From the Front Porch (books)

Annie is joined by Hunter McLendon from @shelfbyshelf to reflect on their 2020 reading of Anna Karenina. Join them on Patreon to hear recaps and reviews of all eight parts of Tolstoy’s classic.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:

Anna Karenina

Anna K

East of Eden

Rebecca

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Searcher by Tana French. Hunter is reading Memorial by Bryan Washington.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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Annie is joined by Olivia and Lucy this week to discuss the Baby-Sitters Club books and the enjoyment they've brought during these strange times.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:

Book Bundle one

Kristy’s Great Idea

Claudia and the Phantom Caller

The Truth about Stacey

Mary-Anne Saves the Day

Dawn and the Impossible Three

Kristy’s Big Day

Claudia and Mean Janine

Boy-Crazy Stacey

The Ghost at Dawn’s House

A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird by Sue Cerulean. Olivia is reading Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood. Lucy is reading The National Road by Tom Zoellner.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online book orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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Today, Annie channels her inner Frasier Crane to dispense bookish wisdom to her fellow readers. 

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased at The Bookshelf:

A full transcript for today’s episode is available here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading The Ghost at Dawn’s House by Ann M. Martin.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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This week Annie recaps the books she read in September.

A full transcript for today’s episode is available here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Annie is joined by Jordan Jones, her husband who also happens to be an attorney and personality typing expert. Today, they’re chatting about the Enneagram and making book recommendations for each type.

A full transcript for today’s episode is available here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Boy-Crazy Stacey by Ann M. Martin and Jordan is reading The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Annie is joined by friend and bookstagrammer from @shelfbyshelf, Hunter, to discuss their top ten reads of the year thus far.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

Annie’s Top Ten

1. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

2. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

3. House Lessons by Erica Bauermeister

4. Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb

5. A Burning by Megha Majumdar

6. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

7. Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

8. One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

9. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

10. Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

 

Hunter’s Top Ten

1. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

2. Fairest by Meredith Talusan

3. Real Life by Brandon Taylor

4. How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

5. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

6. Kept Animals by Kate Milliken

7. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

8. Shiner by Amy Jo Burns

9. Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

10. Cleanness by Garth Greenwell and I know You Know Who I Am by Peter Kispert

Also mentioned: Memorial by Bryan Washington, Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland, Daddy by Emma Cline, and What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez.

A full transcript for today’s episode is available here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Memorial by Bryan Washington, and Hunter is reading A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free media mail shipping on all your online books orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Is August really over? It’s hard to believe it’s that time again, but here we are! This week, Annie recaps her reads during the month of August.

All of the books mentioned on today’s podcast can be purchased online at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Here She Is by Hilary Levey Friedman.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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This week, Annie is joined by Olivia, The Bookshelf manager, children and young adult lit specialist and leader of Dumbledore’s Army, to discuss books kids like to read.

The books mentioned on today’s podcast are available for purchase through The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is still reading Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi and Olivia is reading The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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This week Annie discusses how to start a book club and includes the view point of several of her book club friends.

The books mentioned on today’s podcast are available for purchase through The Bookshelf:

  • I'd Rather Be Reading by Ann Bogel

  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

  • Writers and Lovers by Lily King

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

  • Educated by Tara Westover

  • We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

  • The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

  • The Dry by Jane Harper

  • Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

  • Recursion by Blake Crouch

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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This week Annie is joined by special co-host Kendra Adachi of the podcast The Lazy Genius and author of the soon-to-be-released The Lazy Genius Way. The two of them talk bookshelves, pandemic reading habits, and, of course, the release of Kendra’s new book, which you can preorder from The Bookshelf.

You can preorder Kendra’s book, which releases on August 11, and then join us for a “Books and Blandly Handsome Men” conversation on August 27. Tickets for the virtual event are $10, or free with the purchase of The Lazy Genius Way from The Bookshelf.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone and Kendra is reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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It’s the end of July already! This week Annie reviews the books she read in July.

The books mentioned in Annie’s recap are available online at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Betty by Tiffany McDaniel.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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This week, Annie and friends Julie Anna Helms and Courtney Kinsey share their casting selections for the characters in Emily Henry’s Beach Read.

Please go to Julie Anna’s Instagram account and vote for your casting picks!

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi. Julie Anna is reading Heir Affair, and Courtney is reading A Burning.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

 

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This week on From the Front Porch, Annie is joined by her mom, Susie Butterworth who shares her suggested PG books for sensitive readers.

All of the books discussed in this episode can be purchased at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans and Susie is reading Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

 

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This week Annie recaps all of her June reads.

The books mentioned in today’s podcast can be purchased at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Annie is joined this week by her well-traveled friend and fellow entrepreneur, Morgan Thomason. Morgan is the designer behind Winsome Paper, a whimsical stationery brand. Annie and Morgan help listeners travel through books this summer as most of our travel plans are a bust (for now).

The books discussed on today’s podcast are available for purchase from The Bookshelf:

London picks:

Europe picks:

America picks:

Other hot summer vacation picks:

  • Tangerine by Christine Mangan

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  • Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

  • Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Annie’s Summer TBR list:

  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

  • The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

  • Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Annie is reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and Morgan is reading Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty by Kate Hennessy.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Annie’s tackling more readerly dilemmas in this week’s episode.

Leave your own bookish conundrum via voicemail by going to fromthefrontporchpodcast.com/contact.

Reading People

You and Me Forever

Garlic and Sapphires

A Woman Is No Man

A Place for Us

Mother Land

Delancey

House Lessons

I Capture the Castle

Happier at Home

Strangers and Cousins

This Is Where You Belong

Hidden Art of Homemaking
Anna Karenina

East of Eden

A Little Life

Poisonwood Bible

Theft by Finding

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie’s reading A Burning by Megha Majumdar. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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Annie is joined by Robbie Hopkins, a former teacher/librarian, now homeschool dad. Robbie is a music and literary aficionado, and shares his summer playlist based on some of Annie’s anticipated summer reads. 

You can listen to the playlist on Spotify here.

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased or preordered from The Bookshelf:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Lightness by Emily Temple

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Mae Goldberg

Mother Land by Leah Franqui

The Bright Lands by John Fram

Let's Never Talk about This Again by Sarah Faith Alterman

A Star Is Bored by Byron Lane

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Of Bears and Ballots by Heather Lende


From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown and Robbie is reading The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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It’s hard to know what to say, so this week’s episode is unusually short, focused instead on sending you toward resources we hope might be helpful as we grieve and learn together.

You can find several titles geared toward racial justice on our store website, including: How to Be an Antiracist, Just Mercy, and I’m Still Here. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sales of these titles and more are being donated to the Equal Justice Initiative.

Traci from The Stacks Podcast and Jaime from Absorbed in Pages posted excellent lists of fiction and nonfiction titles addressing anti-black racism and anti-racism. 

You can listen to The Stacks podcast here, and if you want to support Jamie and Traci directly, consider purchasing through Bookshop:

Other resources:

More than ever, it’s important to support black-owned small businesses; below are links to a few bookstores owned by people of color, and a more comprehensive list can be found here.

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This week, Annie recaps the fourteen books she read during the month of May, all of which can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is finishing The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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NOTE: There’s a small audio glitch in today’s episode, and you may hear it pop up when Annie's speaks. It’s not you; it’s us, and it should be resolved next week.

Annie is joined today by friend and fellow book club member Julie Anna Helms. You may know Julie Anna from her popular bookstagram account, @julieannareads, where she specializes in “Who Would You Cast?,” an Instagram story series where she partners with her followers to brainstorm casting her favorite books. This week, Julie Anna joins Annie on the front porch to cast one of Annie’s favorite books of the year, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

You can purchase The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires here.

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin; and Julie Anna just finished reading The Grace Year by Kim Liggett.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

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Annie and cousin, friend, and former Bookshelf staffer Ashley Sherlock share their thoughts on quarantine reading. What is one supposed to read during a global pandemic? The following are Annie and Ashley’s recommendations.

All of the books mentioned in today’s podcast are available at The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas and Ashley is reading The Office by Andy Greene.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

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This week, Annie recaps the eleven books she read during the month of April, all of which can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website:

Other books mentioned:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is still reading You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: 200429_FTFP_269_April_Reading_Recap.mp3
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This week, Annie chats with Bookshelf staffer Lucy all about her favorite baby books and books for mom and moms-to-be, including:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie's reading The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey. Lucy is reading The Splendid and the Vile. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

Direct download: Episode_268_Baby_Got_Books.mp3
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This week on From the Front Porch, host and owner of The Bookshelf, Annie Jones, has a special guest joining her to tackle an important listener question: What should the royals be reading? Annie’s friend Courtney Kinsey is a fellow royals enthusiast, an avid reader and book club member, and a podcaster in her own right, co-hosting the show “I Do Declare!” with her sister Betsy.

The books mentioned on today’s episode are available for purchase on The Bookshelf website:

  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

  • The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

  • Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  • American Royals by Katharine McGee

  • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

  • The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

  • Dear America series

  • Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

  • Gone with the Windsors by Laurie Graham

Recommendations for Harry and Meghan:

  • Burnout by Emily Nagoski (for Meghan)

  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (for Harry)

  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (for Harry)

  • Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Recommendations for Queen Elizabeth:

Recommendations for Charles:

Recommendations for William and Kate:

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (for William)

  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle Melton (for Kate)

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, I’m reading You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe. Courtney is reading The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_267_Recommended_Royal_Reads_.mp3
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Today, it’s time for another round of Literary Therapy. If you’re new here, Literary Therapy is a recurring episode series in which Annie plays the Dr. Frasier Crane or the Lucy van Pelt to listeners’ literary ailments. 

As mentioned in the episode, you can get book recs from the following:

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website:

  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

  • Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck

  • The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

  • The Explanation of Everything by Lauren Grodstein

  • Francis and Bernard by Carlene Bauer

  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

  • The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  • A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: FTFP_266_Literary_Therapy_vol2.mp3
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Today, Annie recaps all the books she read in March.

The books mentioned in today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading Friends & Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_264_March_Reading.mp3
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Annie is joined this week by her husband, friend, audiobook listener, and fellow basketball enthusiast Jordan Jones. The NCAA tournament may have been canceled -- a true tragedy in the Jones’ house -- but they’re still debating The Bookshelf’s bestsellers in their annual March Madness episode. They hope their conversation brings a little light and levity to what’s been a stressful couple of weeks. 

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is finishing Untamed, the new memoir by Glennon Doyle. Jordan just finished Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. 

Direct download: Episode_263_March_Madness.mp3
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Annie is joined by Robbie Hopkins, a former literature teacher, avid reader, and frequent Bookshelf customer. Today, the two are previewing some spring titles that should be on your radar, but it’s being done a little bit differently—literature meets music.

Tap or click here for the full Spotify playlist.

The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased online from The Bookshelf:

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week Annie is reading Most Likely by Sarah Watson, the creator of The Bold Type

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_262_Playlist_Meets_Booklist.mp3
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This week Annie and guest, Hunter McLendon of @shelfbyshelf, bring you the first Backlist Book Club of 2020. The discussion revolves around Geraldine Brooks' March.

All of the books discussed today can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

March by Geraldine Brooks

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography by Susan Cheever

The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week Annie is reading The Office by Andy Greene and Hunter is listening to The Dutch House by Ann Patchett on Libro.fm.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_261_The_Backlist_Book_Club_March.mp3
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This week Annie recaps the books she read in February, all of which can be purchased on our website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com:

My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmerman

Writers & Lovers by Lily King

Layoverland by Gabby Noone

March by Geraldine Brooks

The Office by Andy Greene

The Holdout by Graham Moore

Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

Handle with Care by Lore Ferguson Wilbert

Dumplin’  by Julie Murphy

Live from New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

Do You Mind if I Cancel by Gary Janetti

Defending Jacob by William Landay

The Body in Question by Jill Ciment

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

This week, as mentioned in today’s episode, Annie is finishing up Here for It by R. Eric Thomas.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_260_Reading_Recap.mp3
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SURPRISE! We know it’s Tuesday, but we thought you’d enjoy this bonus episode of FTFP, where Annie and Olivia debrief about Winter Institute, an annual conference held for members of the American Booksellers Association.

Here’s a link to “Reinventing Retail: The Novel Resurgence of Independent Bookstores,” by Ryan Raffaelli.

Some books Annie brought home:

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg

The Harpy by Megan Hunter

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West

A Good Family by A.H. Kim

Broken People by Sam Lansky

Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here on Thursday.

Direct download: February_Bonus_Episode.mp3
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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Annie and her two special guests — Ashley Sherlock, cousin, friend, and former Bookshelf social media guru, and Hunter McLendon of @shelfbyshelf — discuss the book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and reminisce about all the literary crushes they’ve had and what literary crushes say about you.

Most of the books discussed today can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (4th book)

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  • An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch

  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • Impulse by Ellen Hopkins 

  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  • Emma by Jane Austen

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney

  • Emily Novels by L.M. Montgomery

  • Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

  • Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

  • Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt

  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by by Harper Lee

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week Hunter is listening to Flowers in the Attic and Ashley is listening to Such A Fun Age on Libro.fm.

This week, Annie is reading Writers & Lovers by Lily King, and she adores it. 

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

Direct download: Episode_258_Literary_Crushes.mp3
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Annie and fellow book club member and Oscar enthusiast, Callie Sewell, deep dive the 2020 Academy Awards and what it means for our reading lives.

The books discussed during the podcast can be purchased from The Bookshelf:

From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie is reading -- Super Host by Kate Russo, which will be available June, 9, 2020, and guest, Callie is reading — The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. 

Direct download: February_6th_The_Academy_Awards.mp3
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On this week’s episode of From the Front Porch, Annie recaps all the books she read in January. These can be ordered or pre-ordered through The Bookshelf website:

Follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com

Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 

This week, Annie’s listening to Know My Name by Chanel Miller, which you can listen to on Libro.fm.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon.

Direct download: January_Recap.mp3
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Happy New Year! We are so excited to bring you the first episode of 2020! Annie and Hunter Mclendon, a regular From the Front Porch contributor and bookstagrammer at @shelfbyshelf, honor Greta Gerwig and Louisa May Alcott, by diving into the genius that is Little Women.

Find Kevin Porter’s review of Little Women can be found here.

What is Hunter reading this week? He is reading -- and loving -- Real Life by Brandon Taylor (pre-order here!) and Annie is reading Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin, which is out on February 18 and can be pre-ordered here.

A special thanks to Dylan Garven and his team at Studio D Productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the prefect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.

If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.

We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. 

Direct download: Episode_255_Little_Women.mp3
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In our final episode of 2019 (and the decade as a whole!), Annie and Bookshelf staffers Olivia and Lucy sit down to talk through their favorite titles of the year. These are the books that meant the most over the last 12 months:

Annie's List:

1. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

2. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

3. The Dearly Beloved by Carla Wall

4. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

5. Family of Origin by CJ Hauser

6. Normal People by Sally Rooney

7. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

8. Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey

9. The Current by Tim Johnston

10. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Olivia's List

1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

2. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

3. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

4. All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker

5. The Line Tender by Kate Allen

6. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

7. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

8. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

9. This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

10. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

Lucy's List:

1. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

2. Furious Hours by Casey Cep

3. The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

4. Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich

5. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

6. The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan

7. The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

8. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

9. The Innocents by Michael Crummey

10. The Organs of Sense by Adam Ehrlich Sachs

--

As we close out 2019, we're so grateful to our listeners for playing such a large role The Bookshelf's success. Every purchase, every like, every comment, every email means the world.

Special thanks to Chris Jensen for his work on From the Front Porch over the years. We're so grateful for his contribution to The Bookshelf and the podcast, and we wish him nothing but the best in his next endeavor.

This episode of From the Front Porch was produced by Dylan Garven at Studio D Productions. Our new theme music -- a hint of what's to come in 2020 -- is by Simeon Church.

Annie's got some fun things in the work for Patreon; support us there for more bonus Bookshelf content coming in 2020.

From the Front Porch is going on a brief hiatus; new episodes will launch Thursday, January 30.

Direct download: Episode_254.mp3
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In our final Seasonal Reads of 2019, Chris and Annie run through some reads (and movies) for the Christmas season and chat about the Christian season of Advent. 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
The Meaning is in the Waiting by Paula Gooder
Miracle on 10th Street by Madeleine L'Engle

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

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

This was unexpectedly Chris's last episode, but please know he appreciates your support over the years.

Direct download: Episode_253____Seasonal_Reads_-_Christmas.m4a
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A new month means a new look at what books Annie and Chris were able to read in the last one. And folks, it was pretty light.

Annie read:
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodeser-Akner
+ Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
+ Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Chris read:
The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

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 Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_252____November_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Hunter joins Annie once again for the fifth installment of Backlist Book Club. On the docket this week: Trevor Noah's Born a Crime.

Follow Hunter and his own Backlist Book Club 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 our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_251____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._6_-_Born_a_Crime.m4a
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On this milestone episode of From the Front Porch, Annie and Chris answer YOUR questions--from what we're getting our parents for Christmas to what to read your kids at bedtime to how we track our reading!

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 Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_250____Mailbag_Vol._6.m4a
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Chris and Annie take a personal deep-dive into a few literary characters they may or may not resemble, and what that ultimately means to them.

You can read CJ Hauser's "Just (Un)Like Me" at The Millions.

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 Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_249____Who_Are_We_Really_.m4a
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We’re moving some things around in our traditional Thanksgiving-season episode calendar to bring our our food and cookbook episode at the BEGINNING of the month so that you can prepare for the holiday with some of our new favorite recipes.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

+ The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
+ Dining In by Allison Roman
+ Nothing Fancy by Allison Roman
+ Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen
+ Let Me Feed You by Rosie Daykin
+ Indian-ish by Priya Krishna
+ Eat Joy by various authors
+ South by Sean Brock
+ Son of a Southern Chef by Lazarus Lynch
+ The Saltwater Table by Whitney Otawka

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 Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_248____Seasonal_Reads_-_Feast.m4a
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Happy Halloween! Spooky Season will soon be over, but Chris and Annie are here to walk you through what they read in October.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman
Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra
Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Miracles (And Other Reasonable Things) by Sarah Bessey
21 Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks
Do You Mind if I Cancel? by Gary Janetti
The Preacher's Wife by Kate Bowler

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 Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_247____October_Reading_Recap.m4a
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It's officially Spooky Season, if you can believe it, and Annie and Chris sound absolutely manic this week as they record their third episode in a row to bring you some of their favorite books of the season!

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman
A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan
The Secret Place by Tana French
The Witch Elm by Tana French
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
+ The Fever by Megan Abbott
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Final Girls by Riley Sager
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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 Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_246____Seasonal_Reads_-_Spooky_Season.m4a
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Hunter joins Annie once again for the fifth installment of Backlist Book Club. On the docket this week: John Steinbeck's East of Eden.

Follow Hunter and his own Backlist Book Club 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 our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

Direct download: Episode_245____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._5_-_East_of_Eden.m4a
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Since talking about censorship wasn't hard enough, we've taken it upon ourselves--at listener behest--to talk about one of the hardest, most personal things there is: faith. These are some of the books that got us thinking and growing and changing, and we hope, at the very least, that they are useful to your journey.

You can read Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Daniel Cox's piece on 538.

You can listen to the "Apocalypse Now" episode of NPR's Throughline podcast here.

You can listen to our old, old episode on "grief literature" here.

Also, The Life of Pi came out in 2002, which we know now!

Leaving Church by by Barbara Brown Taylor
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle
Christ and Culture by Richard Neibuhr
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein
Small Blessings by Martha Woodruff
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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Somebody wake up Green Day because September is over, and we’re back with our customary reading recap.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

+ Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
+ All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg
+ Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur
+ She Said by Jodi Kandor and Megan Twohey
+ Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

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Direct download: Episode_243____September_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Challenges and censorship are hard things to discuss! But we're going to try. 

The American Library Association's discussion of 2018's most challenged books is here.

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Direct download: Episode_242____Banned_Books_Week.m4a
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In anticipation of next week's seasonal Literary Lunch, we're talking about some of Annie's favorite "fall books" and letting you in on a quick preview of what's new for the season!

To join us virtually, purchase your ticket here and select "Virtual Option" for your lunch!

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

The Body Lies by Jo Baker
The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

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Direct download: Episode_241____Falling_into_Fall.m4a
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The fall season means new TV, and Annie came prepared this week with a series of curated media samplers just for you.

Also, Chris and Annie have some cultural amnesia regarding the respective careers of Amanda Bynes and Mandy Moore.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

+ The Politician (Netflix)
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
Election (dir. Alexander Payne, 1999)

Nancy Drew (The CW)
The Spellman Files by
Nancy Drew by Kelly Thompson and Jenn St. Onge
Nancy Drew (dir. Andrew Fleming, 2007)
Nancy Drew (dir. Kat Shea, 2019)

Succession (HBO)
All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg
This is Where I Leave You (dir. Shawn Levy, 2014)

The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
The Preacher's Wife by Kate Bowler
The Book of Essie by Meghan McLean Weir
Saved! (dir. Brian Dannelly, 2004)

Unbelievable (Netflix)
A False Report by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller
The Hunting Ground (dir. Kirby Dick, 2015)

The Unicorn (CBS)
Fleishman is in Trouble by 
Three Men and a Baby (dir. Leonard Nimoy, 1987)

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Another calendar page has come and gone. Join us for a good, old-fashioned chat about the books we read in August.

Annie read:
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
+ Frankly in Love by David Yoon
+ The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth
+ Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers by Anna James
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
+ The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
+ The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Chris read:
God by Reza Aslan
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal

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Direct download: Episode_239____August_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Annie and Chris are back together, but y'all, it's a stressful season. And we know we always say that! Join us for a discussion of some of the particular stressors in our lives and how they do or do not affect our reading habits.

Particular books we recommend on the subject are:
Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski
Marriageology by Belinda Luscombe

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Direct download: Epsidoe_238____Were_Stressed_Out.m4a
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As part of The Bookshelf's July 2019 Reader Retreat, Chris and Annie had the pleasure of sitting down for a live podcast recording with Mary Laura Philpott, bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink.

We chatted about the US/British children's lit split again, some of our favorite bookselling moments, and how weird it is to do this live!

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Direct download: Episode_237____Live_with_Mary_Laura_Philpott.m4a
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Annie and frequent guest contributor Hunter keep the Backlist Book Club feature rolling with a discussion of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch, soon to be a major motion picture.

Follow Hunter and his own Backlist Book Club here.

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Direct download: Episode_236____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._4.m4a
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On this edition of Seasonal Reads, we're taking you back to school! Or celebrating the fact that your kids are back in school and you might be feeling some relief after the long days of summer vacation. 

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Now That You've Got a Break...
Family of Origin by CJ Hauser
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

For the Nervous Student
We Don't Eat our Classmates by
All Are Welcome by
Planet Kindergarten by
Kindergarten Countdown by Marjorie Parker
The Pigeon Has to Go to School by
The King of Kindergarten by

For Those Who Want to Go Back
Bloomability by Sharon Creech
People Like Us by
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher

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Direct download: Episode_235____Seasonal_Reads_-_Back_to_School.m4a
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July was a very busy month here at The Bookshelf, and while our combined list is somewhat small, it allowed us to have a deeper conversation about what we managed to finish!

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Annie read:
Ordinary People by Diana Evans
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames

Chris read:
Family of Origin by CJ Hauser
God by Reza Aslan

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Direct download: Episode_234____July_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Chris and Annie are joined by longtime friend of the show CJ Hauser to talk about her new novel, Family of Origin, available now from Doubleday. They discuss millennials, dysfunctional families, healing from trauma, wacky scientists, baseball, and Anglo-Saxon poetry.

By now you've probably seen her viral essay, "The Crane Wife," published at The Paris Review.

You can snag your copy of Family of Origin in The Bookshelf's online store.

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Direct download: Episode_233____Family_of_Origin.m4a
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Last month, Chris and Annie were challenged to think of a book that doesn't exist (yet) that they would love to see written. This episode is a very silly grappling with answers to that question.

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Direct download: Episode_232____Imagining_the_Perfect_Book.m4a
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In this special bonus episode of From the Front Porch, Annie sits down with Allen Cheney, co-author of the new book Crescendo, a story of Thomasville. 

Allen and his co-author, Julie Cantrell, will be at The Bookshelf on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 PM for an in-store Shelf Talk and signing. Learn more here.

Order your copy at The Bookshelf's online store.

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Annie and Chris are traveling through time to bring you a list and discussion of the books they read in June. 

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Annie read:
Burnout by Emily an Amelia Nagoski 
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Furious Hours by Casey Cep
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
The Body Lies by Jo Baker
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Chris read:
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Family of Origin by CJ Hauser

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Direct download: Episode_231____June_Reading_Recap.m4a
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As the heat settles and the mosquitos start biting and we all converge in the back of a pickup truck in an antique store parking lot to watch the fireworks, we hope you'll take the time to join us for a conversation on books about what our nation is, has been, and could be. Happy Independence Day.

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You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Signing Their Lives Away and Signing Their Rights Away by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese
I Think You're Wrong, But I'm Listening by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Shivers
A Sin By Any Other Name by Robert W. Lee
We Were 8 Years in Powerby Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Soul of America by Jon Meacham
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Rise and Fall by Mitchell Zuckoff
Impeachment: An American History by Jeffrey A. Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, and Peter Baker
Parkland by Dave Cullen
Dissent and the Supreme Court by Melvin Urofsky
Songs of America by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw

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Direct download: Episode_230____Seasonal_Reads_-_America.m4a
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In this very special episode, Chris and Annie were finally able to sit down together for their first ever tandem live show! The occasion was the very first Bookshelf Reader Retreat, and good news: We’ll be doing this again.

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Direct download: Episode_229____Reader_Retreat_Live.m4a
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Listen. We've all seen the summer reading guides. We here at FtFP have even given you one. Beach, breezy, light, and fun. But what if I told you there was another option? You know, for those of you who don't live anywhere near a beach.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Campus Trilogy by David Lodge
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Witch Elm by Tana French
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Direct download: Episode_228____TackleSomeTomes.m4a
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Join Annie and frequent contributors Hunter and Emily for a discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s classic Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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Direct download: Episode_227____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._3.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Suuummertiiiiiime, and the front doors are swoooollen. Join Chris and Annie for a preview of the summer's hottest releases and a look back to some of our favorite backlist beach reads.

Some other "best of" lists we mentioned:
Good Housekeeping
Modern Mrs. Darcy 

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

New in 2019:
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Family of Origin by CJ Hauser
Stars of Alabama by Shawn Dietrich
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
The Queen by Josh Levin

Backlist:
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel
You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Limelight by Amy Poppel
Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt
Girl in the Water by Paula Hawkins
Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende
Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Direct download: Episode_226____Seasonal_Reads_-_Summer.m4a
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May came and went like a bullet train, but Annie and Chris are here to talk about what they read this month and/or are still reading.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Annie read:
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (on sale June 4)
The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
State of the Union by Nick Hornby
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Fall and Rise by Mitchell Zuckoff
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Prayer: Forty Days of Practice by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson

Chris is reading:
+ The Thebaid by Statius, translated by Charles Stanley Ross
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

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Direct download: Episode_225____May_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Sometimes you need to build some momentum between your hefty tomes, and sometimes you're sitting in an airport and just want a book you can finish before the plane lands. In any case, Chris and Annie are here for you to recommend some one- or two-sitting reads.

Ben Dolnick's New York Times article on the Binge Read is here.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
State of the Union by Nick Hornby
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
+ My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Our Souls at Night by Kent Harouf
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Shopgirl by Steve Martin
The Vanderbeekersof 141st Street by Karina Glaser
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Bloomability by Sharon Creech
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Holes by Louis Sachar
Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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Direct download: Episode_224____Quick_Reads.m4a
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We consulted with the rest of the Bookshelf staff and rounded up a list of our favorite "classic" books--whatever that means.

Olivia
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Villette by Charlotte Bronte

Nancy
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Lucy
Middlemarch by George Eliot
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Chris
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Annie
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

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Direct download: Episode_223____Our_Favorite_Classics.m4a
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It's wedding season, y'all, and Annie and Chris are here to guide you through the most relevant reads of the season.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give by Ada Calhoun
The Gown by Jennifer Robson
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
Standard Deviation by Katharine Heiny
Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Direct download: Episode_222____Seasonal_Reads_-_Wedding_Season.m4a
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The changing of the calendar page signals that Annie and Chris are back, as they are every month, to talk about what they read in April!

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
The Body in Question by Jill Clement (on sale June 11)
Family of Origin by CJ Hauser (on sale July 16)
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (on sale May 28)
How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper (on sale May 28)
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Direct download: Episode_221____April_Reading_Recap.m4a
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This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, so Annie and Chris are here to talk about WHY independent bookstores matter and to bring you a list of some of their favorites up and down the east coast--and beyond!

The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA
+ Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, FL
+ Sundog Books in Seaside, FL
+ Page and Palette in Fairhope, AL
+ Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA
+ Book Culture in New York, NY
+ Book People in Austin, TX
+ E. Shaver, Bookseller in Savannah, GA
+ Square Books in Oxford, MS
+ Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI
+ Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL
+ Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh, UK
+ Forum Books in Corbridge, UK
+ Wheatberry Books in Chillicothe, OH
+ Twenty Stories in Los Angeles, CA
+ The Bookshop (formerly Her Bookshop) in Nashville, TN
+ Greedy Reads in Baltimore, MD
+ Fabled Bookshop in Waco, TX
Books are Magic in New York, NY
+ Loyalty Bookstore in Washington, DC

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Direct download: Episode_220____Indie_Bookstore_Day_2019.m4a
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In honor of National Poetry Month, Chris and Annie are back to talk about their favorite poems, collections, and the words they've gotten stuck in their heads over the years.

Poets, poems, books, and collections mentioned this week:
+ Mary Oliver
+ William Wordsworth
+ "If" by Rudyard Kipling
+ "Mine Own John Poins" by Thomas Wyatt the Elder
+ John Donne, including "Holy Sonnet 10" and "Holy Sonnet 14"
+ Percy Shelley, including "Ode to the West Wind" and "Ozymandias"
+ John Milton, including Paradise Lost and "Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint"
+ "The Lanyard" by Billy Collins
+ "Orion" by Adrienne Rich
Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
+ T. S. Eliot, including "Little Gidding," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and The Waste Land
+ Emily Dickinson
She Walks in Beauty by Caroline Kennedy
+ Robert Frost
+ Shel Silverstein
A Year of Nature Poems by Joseph Coelho and Kelly Louise Judd
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (on sale in June)
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
Space Struck by Paige Lewis (on sale in October)
Millennial Roost by Dustin Pearson
A Family is a House by Dustin Pearson
Parse by Ruth Baumann
Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing
1919 by Eve L. Ewing (on sale in June)
+ Rupi Kaur
+ Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander
+ Tracy K. Smith
Go Ahead in the Rain by Hanif Abdurraqib

You can listen to Ruth Baumann's episode of From the Front Porch here.

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Direct download: Episode_219____Stuck_in_Your_Head.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Your favorite long-distance book club is back as Annie and frequent contributor Hunter discuss Mary Karr's celebrated memoir, The Liar's Club

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

The Liar's Club by Mary Karr

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Direct download: Episode_218____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._2.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

We all need a laugh now and then, and when better than prank season?

Learn more about Thomasville's Rose Show and Festival here.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Live from New York by Tom Shales and James Andre Miller
Bossypants by Tina Fey
You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiney
The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton
A Woman First: First Woman: A Deeply Personal Memoir by the Former President by "Selina Meyer"
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster and Jules Feiffer
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

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Direct download: Episode_217____Seasonal_Reads_-_April_Foolery.m4a
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Here at the end of our pollen-covered month, it's time to discuss what we were able read between, y'know, everything else.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson (on sale July 30)
Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson (on sale April 2)
Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl (on sale April 2)
Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen (on sale May 14)
Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Normal People by Sally Rooney (on sale April 16)
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (on sale April 9)

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Direct download: Episode_216____March_Reading_Recap.m4a
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Spring is officially springing, so Chris and Annie are back to tell you what books to look out for in this new green season.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Good Talk by Mira Jacob (on sale March 26)
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (on sale April 9)
What My Mother And I Don't Talk About by various authors (on sale April 30)
See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes
Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt
The Moth Presents Occasional Magic by various authors
The Second Mountain by David Brooks (on sale April 16)
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly (on sale April 9)
If, Then by Kate Hope Day
I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott
Normal People by Sally Rooney (on sale April 16)
A Sin By Any Other Name by Robert W. Lee (on sale April 2)

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Direct download: Episode_215____Spring_Literary_Lineup.m4a
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It's March, and everything's gone MAD! Annie is joined by her husband, Jordan, for their annual adventure through book brackets and The Bookshelf's recent bestsellers.

1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
2. The Current by Tim Johnston
3. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
4. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
5. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
6. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
7. Becoming by Michelle Obama
8. Educated by Tara Westover
9. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
10. Hey Ladies! by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz
11. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
12. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
13. I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) by Beth A. Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland
14. The Point of It All by Charles Krauthammer
15. Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
16. The Library Book by Susan Orlean

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Direct download: Episode_214____March_Madness_2019.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

I don't know what it's like where you live, but we're in the middle of a cold snap, and it doesn't feel much like spring break. Join us this week on a new installment of Seasonal Reads in which we recommend just the right books to get you ready for a break. Spring break forever.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt
Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison
A Separation by Katie Kitamura
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
The From-Aways by CJ Hauser
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

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Direct download: Episode_213____Seasonal_Reads_-_Spring_Break.m4a
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February is the shortest month of the year, and it really felt like it this time around! Join Annie and Chris as they discuss what they were able to read this month--because they were some really good ones.

You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store.

Annie read:
Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (on sale July 16)
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (on sale March 5)
+ Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt (on sale March 5)
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey (on sale June 11)
Dopesick by Beth Macy

Chris read:
Multiple Man by Matthew Rosenberg and Andy MacDonald

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Direct download: Episode_212____February_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Annie is joined once again by frequent contributors Hunter McLendon and Emily McKenna for the first installment in our new series, Backlist Book Club. Up first on the docket: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin.

You can purchase any of the books mentioned on today's episode at The Bookshelf.

Hunter's list of recommended list of resources is as follows:
+ The Stacks
+ read.rewind
+ reads_by_rodkelly
+ absorbedinpages

You can follow Hunter and Emily on Instagram.

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Direct download: Episode_211____Backlist_Book_Club_Vol._1.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Book-to-Movie Nominations

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

First Man by James R. Hansen

+ Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Lee Israel

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

+ Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

Our Recs Based on Best Picture

If you liked Black Panther, try:

Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

If you liked BlacKkKlansman or Green Book, try:

Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

If you liked Bohemian Rhapsody or A Star is Born, try:

Moonage Daydream by Davie Bowie

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Life by Keith Richards

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you liked The Favourite, try:

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland

If you liked Vice, try:

Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

Days of Fire by Peter Baker

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Direct download: Episode_210____Oscar_Season_Reading_Recs.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Love is in the air, which is how you know it's time for Chris and Annie to jump into February's edition of Seasonal Reads.

Also, a brief history of the term "romance."

Yvain, or The Knight with the Lion by Chretien de Troyes

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

+ What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis-Graves (on sale April 2)

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casie McQuiston (on sale May 14)

One Day in December by Josie Silver

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

I'll Have What She's Having by Erin Carlson

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Direct download: Episode_209____Seasonal_Reads_-_Romance.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In this very special bonus episode of From the Front Porch, Annie interviews Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Silvers, the ladies behind the hit Pantsuit Politics podcast and the brand new book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), on sale today. 

Learn more about their show at their website.

You can purchase their book through The Bookshelf.

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Direct download: Bonus_Episode____Pantsuit_Politics.m4a
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On this, the 87th day of January, Chris and Annie attempt to distract you from the polar vortex with a hopefully delightful chat about the books they finished this month. It was a long one, folks!

Annie read:

All These Wonders edited by Catherine Burns

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Leading Men by Christopher Castellani

Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

+ The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson

When You Read This by Mary Adkins (on sale February 5)

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray (on sale February 19)

The Current by Tim Johnston

I Think You're Wrong, but I'm Listening by Sarah Steward Holland and Beth A. Silvers (on sale February 5)

Chris read:

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Death of Arthur from The Lancelot-Grail Cycle translated by Norris Lacy

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Direct download: Episode_208____January_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

There's been some hubbub in the online book world about something Marie Kondo may or may not have said about how many books you should keep in your home. This week on the show, Annie and Chris attempt to set the record straight and consider how and why we value the books we love.

You can read the Bustle article on KonMari by Kerri Jarema here.

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Direct download: Episode_207____KonMari_and_the_30_Books_Rule.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Believe it or not, we're only two weeks into the new year. It's a time when many of us make new resolutions and restart aspects of our lives with fresh eyes and a fresh heart. This week on the show, Chris and Annie talk about all the things "fresh start" might mean--and all the books to help yours.

Also, as with last week, we accidentally recorded with a built-in laptop microphone, so please excuse our audio quality!

Mentioned this week:
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Cozy Minimalist Home by Miquillyn Smith
Calypso by David Sedaris
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Why Not Meby Mindy Kaling
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Philipps
+
 Becoming by Michelle Obama
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
+ Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
+ This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
+ Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
+ Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vaderkam
Essentialism by Brene Brown
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
+ Hey Ladies by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

If you're not already on board, check out Libro.fm for all your audiobook needs.

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Direct download: Episode_206____Seasonal_Reads_-_Fresh_Start.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Happy New Year! For real this time. This week, Annie and Chris talk about what worked and what didn't in 2018 and about setting their reading goals and intentions for the new year. It's just the time for a fresh start. 

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Direct download: Episode_205____Reading_Resolutions_Vol._5.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Happy New Year! For auld lang syne, Annie and Chris sat down to answer some leftover listener questions from our recent 200th episode. 

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Direct download: Episode_204____Leftovers_or_Mailbag_Vol._5.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

We made it! Thanks for everything you've given us, 2018, but we're moving on. Before we do, though, we've compiled our own end-of-year list to share with our listeners. What were your favorite books this year? 

Annie's favorite books of the year:
Hey Ladies! by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz
Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
+ My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
+ Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
+ Educated by Tara Westover 
The Female Persuasion by Meg Woltizer
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
There There by Tommy Orange
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Chris's favorite books of the year:
The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce
There There by Tommy Orange
Calypso by David Sedaris
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey

Chris's unofficial aggregate of the internet's favorite books:
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
There There by Tommy Orange
Educated by Tara Westover
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Incendiares by R. O. Kwon
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam
Florida by Lauren Groff
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
Melmoth by Sarah Perry

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Direct download: Episode_203____Best_Books_of_2018.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Annie is joined once again by frequent guest contributors Hunter and Emily to discuss Puddin' by Julie Murphy.

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Direct download: Episode_202____Love_It_or_Loathe_It_Vol._16.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

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Direct download: Episode_201____Live_with_Knox_McCoy.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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.

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Direct download: Episode_200____Mailbag_Vol._4.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

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Direct download: Episode_199____November_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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.

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Direct download: Episode_198____In_the_Kitchen.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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.

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Direct download: Episode_197____The_Newsroom.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

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Direct download: Episode_196____Great_American_Read_Revisited.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

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Direct download: Episode_195____October_Reading_Recap.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

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Direct download: Episode_194____Seasonal_Halloween_Reads.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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

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Direct download: Episode_193____Underappreciated.m4a
Category:books -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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.

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