From the Front Porch

Author Ann Patchett recently compared bookselling to being on a sitcom. Annie and Chris investigate that claim, comparing their fellow booksellers to Friends characters and examining why we identify with fictional characters of all kinds. 

+ Read Ann Patchett's original interview, here

+ Find CJ Hauser's essay all about characters who are "just like us" here

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For some, life on the Gulf Coast is a religion, and now, we've got our very own Bible of sorts: Saints of Old Florida, a gorgeous new lifestyle book by Emily Raffield, Melissa Farrell, and Christina McDermott. Emily and Melissa chatted with Annie and Chris about life on the coast, their favorite coastal memories, and why collecting our Southern stories is so important. 

For more information about Emily, Melissa, Christina, and their new book, visit their website, Saints of Old Florida. The book can be purchased online or through several locally-owned shops in and around the coast; a full stockist list is here.

Melissa's shop in Port St. Joe is called Joseph's Cottage

In this episode, books and podcasts mentioned include:

+ Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

+ Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray

+ Garance Dore's podcast, Pardon My French 

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._85.m4a
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Behold, the power of Oprah. Annie and Chris chat about the books Annie read in August, including Oprah's book club book, The Underground Railroad. The rest of Annie's list: 

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

 

And other books Annie and Chris mentioned: 

+ Fates & Furies

Crossing to Safety

+ Pond

The Royal We

Station Eleven

Everything I Never Told You

Reconstructing Amelia 

Prep

+ Ghettoside 

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._84.m4a
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"A room without books is a body without a soul," said Cicero, and so we believe. This episode, Annie and Chris talk about the roles books play in homes and home decor: why we keep books and what they say about us. 

+ This episode was inspired by Robbie Hopkins from Audible Discernment; you can check out our full episode with Robbie and the guys here

+ Books by the foot your thing? You can buy them from another indie bookstore, Strand Books, here.

+ Mrs. Kendall's Unread Library, here

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._83.m4a
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When you travel, how big of a role does food play in your experience of a new city or town? This episode, Debra Smith, the owner and founder of Taste of Thomasville, a Thomasville Food Tour, visits with Annie and Chris. They chat about Thomasville's best restaurants, Gone with the Wind, and that big oak tree everybody's always talking about.

Debra's favorite podcasts are The Dave Ramsey Show and Serial.

She's currently reading The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg.  

You can find information and tickets on the Taste of Thomasville tour at www.tasteofthomasvillefoodtour.com.

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._82.m4a
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Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet? No spoilers here, but Chris and Annie do chat about their expectations going into the newly released book. They also discuss Go Set a Watchman, J.K. Rowling's turn as Robert Galbraith, and how they'd be sorted at Hogwarts. 

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Annie and Chris recap the books Annie read in July, plus they chat about what to do when you're in a reading rut.

Books discussed include: 

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

The Trespasser by Tana French

You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._80.m4a
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Can't decide if you love or hate a book? This is the podcast series for you. Annie once again joins frequent podcast contributors Hunter McLendon and Rebekah Arwood for a discussion of Wendy Walker's All Is Not Forgotten (a new thriller on shelves now; Reese Witherspoon's already bought the film rights). 

Comparable titles: 

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

+ Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._79.m4a
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Love books, music, and the South? Then we've got the episode for you. Annie and Chris met with the guys of Audible Discernment, a music podcast out of nearby Albany, Ga., and they chat all things literary and musical (including a nostalgia for country music and why Pride and Prejudice would be better set in the South). 

Books mentioned: 

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison 

A Boy from Georgia by Hamilton Jordan

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

The Whale by Mark Beauregard

The Last Days of Video by Jeremy Hawkins

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._78.m4a
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Annie and Chris deep dive into reading more than one book at any given time... And some book therapy ensues. 

They mention: 

+ Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

+ The Trespasser by Tana French

The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth

+ Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

+ Grit by Angela Duckworth

+ The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

+ The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

Plus this article about millennialsthis one about what Obama does at night, and... are you an abstainer or a moderator?  

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._77.m4a
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