From the Front Porch

Annie sits down with Knox McCoy, co-host of The Popcast and author of The Wondering Years, in front of a LIVE audience to talk about books, faith, and pop culture.

Order Knox's book here.

Learn more about The Popcast here

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_201____Live_with_Knox_McCoy.m4a
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We did it. The big one. Here we are at our 200th episode, and we've only got YOU to thank. This week, Annie and Chris answer your questions, some about themselves, some about books, some about The Bookshelf, and some just about life. 

Jacey Verdicchio's Start Your Podcast guide is here.

We've had a blast making 200 episodes of From the Front Porch for you. We're going to continue after this, obviously, but thank you so much for getting us this far. We've got exciting things ahead.

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_200____Mailbag_Vol._4.m4a
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Thanksgiving is over, so it's the holiday season (the holiday season) and time to recap the books Annie read in November!

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (on sale in January)
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_199____November_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! (Thagsgibbon, if you’re in the know.) Chris and Annie are enjoying the holiday by talking about some excellent new cookbooks—perfect gifts for the aspiring chef in your life.

+ Milk Street Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball
+ Eating Well: Soups
+ Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten
+ All About Cake by Christina Tosi
+ Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen
+ Potluck by the editors of Food & Wine
+ Now and Again by Julia Turshen

Find all these great books at The Bookshelf here.

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_198____In_the_Kitchen.m4a
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The world is a very confusing place even in the most stable of times, and everyday people depend on journalists and other writers to figure out and lend some structure to the swirling facts and details of our lives. This week, Annie and Chris salute the heroes of nonfiction and hope to introduce you to the large and fascinating conversation about how we tell the truth.

Listen to Robin Young's Here and Now interview with the cast of The Lifespan of a Fact here.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Lifespan of a Fact by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota
Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Find all these great books at The Bookshelf here.

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_197____The_Newsroom.m4a
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Thanks to the efforts of PBS, we now have a definitive list of America's favorite books. Annie and Chris are now recapping and providing their commentary on the top picks of PBS's Great American Read

You can learn more about The Great American Read at PBS's website.

Send your Mailbag questions to podcast [at] bookshelfthomasville [dot] com. 

America's top five picks were:
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_196____Great_American_Read_Revisited.m4a
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Okay, everybody. Spooky season is over, so Annie and Chris and back to walk you through what they read this month. 

Annie read:
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
+ If I'm Being Honest by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley
+ The Editor by Stephen Crowley
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
I'll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller
Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty
+ To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_195____October_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Okay, so sometimes scheduling things weeks in advance is hard, and it turns out it's NOT the week of Halloween, but Annie and Chris have a great list of books to get you in the mood for what is objectively the best fourth-quarter holiday!

Also, honk honk.

We recommend:
+ Foe by Iain Reid
The Witch Elm by Tana French
The Widow by Fiona Barton
The Child by Fiona Barton
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Final Girls by Riley Sager
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
+ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Are You Sleeping? by Kathleen Barber

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_194____Seasonal_Halloween_Reads.m4a
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It's award season, and some of our absolute favorites got robbed. As much as we are Professional Book People™️, we're not professional critics--and we're the first people to admit that the critics don't always know what they're talking about. Join us as we talk through some of those books.

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill
The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_193____Underappreciated.m4a
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Annie is joined by frequent guest Hunter to chat about listener-favorite Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. What are your thoughts on this suspense classic?

It's so funny, but thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here.

Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  

Direct download: Episode_192____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._15.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EST