From the Front Porch

In honor of National Poetry Month, Chris and Annie are back to talk about their favorite poems, collections, and the words they've gotten stuck in their heads over the years.

Poets, poems, books, and collections mentioned this week:
+ Mary Oliver
+ William Wordsworth
+ "If" by Rudyard Kipling
+ "Mine Own John Poins" by Thomas Wyatt the Elder
+ John Donne, including "Holy Sonnet 10" and "Holy Sonnet 14"
+ Percy Shelley, including "Ode to the West Wind" and "Ozymandias"
+ John Milton, including Paradise Lost and "Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint"
+ "The Lanyard" by Billy Collins
+ "Orion" by Adrienne Rich
Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
+ T. S. Eliot, including "Little Gidding," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and The Waste Land
+ Emily Dickinson
She Walks in Beauty by Caroline Kennedy
+ Robert Frost
+ Shel Silverstein
A Year of Nature Poems by Joseph Coelho and Kelly Louise Judd
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (on sale in June)
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
Space Struck by Paige Lewis (on sale in October)
Millennial Roost by Dustin Pearson
A Family is a House by Dustin Pearson
Parse by Ruth Baumann
Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing
1919 by Eve L. Ewing (on sale in June)
+ Rupi Kaur
+ Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander
+ Tracy K. Smith
Go Ahead in the Rain by Hanif Abdurraqib

You can listen to Ruth Baumann's episode of From the Front Porch here.

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Your favorite long-distance book club is back as Annie and frequent contributor Hunter discuss Mary Karr's celebrated memoir, The Liar's Club

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

The Liar's Club by Mary Karr

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Direct download: Episode_218____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._2.m4a
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We all need a laugh now and then, and when better than prank season?

Learn more about Thomasville's Rose Show and Festival here.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Live from New York by Tom Shales and James Andre Miller
Bossypants by Tina Fey
You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiney
The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton
A Woman First: First Woman: A Deeply Personal Memoir by the Former President by "Selina Meyer"
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster and Jules Feiffer
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

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Direct download: Episode_217____Seasonal_Reads_-_April_Foolery.m4a
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Here at the end of our pollen-covered month, it's time to discuss what we were able read between, y'know, everything else.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson (on sale July 30)
Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson (on sale April 2)
Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl (on sale April 2)
Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen (on sale May 14)
Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Normal People by Sally Rooney (on sale April 16)
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (on sale April 9)

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Direct download: Episode_216____March_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Spring is officially springing, so Chris and Annie are back to tell you what books to look out for in this new green season.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Good Talk by Mira Jacob (on sale March 26)
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (on sale April 9)
What My Mother And I Don't Talk About by various authors (on sale April 30)
See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes
Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt
The Moth Presents Occasional Magic by various authors
The Second Mountain by David Brooks (on sale April 16)
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly (on sale April 9)
If, Then by Kate Hope Day
I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott
Normal People by Sally Rooney (on sale April 16)
A Sin By Any Other Name by Robert W. Lee (on sale April 2)

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Direct download: Episode_215____Spring_Literary_Lineup.m4a
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It's March, and everything's gone MAD! Annie is joined by her husband, Jordan, for their annual adventure through book brackets and The Bookshelf's recent bestsellers.

1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
2. The Current by Tim Johnston
3. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
4. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
5. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
6. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
7. Becoming by Michelle Obama
8. Educated by Tara Westover
9. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
10. Hey Ladies! by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz
11. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
12. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
13. I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) by Beth A. Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland
14. The Point of It All by Charles Krauthammer
15. Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
16. The Library Book by Susan Orlean

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Direct download: Episode_214____March_Madness_2019.m4a
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I don't know what it's like where you live, but we're in the middle of a cold snap, and it doesn't feel much like spring break. Join us this week on a new installment of Seasonal Reads in which we recommend just the right books to get you ready for a break. Spring break forever.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt
Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison
A Separation by Katie Kitamura
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
The From-Aways by CJ Hauser
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

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Direct download: Episode_213____Seasonal_Reads_-_Spring_Break.m4a
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February is the shortest month of the year, and it really felt like it this time around! Join Annie and Chris as they discuss what they were able to read this month--because they were some really good ones.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Annie read:
Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (on sale July 16)
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (on sale March 5)
+ Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt (on sale March 5)
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey (on sale June 11)
Dopesick by Beth Macy

Chris read:
Multiple Man by Matthew Rosenberg and Andy MacDonald

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Direct download: Episode_212____February_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Annie is joined once again by frequent contributors Hunter McLendon and Emily McKenna for the first installment in our new series, Backlist Book Club. Up first on the docket: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin.

You can purchase any of the books mentioned on today's episode at The Bookshelf.

Hunter's list of recommended list of resources is as follows:
+ The Stacks
+ read.rewind
+ reads_by_rodkelly
+ absorbedinpages

You can follow Hunter and Emily on Instagram.

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Direct download: Episode_211____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._1.m4a
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Book-to-Movie Nominations

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

First Man by James R. Hansen

+ Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Lee Israel

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

+ Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

Our Recs Based on Best Picture

If you liked Black Panther, try:

Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

If you liked BlacKkKlansman or Green Book, try:

Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

If you liked Bohemian Rhapsody or A Star is Born, try:

Moonage Daydream by Davie Bowie

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Life by Keith Richards

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you liked The Favourite, try:

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland

If you liked Vice, try:

Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

Days of Fire by Peter Baker

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Direct download: Episode_210____Oscar_Season_Reading_Recs.m4a
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Love is in the air, which is how you know it's time for Chris and Annie to jump into February's edition of Seasonal Reads.

Also, a brief history of the term "romance."

Yvain, or The Knight with the Lion by Chretien de Troyes

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

+ What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis-Graves (on sale April 2)

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casie McQuiston (on sale May 14)

One Day in December by Josie Silver

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

I'll Have What She's Having by Erin Carlson

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Direct download: Episode_209____Seasonal_Reads_-_Romance.m4a
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In this very special bonus episode of From the Front Porch, Annie interviews Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Silvers, the ladies behind the hit Pantsuit Politics podcast and the brand new book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), on sale today. 

Learn more about their show at their website.

You can purchase their book through The Bookshelf.

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On this, the 87th day of January, Chris and Annie attempt to distract you from the polar vortex with a hopefully delightful chat about the books they finished this month. It was a long one, folks!

Annie read:

All These Wonders edited by Catherine Burns

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Leading Men by Christopher Castellani

Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

+ The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson

When You Read This by Mary Adkins (on sale February 5)

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray (on sale February 19)

The Current by Tim Johnston

I Think You're Wrong, but I'm Listening by Sarah Steward Holland and Beth A. Silvers (on sale February 5)

Chris read:

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Death of Arthur from The Lancelot-Grail Cycle translated by Norris Lacy

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Direct download: Episode_208____January_Reading_Recap.m4a
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There's been some hubbub in the online book world about something Marie Kondo may or may not have said about how many books you should keep in your home. This week on the show, Annie and Chris attempt to set the record straight and consider how and why we value the books we love.

You can read the Bustle article on KonMari by Kerri Jarema here.

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Direct download: Episode_207____KonMari_and_the_30_Books_Rule.m4a
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Believe it or not, we're only two weeks into the new year. It's a time when many of us make new resolutions and restart aspects of our lives with fresh eyes and a fresh heart. This week on the show, Chris and Annie talk about all the things "fresh start" might mean--and all the books to help yours.

Also, as with last week, we accidentally recorded with a built-in laptop microphone, so please excuse our audio quality!

Mentioned this week:
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Cozy Minimalist Home by Miquillyn Smith
Calypso by David Sedaris
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Why Not Meby Mindy Kaling
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Philipps
+
 Becoming by Michelle Obama
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
+ Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
+ This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
+ Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
+ Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vaderkam
Essentialism by Brene Brown
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
+ Hey Ladies by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

If you're not already on board, check out Libro.fm for all your audiobook needs.

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Direct download: Episode_206____Seasonal_Reads_-_Fresh_Start.m4a
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Happy New Year! For real this time. This week, Annie and Chris talk about what worked and what didn't in 2018 and about setting their reading goals and intentions for the new year. It's just the time for a fresh start. 

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Direct download: Episode_205____Reading_Resolutions_Vol._5.m4a
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Happy New Year! For auld lang syne, Annie and Chris sat down to answer some leftover listener questions from our recent 200th episode. 

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Direct download: Episode_204____Leftovers_or_Mailbag_Vol._5.m4a
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