From the Front Porch

Thanks to the efforts of PBS, we now have a definitive list of America's favorite books. Annie and Chris are now recapping and providing their commentary on the top picks of PBS's Great American Read

You can learn more about The Great American Read at PBS's website.

Send your Mailbag questions to podcast [at] bookshelfthomasville [dot] com. 

America's top five picks were:
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Direct download: Episode_196____Great_American_Read_Revisited.m4a
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Okay, everybody. Spooky season is over, so Annie and Chris and back to walk you through what they read this month. 

Annie read:
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
+ If I'm Being Honest by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley
+ The Editor by Stephen Crowley
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
I'll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller
Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty
+ To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

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Direct download: Episode_195____October_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Okay, so sometimes scheduling things weeks in advance is hard, and it turns out it's NOT the week of Halloween, but Annie and Chris have a great list of books to get you in the mood for what is objectively the best fourth-quarter holiday!

Also, honk honk.

We recommend:
+ Foe by Iain Reid
The Witch Elm by Tana French
The Widow by Fiona Barton
The Child by Fiona Barton
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Final Girls by Riley Sager
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
+ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Are You Sleeping? by Kathleen Barber

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Direct download: Episode_194____Seasonal_Halloween_Reads.m4a
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It's award season, and some of our absolute favorites got robbed. As much as we are Professional Book People™️, we're not professional critics--and we're the first people to admit that the critics don't always know what they're talking about. Join us as we talk through some of those books.

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill
The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Less by Andrew Sean Greer

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Direct download: Episode_193____Underappreciated.m4a
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Annie is joined by frequent guest Hunter to chat about listener-favorite Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. What are your thoughts on this suspense classic?

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Direct download: Episode_192____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._15.m4a
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In addition to being Professional Book People™️, Annie and Chris are also avid TV watchers. Take that as you will. This week, book recommendations based on new and upcoming television. Binge with us a little bit, won't you?

Also, The VVitch is a very scary movie.

For fans of Murphy Brown:
Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

For fans of The Good Place:
How to Invent Everything by Ryan North
How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

For fans of I Feel Bad:
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton

For fans of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

For fans of The Romanoffs:
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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Direct download: Episode_191____Books_for_Binge-Watchers.m4a
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It's time for our regular jaunt through the books we finished this month. Join us for the recap!

Also, and very importantly: teenage penguins.

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
Fear by Bob Woodward
Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson (on sale October 9)
+ The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes
I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott (on sale April 2, 2019)

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Direct download: Episode_190____September_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Annie hosted Books and Brunch event in the shop last week and previewed some of her favorite coming releases of the fall season. This week, we're giving you an opportunity to get caught up! 

Annie recommends:
Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (on sale October 16--preorder here)
Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III (on sale October 2)
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (on sale October 2)
The Witch Elm by Tana French (on sale October 9)
I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel 
The Power of Love by Michael Curry (on sale October 30)
Gmorning Gnight by Lin Manuel Miranda (on sale October 23)
Becoming by Michelle Obama (on sale November 13)
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson (on sale October 9)
Personality Brokers by Merve Emre
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (on sale October 2)
+ Transcription by Kate Atkinson (on sale September 25)
Melmoth by Sarah Perry (on sale October 16)
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy (on sale October 23)

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Direct download: Episode_189____Fall_Literary_Lineup.m4a
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In preparation for Thomasville's annual One Book festival, Annie sat down with New York Times bestselling author Georgia Hunter, the great mind behind We Were the Lucky Ones.

Georgia will be in Thomasville on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 PM in the Thomas County Board of Education Auditorium.

For more information, including how to purchase tickets for the event, visit the One Book website here.

Direct download: Bonus_Episode____Georgia_Hunter.m4a
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When authors endlessly tweet about what was actually happening in the background of a given book, or, worse, release a sequel or companion text, does that thrill you or make you cringe? This week, Annie and Chris field a listener question about what counts as "canon" in the books we love.

Also, more #blandsome files.

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Direct download: Episode_188____Does_What_the_Author_Thinks_Actually_Matter_.m4a
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As with salsa, some readers prefer their literature mild. And that's okay! Although Annie and Chris often prefer some darkness in their books, they recognize that's not for everyone, so this episode is dedicated to those readers who prefer something a little PG. It's not just for kids!

Also, somebody finally watched Set It Up.

Mentioned this week:
+ The Port William Series by Wendell Berry
+ The Mitford series by Jan Karon
+ Gods in Alabama Joshilyn Jackson
+ Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
+ Dreams of Falling by Karen White
+ Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

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Direct download: Episode_187____PG_Lit.m4a
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School's back in session and Annie's door is swollen shut, so you know it's almost September. (Don't worry. We set an alarm to wake up Green Day.) Here at the end of the month, we like to recap what we've read for our listeners. Join us as we enter the rom-comaissance.

Annie read:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
Are You Sleeping? by Kathleen Barber
Joy Enough by Sarah McColl (on sale January 2019)
There There by Tommy Orange
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Anne Boyd Rioux

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Direct download: Episode_186____August_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Annie, Emily, and Hunter discuss one of the hottest literary books of 2018: Tommy Orange's There, There. It's a difficult, sometimes harrowing read of contemporary Native American life with important insights into how we got to now. 

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Direct download: Episode_185____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._14.m4a
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Since this was Annie's show last week, it's only fair that Chris gets a turn, too! He's thoughtfully prepared four sets of discussion-based course curriculum just like he would for one of his classes at Florida State--in fact, two of them are adapted from courses he's actually taught. These curated lists of five books each are centered around asking questions. Perfect for book clubs!

The ranking Annie mentions at the top of the show can be found here.

The 'Other' Mother (for fans of That Kind of Mother)
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

How to be a Human (for fans of Station Eleven)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller, Jr.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Florida, O Florida (for people who wonder how we live here)
Best. State. Ever. by Dave Barry
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard
Florida by Lauren Groff
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Small Town Living (for fans of A Man Called Ove)
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
The From-Aways by CJ Hauser
Beartown by Frederik Backman

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Direct download: Episode_184____Curriculum.m4a
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We asked, and it seems like a lot of people want to know: Who is Annie B. Jones? This week, Chris sits down with Annie to talk about how she came to be owner of the Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in beautiful downtown Thomasville, Georgia. 

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Direct download: Episode_183____Owner_of_the_Bookshelf.m4a
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At the end of every month, Annie and Chris sit down to talk about the books they read, and listener, it's the end of the month. Annie accidentally read to sort of a theme this month, and Chris doesn't think it's a coincidence.

Also, we need to talk about the train.

Annie read:
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Marriage Vacation by "Pauline Brooks"
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (on sale August 14)
The Witch Elm by Tana French (on sale October 9)
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler (on sale October 16)
Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza
+ Beartown by Frederick Bakman
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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Direct download: Episode_182____July_Reading_Recap.m4a
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We talk a lot about brand new books on the show, but we thought it might be time to talk about some of our favorites from the "backlist." They're not new, but they're not "classics" yet, either. In any case, we think you should read them. You can find all of these books for sale in our online store.

Chris and Annie recommend:
The Secret Historby Donna Tartt
Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein
+ Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
+ A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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Direct download: Episode_181____Baby_Got_Backlist.m4a
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One of the most exciting options the Bookshelf offers is the Shelf Subscription, a book-a-month club featuring newly released hardcovers from your favorite independent booksellers. This week on the podcast, Chris and Annie break down what the Shelf Subscription is, how it works, what you can expect, and how to get started. 

Listen closely for code that will net you a 10% discount on your subscription--only available through August 19!

For more information or to start your subscription today, click here.

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Direct download: Episode_180____Shelf_Subscription_Insider_Vol._2.m4a
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We're taking a quick break from books this week to talk about the small businesses on our street as we take you on a tour of our slice of life in the South: beautiful downtown Thomasville, GA.

Special thanks to our neighbors:
+ The Paxton
+ Sweet Grass Dairy
+ South Life Supply
+ Grassroots Coffee
+ Firefly
+ Farmer's Daughter Vineyard
+ The Hare and the Hart
+ Kathy's Shoes
+ Savannah Moon
+ Q Cafe
+ Liam's
+ Jonah's
+ Chop House on the Bricks
+ Caroline Hill
+ Fuzzy Goat
+ Smith Collective
+ Empire Bagel
+ Wildflower Interiors
+ Lapham-Patterson House
+ Jack Hadley Black History Museum 
+ Taste of Thomasville

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Direct download: Episode_179____Beautiful_Downtown_Thomasville_Georgia__.m4a
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It's the end of the month, and we made it--along with some thoughts and feelings about cover songs and Canadian ice dancers. Chris and Annie talk through the books they read in the month of June. 

If you'd like to purchase any of the books we discussed this episode, just follow the links below!

Annie read:
Dreams of Falling by Karen White
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan 
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Chris read:
Me, Myself and Them by Dan Mooney
Calypso by David Sedaris
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

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Direct download: Episode_178____June_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Sorry for the delay! This week, Emily and Hunter are back for Love It or Loathe It to talk with Annie about Kevin Kwon's Crazy Rich Asians

If you would like to purchase Crazy Rich Asians, you can do so from The Bookshelf.

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Direct download: Episode_177____Love_It_or_Loathe_It.m4a
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It's time for our seasonal look at what's on the horizon in Book World! These are Chris and Annie's picks for summer 2018.

Also, not every novel whose title is just a woman's first name was necessarily written in the 18th century. 

New in June:
There There by Tommy Orange
Florida by Lauren Groff
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir
Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Dreams of Falling by Karen White
Us Against You by Frederik Backman

New in July:
The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon (on sale July 31)
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (on sale July 3)
The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller (on sale July 17)
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (on sale July 10)
+ A Double Life by Flynn Berry (on sale July 31)

New in August:
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis (on sale August 7)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (on sale August 14)

Direct download: Episode_176____Summer_Literary_Lineup.m4a
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This week, we have a very special live show with friend of the show Anne Bogel, host of What Should I Read Next? 

By the way! Our next Love It or Loathe It (in two weeks) will be centered around Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. 

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Direct download: Episode_175____One_Night_with_Anne_Bogel.m4a
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PBS has recently released a two-part special called The Great American Read, hosted by Meredith Vieira and filled with interviews and sound bites from well-known authors and readers on the hundred novels that America loves best. This week on the show, Annie and Chris give their takes on the list.

Also, goat or beaver?

Please take just a minute to fill out our short survey.

PBS's list can be found here

You can watch the special through your local PBS affiliate here

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Direct download: Episode_174____The_Great_American_Read.m4a
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As the old and definitely very common saying goes, May is the December of the spring, and with that in mind, it's time for our regular recap of the books Chris and Annie read this month. 

If you've got a few minutes, help us out by filling out this survey.

Annie read: 
The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Minding the Store by Julie Gaines (on sale October 30)
Hey Ladies! by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz
The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel
+ Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman
A Double Life by Flynn Berry (on sale July 31)

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Direct download: Episode_173____May_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Annie puts her journalism degree to use as she and Chris conduct a deep dive into the complicated legal and literary legacy of Harper Lee and Monroeville, AL. 

We also have a short survey for you. Thanks so much for your time!

Mentioned this week:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills

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Direct download: Episode_172____Mockingbird.m4a
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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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Direct download: Episode_171____Southern_Literary_Trail.m4a
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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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Direct download: Episode_170____Childrens_Book_Week.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_169____April_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

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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Direct download: Episode_168____Missed_Opportunities.m4a
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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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Direct download: Episode_167____Bookshelf_Reading_Challenge_2018.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_166____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._12.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_165____March_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_164____How_Do_You_Read_.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_163____Spring_Literary_Lineup.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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You've heard us talk about Shelf Subscriptions before, but it occurred to us that many of our listeners may not know exactly what it is we're talking about. This week, Annie and Chris are joined by bookseller Kate Sutton, one of the main cogs in the machine that is fulfilling Shelf Subscription mailing orders. Also, read the reviews on your Airbnb before book.

Interested in subscribing? Learn more and set up your pick at our store website.

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Direct download: Episode_161____Shelf_Subscription_Insider.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

February flew by, but Annie and Chris read some great books along the way. Follow along as they recap what they read. Also, ice dancing.

Annie read:
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (on sale March 27)
Places I Stopped on the Way Home by Meg Fee (on sale May 8)
The All of It by Jeanette Haien
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (on sale May 8)
Educated by Tara Westover

Chris read:
The Hospital by Ahmed Bouanani (on sale June 26)

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Direct download: Episode_160____February_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's that time of year again. Chris and Annie are here to talk about the Academy's 
If you liked Lady Bird, we recommend:
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

If you liked The Shape of Water, we recommend:
Awayland by Ramona Ausubel
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

If you liked Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, we recommend:
A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
The Hunting Ground by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

If you liked Call Me By Your Name, we recommend:
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

If you liked The Post, we recommend:
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

If you liked Dunkirk, we recommend:
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

If you liked Phantom Thread, reevaluate your choices, and then we recommend:
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

If you liked Get Out, we recommend:
+ So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Direct download: Episode_159____Red_Carpet_Books.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

In the spirit of St. Valentine and Fabio, Annie and Chris are talking about romance in literature--the kind we like, the kind we don't, and why it seems like YA seems to be doing it best. 

Mentioned this week: 
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
+ The Meet Cute Series by HarperCollins Publishers 

You can listen to this week's This American Life here.

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Direct download: Episode_158____Love_is_in_the_Air.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's the latest installment of our show within a show, Love It or Loathe It, in which frequent contributors Emily and Hunter discuss a contentious book with Annie in a book club-style roundtable. This week: Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro.

Also mentioned this week:
+ What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
The Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates

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Direct download: Episode_157____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._11.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's our first monthly reading recap of 2018, and it's relatively light--in a good way! Follow along as Annie and Chris work their way through what they read, tropical fungal rash, and whatever David Duchovny is doing blurbing novels.

Annie read:
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
+ History of Wolves
by Emily Fridlund
+ Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti
+ This Love Story Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen

Chris read:
+ The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

Also mentioned:
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Direct download: Episode_156____January_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

There's a lot happening in the news lately, and it's hard to know where to turn sometimes when it seems like everyone has hard opinions and no one wants to give. We like being a cozy place for you, but that's honestly kind of difficult sometimes, especially when we're passionate about something. This week, Chris and Annie talk about that difficulty. Also, check your tire pressure.

Mentioned this week:
+ This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
If I Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down My Blouse by Gina Barreca
You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Shrill by Lindy West
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins (on sale January 30)
Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer (on sale February 8)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

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Direct download: Episode_155____Times_Up.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's a new year and we've got our resolutions ready, but what about all those books that are supposed to help us sort ourselves out? This week, Annie and Chris chat about self-help and personal growth. Pretty scary, right?

Mentioned this week:
The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
The New Minimalism by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici
The Capsule Wardrobe by Wendy Mak
The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees
The Art of Stopping Time by Pedram Shojai
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (on sale February 6)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill by Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
The Four Tendencieby Gretchen Rubin
+ The Family Manager by Kathy Peel
The Simplified Life by Emily Ley
When by Daniel H. Pink
Originals by Adam Grant
Grit by Angela Duckworth
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam

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Direct download: Episode_154____New_Year_New_You_.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's a new year, so Chris and Annie are back to discuss their reading plans for 2018. Spoiler: We're not doing quantitative tracking. Also, what is the natural habitat of the North American beaver?

Additionally, an extended discussion on Jason Rekulak's The Impossible Fortress​​​​​​​ and what "YA" means in terms of readership. 

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Direct download: Episode_153____Reading_Resolutions_Vol._4.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Annie sits down with Jamie Golden, cohost of The Popcast, in front of a LIVE audience to talk about books and pop culture.

Learn more about The Popcast here

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Direct download: Episode_152____Live_with_Jamie_Golden.m4a
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