From the Front Porch

It's time for a book club-style discussion of Katie Kitamura's A Separation. Podcast guests Emily (of You're Maker) and Hunter are back to chat all the things they loved and loathed about this literary novel, including Emily's thoughts on Greece and Hunter's profound revelation about the book's narration. 

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Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._120.m4a
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Chris is pursuing that ever-elusive PhD, so this week, Annie interviewed Sarah Holland from the Pantsuit Politics podcast. In addition to being the left-leaning cohost of Pantsuit Politics, Sarah is a city commissioner from Paducah, Kentucky, and she's a lifelong southerner.

Annie and Sarah chatted about what "life in the South" really entails, including the hard truth about where Southern maker culture really comes from and Sarah's obsession with Designing Women

Annie and Sarah mentioned:

+ the Southern Foodways Alliance

+ the Whitney Plantation

Designing Women, "Southerns Do NOT Eat Dirt"

+ Classics Sarah's never read but wish she has: Don Quixote and War and Peace

+ Podcasts Sarah listens to: Pod Save America; The Weeds; This American Life; On Being; Death, Sex, & Money; Freakonomics; Hidden Brain

+ Tara Brach's meditations

+ Indigo Girl's "Southland in the Springtime"

+ Sarah's currently reading: Tales of TitansEast of Eden, and Talent Code 

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._119.m4a
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Annie and Chris talk about "alternative" visions of motherhood for Mother's Day this year, and it takes a weirdly dark turn. Sorry. Get a sneak peek at Chris's fall Women in Literature class and hear some of Annie's favorite mom-centric books.

Chris's class books:
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Pregnant Butch by A. K. Summers
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Babadook

*CORRECTION: The quote from Beloved is "You your own best thing, Sethe," not "You your best self," as previously reported.

Some of Annie's favorites:
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
+ The Color of Water by James McBride
+ Rabbit Cake by Annie Harnett
Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
French Milk by Lucy Knisley

And please, are there good mother/son novels out there that don't have any sort of implied incest theme? Let me know. I need to know. 

Direct download: Episode_118____The_Other_Mother.m4a
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Happy May! It was raining while we recorded this. This week, Annie and Chris talk about the books they read in April. Also, Annie has some Hot Takes on book titles and we recount our odd encounters with celebrities from 10+ years ago. 

Annie read:
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (out May 7)
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (out August 22)
The Stars in Our Eyes by Julie Klam (out July 18)
Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann (out August 1)
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The Color of Water by James McBride
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave (out July 11)
A Separation by Kate Kitamura
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Chris read:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (again)
+The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz

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Direct download: Episode_117____May_Reading_Recap.m4a
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