From the Front Porch

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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What do you get when you have a bookstore staffer who's also a news junkie? A very special episode of this podcast. Chris and Annie chat with bookseller Sterling Ivey about news in pop culture, favorite news sources, and what he really thinks about morning show hosts. 

Sterling's favorite podcasts: 

+ Serial

+ This American Life

+ Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin

+ WTF with Marc Maron

+ Comedy Bang! Bang!

Books mentioned in this episode: 

Middlemarch

+ Plato's Republic

+ The First Nazi

Kissinger

The Whale 

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty

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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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News flash: Some TV shows are better than others. Chris and Annie wax philosophical about their favorite TV shows for readers, including: 

Gilmore Girls

Arrested Development

Breaking Bad 

Jane the Virgin

Mad Men

House of Cards

+ Seinfeld

The Office

The Wonder Years

The Bachelor

 

Related: All 339 Books Referenced in Gilmore Girls

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Thomasville is the City of Roses, and spring is the town's time to shine! Each year, Thomasville hosts the Rose Show and Festival, and Chris and Annie talk to city event coordinator Sarah Turner about balancing tradition with new ideas, why a festival devoted to roses, and what she's reading right now. 

Vote for Thomasville in USA Today's Best Historic Small Town competition! 

Check out all the Rose Show festivities -- including parade details and flower show times -- here

Support Tallahassee's Word of South festival.

 

Sarah's go-to podcasts: 

+ Radio Lab

+ This American Life

 

Books Sarah mentioned:

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Fed, White, and Blue by Simon Majumdar

Tribal by Diane Roberts

+ The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

 

Books Chris mentioned: 

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison 

Battleborn by Claire Watkins

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson 

 

Books Annie mentioned:

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

 

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One perk of life in a small town: You can try something just to see if it works. And if it does? Then you've established a new town tradition, like Thomasville's Due South music festival, put on by the Center of the Arts

Annie and Chris chat with the Center's marketing director, Callie Sewell, about music festivals; the Athens, Ga., music scene; and whether Jane Eyre is overrated. 

BUY TICKETS for Due South here

 

Books mentioned: 

Jane Eyre

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

No One Belongs Here More Than You

+ The Nest

The Empathy Exams

 

Podcasts mentioned:

+ This American Life

+ Serial 

+ The Moth

+ Mom and Dad Are Fighting

+ Gilmore Guys

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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. 

Full show notes here

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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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