From the Front Porch

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
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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)

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_160____February_Reading_Recap.m4a
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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
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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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Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like in-store playlists or Chris's comprehensive media log, consider supporting us on Patreon here

Direct download: Episode_158____Love_is_in_the_Air.m4a
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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
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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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Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like in-store playlists or Chris's comprehensive media log, consider supporting us on Patreon here

Direct download: Episode_156____January_Reading_Recap.m4a
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There's a lot happening in the news lately, and it's hard to know where to turn sometimes when it seems like everyone has hard opinions and no one wants to give. We like being a cozy place for you, but that's honestly kind of difficult sometimes, especially when we're passionate about something. This week, Chris and Annie talk about that difficulty. Also, check your tire pressure.

Mentioned this week:
+ This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
If I Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down My Blouse by Gina Barreca
You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Shrill by Lindy West
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins (on sale January 30)
Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer (on sale February 8)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

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Direct download: Episode_155____Times_Up.m4a
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It's a new year and we've got our resolutions ready, but what about all those books that are supposed to help us sort ourselves out? This week, Annie and Chris chat about self-help and personal growth. Pretty scary, right?

Mentioned this week:
The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
The New Minimalism by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici
The Capsule Wardrobe by Wendy Mak
The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees
The Art of Stopping Time by Pedram Shojai
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (on sale February 6)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill by Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
The Four Tendencieby Gretchen Rubin
+ The Family Manager by Kathy Peel
The Simplified Life by Emily Ley
When by Daniel H. Pink
Originals by Adam Grant
Grit by Angela Duckworth
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam

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Direct download: Episode_154____New_Year_New_You_.m4a
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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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