From the Front Porch (books)

A new month means a new look at what books Annie and Chris were able to read in the last one. And folks, it was pretty light.

Annie read:
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodeser-Akner
+ Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
+ Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Chris read:
The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

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Direct download: Episode_252____November_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Hunter joins Annie once again for the fifth installment of Backlist Book Club. On the docket this week: Trevor Noah's Born a Crime.

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Direct download: Episode_251____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._6_-_Born_a_Crime.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

On this milestone episode of From the Front Porch, Annie and Chris answer YOUR questions--from what we're getting our parents for Christmas to what to read your kids at bedtime to how we track our reading!

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Direct download: Episode_250____Mailbag_Vol._6.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Chris and Annie take a personal deep-dive into a few literary characters they may or may not resemble, and what that ultimately means to them.

You can read CJ Hauser's "Just (Un)Like Me" at The Millions.

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Direct download: Episode_249____Who_Are_We_Really_.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

We’re moving some things around in our traditional Thanksgiving-season episode calendar to bring our our food and cookbook episode at the BEGINNING of the month so that you can prepare for the holiday with some of our new favorite recipes.

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

+ The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
+ Dining In by Allison Roman
+ Nothing Fancy by Allison Roman
+ Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen
+ Let Me Feed You by Rosie Daykin
+ Indian-ish by Priya Krishna
+ Eat Joy by various authors
+ South by Sean Brock
+ Son of a Southern Chef by Lazarus Lynch
+ The Saltwater Table by Whitney Otawka

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Direct download: Episode_248____Seasonal_Reads_-_Feast.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_247____October_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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

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Direct download: Episode_246____Seasonal_Reads_-_Spooky_Season.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_245____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._5_-_East_of_Eden.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_244_____Faith__Books_Whatever_That_Means.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_243____September_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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 EST

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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Direct download: Episode_241____Falling_into_Fall.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_240____Book_TV_Movie.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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

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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Direct download: Epsidoe_238____Were_Stressed_Out.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_237____Live_with_Mary_Laura_Philpott.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_236____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._4.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_235____Seasonal_Reads_-_Back_to_School.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 8:26am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_232____Imagining_the_Perfect_Book.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Bonus_Episode____Allen_Cheney.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_231____June_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_229____Reader_Retreat_Live.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_227____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._3.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_225____May_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_224____Quick_Reads.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_223____Our_Favorite_Classics.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_220____Indie_Bookstore_Day_2019.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_219____Stuck_in_Your_Head.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 11:15am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

We made it! Thanks for everything you've given us, 2018, but we're moving on. Before we do, though, we've compiled our own end-of-year list to share with our listeners. What were your favorite books this year? 

Annie's favorite books of the year:
Hey Ladies! by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz
Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
+ My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
+ Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
+ Educated by Tara Westover 
The Female Persuasion by Meg Woltizer
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
There There by Tommy Orange
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Chris's favorite books of the year:
The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce
There There by Tommy Orange
Calypso by David Sedaris
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey

Chris's unofficial aggregate of the internet's favorite books:
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
There There by Tommy Orange
Educated by Tara Westover
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Incendiares by R. O. Kwon
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam
Florida by Lauren Groff
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
Melmoth by Sarah Perry

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Direct download: Episode_203____Best_Books_of_2018.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Annie is joined once again by frequent guest contributors Hunter and Emily to discuss Puddin' by Julie Murphy.

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Direct download: Episode_202____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._16.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Annie sits down with Knox McCoy, co-host of The Popcast and author of The Wondering Years, in front of a LIVE audience to talk about books, faith, and pop culture.

Order Knox's book here.

Learn more about The Popcast here

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Direct download: Episode_201____Live_with_Knox_McCoy.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

We did it. The big one. Here we are at our 200th episode, and we've only got YOU to thank. This week, Annie and Chris answer your questions, some about themselves, some about books, some about The Bookshelf, and some just about life. 

Jacey Verdicchio's Start Your Podcast guide is here.

We've had a blast making 200 episodes of From the Front Porch for you. We're going to continue after this, obviously, but thank you so much for getting us this far. We've got exciting things ahead.

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Direct download: Episode_200____Mailbag_Vol._4.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Thanksgiving is over, so it's the holiday season (the holiday season) and time to recap the books Annie read in November!

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (on sale in January)
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

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Direct download: Episode_199____November_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! (Thagsgibbon, if you’re in the know.) Chris and Annie are enjoying the holiday by talking about some excellent new cookbooks—perfect gifts for the aspiring chef in your life.

+ Milk Street Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball
+ Eating Well: Soups
+ Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten
+ All About Cake by Christina Tosi
+ Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen
+ Potluck by the editors of Food & Wine
+ Now and Again by Julia Turshen

Find all these great books at The Bookshelf here.

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Direct download: Episode_198____In_the_Kitchen.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

The world is a very confusing place even in the most stable of times, and everyday people depend on journalists and other writers to figure out and lend some structure to the swirling facts and details of our lives. This week, Annie and Chris salute the heroes of nonfiction and hope to introduce you to the large and fascinating conversation about how we tell the truth.

Listen to Robin Young's Here and Now interview with the cast of The Lifespan of a Fact here.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Lifespan of a Fact by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota
Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Find all these great books at The Bookshelf here.

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Direct download: Episode_197____The_Newsroom.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Thanks to the efforts of PBS, we now have a definitive list of America's favorite books. Annie and Chris are now recapping and providing their commentary on the top picks of PBS's Great American Read

You can learn more about The Great American Read at PBS's website.

Send your Mailbag questions to podcast [at] bookshelfthomasville [dot] com. 

America's top five picks were:
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Direct download: Episode_196____Great_American_Read_Revisited.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Okay, everybody. Spooky season is over, so Annie and Chris and back to walk you through what they read this month. 

Annie read:
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
+ If I'm Being Honest by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley
+ The Editor by Stephen Crowley
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
I'll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller
Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty
+ To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

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Direct download: Episode_195____October_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Okay, so sometimes scheduling things weeks in advance is hard, and it turns out it's NOT the week of Halloween, but Annie and Chris have a great list of books to get you in the mood for what is objectively the best fourth-quarter holiday!

Also, honk honk.

We recommend:
+ Foe by Iain Reid
The Witch Elm by Tana French
The Widow by Fiona Barton
The Child by Fiona Barton
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Final Girls by Riley Sager
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
+ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Are You Sleeping? by Kathleen Barber

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Direct download: Episode_194____Seasonal_Halloween_Reads.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's award season, and some of our absolute favorites got robbed. As much as we are Professional Book People™️, we're not professional critics--and we're the first people to admit that the critics don't always know what they're talking about. Join us as we talk through some of those books.

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill
The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Less by Andrew Sean Greer

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Direct download: Episode_193____Underappreciated.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Annie is joined by frequent guest Hunter to chat about listener-favorite Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. What are your thoughts on this suspense classic?

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Direct download: Episode_192____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._15.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

In addition to being Professional Book People™️, Annie and Chris are also avid TV watchers. Take that as you will. This week, book recommendations based on new and upcoming television. Binge with us a little bit, won't you?

Also, The VVitch is a very scary movie.

For fans of Murphy Brown:
Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

For fans of The Good Place:
How to Invent Everything by Ryan North
How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

For fans of I Feel Bad:
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton

For fans of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

For fans of The Romanoffs:
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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Direct download: Episode_191____Books_for_Binge-Watchers.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's time for our regular jaunt through the books we finished this month. Join us for the recap!

Also, and very importantly: teenage penguins.

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
Fear by Bob Woodward
Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson (on sale October 9)
+ The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes
I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott (on sale April 2, 2019)

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Direct download: Episode_190____September_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Annie hosted Books and Brunch event in the shop last week and previewed some of her favorite coming releases of the fall season. This week, we're giving you an opportunity to get caught up! 

Annie recommends:
Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (on sale October 16--preorder here)
Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III (on sale October 2)
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (on sale October 2)
The Witch Elm by Tana French (on sale October 9)
I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel 
The Power of Love by Michael Curry (on sale October 30)
Gmorning Gnight by Lin Manuel Miranda (on sale October 23)
Becoming by Michelle Obama (on sale November 13)
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson (on sale October 9)
Personality Brokers by Merve Emre
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (on sale October 2)
+ Transcription by Kate Atkinson (on sale September 25)
Melmoth by Sarah Perry (on sale October 16)
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy (on sale October 23)

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Direct download: Episode_189____Fall_Literary_Lineup.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

In preparation for Thomasville's annual One Book festival, Annie sat down with New York Times bestselling author Georgia Hunter, the great mind behind We Were the Lucky Ones.

Georgia will be in Thomasville on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 PM in the Thomas County Board of Education Auditorium.

For more information, including how to purchase tickets for the event, visit the One Book website here.

Direct download: Bonus_Episode____Georgia_Hunter.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

When authors endlessly tweet about what was actually happening in the background of a given book, or, worse, release a sequel or companion text, does that thrill you or make you cringe? This week, Annie and Chris field a listener question about what counts as "canon" in the books we love.

Also, more #blandsome files.

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Direct download: Episode_188____Does_What_the_Author_Thinks_Actually_Matter_.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

As with salsa, some readers prefer their literature mild. And that's okay! Although Annie and Chris often prefer some darkness in their books, they recognize that's not for everyone, so this episode is dedicated to those readers who prefer something a little PG. It's not just for kids!

Also, somebody finally watched Set It Up.

Mentioned this week:
+ The Port William Series by Wendell Berry
+ The Mitford series by Jan Karon
+ Gods in Alabama Joshilyn Jackson
+ Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
+ Dreams of Falling by Karen White
+ Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

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Direct download: Episode_187____PG_Lit.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

School's back in session and Annie's door is swollen shut, so you know it's almost September. (Don't worry. We set an alarm to wake up Green Day.) Here at the end of the month, we like to recap what we've read for our listeners. Join us as we enter the rom-comaissance.

Annie read:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
Are You Sleeping? by Kathleen Barber
Joy Enough by Sarah McColl (on sale January 2019)
There There by Tommy Orange
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Anne Boyd Rioux

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Direct download: Episode_186____August_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Annie, Emily, and Hunter discuss one of the hottest literary books of 2018: Tommy Orange's There, There. It's a difficult, sometimes harrowing read of contemporary Native American life with important insights into how we got to now. 

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Direct download: Episode_185____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._14.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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

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Direct download: Episode_182____July_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_181____Baby_Got_Backlist.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_180____Shelf_Subscription_Insider_Vol._2.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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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Direct download: Episode_179____Beautiful_Downtown_Thomasville_Georgia__.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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

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Direct download: Episode_178____June_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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.

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Direct download: Episode_177____Love_It_or_Loathe_It.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 9:30am EST

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
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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. 

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Direct download: Episode_175____One_Night_with_Anne_Bogel.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

PBS has recently released a two-part special called The Great American Read, hosted by Meredith Vieira and filled with interviews and sound bites from well-known authors and readers on the hundred novels that America loves best. This week on the show, Annie and Chris give their takes on the list.

Also, goat or beaver?

Please take just a minute to fill out our short survey.

PBS's list can be found here

You can watch the special through your local PBS affiliate here

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Direct download: Episode_174____The_Great_American_Read.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

As the old and definitely very common saying goes, May is the December of the spring, and with that in mind, it's time for our regular recap of the books Chris and Annie read this month. 

If you've got a few minutes, help us out by filling out this survey.

Annie read: 
The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Minding the Store by Julie Gaines (on sale October 30)
Hey Ladies! by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz
The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel
+ Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman
A Double Life by Flynn Berry (on sale July 31)

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Direct download: Episode_173____May_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Annie puts her journalism degree to use as she and Chris conduct a deep dive into the complicated legal and literary legacy of Harper Lee and Monroeville, AL. 

We also have a short survey for you. Thanks so much for your time!

Mentioned this week:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills

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Direct download: Episode_172____Mockingbird.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Want to take a book-themed summer road trip and see where some of your favorite Southern authors lived and breathed? Well then we have the show for you. This week, Chris and Annie talk about the Southern Literary Trail, organized by the Mississippi State University libraries. Learn more at their website.

Selected authors on the Trail:
+ Truman Capote
+ Harper Lee
+ F. Scott Fitzgerald
+ Zelda Fitzgerald
+ Ralph Ellison
+ Carson McCullers
+ Flannery O'Connor
+ Alice Walker
+ Tennessee Williams
+ Eudora Welty
+ Walker Percy
+ Richard Wright
+ William Faulkner

Check out the Outdoor Kitchens menu for the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival here.

Learn more about the Historic Mary Elizabeth Stallworth Home Bed and Breakfast in Beatrice, Alabama here.

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Direct download: Episode_171____Southern_Literary_Trail.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

We missed Children's Book Week last week because our Reading Recap real estate is very valuable, but we want to take this opportunity to tell you about some of our favorite new books for kids and get side-tracked several times along the way!

We also have new Shelf Subscription options available for children, middle readers, and young adults! Learn more and subscribe here.

Mentioned this week:
Hedge Hog
Not Quite Narwhal
Part-Time Mermaid
+ Is It a Mermaid?
Alma
Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
Phoebe and Her Unicorn
Izzy Gizmo
Out of Left Field
Last Kids on Earth
Be Prepared

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Direct download: Episode_170____Childrens_Book_Week.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

April showers bring Mayflowers, but what do Mayflowers bring? Well, that's complicated, but what Annie and Chris bring to the table is a new recap of what they read in April. 

Also, social media? Donezo.

Annie read:
Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
Limelight by Amy Poeppel
The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (on sale June 5)
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
The Sarah Book by Scott McClanahan

For a fantastic story about a local production of Peter Pan gone awry, check out this classic episode of This American Life.

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Direct download: Episode_169____April_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

Have you ever finished a book and thought, "...Really?" This week on the show, Chris and Annie talk you through the [mostly good] books they've read with endings or other elements that just should have been a little different.

Also, Lordy, I hope there are tapes.

Mentioned this week:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
11/22/63 by Stephen King
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Direct download: Episode_168____Missed_Opportunities.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's time to forge ahead into the wild unknown. Are you ready to earn 20% off a Bookshelf purchase? Follow along with Chris and Annie as they explain the terms of this year's Bookshelf Reading Challenge!

Also, do we sound different?

Mentioned this week:
Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Encyclopedia Brown by Daniel J. Sobol
The All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Familiar Enemy by Ardis Butterfield
Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
Dead Wake by Erik Larsen
Tale of Two Americas by various
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
The Evangelicals by Frances FitzGerald
Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
Arrival by Ted Chiang
How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
+ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Black Panther by various
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
+ Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The Color of Water by James McBride
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
The Hospital by Ahmed Bouanani
You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
The Dry by Jane Harper
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
An American Marriage by 
Reunion by Hannah Pittard
Sean of the South by Sean Dietrich
Portrait of the Alcoholic by Kaveh Akbar
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Last Things by Marissa Moss
Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This episode is sponsored by the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation. Learn more at their website.

We talked about poetry with Will Fargason and Ruth Baumann in Episode 114.

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Direct download: Episode_167____Bookshelf_Reading_Challenge_2018.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Annie sits down for our bi-monthly show-within-a-show with frequent guests Emily and Hunter. This month, one of President Obama's favorite books of 2017, The Power by Naomi Alderman.

This week's episode is brought to you in part by the City of Thomasville's 97th annual Rose Show and Festival. To learn more (and to begin booking your trip), check out the City of Thomasville's website.

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Direct download: Episode_166____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._12.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's April, which means it's time to talk about what Chris and Annie were able to read in March. Follow along as we give our reviews!

And hey, so sorry about all that background noise. Starting with episode 167, we will be recording with a brand new microphone setup and our quality should dramatically improve. Thank you so much for bearing with us in this transition period!

Annie read:
+ Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi (on sale now)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
+ All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñafor (on sale May 15)
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
Sociable by Rebecca Harrington

Chris read:
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

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Direct download: Episode_165____March_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Do you have a favorite chair for reading? Maybe a front porch swing or a cozy bay window? A hammock, perhaps? This week, Annie and Chris talk about reading preferences. How to do it, why, under what circumstances, and how much at a time. Also, there aren't waterproof casts, right?

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Direct download: Episode_164____How_Do_You_Read_.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Spring is in the air, which means pollen is in our sinuses, but Chris and Annie are here for your curated and almost week-by-week guide through some of this season's exciting new releases.

Also, it occurs to me that many of you probably don't listen all the way to the end of the episode... You might enjoy what you find back there--and for the past 30 or so episodes. :)

Featured books:
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (on sale now)
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (on sale April 3)
The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel (on sale May 1)
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (on sale May 8)
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel (on sale May 15)
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (on sale June 5)
The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (on sale June 12)

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Direct download: Episode_163____Spring_Literary_Lineup.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Annie sits down for her husband Jordan for their annual March Madness episode, a long-standing FTFP tradition. This episode is sponsored by the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation; the Foundation's new book, Thomasville in Concert, celebrates the Foundation's 80 years in Thomasville. You can purchase the beautiful new book (written by our friend Nadia Watts) on the TEF website or in-store at The Bookshelf.  

This year's book bracket features The Bookshelf's "sweet sixteen" -- the 16 bestselling books of 2018 thus far: 
+ Gracism
by David Anderson
+ Beauty
by John O'Donohue
+ Tell Me More
by Kelly Corrigan
+ Text Me When You Get Home
by Kayleen Schaefer
+ The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
+ The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin
+ A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
+ Awayland
by Ramona Ausubel
+ Sunburn
by Laura Lippman
+ Only Child
by Rhiannon Navin
+ Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
+ The Driest Season
by Meghan Kenny
+ We Were the Lucky Ones
by Georgia Hunter
+ The Widows of Malabar Hill
by Sujata Massey
+ Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward
+ Feel Free
by Zadie Smith

Other books mentioned on today's episode include: 

+ Help, Thanks, Wow
by Anne Lamott
+ To Bless the Space Between Us
by John O'Donohue
+ Rabbit Cake
by Annie Hartnett
+ Room
by Emma Donoghue
+ To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
+ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
+ Walking on Water
by Madeleine L'Engle

You can listen to previous March Madness episodes here

The Out of Print book bracket from 2016 is still online

This episode
of On Being with John O'Donohue is so worth your time.

Follow along with Anne Bogel's Book Flight Bonanza here.  

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Direct download: ftfp_162.m4a
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You've heard us talk about Shelf Subscriptions before, but it occurred to us that many of our listeners may not know exactly what it is we're talking about. This week, Annie and Chris are joined by bookseller Kate Sutton, one of the main cogs in the machine that is fulfilling Shelf Subscription mailing orders. Also, read the reviews on your Airbnb before book.

Interested in subscribing? Learn more and set up your pick at our store website.

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Direct download: Episode_161____Shelf_Subscription_Insider.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

February flew by, but Annie and Chris read some great books along the way. Follow along as they recap what they read. Also, ice dancing.

Annie read:
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (on sale March 27)
Places I Stopped on the Way Home by Meg Fee (on sale May 8)
The All of It by Jeanette Haien
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (on sale May 8)
Educated by Tara Westover

Chris read:
The Hospital by Ahmed Bouanani (on sale June 26)

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Direct download: Episode_160____February_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's that time of year again. Chris and Annie are here to talk about the Academy's 
If you liked Lady Bird, we recommend:
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

If you liked The Shape of Water, we recommend:
Awayland by Ramona Ausubel
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

If you liked Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, we recommend:
A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
The Hunting Ground by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

If you liked Call Me By Your Name, we recommend:
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

If you liked The Post, we recommend:
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

If you liked Dunkirk, we recommend:
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

If you liked Phantom Thread, reevaluate your choices, and then we recommend:
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

If you liked Get Out, we recommend:
+ So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Direct download: Episode_159____Red_Carpet_Books.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

In the spirit of St. Valentine and Fabio, Annie and Chris are talking about romance in literature--the kind we like, the kind we don't, and why it seems like YA seems to be doing it best. 

Mentioned this week: 
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
+ The Meet Cute Series by HarperCollins Publishers 

You can listen to this week's This American Life here.

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Direct download: Episode_158____Love_is_in_the_Air.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's the latest installment of our show within a show, Love It or Loathe It, in which frequent contributors Emily and Hunter discuss a contentious book with Annie in a book club-style roundtable. This week: Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro.

Also mentioned this week:
+ What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
The Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates

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Direct download: Episode_157____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._11.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It's our first monthly reading recap of 2018, and it's relatively light--in a good way! Follow along as Annie and Chris work their way through what they read, tropical fungal rash, and whatever David Duchovny is doing blurbing novels.

Annie read:
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
+ History of Wolves
by Emily Fridlund
+ Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti
+ This Love Story Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen

Chris read:
+ The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

Also mentioned:
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Direct download: Episode_156____January_Reading_Recap.m4a
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