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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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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