From the Front Porch

It's hot as something down here in the South, and Chris and Annie are back to talk about what they read in June. It was a light month of the highest quality. Also, Chris Pine: hot or not? And happy anniversary, Harry Potter

Annie read:
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter (on sale November 7)
Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (on sale July 11)
Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly (on sale October 10)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (on sale (on sale September 12)
Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Chris read:
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu

Hey, did you know that we read and recap books in literally every episode of this podcast, not just the ones labeled "Reading Recap"? I just want to make sure that you do because we have so many recommendations for you all the time always and want you to enjoy!

Direct download: Episode_125____June_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Summer has officially begun, so Annie and Chris are here to tell you what you should be reading--whether you're inside to escape the rain or outside with the sand and sun. Also, what happens when children become club promoters? 

Beach Books
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
Windfall by Jennifer Smith
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

Page-Turners 
+ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
+ Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
+ Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
+ American Fire by Monica Hesse (on sale July 11)

Stories with a Twist 
+ Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
+ Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Family Dramas 
+ Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
+ Last Things by Marissa Moss
+ Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
+ Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Heavy Thinking
+ Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
+ Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
+ The Leavers by Lisa Ko
+ Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
+ Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu 

You can read Maile Meloy's interview with Ann Patchett here.

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Direct download: Episode_124____Summer_Reading_Recs.m4a
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We judge books by their covers so you don't have to. First impressions are important, but are they always right or fair? Annie and Chris talk through the 50-Page Rule, trusting your gut, changing your impression, and the importance of not reading in a vacuum. Also, recommend us to a friend!

Discussion includes:
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Direct download: Episode_123____First_Impressions.m4a
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Do you buy all of your books or do you borrow some? Annie and Chris answer a listener question and discuss their personal libraries, where they get their books, and what to do with the whole idea of a library when they spend their lives in the Bookshelf. This episode is also kind of a follow-up to Episode 83 || Books in Houses.

"A home without books is like a body without a soul."
- Pseudo-Cicero

Direct download: Episode_122____Buy_or_Borrow_.m4a
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This week, Chris is back to discuss the books he and Annie read in May, one of which doesn't actually come out until next calendar year. Whoops. Also, May is a very, very long month.

Annie read:
When You Find Out the World is Against You by Kelly Oxford
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
The Assistants by Camille Perri
Ms. Marvel, vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
The Senator's Children by Nicholas Montemarano (out November 7)
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Windfall by Jennifer Smith
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (out January 2018)

Chris read:
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (out October 17)
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

See also Katie Couric's interview with Sheryl Sandberg here.

Direct download: Episode_121____May_Reading_Recap.m4a
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It's time for a book club-style discussion of Katie Kitamura's A Separation. Podcast guests Emily (of You're Maker) and Hunter are back to chat all the things they loved and loathed about this literary novel, including Emily's thoughts on Greece and Hunter's profound revelation about the book's narration. 

Curious enough to buy the book? Support The Bookshelf by buying A Separation directly from the online store. 

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Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._120.m4a
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Chris is pursuing that ever-elusive PhD, so this week, Annie interviewed Sarah Holland from the Pantsuit Politics podcast. In addition to being the left-leaning cohost of Pantsuit Politics, Sarah is a city commissioner from Paducah, Kentucky, and she's a lifelong southerner.

Annie and Sarah chatted about what "life in the South" really entails, including the hard truth about where Southern maker culture really comes from and Sarah's obsession with Designing Women

Annie and Sarah mentioned:

+ the Southern Foodways Alliance

+ the Whitney Plantation

Designing Women, "Southerns Do NOT Eat Dirt"

+ Classics Sarah's never read but wish she has: Don Quixote and War and Peace

+ Podcasts Sarah listens to: Pod Save America; The Weeds; This American Life; On Being; Death, Sex, & Money; Freakonomics; Hidden Brain

+ Tara Brach's meditations

+ Indigo Girl's "Southland in the Springtime"

+ Sarah's currently reading: Tales of TitansEast of Eden, and Talent Code 

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._119.m4a
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Annie and Chris talk about "alternative" visions of motherhood for Mother's Day this year, and it takes a weirdly dark turn. Sorry. Get a sneak peek at Chris's fall Women in Literature class and hear some of Annie's favorite mom-centric books.

Chris's class books:
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Pregnant Butch by A. K. Summers
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Babadook

*CORRECTION: The quote from Beloved is "You your own best thing, Sethe," not "You your best self," as previously reported.

Some of Annie's favorites:
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
+ The Color of Water by James McBride
+ Rabbit Cake by Annie Harnett
Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
French Milk by Lucy Knisley

And please, are there good mother/son novels out there that don't have any sort of implied incest theme? Let me know. I need to know. 

Direct download: Episode_118____The_Other_Mother.m4a
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Happy May! It was raining while we recorded this. This week, Annie and Chris talk about the books they read in April. Also, Annie has some Hot Takes on book titles and we recount our odd encounters with celebrities from 10+ years ago. 

Annie read:
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (out May 7)
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (out August 22)
The Stars in Our Eyes by Julie Klam (out July 18)
Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann (out August 1)
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The Color of Water by James McBride
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave (out July 11)
A Separation by Kate Kitamura
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Chris read:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (again)
+The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Check out these books and more (including our brand new Bookshelf tote bag!) in our online store

Direct download: Episode_117____May_Reading_Recap.m4a
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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Chris and Annie give you a peek into the Bookshelf's 2017 Independent Bookstore Day festivities. But if you don't live anywhere near Thomasville, fear not! We're also giving you a virtual tour of our favorite indie bookstores from around the country. 

Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, April 29, 2017, and our schedule of events is here. We would love for you join us at the Bookshelf, but if you can't make it, find the closest independent bookstore to you at IndieBound, or check out one of our favorites below!

Sundog Books (Seaside, FL)
+ Page & Palette (Fairhope, AL)
+ E. Shaver Books (Savannah, GA)
+ Faulkner House Books (New Orleans, LA)
+ Maple Street Book Shop (New Orleans, LA)
+ Book Culture (New York, NY)
+ WORD (Jersey City, NJ)
+ Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA)
+ Women and Children First (Chicago, IL)
+ Books and Books (Coral Gables, FL)
+ Politics and Prose (Washington, D.C.)

Annie's favorite bookstore Instagram accounts:
+ @browsersbooks
+ @booksaremagicbk
+ @booksandmortar
+ @literatibookstore
+ @lemuriabooks

Direct download: Episode_116____Its_Indie_Bookstore_Day.m4a
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