Thu, 29 December 2016
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
Thu, 15 December 2016
"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 Trevor short stories
+ Walker Percy
+ Night School by Lee Child
+ The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke
Thu, 8 December 2016
Annie and Chris work through Annie's books she read in November:
+ Fun Home
+ Scrappy Little Nobody
+ Talking as Fast as I Can
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Thu, 1 December 2016
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.
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Wed, 23 November 2016
Annie and Chris talk Thanksgiving menus and favorite cookbooks.
+ Joy of Cooking
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Thu, 17 November 2016
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?
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Wed, 16 November 2016
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 Celebrate, A Time to Cook, Dinner 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.
James is reading:
+ The Flower Hunter and the People by Matthew Jennings
+ Liberating Paris by Linda Bloodsworth Thompson
Thu, 3 November 2016
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)
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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
+ The Children's Crusade
Thu, 27 October 2016
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
+ Boss Life
+ 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
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Thu, 20 October 2016
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.
+ A Confederacy of Dunces
+ Catcher in the Rye
+ When Breath Becomes Air