From the Front Porch (books)

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

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 a blow-by-blow account of a terrible wedding, consider supporting us on Patreon here

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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Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like a tour through market with Annie, consider supporting us on Patreon here

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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Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like a tour through market with Annie, consider supporting us on Patreon here

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

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

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 some brief one-on-ones with the Bookshelf staff, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

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.

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 the author Q&As with Annie, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

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. 

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 the audience Q&A with Anne and Annie, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_175____One_Night_with_Anne_Bogel.m4a
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