From the Front Porch

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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Direct download: Episode_105_-_WWLKD_.m4a
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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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Annie and Chris get ready for the Bookshelf's upcoming Book Club Fair by discussing their favorite book club picks for 2017 (so far), including:

In Case You Missed It:
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
+ Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

2016 Tastemakers:
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Coming in 2017:
+ The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers (out now)
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey (out March 14)
Himself by Jess Kidd (out March 14)
American Fire by Monica Hesse (out July 11)
The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood (out now--in paper back August 1)
Hue and Cry at Our House by Benjamin Taylor (out May 23)

Direct download: Episode_103_-_Book_Club_Extravaganza.m4a
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Chris and Annie chat with the Bookshelf's new manager, Magali Kent, about missionary work, the proper execution of an eye roll, culture shock, and favorite children's books. 

+ Watership Down by Richard Adams

+ Reply All

+ Lore

+ Up and Vanished

+ Serial

Direct download: Episode_102_-_Meet_the_Manager.m4a
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2016 is over, but of reading many books there is no end. In this episode, Annie and Chris talk about their resolutions for the new year and challenge one another to read outside of their usual habits--with hypothetically apocalyptic results.

+ Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

+ Rita Dove

+ Claudia Rankine

Direct download: Episode_101____Reading_Resolutions.m4a
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From the Front Porch celebrates episode 100! Annie and Chris answer listener questions about One Book, My Brilliant Friend, and reading translations. 

+ One Book Thomas County website

+ On the Same Page (Decatur, Ga., One Book program)

+ American Booksellers Association

+ Love It or Loathe It episode ft. My Brilliant Friend

+ Episode ft. Virginia Price

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._100.m4a
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It's time to reflect back on 2016, which means... It's time to recap Annie's favorite books of the year. 

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel

Commonwealth by Ann Patched

Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin

+ This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

+ Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Yeung

You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._99.m4a
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