From the Front Porch (general)

Annie is joined this week by cousin, friend and former Bookshelf staffer, Ashley Sherlock. The two will pair books with some of their favorite TV shows.

The books discussed today can be purchased online from The Bookshelf:

  • Britt-Marie is Here by Fredrik Backman (matched withTed Lasso on Apple TV+)

  • Long Bright River by Liz Moore (matched with Ozark on Netflix)

  • Three by D.A. Mishani (matched with You on Netflix)

  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (matched with Tiger King on Netflix)

  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (matched with Gilmore Girls)

  • I Think You’re Wrong, but I’m Listening by Beth A. Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland (matched with The Politician)

  • Savage News by Jessica Yellin and Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen (matched with The Morning Show on Apple TV+)

  • One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (matched with Married at First Sight)

  • Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel and All Adults Here by Emma Straub (matched with Schitts Creek)

  • Layoverland by Gabby Noone, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (matched with The Good Place)

  • The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert and The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller (matched with The Great British Bake Off)

  • Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (matched with Fleabag)

  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (matched with Love on the Spectrum on Netflix)

  • The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames (matched with The Baby-Sitter’s Club on Netflix)

  • The Bright Lands by John Fram (matched with Lovecraft Country on HBO)

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 Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin, and Ashley is reading A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost.

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 fellow royals aficionado, Courtney Kinsey to discuss the book Finding Freedom. Courtney and her sister Betsy host the podcast, I Do Declare!

The book discussed today can be purchased online from The Bookshelf:

A full transcript of today's podcast can be found online 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 Recommended for You by Laura Silverman, and Courtney is reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley.

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 today by my friend Hunter McLendon to talk all about personal libraries. What books do we buy, which do we borrow? What titles stay on our shelves forever and which ones make their way to a donation bin?

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

The New York Times' piece about celebrities' bookshelves is 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 Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Hunter is reading Writers & Lovers by Lily King.

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 Olivia sat down in the middle of the chaos to talk about The Bookshelf’s reading challenge (of sorts!) for 2020. We covered all sorts of categories, with a variety of books:

  • A Is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

  • Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl

  • There There by Tommy Orange

  • The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich

  • This Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila

  • Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson

  • She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

  • Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

  • Brief Answers to Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

  • A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  • The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner

  • Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith

  • The Other Side of the Coin by Angela Kelly

  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkienn

  • The Martian by Andy Weir

  • The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

  • The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

  • Bread and Wine; Bittersweet; Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

  • Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

  • Flour + Water by Thomas McNaughton

  • The Apprentice by Jacques Pepin

  • Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White

  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

  • Illegal by Eion Colfer

  • Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Aliyy

  • We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

  • The Great Gatsby and Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

  • We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

  • Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey

  • Seven Days in Augusta by Mark Cannizzaro

  • Believe It by Nick Foles

  • The City Game by Matthew Goodman

  • Open by Andre Agassi

Find your Bookish bingo card 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's 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.

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Today, Annie is diving into listeners’ bookish dilemmas with some literary therapy. Topics include romance novels, tackling nonfiction, genre shame, and, of course, Little Women. Pretend Annie is coming to you live from Seattle, because she is Annie Jones, and she is listening.

Want to leave a voicemail for the next round of Literary Therapy? Email podcast@bookshelfthomasville.com, or leave a voicemail here.

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Americana by Bhu Srinivasan

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino

27 Dresses by Jesse Russell

Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy by Ann Boyd Rioux

March Sisters by Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado & Jane Smiley

Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra

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 Handle with Care by Lore Ferguson Wilbert.

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, Hunter, and Emily are back with another volume of Love It or Loathe It, our show within a show in which we have a book club-style discussion about a divisive book. This week: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

Also mentioned this week:
The Blondes by Emily Schultz
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Big Sick
Master of None
+ The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Special mid-credits guest appearance by Margery K. Bear. 

Thank you, as always, to Forlorn Strangers. Learn more at their website.

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Welcome to the brand new month of September! School is back in session, Fall is (kinda-sorta) in the air, and change is afoot. Check out our new podcast website and see all the new, special content we've been making just for you! Also, Nick and Vanessa? Donezo. 

Mentioned this week:
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Liberal Arts 
Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
Friends from College 
Tribal by Diane Roberts
Tribe by Sebastian Junger
Against Football by Steve Almond
The One and Only by Emily Giffin

Learn more about Forlorn Strangers at their website.
Support us on Patreon here.
Find your favorite books in our online store

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August is over, and we're ready to celebrate. Annie and Chris are back to talk about the books they read in August, despite--or maybe in spite of--how terrible the month of August is. Also, can the old Taylor please come to the phone?

Chris read:
+ nothing
+ life gets in the way
+ part of How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Annie read:
Final Girls by Riley Sager
The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco (on sale October 3)
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
The Party by Robyn Harding

Also mentioned:
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
Brain on Fire by Susannah Calahan
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Seven by Jen Hatmaker
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
The Dinner by Herman Koch

There are changes on the horizon! Stay tuned! 

There's one day left to sign up for September's Shelf Subscription pick, so check out our store website for more details!

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Annie and Bookshelf staffer Chris share their love for the Oscars and this year's Oscar-inspired books, plus they chat briefly about Harper Lee and what her death means to the literary world. 

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Annie chats with the ladies from Open Door Adoption Agency -- Lauren Fielding and Sarah Taylor -- about adoption, Bob Goff, and life in Thomasville. Bob Goff is headed to The Bookshelf on October 1; come snag a copy of his bestselling book Love Does and get it signed!

(Like what you heard about Open Door Adoption? Consider donating to their endowment or making a monthly financial commitment to their organization here.) 

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Annie chats with Florida State University entrepreneur-in-residence Christine Nieves; the two discuss porch swings and creativity, the importance of connection, and life in the new South (hint: it's a lot of storytelling and hard work). Christine also lists her favorite spots in Tallahassee and Thomasville: Quarter Moon Imports, Black Dog, Ripe City Urban Farm, Railroad Square, Fermentation Lounge, Grasslands Brewery, Jonah's, and Sweet Grass Dairy

Follow Christine on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

Rate and review From the Front Porch on iTunes here

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Annie lists the books she read in June, including The Rocks by Peter Nichols, The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. (This episode also includes references to the Emily books by L.M. Montgomery and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. 

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Ever wondered if Grey's Anatomy is an accurate portrayal of med school? Annie interviews Sidney Webb, communications specialist at The Bookshelf. Sidney covers shop events and operates the store's social media accounts; in this episode, she and Annie discuss how working at The Bookshelf is a lot like working for a church, and how medical school isn't exactly like Shonda Rhimes says it is (go figure).

- Sidney's in charge of The Bookshelf's online presence; see how she's doing by following the store's social media accounts: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  

- Check out Thomasville's downtown newspaper, the Thomasville Townie

- Some of Annie's favorite bloggers are medical school wives like Sidney: Jolie of Becoming Jolie, who happens to have a lovely Etsy shop, too; Grace of Camp Patton; and Kate of The Life and Writings of Kate Baer.

- Annie and Sidney are lobbying for store manager Rebekah to play the beloved Anne Shirley in Thomasville On Stage and Company's production of Anne of Green Gables. Join our imaginary petition?

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It's 100 degrees here, which means it's time to dream of beach umbrellas and fruity drinks. In Episode 3 of From the Front Porch, Annie and Katie rattle off their favorite books to bring on summer vacation, but they also debate the age-old question: Do we read for purpose or pleasure (or a little bit of both)? They tackle that oh-so-controversial Slate article, and Annie defends reading YA literature -- in moderation, of course. (Special thanks this episode to our editing + sound guru, TJ Poole, who keeps this little operation afloat. Techies are our BFF.)

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Jodi gives Annie the scoop on which Georgia farms will let you spend the night and how to shop at a Farmer's Market. From pig farms and corn mazes to tractor pulls and pumpkin patches, Jodi will give you the 411 on Georgia agri-tourism. 

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