From the Front Porch

Hunter joins Annie once again for the fifth installment of Backlist Book Club. On the docket this week: John Steinbeck's East of Eden.

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Since talking about censorship wasn't hard enough, we've taken it upon ourselves--at listener behest--to talk about one of the hardest, most personal things there is: faith. These are some of the books that got us thinking and growing and changing, and we hope, at the very least, that they are useful to your journey.

You can read Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Daniel Cox's piece on 538.

You can listen to the "Apocalypse Now" episode of NPR's Throughline podcast here.

You can listen to our old, old episode on "grief literature" here.

Also, The Life of Pi came out in 2002, which we know now!

Leaving Church by by Barbara Brown Taylor
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle
Christ and Culture by Richard Neibuhr
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein
Small Blessings by Martha Woodruff
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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Somebody wake up Green Day because September is over, and we’re back with our customary reading recap.

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

+ Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
+ All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg
+ Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur
+ She Said by Jodi Kandor and Megan Twohey
+ Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

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Challenges and censorship are hard things to discuss! But we're going to try. 

The American Library Association's discussion of 2018's most challenged books is here.

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In anticipation of next week's seasonal Literary Lunch, we're talking about some of Annie's favorite "fall books" and letting you in on a quick preview of what's new for the season!

To join us virtually, purchase your ticket here and select "Virtual Option" for your lunch!

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

The Body Lies by Jo Baker
The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

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The fall season means new TV, and Annie came prepared this week with a series of curated media samplers just for you.

Also, Chris and Annie have some cultural amnesia regarding the respective careers of Amanda Bynes and Mandy Moore.

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

+ The Politician (Netflix)
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
Election (dir. Alexander Payne, 1999)

Nancy Drew (The CW)
The Spellman Files by
Nancy Drew by Kelly Thompson and Jenn St. Onge
Nancy Drew (dir. Andrew Fleming, 2007)
Nancy Drew (dir. Kat Shea, 2019)

Succession (HBO)
All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg
This is Where I Leave You (dir. Shawn Levy, 2014)

The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
The Preacher's Wife by Kate Bowler
The Book of Essie by Meghan McLean Weir
Saved! (dir. Brian Dannelly, 2004)

Unbelievable (Netflix)
A False Report by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller
The Hunting Ground (dir. Kirby Dick, 2015)

The Unicorn (CBS)
Fleishman is in Trouble by 
Three Men and a Baby (dir. Leonard Nimoy, 1987)

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Another calendar page has come and gone. Join us for a good, old-fashioned chat about the books we read in August.

Annie read:
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
+ Frankly in Love by David Yoon
+ The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
+ Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers by Anna James
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
+ The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
+ The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Chris read:
God by Reza Aslan
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

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Annie and Chris are back together, but y'all, it's a stressful season. And we know we always say that! Join us for a discussion of some of the particular stressors in our lives and how they do or do not affect our reading habits.

Particular books we recommend on the subject are:
Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski
Marriageology by Belinda Luscombe

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As part of The Bookshelf's July 2019 Reader Retreat, Chris and Annie had the pleasure of sitting down for a live podcast recording with Mary Laura Philpott, bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink.

We chatted about the US/British children's lit split again, some of our favorite bookselling moments, and how weird it is to do this live!

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Annie and frequent guest contributor Hunter keep the Backlist Book Club feature rolling with a discussion of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch, soon to be a major motion picture.

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On this edition of Seasonal Reads, we're taking you back to school! Or celebrating the fact that your kids are back in school and you might be feeling some relief after the long days of summer vacation. 

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

Now That You've Got a Break...
Family of Origin by CJ Hauser
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

For the Nervous Student
We Don't Eat our Classmates by
All Are Welcome by
Planet Kindergarten by
Kindergarten Countdown by Marjorie Parker
The Pigeon Has to Go to School by
The King of Kindergarten by

For Those Who Want to Go Back
Bloomability by Sharon Creech
People Like Us by
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher

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July was a very busy month here at The Bookshelf, and while our combined list is somewhat small, it allowed us to have a deeper conversation about what we managed to finish!

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

Annie read:
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames

Chris read:
Family of Origin by CJ Hauser
God by Reza Aslan

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Direct download: Episode_234____July_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Chris and Annie are joined by longtime friend of the show CJ Hauser to talk about her new novel, Family of Origin, available now from Doubleday. They discuss millennials, dysfunctional families, healing from trauma, wacky scientists, baseball, and Anglo-Saxon poetry.

By now you've probably seen her viral essay, "The Crane Wife," published at The Paris Review.

You can snag your copy of Family of Origin in The Bookshelf's online store.

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Direct download: Episode_233____Family_of_Origin.m4a
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Last month, Chris and Annie were challenged to think of a book that doesn't exist (yet) that they would love to see written. This episode is a very silly grappling with answers to that question.

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In this special bonus episode of From the Front Porch, Annie sits down with Allen Cheney, co-author of the new book Crescendo, a story of Thomasville. 

Allen and his co-author, Julie Cantrell, will be at The Bookshelf on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 PM for an in-store Shelf Talk and signing. Learn more here.

Order your copy at The Bookshelf's online store.

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Annie and Chris are traveling through time to bring you a list and discussion of the books they read in June. 

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

Annie read:
Burnout by Emily an Amelia Nagoski 
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Furious Hours by Casey Cep
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
The Body Lies by Jo Baker
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Chris read:
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Family of Origin by CJ Hauser

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As the heat settles and the mosquitos start biting and we all converge in the back of a pickup truck in an antique store parking lot to watch the fireworks, we hope you'll take the time to join us for a conversation on books about what our nation is, has been, and could be. Happy Independence Day.

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

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Signing Their Lives Away and Signing Their Rights Away by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese
I Think You're Wrong, But I'm Listening by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Shivers
A Sin By Any Other Name by Robert W. Lee
We Were 8 Years in Powerby Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Soul of America by Jon Meacham
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Rise and Fall by Mitchell Zuckoff
Impeachment: An American History by Jeffrey A. Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, and Peter Baker
Parkland by Dave Cullen
Dissent and the Supreme Court by Melvin Urofsky
Songs of America by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw

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Direct download: Episode_230____Seasonal_Reads_-_America.m4a
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In this very special episode, Chris and Annie were finally able to sit down together for their first ever tandem live show! The occasion was the very first Bookshelf Reader Retreat, and good news: We’ll be doing this again.

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Listen. We've all seen the summer reading guides. We here at FtFP have even given you one. Beach, breezy, light, and fun. But what if I told you there was another option? You know, for those of you who don't live anywhere near a beach.

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

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Campus Trilogy by David Lodge
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Witch Elm by Tana French
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Direct download: Episode_228____TackleSomeTomes.m4a
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Join Annie and frequent contributors Hunter and Emily for a discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s classic Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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Suuummertiiiiiime, and the front doors are swoooollen. Join Chris and Annie for a preview of the summer's hottest releases and a look back to some of our favorite backlist beach reads.

Some other "best of" lists we mentioned:
Good Housekeeping
Modern Mrs. Darcy 

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

New in 2019:
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Family of Origin by CJ Hauser
Stars of Alabama by Shawn Dietrich
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
The Queen by Josh Levin

Backlist:
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel
You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Limelight by Amy Poppel
Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt
Girl in the Water by Paula Hawkins
Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende
Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Direct download: Episode_226____Seasonal_Reads_-_Summer.m4a
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May came and went like a bullet train, but Annie and Chris are here to talk about what they read this month and/or are still reading.

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

Annie read:
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (on sale June 4)
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
State of the Union by Nick Hornby
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Fall and Rise by Mitchell Zuckoff
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Prayer: Forty Days of Practice by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson

Chris is reading:
+ The Thebaid by Statius, translated by Charles Stanley Ross
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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Sometimes you need to build some momentum between your hefty tomes, and sometimes you're sitting in an airport and just want a book you can finish before the plane lands. In any case, Chris and Annie are here for you to recommend some one- or two-sitting reads.

Ben Dolnick's New York Times article on the Binge Read is here.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
State of the Union by Nick Hornby
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
+ My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Our Souls at Night by Kent Harouf
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Shopgirl by Steve Martin
The Vanderbeekersof 141st Street by Karina Glaser
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Bloomability by Sharon Creech
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Holes by Louis Sachar
Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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We consulted with the rest of the Bookshelf staff and rounded up a list of our favorite "classic" books--whatever that means.

Olivia
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Villette by Charlotte Bronte

Nancy
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Lucy
Middlemarch by George Eliot
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Chris
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Annie
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

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It's wedding season, y'all, and Annie and Chris are here to guide you through the most relevant reads of the season.

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

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give by Ada Calhoun
The Gown by Jennifer Robson
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
Standard Deviation by Katharine Heiny
Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Direct download: Episode_222____Seasonal_Reads_-_Wedding_Season.m4a
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The changing of the calendar page signals that Annie and Chris are back, as they are every month, to talk about what they read in April!

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
The Body in Question by Jill Clement (on sale June 11)
Family of Origin by CJ Hauser (on sale July 16)
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (on sale May 28)
How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper (on sale May 28)
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Direct download: Episode_221____April_Reading_Recap.m4a
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This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, so Annie and Chris are here to talk about WHY independent bookstores matter and to bring you a list of some of their favorites up and down the east coast--and beyond!

The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA
+ Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, FL
+ Sundog Books in Seaside, FL
+ Page and Palette in Fairhope, AL
+ Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA
+ Book Culture in New York, NY
+ Book People in Austin, TX
+ E. Shaver, Bookseller in Savannah, GA
+ Square Books in Oxford, MS
+ Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI
+ Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL
+ Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh, UK
+ Forum Books in Corbridge, UK
+ Wheatberry Books in Chillicothe, OH
+ Twenty Stories in Los Angeles, CA
+ The Bookshop (formerly Her Bookshop) in Nashville, TN
+ Greedy Reads in Baltimore, MD
+ Fabled Bookshop in Waco, TX
Books are Magic in New York, NY
+ Loyalty Bookstore in Washington, DC

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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

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_217____Seasonal_Reads_-_April_Foolery.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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)

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_216____March_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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)

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

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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Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_214____March_Madness_2019.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_213____Seasonal_Reads_-_Spring_Break.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

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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Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_212____February_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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.

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_211____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._1.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_210____Oscar_Season_Reading_Recs.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_209____Seasonal_Reads_-_Romance.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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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Direct download: Bonus_Episode____Pantsuit_Politics.m4a
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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

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_208____January_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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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Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_207____KonMari_and_the_30_Books_Rule.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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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Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_206____Seasonal_Reads_-_Fresh_Start.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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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Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_205____Reading_Resolutions_Vol._5.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

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Direct download: Episode_204____Leftovers_or_Mailbag_Vol._5.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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