coffee roaster Peyton Hodges chat about co-ed book clubs, plus Peyton schools Annie on her knowledge of sci-fi literature.

Peyton mentions: 

+ Sad Puppies and the 2015 Hugo Awards

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Dune by Frank Herbert

+ Author David Wong

+ Author Neal Stephenson

+ Saga

+ Hark! A Vagrant

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Small-town virtues to the Oval Office? Jimmy Carter's presidency may have inspired our current political climate, and Annie interviews author Robert Buccellato to find out why. His new book Jimmy Carter in Plains shares insight into President Carter's approachability and how his underdog story and small-town, Southern charm made a lasting impact. 

+ Robert's author page + tour dates

+ How to rate/review From the Front Porch

+ From the Front Porch on iTunes

Robert is reading Stone Door, a YA fantasy, and Why the Dutch Are Different, a memoir. 

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Annie recaps the books she read in February, including: 

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

- My Name Is Lucy Barton

- The Good Goodbye

- The Interestings

- American Housewife

- Opening Belle

- Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend 

Looking for other indie bookstores to support? Annie loves Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida, and The Hidden Lantern Books in Rosemary Beach, Florida. 


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Annie and Bookshelf staffer Chris share their love for the Oscars and this year's Oscar-inspired books, plus they chat briefly about Harper Lee and what her death means to the literary world. 

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Ever read a book you hated? Annie, Rebekah, and Hunter discuss the new suspense novel Perfect Days by Raphael Montes. (Spoiler-free discussion, with five minutes of spoiler-filled bonus conversation at the close of the episode.) 

The book reaction video Annie mentions is here

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Annie recaps the books she read in January, including several ARCs, a couple of thrillers, and a YA novel. (Full list with titles and authors here.) 

 

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What are your reading goals for 2016? Annie chats reading resolutions with returning podcast guest Hunter McLendon. Annie and Hunter also make their way through Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2016 Reading Challenge, plus talk about what they're reading right now (him: Americanah; her: The Expatriates). 

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Have you ever wondered how your favorite book would play out on-stage? Annie interviews Jana Mohr, president of Thomasville On Stage and Company, Thomasville's community theatre. Annie and Jana chat about TOSAC's upcoming production of A Little Princess, plus why books make great on-stage adaptations. 

For tickets to A Little Princess, click here.

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We're back with our first episode of 2016, and Annie's recapping her favorite books of 2015. (You can find the full list here.) 

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