From the Front Porch

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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Direct download: Episode_242____Banned_Books_Week.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

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 our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_241____Falling_into_Fall.m4a
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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)

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's ranking of Taylor Swift songs, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_240____Book_TV_Movie.m4a
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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

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's ranking of Taylor Swift songs, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_239____August_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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