From the Front Porch

Happy Halloween! Spooky Season will soon be over, but Chris and Annie are here to walk you through what they read in October.

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

The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman
Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra
Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Miracles (And Other Reasonable Things) by Sarah Bessey
21 Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks
Do You Mind if I Cancel? by Gary Janetti
The Preacher's Wife by Kate Bowler

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

Direct download: Episode_247____October_Reading_Recap.m4a
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It's officially Spooky Season, if you can believe it, and Annie and Chris sound absolutely manic this week as they record their third episode in a row to bring you some of their favorite books of the season!

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

The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman
A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan
The Secret Place by Tana French
The Witch Elm by Tana French
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
+ The Fever by Megan Abbott
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Final Girls by Riley Sager
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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 Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_246____Seasonal_Reads_-_Spooky_Season.m4a
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Hunter joins Annie once again for the fifth installment of Backlist Book Club. On the docket this week: John Steinbeck's East of Eden.

Follow Hunter and his own Backlist Book Club 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 our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_245____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._5_-_East_of_Eden.m4a
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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

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_244_____Faith__Books_Whatever_That_Means.m4a
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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

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_243____September_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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