From the Front Porch

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of those Instagram accounts we all follow? Annie and Chris chat with Lindsay Hopkins of Pen and Paint, an enormously popular Instagram account and Etsy shop based in Albany, Georgia. 

Find Lindsay on Instagram and Etsy.


Podcasts we mention: 

+ StoryCorps

+ This American Life

+ Smart Creative Women

+ Elise Gets Crafty

+ Audible Discernment


Books Lindsay mentions: 

+ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

+ Tattoos on the Heart by Father Gregory Boyle (The podcast episode Annie mentions is from On Being with Krista Tippett, found here.) 

+ Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt


Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._70.m4a
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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 

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._69.m4a
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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: 


+ Plato's Republic

+ The First Nazi


The Whale 

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty

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Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._68.m4a
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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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Chris' blog is here

Direct download: From_the_Front_Porch_Ep._67.m4a
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