From the Front Porch (books)

Chris and Annie try to bring this weekend's Word of [South] festival to you! In miniature concept, anyway. How does one go about pairing books and music? Also, "Skeezy John Mayer," Annie feels self-conscious about her [good] taste, and Chris takes his philosophy outfits out of storage. 

> Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists + Solange's A Seat at the Table
> F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby + The Postal Service's Give Up
> Shauna Niequist's Bittersweet + Ellie Holcomb's Red Sea Road (BONUS--or Sufjan Stevens's Seven Swans OR Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City)
> Albert Camus's The Myth of Sisyphus + Bright Eyes's The People's Key or The Decemberists's The King is Dead
> J. D. ​​​​​​​Vance's Hillbilly Elegy + I'm With Her
> Arcade Fire's The Suburbs + literally any coming of age novel
> Aldous Huxley's Brave New World + Childish Gambino's Because the Internet
> Wiley Cash + Birdtalker's Just This
> Donna Tartt's The Secret History + Aronofsky's Black Swan
> James McBride + Leon Bridges's Coming Home
> David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas + Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
> Emma Straub's Modern Lovers + John Mayer

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Annie and Chris plan their new side business--Sweet and Savory Pizza Stones--but mostly discuss what they read this month and what they plan to finish before Friday rolls around. 

Annie read:
Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor (out June 6)
Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy (out June 6)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give by Ada Calhoun (out May 16)
+ Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
+ We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Chris read:
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory (out June 27)

Check out any of these titles in our online store at http://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/shop, where you can also learn how to register for an account with Libro.fm, an audiobook distribution service that partners with independent bookstores like The Bookshelf to deliver the same quality audiobooks you get elsewhere, but with the benefit of supporting a small business.

Direct download: Episode_112____March_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Annie and Chris flip the coin on last week's episode and talk about what happens in the between times. How do you cleanse the mental palate or set up a buffer after a heavy or difficult book that needs time to process?

NEW THIS WEEK:
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
Our Short History by Lauren Grodstein
The Mind Club by Daniel Wegner and Kurt Gray (new in paperback)

If you're interested in any of the books we've talked about lately, you can purchase them directly from us at http://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/shop

Direct download: Episode_111____Spring_Cleaning_of_the_Mind.m4a
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Lots of people asked us why we're always raving about sad books, and they weren't satisfied when we quoted Sally Sparrow and said, "It's happy for deep people." This week, Annie and Chris explain what they call "grief literature" and recommend a bunch of their favorite sad books with justifications for why you should feel sad sometimes.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (really, why aren't you reading this one yet?)
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
+ "The Faery Handbag" from The Faery Reel by Kelly Link
Last Things by Marissa Moss
Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
+ The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
+ Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

NEW THIS WEEK:
The Hogwarts Library (expanded) by J. K. Rowling
The Wanderers by Meg Howry
Before the War by Fay Weldon
+ The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
+ The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Teaches Us About Living Fullyby Frank Ostaseski

Direct download: Episode_110____The_Virtue_of_Occasional_Sadness.m4a
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Annie sits down with her husband Jordan for their annual March Madness discussion. This year's book bracket includes The Bookshelf's "sweet sixteen" -- the  16 bestselling books of the past 12 months. 

Magnolia Story

Present Over Perfect

Seven Brief Lessons in Physics

When Breath Becomes Air

Killing the Rising Sun

Alexander Hamilton

Tribal

Hillbilly Elegy

The Underground Railroad

A Gentleman in Moscow

Fates and Furies

All the Light We Cannot See

A Man Called Ove

Me Before You

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The After Party

Follow The Bookshelf on Instagram to cast votes for your favorite books during our March Madness celebration, or -- if you're a college basketball fan -- compete against friends in ESPN's bracket challenge.

Direct download: Fom_the_Front_Porch_Ep._109.m4a
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Annie and Chris walk you through what they read in February while several intrepid Saturday afternoon customers climb over a literal barricade outside the door to use the [closed] bathroom. 

Annie read:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Last Things by Marissa Moss
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Annie is currently reading:
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Chris read (but hasn't quite finished):
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Follow Annie's reading on Instagram at #anniereads2017.

Direct download: Episode_108____February_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Annie, Emily, and Hunter discuss Difficult Women by Roxane Gay and try very hard to decide what they think about it! 

Also mentioned this week:
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
+ Lauren Groff's review of Fortune Smiles 
+
Anne Bogel's advice for sensitive readers

Direct download: Episode_107____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._6.m4a
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It's Oscar Season, so Annie and Chris are rounding up their favorite books for this year's moviegoers. Also in this episode, a new feature (!!!) and Chris continues to swallow his words.

If you liked Arrival, you may like:
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
How to Life Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
The Time Traveler's Almanac by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

If you liked Hell or High Water, you may like:
True Grit by Charles Portis
American Fire by Monica Hesse
Ordinary Grace by Willian Kent Krueger
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

If you liked Hidden Figures, you may like:
The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County by Kristen Green

If you liked Moonlight, you may like:
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
The Whale by Mark Beauregard

If you liked La La Land, you may like:
I'm Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

NEW TITLES OUT THIS WEEK:
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
The Airbnb Story by Leigh Gallagher
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt

Direct download: Episode_106_-_Oscar_Season_Reading_Recs.m4a
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It's Galentine's Day, so Annie and Chris are answering the question on everyone's mind: What would Leslie Knope read? Also this episode, pipe bombs--the new cooking craze sweeping America?

Join us at The Bookshelf on Friday, February 10, from 6 to 8 for Galentine's Day festivities, and check out our downtown partners Mode, Smith Collective, Tallokas Road, Signature Clothing Lounge, and You're Maker.

+Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
+Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman
+Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
+Happy Cityby Charles Montgomery
+The Localist by Carrie Rollwagen

Find Brené Brown's TED Talk here.

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Annie and Chris chat about public transit, public urination, and all the books they read in January. 

Annie read:
+The Underwriting by Michelle Miller
+The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits
+The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder
+American Fire by Monica Hesse
+Himself by Jess Kidd
+The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

Annie is currently reading:
+Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Chris read:
+The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
+Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Chris is currently reading:
+American War by Omar El Akkad

Direct download: Episode_104_-_January_Reading_Recap.m4a
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