From the Front Porch (books)

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 

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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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How do you raise creative kids? Do small towns foster creativity better than big cities do? Annie and guest Emily McKenna chat about these questions, plus book hangover and what they're reading right now. 

Emily is the product developer for Everfan, a superhero and imaginative play company located right above The Bookshelf in Thomasville. Emily is also the owner of You're Maker, where she teaches classes to adults and children. 

Books mentioned in today's episode: 

Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (plus the Austin Family Chronicles and Walking on Water

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warlick (preorder here

Plus, Chip Kidd's TED talk, and How to review the podcast on iTunes. 

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The podcast introduces a new co-host with a familiar voice, and Annie recaps the books she read in March, including: 

Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

- The After Party by Anton DiSclafani

I'm Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick

Annie also menions: American Girls, The Nest, and The Excellent Lombards. 

Find the Perfect Days podcast episode here

Check out this episode of This American Life about American teenagers on social media. (It's fascinating!)

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Which book wins this year's Out of Print Book Bracket? Listen as Annie and frequent podcast contributor Jordan Jones duke it out over their favorite contemporary classics, including Fates and Furies vs. Looking for Alaska and All the Light We Cannot See vs. Room

Round One match-ups can be found here

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Ever wondered why guys aren't in book clubs? Listen as Annie and Grassroots Coffee roaster Peyton Hodges chat about co-ed book clubs, plus Peyton schools Annie on her knowledge of sci-fi literature.

Peyton mentions: 

+ Sad Puppies and the 2015 Hugo Awards

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Dune by Frank Herbert

+ Author David Wong

+ Author Neal Stephenson

+ Saga

+ Hark! A Vagrant

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Small-town virtues to the Oval Office? Jimmy Carter's presidency may have inspired our current political climate, and Annie interviews author Robert Buccellato to find out why. His new book Jimmy Carter in Plains shares insight into President Carter's approachability and how his underdog story and small-town, Southern charm made a lasting impact. 

+ Robert's author page + tour dates

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Robert is reading Stone Door, a YA fantasy, and Why the Dutch Are Different, a memoir. 

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Annie recaps the books she read in February, including: 

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

- My Name Is Lucy Barton

- The Good Goodbye

- The Interestings

- American Housewife

- Opening Belle

- Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend 

Looking for other indie bookstores to support? Annie loves Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida, and The Hidden Lantern Books in Rosemary Beach, Florida. 


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Ever read a book you hated? Annie, Rebekah, and Hunter discuss the new suspense novel Perfect Days by Raphael Montes. (Spoiler-free discussion, with five minutes of spoiler-filled bonus conversation at the close of the episode.) 

The book reaction video Annie mentions is here

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Annie recaps the books she read in January, including several ARCs, a couple of thrillers, and a YA novel. (Full list with titles and authors here.) 

 

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