From the Front Porch

Annie hosted Books and Brunch event in the shop last week and previewed some of her favorite coming releases of the fall season. This week, we're giving you an opportunity to get caught up! 

Annie recommends:
Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (on sale October 16--preorder here)
Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III (on sale October 2)
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (on sale October 2)
The Witch Elm by Tana French (on sale October 9)
I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel 
The Power of Love by Michael Curry (on sale October 30)
Gmorning Gnight by Lin Manuel Miranda (on sale October 23)
Becoming by Michelle Obama (on sale November 13)
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson (on sale October 9)
Personality Brokers by Merve Emre
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (on sale October 2)
+ Transcription by Kate Atkinson (on sale September 25)
Melmoth by Sarah Perry (on sale October 16)
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy (on sale October 23)

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Direct download: Episode_189____Fall_Literary_Lineup.m4a
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In preparation for Thomasville's annual One Book festival, Annie sat down with New York Times bestselling author Georgia Hunter, the great mind behind We Were the Lucky Ones.

Georgia will be in Thomasville on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 PM in the Thomas County Board of Education Auditorium.

For more information, including how to purchase tickets for the event, visit the One Book website here.

Direct download: Bonus_Episode____Georgia_Hunter.m4a
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When authors endlessly tweet about what was actually happening in the background of a given book, or, worse, release a sequel or companion text, does that thrill you or make you cringe? This week, Annie and Chris field a listener question about what counts as "canon" in the books we love.

Also, more #blandsome files.

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Direct download: Episode_188____Does_What_the_Author_Thinks_Actually_Matter_.m4a
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As with salsa, some readers prefer their literature mild. And that's okay! Although Annie and Chris often prefer some darkness in their books, they recognize that's not for everyone, so this episode is dedicated to those readers who prefer something a little PG. It's not just for kids!

Also, somebody finally watched Set It Up.

Mentioned this week:
+ The Port William Series by Wendell Berry
+ The Mitford series by Jan Karon
+ Gods in Alabama Joshilyn Jackson
+ Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
+ Dreams of Falling by Karen White
+ Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

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Direct download: Episode_187____PG_Lit.m4a
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School's back in session and Annie's door is swollen shut, so you know it's almost September. (Don't worry. We set an alarm to wake up Green Day.) Here at the end of the month, we like to recap what we've read for our listeners. Join us as we enter the rom-comaissance.

Annie read:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
Are You Sleeping? by Kathleen Barber
Joy Enough by Sarah McColl (on sale January 2019)
There There by Tommy Orange
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Anne Boyd Rioux

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Direct download: Episode_186____August_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Annie, Emily, and Hunter discuss one of the hottest literary books of 2018: Tommy Orange's There, There. It's a difficult, sometimes harrowing read of contemporary Native American life with important insights into how we got to now. 

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Direct download: Episode_185____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._14.m4a
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Since this was Annie's show last week, it's only fair that Chris gets a turn, too! He's thoughtfully prepared four sets of discussion-based course curriculum just like he would for one of his classes at Florida State--in fact, two of them are adapted from courses he's actually taught. These curated lists of five books each are centered around asking questions. Perfect for book clubs!

The ranking Annie mentions at the top of the show can be found here.

The 'Other' Mother (for fans of That Kind of Mother)
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

How to be a Human (for fans of Station Eleven)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller, Jr.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Florida, O Florida (for people who wonder how we live here)
Best. State. Ever. by Dave Barry
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard
Florida by Lauren Groff
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Small Town Living (for fans of A Man Called Ove)
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
The From-Aways by CJ Hauser
Beartown by Frederik Backman

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Direct download: Episode_184____Curriculum.m4a
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We asked, and it seems like a lot of people want to know: Who is Annie B. Jones? This week, Chris sits down with Annie to talk about how she came to be owner of the Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in beautiful downtown Thomasville, Georgia. 

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Direct download: Episode_183____Owner_of_the_Bookshelf.m4a
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At the end of every month, Annie and Chris sit down to talk about the books they read, and listener, it's the end of the month. Annie accidentally read to sort of a theme this month, and Chris doesn't think it's a coincidence.

Also, we need to talk about the train.

Annie read:
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Marriage Vacation by "Pauline Brooks"
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (on sale August 14)
The Witch Elm by Tana French (on sale October 9)
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler (on sale October 16)
Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza
+ Beartown by Frederick Bakman
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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Direct download: Episode_182____July_Reading_Recap.m4a
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We talk a lot about brand new books on the show, but we thought it might be time to talk about some of our favorites from the "backlist." They're not new, but they're not "classics" yet, either. In any case, we think you should read them. You can find all of these books for sale in our online store.

Chris and Annie recommend:
The Secret Historby Donna Tartt
Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein
+ Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
+ A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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Direct download: Episode_181____Baby_Got_Backlist.m4a
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