From the Front Porch

It's a new year, so Chris and Annie are back to discuss their reading plans for 2018. Spoiler: We're not doing quantitative tracking. Also, what is the natural habitat of the North American beaver?

Additionally, an extended discussion on Jason Rekulak's The Impossible Fortress​​​​​​​ and what "YA" means in terms of readership. 

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Direct download: Episode_153____Reading_Resolutions_Vol._4.m4a
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Annie sits down with Jamie Golden, cohost of The Popcast, in front of a LIVE audience to talk about books and pop culture.

Learn more about The Popcast here

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Direct download: Episode_152____Live_with_Jamie_Golden.m4a
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It's our last episode of 2017, so it's time for a SUPER-SIZED reading recap. Chris and Annie walk you through their favorite books of 2017, and here they are! Thanks so much for sticking with us, even when our sound quality is far below what we typically aim for.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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See you in 2018!

Direct download: Episode_151____Best_Books_of_2017.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Thank you for getting us to 150 episodes! This week, Annie and Chris answer YOUR questions.

One popular question was, "Where does Annie get her own book recommendations?" Well, here's a big shout out to:
@avidbookshop
@tylergoodson
@_marcidarling
@bookshelf.tees
@annebogel
@bookofthemonth
@jaclyncrupi
@riverheadbooks
@booksaremagicbk
@laura.tremaine
@notetosarah
@erindotsmith
@etst
@leighkramer
@karibaumann
@jamiebgolden
@knoxmccoy

If you want to hear Chris and Annie talk about Great Books curriculum at a time when they didn't know one another very well, listen to Episode 35 here.

This episode is sponsored in part by Fontaine Maury, a branding and design firm with offices in Thomasville and Tallahassee. Check them out at their website

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Direct download: Episode_150____Mailbag_Vol._3.m4a
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It's the latest installment of our show within a show, Love It or Loathe It, in which Annie, Emily, and Hunter discuss a contentious book in a book club-style roundtable. This week: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.

Also mentioned this week:
+ Room by Emma Donoghue
Get Out

SPOILER DISCUSSION OCCURS BETWEEN 19:00 AND 21:12.

This episode is brought to you in part by the city of Thomasville. Come join us for Victorian Christmas, our annual celebration of the holiday in the manner of a Victorian street fair! Mark December 14 and 15 on your calendars and learn more here

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

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Direct download: Episode_149____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._10.m4a
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The holiday season is upon us, which means it's time for us to recap what we read in the month of November. Give thanks! Also, Universal, please consider changing how your lockers work. 

Annie read:
Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman (on sale February 27)
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson (on sale February 20)

Chris read:
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Also mentioned:
Mindhunter
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

This episode is brought to you in part by the city of Thomasville. Come join us for Victorian Christmas, our annual celebration of the holiday in the manner of a Victorian street fair! Mark December 14 and 15 on your calendars and learn more here

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here

Direct download: Episode_148____November_Reading_Recap.m4a
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'Tis the season to start thinking about children's books! What will you buy this year for the young reader in your life? Chris and Annie have some suggestions for you this week, hopefully beyond the old standards--not that there's anything wrong with the old standards! Also, weird moles.

Mentioned this week:
Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dragons Love Tacos Too by Adam Rubin
Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone
Franklin's Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell and Kathie Harnett
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
There's a Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman
Little Red by Bethan Woollvin
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
Hooray for Hat by Dave Won
Boss Baby by Marla Frazee
Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee
King Baby by Kate Beaton
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
God's Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell
Big and Small, God Made Them All by Ben Wilder
The Story Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

This episode is brought to you in part by the city of Thomasville. Come join us for Victorian Christmas, our annual celebration of the holiday in the manner of a Victorian street fair! Mark December 14 and 15 on your calendars and learn more here

This week's episode is also sponsored by the Paxton House, a historic bed and breakfast in downtown Thomasville. Make a reservation at their website above and follow them on Instagram here!

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here

Direct download: Episode_147____The_New_Childrens_Classics.m4a
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Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we're coming to you a couple days early! Spend time with us, and then spend time with your loved ones. Best of both worlds. This week, Annie and Chris talk about food books, cookbooks, and how feasting structures our lives. Also, bedbugs.

Featured this week:
The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn
Cooked by Michael Pollan
Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community by Wendell Berry
Voracious by Cara Nicoletti
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone
Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon
Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

Follow Joy the Baker here. (Or Drake on Cake here.)

This week's episode is sponsored by the Paxton House, a historic bed and breakfast in downtown Thomasville. Make a reservation at their website above and follow them on Instagram here!

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here

Direct download: Episode_146____Food_for_Thought.m4a
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Sometimes we talk about old books like they're sacred and have nothing to do with what we're reading day to day, but new books and old books both speak to us, don't they? And sometimes they speak to each other. This week, Chris and Annie discuss some of their favorite classics and their favorite new books as if they are cousins. Of the kissing variety?

For instance, if you like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, check out Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett.

If you like One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you may enjoy Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.

If you like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, you may enjoy The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

If you like Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, you may enjoy My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

If you like The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, you may enjoy The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

If you like The Giver by Lois Lowry, you may enjoy Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. 

If you like In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, you may enjoy American Fire by Monica Hesse.

If you like The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, you may enjoy Blankets by Craig Thompson.

If you like The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, you may enjoy Delancey by Molly Wizenberg.

If you like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, you may enjoy The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.

November 25 is Small Business Saturday! Come visit us at the Bookshelf and see all of our small business friends. If you can't come to Thomasville that weekend, support your local businesses!

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Direct download: Episode_145____New_Books_for_Old_Souls.m4a
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It's a week later than usual, but it's a brand new month, which means it's time for a reading recap, our monthly feature in which Annie and Chris briefly review what they read this month. October was long, but we read some great books!

Annie read:
Thanks, Obama by David Litt
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
Unbelievable by Katy Tur
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Chris read:
Pregnant Butch by A. K. Summers
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Also mentioned:
+ Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Direct download: Episode_144____October_Reading_Recap.m4a
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