From the Front Porch (books)

Can't decide if you love or hate a book? This is the podcast series for you. Annie once again joins frequent podcast contributors Hunter McLendon and Rebekah Arwood for a discussion of Wendy Walker's All Is Not Forgotten (a new thriller on shelves now; Reese Witherspoon's already bought the film rights). 

Comparable titles: 

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

+ Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._79.m4a
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Love books, music, and the South? Then we've got the episode for you. Annie and Chris met with the guys of Audible Discernment, a music podcast out of nearby Albany, Ga., and they chat all things literary and musical (including a nostalgia for country music and why Pride and Prejudice would be better set in the South). 

Books mentioned: 

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison 

A Boy from Georgia by Hamilton Jordan

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

The Whale by Mark Beauregard

The Last Days of Video by Jeremy Hawkins

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._78.m4a
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Annie and Chris deep dive into reading more than one book at any given time... And some book therapy ensues. 

They mention: 

+ Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

+ The Trespasser by Tana French

The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth

+ Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

+ Grit by Angela Duckworth

+ The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

+ The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

Plus this article about millennialsthis one about what Obama does at night, and... are you an abstainer or a moderator?  

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._77.m4a
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Looking for your next summer read? Look no further. Annie and Chris chat about the books Annie read in June, including: 

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis (rel. August 23)

Love Warrior by Glennon Melton Doyle (rel. September 6) 

It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool, Tooby Nora McIrney Purmort

Light to Paris by Eleanor Brown

All Stories Are Love Stories by Elizabeth Percer

How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky 

Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Leave Me by Gayle Forman (rel. September 6)

 

Also mentioned: 

+ The Momastery blog 

+ Aaron Purmort's obituary

+ Lin-Manuel Miranda's Twitter account

+ WTXL card-making segment

+ Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_ep._76.m4a
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Earlier this month, Annie traveled to Haiti with Dot Products, a school supply company based out of Jackson, Mississippi. This episode, Chris and Annie chat with Hallie Darphin, founder of Dot, about Dot's mission, making a global impact, and the magic of reading recommendations. 

 

Hallie mentions these books: 

+ The Color Purple

1984

Brave New World

Quiet (and this TED Talk by Susan Cain) 

 

And these podcasts: 

+ Being Boss

+ Serial

+ This American Life

+ The Moth

 

Find Dot online: Website | Instagram | Facebook

 

Plus, here's a video from Annie's time in Haiti with Dot.

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._75.m4a
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New York Times bestselling author Anton DiSclafani (The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for GirlsThe After Party) drops by the podcast to talk about life in a small town, North Florida versus South Florida, and writing with a baby on board. 

Anton mentions: 

+ Radiolab

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

The Golden Bowl by Henry James

Event details about Anton's signing are here

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._74.m4a
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Ever wondered if a particular book is worth reading? In our Love It or Loathe It episodes, we debate newly released titles and whether they're worth adding to your TBR list or not. 

This episode, Annie, Rebekah, and Hunter chat about Walt by Russell Wangersky. 

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._73.m4a
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Chris asks Annie about the books she read in May, including: 

+ Brighton by Michael Harvey (releases June 14)

Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam (releases June 7)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Girls by Emma Cline (releases June 14) 

Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson (releases September 13) 

+ Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty (releases July 26)

The Mothers by Britt Bennett (releases October 11) 

 

Also mentioned: 

Defending Jacob

Everybody Rise

Britt-Marie Was Here

American Girls

+ The Dollhouse

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

 

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._71.m4a
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Want to know if a book's for you? Welcome to Love It or Loathe It, episodes where Bookshelf staffers and friends tell you exactly what they think about a newly released title. In this volume, Annie chats with Bookshelf manager Rebekah and frequent podcast contributor Hunter all about I'm Glad about You by Theresa Rebeck. 

Other titles mentioned: 

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Are You My Mother?, by Alison Bechdel

+ Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

+ A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel 

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._69.m4a
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We're living in a post-Gone Girl world, which means not all thrillers are created equal. Annie and Chris chat about the books she read in April, including a couple of just-okay novels and one National Book Award winner. 

Read Bottom Up

The Passenger

Ordinary Grace

We Are Called To Rise

Losing It

Fortune Smiles

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty

The Adam Johnson Annie references is here

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Chris' blog is here

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._67.m4a
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