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Welcome to "From the Front Porch," a collection of conversations on books, small business, and life in the South. Each week, we share stories from the shop and happenings from our small town in South Georgia, all recorded from the comfort of Annie's front porch settled among the streets of downtown Thomasville. Follow along our adventures in store ownership, and eavesdrop into quirky conversations from our staff's day-to-day behind the counter. We'll introduce you to Thomasville's diverse cast of characters and share our favorite books of the season.

Episode Date
Episode 184 || Curriculum
47:50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug 16, 2018
Episode 183 || Owner of the Bookshelf
45:04

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

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Aug 09, 2018
Episode 182 || July Reading Recap
49:52

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

Also, we need to talk about the train.

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

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Aug 02, 2018
Episode 181 || Baby Got Backlist
42:34

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

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

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Jul 26, 2018
Episode 180 || How to Love Your Indie from Afar, or Shelf Subscription Insider, Vol. 2
38:14

One of the most exciting options the Bookshelf offers is the Shelf Subscription, a book-a-month club featuring newly released hardcovers from your favorite independent booksellers. This week on the podcast, Chris and Annie break down what the Shelf Subscription is, how it works, what you can expect, and how to get started. 

Listen closely for code that will net you a 10% discount on your subscription--only available through August 19!

For more information or to start your subscription today, click here.

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Jul 19, 2018
Episode 179 || Beautiful Downtown Thomasville, Georgia
38:15

We're taking a quick break from books this week to talk about the small businesses on our street as we take you on a tour of our slice of life in the South: beautiful downtown Thomasville, GA.

Special thanks to our neighbors:
+ The Paxton
+ Sweet Grass Dairy
+ South Life Supply
+ Grassroots Coffee
+ Firefly
+ Farmer's Daughter Vineyard
+ The Hare and the Hart
+ Kathy's Shoes
+ Savannah Moon
+ Q Cafe
+ Liam's
+ Jonah's
+ Chop House on the Bricks
+ Caroline Hill
+ Fuzzy Goat
+ Smith Collective
+ Empire Bagel
+ Wildflower Interiors
+ Lapham-Patterson House
+ Jack Hadley Black History Museum 
+ Taste of Thomasville

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Jul 12, 2018
Episode 178 || June Reading Recap
39:52

It's the end of the month, and we made it--along with some thoughts and feelings about cover songs and Canadian ice dancers. Chris and Annie talk through the books they read in the month of June. 

If you'd like to purchase any of the books we discussed this episode, just follow the links below!

Annie read:
Dreams of Falling by Karen White
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan 
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Chris read:
Me, Myself and Them by Dan Mooney
Calypso by David Sedaris
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

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Jul 05, 2018
Episode 177 || Love It or Loathe It, Vol. 11
38:54

Sorry for the delay! This week, Emily and Hunter are back for Love It or Loathe It to talk with Annie about Kevin Kwon's Crazy Rich Asians

If you would like to purchase Crazy Rich Asians, you can do so from The Bookshelf.

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Jun 28, 2018
Episode 176 || Summer Literary Lineup
37:50

It's time for our seasonal look at what's on the horizon in Book World! These are Chris and Annie's picks for summer 2018.

Also, not every novel whose title is just a woman's first name was necessarily written in the 18th century. 

New in June:
There There by Tommy Orange
Florida by Lauren Groff
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir
Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Dreams of Falling by Karen White
Us Against You by Frederik Backman

New in July:
The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon (on sale July 31)
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (on sale July 3)
The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller (on sale July 17)
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (on sale July 10)
+ A Double Life by Flynn Berry (on sale July 31)

New in August:
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis (on sale August 7)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (on sale August 14)

Jun 21, 2018
Episode 175 || Live with Anne Bogel
47:32

This week, we have a very special live show with friend of the show Anne Bogel, host of What Should I Read Next? 

By the way! Our next Love It or Loathe It (in two weeks) will be centered around Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. 

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Jun 14, 2018
Episode 174 || The Great American Read
37:50

PBS has recently released a two-part special called The Great American Read, hosted by Meredith Vieira and filled with interviews and sound bites from well-known authors and readers on the hundred novels that America loves best. This week on the show, Annie and Chris give their takes on the list.

Also, goat or beaver?

Please take just a minute to fill out our short survey.

PBS's list can be found here

You can watch the special through your local PBS affiliate here

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Jun 07, 2018
Episode 173 || May Reading Recap
41:41

As the old and definitely very common saying goes, May is the December of the spring, and with that in mind, it's time for our regular recap of the books Chris and Annie read this month. 

If you've got a few minutes, help us out by filling out this survey.

Annie read: 
The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Minding the Store by Julie Gaines (on sale October 30)
Hey Ladies! by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz
The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel
+ Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman
A Double Life by Flynn Berry (on sale July 31)

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May 31, 2018
Episode 172 || Mockingbird
43:06

Annie puts her journalism degree to use as she and Chris conduct a deep dive into the complicated legal and literary legacy of Harper Lee and Monroeville, AL. 

We also have a short survey for you. Thanks so much for your time!

Mentioned this week:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills

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May 24, 2018
Episode 171 || Southern Literary Trail
37:50

Want to take a book-themed summer road trip and see where some of your favorite Southern authors lived and breathed? Well then we have the show for you. This week, Chris and Annie talk about the Southern Literary Trail, organized by the Mississippi State University libraries. Learn more at their website.

Selected authors on the Trail:
+ Truman Capote
+ Harper Lee
+ F. Scott Fitzgerald
+ Zelda Fitzgerald
+ Ralph Ellison
+ Carson McCullers
+ Flannery O'Connor
+ Alice Walker
+ Tennessee Williams
+ Eudora Welty
+ Walker Percy
+ Richard Wright
+ William Faulkner

Check out the Outdoor Kitchens menu for the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival here.

Learn more about the Historic Mary Elizabeth Stallworth Home Bed and Breakfast in Beatrice, Alabama here.

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May 17, 2018
Episode 170 || Children's Book Week
33:58

We missed Children's Book Week last week because our Reading Recap real estate is very valuable, but we want to take this opportunity to tell you about some of our favorite new books for kids and get side-tracked several times along the way!

We also have new Shelf Subscription options available for children, middle readers, and young adults! Learn more and subscribe here.

Mentioned this week:
Hedge Hog
Not Quite Narwhal
Part-Time Mermaid
+ Is It a Mermaid?
Alma
Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
Phoebe and Her Unicorn
Izzy Gizmo
Out of Left Field
Last Kids on Earth
Be Prepared

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May 10, 2018
Episode 169 || April Reading Recap
36:09

April showers bring Mayflowers, but what do Mayflowers bring? Well, that's complicated, but what Annie and Chris bring to the table is a new recap of what they read in April. 

Also, social media? Donezo.

Annie read:
Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
Limelight by Amy Poeppel
The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (on sale June 5)
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
The Sarah Book by Scott McClanahan

For a fantastic story about a local production of Peter Pan gone awry, check out this classic episode of This American Life.

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May 03, 2018
Episode 168 || Missed Opportunities
37:51

Have you ever finished a book and thought, "...Really?" This week on the show, Chris and Annie talk you through the [mostly good] books they've read with endings or other elements that just should have been a little different.

Also, Lordy, I hope there are tapes.

Mentioned this week:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
11/22/63 by Stephen King
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Apr 26, 2018
Episode 167 || Bookshelf Reading Challenge 2018
41:50

It's time to forge ahead into the wild unknown. Are you ready to earn 20% off a Bookshelf purchase? Follow along with Chris and Annie as they explain the terms of this year's Bookshelf Reading Challenge!

Also, do we sound different?

Mentioned this week:
Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Encyclopedia Brown by Daniel J. Sobol
The All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Familiar Enemy by Ardis Butterfield
Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
Dead Wake by Erik Larsen
Tale of Two Americas by various
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes
The Evangelicals by Frances FitzGerald
Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
Arrival by Ted Chiang
How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
+ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Black Panther by various
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
+ Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The Color of Water by James McBride
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
The Hospital by Ahmed Bouanani
You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
The Dry by Jane Harper
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
An American Marriage by 
Reunion by Hannah Pittard
Sean of the South by Sean Dietrich
Portrait of the Alcoholic by Kaveh Akbar
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Last Things by Marissa Moss
Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This episode is sponsored by the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation. Learn more at their website.

We talked about poetry with Will Fargason and Ruth Baumann in Episode 114.

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Apr 19, 2018
Episode 166 || Love It or Loathe It, Vol. 12
49:36

Annie sits down for our bi-monthly show-within-a-show with frequent guests Emily and Hunter. This month, one of President Obama's favorite books of 2017, The Power by Naomi Alderman.

This week's episode is brought to you in part by the City of Thomasville's 97th annual Rose Show and Festival. To learn more (and to begin booking your trip), check out the City of Thomasville's website.

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Apr 12, 2018
Episode 165 || March Reading Recap
35:30

It's April, which means it's time to talk about what Chris and Annie were able to read in March. Follow along as we give our reviews!

And hey, so sorry about all that background noise. Starting with episode 167, we will be recording with a brand new microphone setup and our quality should dramatically improve. Thank you so much for bearing with us in this transition period!

Annie read:
+ Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi (on sale now)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
+ All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñafor (on sale May 15)
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
Sociable by Rebecca Harrington

Chris read:
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

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Apr 05, 2018
Episode 164 || How Do You Read?
39:08

Do you have a favorite chair for reading? Maybe a front porch swing or a cozy bay window? A hammock, perhaps? This week, Annie and Chris talk about reading preferences. How to do it, why, under what circumstances, and how much at a time. Also, there aren't waterproof casts, right?

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Mar 29, 2018
Episode 163 || Spring Literary Lineup
30:48

Spring is in the air, which means pollen is in our sinuses, but Chris and Annie are here for your curated and almost week-by-week guide through some of this season's exciting new releases.

Also, it occurs to me that many of you probably don't listen all the way to the end of the episode... You might enjoy what you find back there--and for the past 30 or so episodes. :)

Featured books:
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (on sale now)
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (on sale April 3)
The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel (on sale May 1)
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (on sale May 8)
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel (on sale May 15)
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (on sale June 5)
The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (on sale June 12)

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Mar 22, 2018
Episode 162 || March Madness 2018
44:24

Annie sits down for her husband Jordan for their annual March Madness episode, a long-standing FTFP tradition. This episode is sponsored by the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation; the Foundation's new book, Thomasville in Concert, celebrates the Foundation's 80 years in Thomasville. You can purchase the beautiful new book (written by our friend Nadia Watts) on the TEF website or in-store at The Bookshelf.  

This year's book bracket features The Bookshelf's "sweet sixteen" -- the 16 bestselling books of 2018 thus far: 
+ Gracism
by David Anderson
+ Beauty
by John O'Donohue
+ Tell Me More
by Kelly Corrigan
+ Text Me When You Get Home
by Kayleen Schaefer
+ The Afterlives
by Thomas Pierce
+ The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin
+ A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
+ Awayland
by Ramona Ausubel
+ Sunburn
by Laura Lippman
+ Only Child
by Rhiannon Navin
+ Fire Sermon
by Jamie Quatro
+ The Driest Season
by Meghan Kenny
+ We Were the Lucky Ones
by Georgia Hunter
+ The Widows of Malabar Hill
by Sujata Massey
+ Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward
+ Feel Free
by Zadie Smith

Other books mentioned on today's episode include: 

+ Help, Thanks, Wow
by Anne Lamott
+ To Bless the Space Between Us
by John O'Donohue
+ Rabbit Cake
by Annie Hartnett
+ Room
by Emma Donoghue
+ To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
+ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
+ Walking on Water
by Madeleine L'Engle

You can listen to previous March Madness episodes here

The Out of Print book bracket from 2016 is still online

This episode
of On Being with John O'Donohue is so worth your time.

Follow along with Anne Bogel's Book Flight Bonanza here.  

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Mar 15, 2018
Episode 161 || Shelf Subscription Insider
30:42

You've heard us talk about Shelf Subscriptions before, but it occurred to us that many of our listeners may not know exactly what it is we're talking about. This week, Annie and Chris are joined by bookseller Kate Sutton, one of the main cogs in the machine that is fulfilling Shelf Subscription mailing orders. Also, read the reviews on your Airbnb before book.

Interested in subscribing? Learn more and set up your pick at our store website.

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Mar 08, 2018
Episode 160 || February Reading Recap
39:08

February flew by, but Annie and Chris read some great books along the way. Follow along as they recap what they read. Also, ice dancing.

Annie read:
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (on sale March 27)
Places I Stopped on the Way Home by Meg Fee (on sale May 8)
The All of It by Jeanette Haien
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (on sale May 8)
Educated by Tara Westover

Chris read:
The Hospital by Ahmed Bouanani (on sale June 26)

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Mar 01, 2018
Episode 159 || Red Carpet Books
34:47

It's that time of year again. Chris and Annie are here to talk about the Academy's 
If you liked Lady Bird, we recommend:
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

If you liked The Shape of Water, we recommend:
Awayland by Ramona Ausubel
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

If you liked Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, we recommend:
A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
The Hunting Ground by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

If you liked Call Me By Your Name, we recommend:
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

If you liked The Post, we recommend:
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

If you liked Dunkirk, we recommend:
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

If you liked Phantom Thread, reevaluate your choices, and then we recommend:
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

If you liked Get Out, we recommend:
+ So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Feb 22, 2018
Episode 158 || Love is in the Air
28:07

In the spirit of St. Valentine and Fabio, Annie and Chris are talking about romance in literature--the kind we like, the kind we don't, and why it seems like YA seems to be doing it best. 

Mentioned this week: 
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
+ The Meet Cute Series by HarperCollins Publishers 

You can listen to this week's This American Life here.

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Feb 15, 2018
Episode 157 || Love It or Loathe It, Vol. 11
33:35

It's the latest installment of our show within a show, Love It or Loathe It, in which frequent contributors Emily and Hunter discuss a contentious book with Annie in a book club-style roundtable. This week: Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro.

Also mentioned this week:
+ What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
The Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates

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Feb 08, 2018
Episode 156 || January Reading Recap
31:38

It's our first monthly reading recap of 2018, and it's relatively light--in a good way! Follow along as Annie and Chris work their way through what they read, tropical fungal rash, and whatever David Duchovny is doing blurbing novels.

Annie read:
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
+ History of Wolves
by Emily Fridlund
+ Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti
+ This Love Story Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen

Chris read:
+ The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus

Also mentioned:
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Feb 01, 2018
Episode 155 || Time's Up
37:32

There's a lot happening in the news lately, and it's hard to know where to turn sometimes when it seems like everyone has hard opinions and no one wants to give. We like being a cozy place for you, but that's honestly kind of difficult sometimes, especially when we're passionate about something. This week, Chris and Annie talk about that difficulty. Also, check your tire pressure.

Mentioned this week:
+ This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
If I Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down My Blouse by Gina Barreca
You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Shrill by Lindy West
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins (on sale January 30)
Text Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer (on sale February 8)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

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Jan 25, 2018
Episode 154 || New Year, New You?
27:05

It's a new year and we've got our resolutions ready, but what about all those books that are supposed to help us sort ourselves out? This week, Annie and Chris chat about self-help and personal growth. Pretty scary, right?

Mentioned this week:
The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
The New Minimalism by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici
The Capsule Wardrobe by Wendy Mak
The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees
The Art of Stopping Time by Pedram Shojai
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (on sale February 6)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill by Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
The Four Tendencieby Gretchen Rubin
+ The Family Manager by Kathy Peel
The Simplified Life by Emily Ley
When by Daniel H. Pink
Originals by Adam Grant
Grit by Angela Duckworth
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam

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Jan 18, 2018
Episode 153 || Reading Resolutions, Vol. 4
27:42

It's a new year, so Chris and Annie are back to discuss their reading plans for 2018. Spoiler: We're not doing quantitative tracking. Also, what is the natural habitat of the North American beaver?

Additionally, an extended discussion on Jason Rekulak's The Impossible Fortress​​​​​​​ and what "YA" means in terms of readership. 

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Jan 11, 2018
Episode 152 || Live with Jamie Golden
56:28

Annie sits down with Jamie Golden, cohost of The Popcast, in front of a LIVE audience to talk about books and pop culture.

Learn more about The Popcast here

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Jan 04, 2018
Episode 151 || Best Books of 2017
40:18

It's our last episode of 2017, so it's time for a SUPER-SIZED reading recap. Chris and Annie walk you through their favorite books of 2017, and here they are! Thanks so much for sticking with us, even when our sound quality is far below what we typically aim for.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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See you in 2018!

Dec 28, 2017
Episode 150 || Mailbag, Vol. 3
49:20

Thank you for getting us to 150 episodes! This week, Annie and Chris answer YOUR questions.

One popular question was, "Where does Annie get her own book recommendations?" Well, here's a big shout out to:
@avidbookshop
@tylergoodson
@_marcidarling
@bookshelf.tees
@annebogel
@bookofthemonth
@jaclyncrupi
@riverheadbooks
@booksaremagicbk
@laura.tremaine
@notetosarah
@erindotsmith
@etst
@leighkramer
@karibaumann
@jamiebgolden
@knoxmccoy

If you want to hear Chris and Annie talk about Great Books curriculum at a time when they didn't know one another very well, listen to Episode 35 here.

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Dec 21, 2017
Episode 149 || Love It or Loathe It, Vol. 10
39:12

It's the latest installment of our show within a show, Love It or Loathe It, in which Annie, Emily, and Hunter discuss a contentious book in a book club-style roundtable. This week: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.

Also mentioned this week:
+ Room by Emma Donoghue
Get Out

SPOILER DISCUSSION OCCURS BETWEEN 19:00 AND 21:12.

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Dec 14, 2017
Episode 148 || November Reading Recap
36:20

The holiday season is upon us, which means it's time for us to recap what we read in the month of November. Give thanks! Also, Universal, please consider changing how your lockers work. 

Annie read:
Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman (on sale February 27)
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson (on sale February 20)

Chris read:
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Also mentioned:
Mindhunter
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

This episode is brought to you in part by the city of Thomasville. Come join us for Victorian Christmas, our annual celebration of the holiday in the manner of a Victorian street fair! Mark December 14 and 15 on your calendars and learn more here

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Dec 07, 2017
Episode 147 || The New Childhood Classics
28:31

'Tis the season to start thinking about children's books! What will you buy this year for the young reader in your life? Chris and Annie have some suggestions for you this week, hopefully beyond the old standards--not that there's anything wrong with the old standards! Also, weird moles.

Mentioned this week:
Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dragons Love Tacos Too by Adam Rubin
Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone
Franklin's Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell and Kathie Harnett
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
There's a Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman
Little Red by Bethan Woollvin
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
Hooray for Hat by Dave Won
Boss Baby by Marla Frazee
Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee
King Baby by Kate Beaton
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
God's Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell
Big and Small, God Made Them All by Ben Wilder
The Story Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

This episode is brought to you in part by the city of Thomasville. Come join us for Victorian Christmas, our annual celebration of the holiday in the manner of a Victorian street fair! Mark December 14 and 15 on your calendars and learn more here

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Nov 30, 2017
Episode 146 || Food for Thought
28:45

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we're coming to you a couple days early! Spend time with us, and then spend time with your loved ones. Best of both worlds. This week, Annie and Chris talk about food books, cookbooks, and how feasting structures our lives. Also, bedbugs.

Featured this week:
The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn
Cooked by Michael Pollan
Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community by Wendell Berry
Voracious by Cara Nicoletti
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone
Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon
Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

Follow Joy the Baker here. (Or Drake on Cake here.)

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Nov 21, 2017
Episode 145 || New Books for Old Souls
34:29

Sometimes we talk about old books like they're sacred and have nothing to do with what we're reading day to day, but new books and old books both speak to us, don't they? And sometimes they speak to each other. This week, Chris and Annie discuss some of their favorite classics and their favorite new books as if they are cousins. Of the kissing variety?

For instance, if you like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, check out Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett.

If you like One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you may enjoy Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.

If you like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, you may enjoy The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

If you like Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, you may enjoy My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

If you like The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, you may enjoy The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

If you like The Giver by Lois Lowry, you may enjoy Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. 

If you like In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, you may enjoy American Fire by Monica Hesse.

If you like The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, you may enjoy Blankets by Craig Thompson.

If you like The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, you may enjoy Delancey by Molly Wizenberg.

If you like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, you may enjoy The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.

November 25 is Small Business Saturday! Come visit us at the Bookshelf and see all of our small business friends. If you can't come to Thomasville that weekend, support your local businesses!

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Nov 16, 2017
Episode 144 || October Reading Recap
37:32

It's a week later than usual, but it's a brand new month, which means it's time for a reading recap, our monthly feature in which Annie and Chris briefly review what they read this month. October was long, but we read some great books!

Annie read:
Thanks, Obama by David Litt
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
Unbelievable by Katy Tur
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Chris read:
Pregnant Butch by A. K. Summers
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Also mentioned:
+ Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Nov 09, 2017
Episode 143 || Short Form
37:39

Why do so many readers seem to be afraid of short stories? Annie and Chris chat with author and professor CJ Hauser about how short stories are different from novels, how to approach a collection, and why book clubs should embrace shorts.

Stop worrying and love the short story! 

Mentioned this episode:
+ The Collected Stories of Grace Paley
Selected Stories: Andre Dubus
+ Flannery O'Connor: The Complete Stories
+ We're in Trouble by Christopher Coake
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
Emporiuby Adam Johnson
Later, at the Bar by Rebecca Barry
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
One More Thing by B. J. Novak
Music for Wartime by Rebecca Makkai
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Awayland by Ramona Ausubel
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

CJ's favorite collections:
Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
Bear Down, Bear North by Melinda Moustakis
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

Annie's favorite collections:
+ St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor

Chris's favorite collections:
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

Learn more about CJ and find links to her writing on her website

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Nov 02, 2017
Episode 142 || A Good Scare
28:39

'Tis the season for ~spooky scary~ reads, so Chris and Annie are back to talk about suspense, horror, and why we sometimes need a good scare. Also, WHAT is the title of this book? There's a dog and a creepy neighbor. That's all we've got. 

Mentioned this week:
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
Goosebumps by R. L. Stine
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
+ Edgar Allan Poe
Boo to You Too by Elizabeth Rogers
The Littlest Witch by Jeanne Massey
The Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
Velocity by Dean Koontz
The Taking by Dean Koontz
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Final Girls by Riley Sager
There's Somebody Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
The Likeness by Tana French
The Secret Place by Tana French
The Fever by Megan Abbott
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Lost Girls by Robert Kolker
Who Killed These Girls? by Beverly Lowry
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
IT by Stephen King
My Friend Dahmer by John Backderf
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

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Oct 26, 2017
Episode 141 || What Should I Listen To Next?
30:48

Let's face it: when you read a lot, it can be a strain on the eyes. And you can't multitask with a book in your hands. And reading while driving will get you pulled over. Thankfully, the slow march of progress has given us an answer. This week is all about the audiobook. Annie and Chris talk about their experience with and admiration of the audiobook along with some of their favorites. Find them at your leisure on Libro.fm and list The Bookshelf as your partner store!

Mentioned this week:
+ David Sedaris
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
All the Lives I Want by Alana Massey
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Oct 19, 2017
Episode 140 || A Day in the Life
29:48

We get lots of emails about what it is we actually do all day. Who are we, exactly, and what does a day in the life of our independent bookstore look like? Annie and Chris are here to walk you through a typical Tuesday at The Bookshelf. 

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Oct 12, 2017
Episode 139 || September Reading Recap
33:57

September was a decidedly not-great month for our intrepid hosts, but at least they got to read some phenomenal books! Join us for our monthly wrap-up and check out our favorite books of the month!

Annie read:
I'll Have What She's Having by Erin Carlson
People Like Us by Dana Mele (on sale February 2018)
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Reading People by Anne Bogel
The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Susan Stabile
To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay
+ Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Chris read:
The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce (on sale January 2018)
The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Also mentioned:
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Grit by Angela Duckworth
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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Oct 05, 2017
Episode 138 || Fall Literary Lineup
26:54

Annie's back from SIBA, and we're here to let you in on a long-distance version of the Fall Literary Luncheon we hosted in the Bookshelf last week. Here's what we're recommending for the fall!

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Artemis by Andy Weir
The Senator's Children by Nicholas Montemarano
The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst
Grant by Ron Chernow
An Odyssey by Daniel Mendelsohn
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
Blood at the Root by Patrick Phillips
What Unites Us by Dan Rather

Also mentioned:
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Martian by Andy Weir

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Sep 28, 2017
Episode 137 || Love It or Loathe It, Vol. 9
33:39

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. 

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Sep 21, 2017
Episode 136 || Reading in the Age of Prestige Television
34:37

We've survived the hurricane and the new Bachelor announcement, and we're back with another conversation on books, TV, and life in the South. The 2017 Emmy Awards air on September 17, and so many of the honorees this year are adapted from books! We've got thoughts and opinions. Also, Seth Meyers is blond.

Mentioned this week:
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu
Hagseed by Margaret Atwood
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
The Leftovers on HBO
Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
Big Little Lies on HBO
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Fargo on FX
Fargo by the Coen Brothers
Legion on FX

If you liked The Crown on Netflix, you might enjoy:
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

If you liked The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu, you might enjoy:
Children of Men by P. D. James
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

If you liked This is Us on NBC, you might enjoy:
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Adopted by Kelley Nikondeha
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

If you liked Westworld on HBO, you might enjoy:
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

If you liked Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, you might enjoy:
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Assistants by Camille Perri

If you liked Stranger Things on Netflix, you might enjoy:
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

If you liked Master of None on Netflix, you might enjoy:
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham

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Sep 13, 2017
Episode 135 || Campus Tour + Nothing Stays the Same!
37:40

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

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Sep 07, 2017
Episode 134 || August Reading Recap
32:33

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!

Aug 31, 2017
Episode 133 || Three Books and a Movie
30:22

We're hungry, so let's plan out a menu. This week, Chris and Annie have prepared a few "book flights" for you, and these are the tasting notes. We're also calling them "mini-syllabi" because books talk to each other, and it's the coolest thing. Also, a dyed-in-the-wool Slytherin.

Annie's "Fear and Trembling" syllabus:
Final Girls by Riley Sager
+ Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
+ Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Scream 

Chris's "A Space Odyssey" syllabus:
+ The Martian by Andy Weir
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Gravity

Annie's "Not Another Teen Movie" syllabus:
+ Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
+ You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
+ The DUFF

Chris's "Kubelko Bondy" syllabus:
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
Spider-Woman by Dennis Hopeless 
The Babadook

Annie's "Slightly Romantic" syllabus:
+ Extraordinary Adventures by Daniel Wallace
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison
Dan in Real Life

Chris's [bonus] "Cruise Ship" syllabus:
+ "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" by David Foster Wallace
+ "My Honeymoon, or A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again Either" by Tina Fey
+ "Our Perfect Summer" by David Sedaris

Chris's "The Earth is Alive" syllabus:
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
An Inconvenient Truth OR Mad Max: Fury Road OR Waterworld

Annie's "Campus Tour" syllabus:
+ Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
+ Shadow of the Lions
by Christopher Swann
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Dead Poets Society OR Liberal Arts

Chris's "Apollo and Dionysus" syllabus:
The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietszche
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Black Swan

Annie's "Family Dysfunction" syllabus:
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
+ Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
+ Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
+ The Family Stone 

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Aug 24, 2017
Episode 132 || Back to School
39:38

It's that time of year again, and we can't believe it. Annie and Chris talk about some of their favorite books for emerging readers and sit down for an interview with one such reader. Also, the importance of haircuts and a pregnant pause (or three). 

Mentioned this week:
Miles Morales, Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Theodore Boone series by John Grisha
Treasure Hunters series by James Patterson
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale
Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler
Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
+ The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle by Bill Myers
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Austin Family Chronicles by Madeleine L'Engle
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Bloomability by Sharon Creech
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
+ The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
All-of-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor
Bobbsey Twins series by Laura Lee Hope
Betsy-Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace
Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Hamster Princess series by Ursula Vernon
I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis
Time Warp Trio series by John Scieszka
The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne

Aug 17, 2017
Episode 131 || Shelf Subscription Sneak Peek
28:40

Don’t get scared of the word “change.” Annie and Chris are joined this week by the rest of the Bookshelf staff. Ashley, Maddie, and Kate are here to talk about Shelf Subscriptions and what you can expect when you choose one of us to pick out a brand new book for you. Also, let’s take bets on which Office alum is Mindy Kaling’s baby daddy.

Annie’s picks are for fans of:
+ The Mothers by Brit Bennett
+ Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin
+ Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Chris’s picks are for fans of:
+ Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
+ Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
+ A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Maddie’s picks are for fans of:
+ Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
+ The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
+ The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemison

Kate’s picks are for fans of:
+ The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
+ The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
+ Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Ashley’s picks are for fans of:
+ Paper Towns by John Green
+ What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
+ This Is How It Always Is by Lauren Frankel

Magali’s picks are for fans of:
+ The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
+ The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Tlll We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis

Learn more about Shelf Subscriptions at our store website. If you would like to advertise your business on From the Front Porch, email Annie at annie [at] bookshelfthomasville [dot] com.

Aug 10, 2017
Episode 130 || July Reading Recap
30:42

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And even though that might not be exactly how podcasts work, Chris and Annie are here to tell you about what they read in July. Also, Bookshelf Bucks are here! Check out the store website to learn more and start your tab!

Annie read:
The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

Chris read:
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter (on sale November 7)
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Also mentioned:
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
It Devours by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Aug 03, 2017
Episode 129 || Read It Again, Sam
29:38

Do you really know a book from reading it just once? Annie and Chris weigh in on re-reading and why they do it--or don't. Is there a value in re-reading or is it a waste of time? Are there some books that deserve to be read more than once and others that don't? Also, move over, Schrödinger. We've got our own theoretical cat experiment.

"Finding out what happens is the least part of reading."

Mentioned this week:

Historia Regum Britanniae by Geoffrey of Monmouth
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
+ An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
+ the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
+ the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Paradise Lost by John Milton
The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt
The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Check out Shelf Subscriptions, a new monthly book delivery service from The Bookshelf, on our website and sign up for fresh picks from Annie, Chris, and the rest of The Bookshelf staff!

Jul 27, 2017
Episode 128 || Love It or Loathe It, Vol. 8
43:36

It's a book club-style discussion about Patricia Lockwood's new memoir, Priestdaddy. Annie and regular podcast contributors Emily McKenna (of You're Maker) and Hunter McLendon discuss what they loved and loathed about Lockwood's poetic style, her relationship with her parents, and her complicated upbringing in the Catholic faith.

You can purchase Priestdaddy here

Other books mentioned include:

Liars Club

Prozac Nation

BossyPants

Yes Please

Is Everyone Hanging out without Me

The Essex Serpent 

Jul 20, 2017
Episode 127 || What Did I Read Last?
29:56

You've got a whole stack of what you're going to read next, but what kind of record do you keep of what you've already read? Chris and Annie chat about what they've read recently and how they keep track. Spoilers: It's not G**dr**ds. Also, is Tobey Maguire the worst actor of his generation?

Keep those iTunes and Stitcher reviews coming! We're well on our way to our goal, and we want to give you a special prize if you get us to 150 on iTunes.

Jul 13, 2017
Episode 126 || Politics and Prose?
30:55

Happy Fourth from the Front Porch! Annie and Chris are here to talk about their favorite fake news--which is to say political fiction. Also, fireworks, hot dogs, and the day summer just goes downhill. 

New and upcoming:
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie (on sale in October)
+ The Senator's Children by Nicholas Montemorano (on sale in November)
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (on sale in August)
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close

Backlist:
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Non-fiction:
This Town by Mark Leibovich
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

Jul 06, 2017
Episode 125 || June Reading Recap
31:29

It's hot as something down here in the South, and Chris and Annie are back to talk about what they read in June. It was a light month of the highest quality. Also, Chris Pine: hot or not? And happy anniversary, Harry Potter

Annie read:
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter (on sale November 7)
Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (on sale July 11)
Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly (on sale October 10)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (on sale (on sale September 12)
Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Chris read:
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu

Hey, did you know that we read and recap books in literally every episode of this podcast, not just the ones labeled "Reading Recap"? I just want to make sure that you do because we have so many recommendations for you all the time always and want you to enjoy!

Jun 29, 2017
Episode 124 || Summer Reading Recs
33:15

Summer has officially begun, so Annie and Chris are here to tell you what you should be reading--whether you're inside to escape the rain or outside with the sand and sun. Also, what happens when children become club promoters? 

Beach Books
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
Windfall by Jennifer Smith
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

Page-Turners 
+ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
+ Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
+ Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
+ American Fire by Monica Hesse (on sale July 11)

Stories with a Twist 
+ Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
+ Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Family Dramas 
+ Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
+ Last Things by Marissa Moss
+ Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
+ Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Heavy Thinking
+ Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
+ Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
+ The Leavers by Lisa Ko
+ Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
+ Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu 

You can read Maile Meloy's interview with Ann Patchett here.

Hey, we're new to Stitcher and would love to build our review base. Can you help us get to 25 reviews? There's a prize in it for you...

Jun 22, 2017
Episode 123 || First Impressions
28:41

We judge books by their covers so you don't have to. First impressions are important, but are they always right or fair? Annie and Chris talk through the 50-Page Rule, trusting your gut, changing your impression, and the importance of not reading in a vacuum. Also, recommend us to a friend!

Discussion includes:
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tag us (@bookshelftville) in a tweet or Instagram post telling us what we're doing right. We want to give you more!

Jun 15, 2017
Episode 122 || Buy or Borrow?
29:18

Do you buy all of your books or do you borrow some? Annie and Chris answer a listener question and discuss their personal libraries, where they get their books, and what to do with the whole idea of a library when they spend their lives in the Bookshelf. This episode is also kind of a follow-up to Episode 83 || Books in Houses.

"A home without books is like a body without a soul."
- Pseudo-Cicero

Jun 08, 2017
Episode 121 || May Reading Recap
39:20

This week, Chris is back to discuss the books he and Annie read in May, one of which doesn't actually come out until next calendar year. Whoops. Also, May is a very, very long month.

Annie read:
When You Find Out the World is Against You by Kelly Oxford
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
The Assistants by Camille Perri
Ms. Marvel, vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
The Senator's Children by Nicholas Montemarano (out November 7)
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Windfall by Jennifer Smith
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (out January 2018)

Chris read:
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (out October 17)
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

See also Katie Couric's interview with Sheryl Sandberg here.

Jun 01, 2017
Episode 120 || Love It or Loathe It, Vol. 7
34:38

It's time for a book club-style discussion of Katie Kitamura's A Separation. Podcast guests Emily (of You're Maker) and Hunter are back to chat all the things they loved and loathed about this literary novel, including Emily's thoughts on Greece and Hunter's profound revelation about the book's narration. 

Curious enough to buy the book? Support The Bookshelf by buying A Separation directly from the online store. 

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May 25, 2017
Episode 119 || The Politics of Being Southern
31:36

Chris is pursuing that ever-elusive PhD, so this week, Annie interviewed Sarah Holland from the Pantsuit Politics podcast. In addition to being the left-leaning cohost of Pantsuit Politics, Sarah is a city commissioner from Paducah, Kentucky, and she's a lifelong southerner.

Annie and Sarah chatted about what "life in the South" really entails, including the hard truth about where Southern maker culture really comes from and Sarah's obsession with Designing Women

Annie and Sarah mentioned:

+ the Southern Foodways Alliance

+ the Whitney Plantation

Designing Women, "Southerns Do NOT Eat Dirt"

+ Classics Sarah's never read but wish she has: Don Quixote and War and Peace

+ Podcasts Sarah listens to: Pod Save America; The Weeds; This American Life; On Being; Death, Sex, & Money; Freakonomics; Hidden Brain

+ Tara Brach's meditations

+ Indigo Girl's "Southland in the Springtime"

+ Sarah's currently reading: Tales of TitansEast of Eden, and Talent Code 

May 18, 2017
Episode 118 || The Other Mother
32:39

Annie and Chris talk about "alternative" visions of motherhood for Mother's Day this year, and it takes a weirdly dark turn. Sorry. Get a sneak peek at Chris's fall Women in Literature class and hear some of Annie's favorite mom-centric books.

Chris's class books:
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Pregnant Butch by A. K. Summers
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Babadook

*CORRECTION: The quote from Beloved is "You your own best thing, Sethe," not "You your best self," as previously reported.

Some of Annie's favorites:
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
+ The Color of Water by James McBride
+ Rabbit Cake by Annie Harnett
Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
French Milk by Lucy Knisley

And please, are there good mother/son novels out there that don't have any sort of implied incest theme? Let me know. I need to know. 

May 11, 2017
Episode 117 || April Reading Recap
38:39

Happy May! It was raining while we recorded this. This week, Annie and Chris talk about the books they read in April. Also, Annie has some Hot Takes on book titles and we recount our odd encounters with celebrities from 10+ years ago. 

Annie read:
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (out May 7)
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (out August 22)
The Stars in Our Eyes by Julie Klam (out July 18)
Shadow of the Lions by Christopher Swann (out August 1)
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The Color of Water by James McBride
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave (out July 11)
A Separation by Kate Kitamura
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Chris read:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (again)
+The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Check out these books and more (including our brand new Bookshelf tote bag!) in our online store

May 04, 2017
Episode 116 || It's Indie Bookstore Day!
33:34

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Chris and Annie give you a peek into the Bookshelf's 2017 Independent Bookstore Day festivities. But if you don't live anywhere near Thomasville, fear not! We're also giving you a virtual tour of our favorite indie bookstores from around the country. 

Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, April 29, 2017, and our schedule of events is here. We would love for you join us at the Bookshelf, but if you can't make it, find the closest independent bookstore to you at IndieBound, or check out one of our favorites below!

Sundog Books (Seaside, FL)
+ Page & Palette (Fairhope, AL)
+ E. Shaver Books (Savannah, GA)
+ Faulkner House Books (New Orleans, LA)
+ Maple Street Book Shop (New Orleans, LA)
+ Book Culture (New York, NY)
+ WORD (Jersey City, NJ)
+ Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA)
+ Women and Children First (Chicago, IL)
+ Books and Books (Coral Gables, FL)
+ Politics and Prose (Washington, D.C.)

Annie's favorite bookstore Instagram accounts:
+ @browsersbooks
+ @booksaremagicbk
+ @booksandmortar
+ @literatibookstore
+ @lemuriabooks

Apr 27, 2017
Episode 115 || A Rose Show by Any Other Name
26:38

Won't you follow us down to the Rose Parade? Annie and Chris get ready for an upcoming jam-packed weekend in downtown Thomasville, including Independent Bookstore Day, National Superhero Day, and the Thomasville Rose Show and Festival. Joining us this week is Rose Show veteran Sunny Altman. Also, Chris presents Annie with a challenge. 

To learn more about how Thomasville will be participating in National Superhero Day on April 28 or to donate to Everfan's efforts, contact info@everfanheroes.com.

For more information on the Rose Show and Festival (and to begin booking your trip), check out the City of Thomasville's website:
http://www.thomasvillega.com/

You can also contact Sunny directly with your rose questions at sunnyaltman@gmail.com

We hope you'll join us in Thomasville next weekend, but if you can't make it, find an indie bookstore near you for Indie Bookstore Day on April 29! Check out the bookstore finder at http://www.indiebound.com/

Apr 20, 2017
Episode 114 || Poetry for Beginners
42:34

"They get frustrated when they can't figure out what's going on in the poem. And if they can't figure out what's going on, they have no entrance into the poem. If they have no entrance into the poem, they're going to stop reading."

Annie and Chris sit down with poets Ruth Baumann and Will Fargason to talk about poetry: where does one even begin to read it and how can it be less intimidating? Also, Jewel setting the bar with puns and an evolving mystery involving a bedazzled human skull.

+ Shel Silverstein
+ Puff Daddy
+ Bob Dylan
+ Conor Oberst
+ Kaveh Akbar
+ Jewel's A Night Without Armor
+ John Darnielle's Wolf in White Van
+ Anne Sexton
+ Sharon Olds
+ Anne Carson
+ Richard Siken's Crush
+ Robert Frost
+ Wendell Berry
+ Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey
+ Mary Oliver
+ Langston Hughes's "Let America Be America Again"
+ Adrienne Rich's Diving into the Wreck
+ Ross Gay's "A Small Needful Fact"
+ Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet
+ ANTHOLOGIES!

Find out more about Ruth and her work (and her cats) at http://www.ruthbaumann.com/

Find out more about Will and his work at http://www.williamfargason.com/ 

Big thanks to Will for the use of his microphone and to Chris's cat Marge for allowing us to use her space for an hour to record. 

Apr 13, 2017
Episode 113 || A Literary Mixtape
29:51

Chris and Annie try to bring this weekend's Word of [South] festival to you! In miniature concept, anyway. How does one go about pairing books and music? Also, "Skeezy John Mayer," Annie feels self-conscious about her [good] taste, and Chris takes his philosophy outfits out of storage. 

> Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists + Solange's A Seat at the Table
> F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby + The Postal Service's Give Up
> Shauna Niequist's Bittersweet + Ellie Holcomb's Red Sea Road (BONUS--or Sufjan Stevens's Seven Swans OR Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City)
> Albert Camus's The Myth of Sisyphus + Bright Eyes's The People's Key or The Decemberists's The King is Dead
> J. D. ​​​​​​​Vance's Hillbilly Elegy + I'm With Her
> Arcade Fire's The Suburbs + literally any coming of age novel
> Aldous Huxley's Brave New World + Childish Gambino's Because the Internet
> Wiley Cash + Birdtalker's Just This
> Donna Tartt's The Secret History + Aronofsky's Black Swan
> James McBride + Leon Bridges's Coming Home
> David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas + Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
> Emma Straub's Modern Lovers + John Mayer

​​​​​​​Thank you so much for all of the reviews! Keep them coming. There might be something good in it for you... If you're interested in Bookshelf-branded shirts, hats, stickers, or coffee, check out our online store at http://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/shop/

Apr 06, 2017
Episode 112 || March Reading Recap
38:27

Annie and Chris plan their new side business--Sweet and Savory Pizza Stones--but mostly discuss what they read this month and what they plan to finish before Friday rolls around. 

Annie read:
Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor (out June 6)
Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy (out June 6)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give by Ada Calhoun (out May 16)
+ Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
+ We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Chris read:
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory (out June 27)

Check out any of these titles in our online store at http://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/shop, where you can also learn how to register for an account with Libro.fm, an audiobook distribution service that partners with independent bookstores like The Bookshelf to deliver the same quality audiobooks you get elsewhere, but with the benefit of supporting a small business.

Mar 30, 2017
Episode 111 || Spring Cleaning (of the Mind)
36:03

Annie and Chris flip the coin on last week's episode and talk about what happens in the between times. How do you cleanse the mental palate or set up a buffer after a heavy or difficult book that needs time to process?

NEW THIS WEEK:
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
Our Short History by Lauren Grodstein
The Mind Club by Daniel Wegner and Kurt Gray (new in paperback)

If you're interested in any of the books we've talked about lately, you can purchase them directly from us at http://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/shop

Mar 23, 2017
Episode 110 || The Virtue of Occasional Sadness
38:49

Lots of people asked us why we're always raving about sad books, and they weren't satisfied when we quoted Sally Sparrow and said, "It's happy for deep people." This week, Annie and Chris explain what they call "grief literature" and recommend a bunch of their favorite sad books with justifications for why you should feel sad sometimes.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (really, why aren't you reading this one yet?)
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
+ "The Faery Handbag" from The Faery Reel by Kelly Link
Last Things by Marissa Moss
Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
+ The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
+ Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

NEW THIS WEEK:
The Hogwarts Library (expanded) by J. K. Rowling
The Wanderers by Meg Howry
Before the War by Fay Weldon
+ The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
+ The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Teaches Us About Living Fullyby Frank Ostaseski

Mar 16, 2017
Episode 109 || March Madness 2017
29:53

Annie sits down with her husband Jordan for their annual March Madness discussion. This year's book bracket includes The Bookshelf's "sweet sixteen" -- the  16 bestselling books of the past 12 months. 

Magnolia Story

Present Over Perfect

Seven Brief Lessons in Physics

When Breath Becomes Air

Killing the Rising Sun

Alexander Hamilton

Tribal

Hillbilly Elegy

The Underground Railroad

A Gentleman in Moscow

Fates and Furies

All the Light We Cannot See

A Man Called Ove

Me Before You

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The After Party

Follow The Bookshelf on Instagram to cast votes for your favorite books during our March Madness celebration, or -- if you're a college basketball fan -- compete against friends in ESPN's bracket challenge.

Mar 09, 2017
Episode 108 || February Reading Recap
32:05

Annie and Chris walk you through what they read in February while several intrepid Saturday afternoon customers climb over a literal barricade outside the door to use the [closed] bathroom. 

Annie read:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Last Things by Marissa Moss
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Annie is currently reading:
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Chris read (but hasn't quite finished):
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Follow Annie's reading on Instagram at #anniereads2017.

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 107 || Love It or Loathe It, Vol. 6
37:11

Annie, Emily, and Hunter discuss Difficult Women by Roxane Gay and try very hard to decide what they think about it! 

Also mentioned this week:
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
+ Lauren Groff's review of Fortune Smiles 
+
Anne Bogel's advice for sensitive readers

Feb 23, 2017
Episode 106 || Oscar Season Reading Recs
32:52

It's Oscar Season, so Annie and Chris are rounding up their favorite books for this year's moviegoers. Also in this episode, a new feature (!!!) and Chris continues to swallow his words.

If you liked Arrival, you may like:
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
How to Life Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
The Time Traveler's Almanac by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

If you liked Hell or High Water, you may like:
True Grit by Charles Portis
American Fire by Monica Hesse
Ordinary Grace by Willian Kent Krueger
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

If you liked Hidden Figures, you may like:
The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County by Kristen Green

If you liked Moonlight, you may like:
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
The Whale by Mark Beauregard

If you liked La La Land, you may like:
I'm Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

NEW TITLES OUT THIS WEEK:
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
The Airbnb Story by Leigh Gallagher
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt

Feb 16, 2017
Episode 105 || WWLKD?
24:29

It's Galentine's Day, so Annie and Chris are answering the question on everyone's mind: What would Leslie Knope read? Also this episode, pipe bombs--the new cooking craze sweeping America?

Join us at The Bookshelf on Friday, February 10, from 6 to 8 for Galentine's Day festivities, and check out our downtown partners Mode, Smith Collective, Tallokas Road, Signature Clothing Lounge, and You're Maker.

+Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
+Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman
+Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
+Happy Cityby Charles Montgomery
+The Localist by Carrie Rollwagen

Find Brené Brown's TED Talk here.

Shop with us online here.

Feb 09, 2017
Episode 104 || January Reading Recap
39:26

Annie and Chris chat about public transit, public urination, and all the books they read in January. 

Annie read:
+The Underwriting by Michelle Miller
+The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits
+The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder
+American Fire by Monica Hesse
+Himself by Jess Kidd
+The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

Annie is currently reading:
+Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Chris read:
+The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
+Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Chris is currently reading:
+American War by Omar El Akkad

Feb 02, 2017
Episode 103 || Book Club Extravaganza
27:45

Annie and Chris get ready for the Bookshelf's upcoming Book Club Fair by discussing their favorite book club picks for 2017 (so far), including:

In Case You Missed It:
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
+ Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

2016 Tastemakers:
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Coming in 2017:
+ The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers (out now)
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey (out March 14)
Himself by Jess Kidd (out March 14)
American Fire by Monica Hesse (out July 11)
The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood (out now--in paper back August 1)
Hue and Cry at Our House by Benjamin Taylor (out May 23)

Jan 26, 2017
Episode 102 || Meet the Manager
25:24

Chris and Annie chat with the Bookshelf's new manager, Magali Kent, about missionary work, the proper execution of an eye roll, culture shock, and favorite children's books. 

+ Watership Down by Richard Adams

+ Reply All

+ Lore

+ Up and Vanished

+ Serial

Jan 19, 2017
Episode 101 || Reading Resolutions
22:49

2016 is over, but of reading many books there is no end. In this episode, Annie and Chris talk about their resolutions for the new year and challenge one another to read outside of their usual habits--with hypothetically apocalyptic results.

+ Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

+ Rita Dove

+ Claudia Rankine

Jan 12, 2017
Episode 100 || Mailbag, Vol. 2
34:53

From the Front Porch celebrates episode 100! Annie and Chris answer listener questions about One Book, My Brilliant Friend, and reading translations. 

+ One Book Thomas County website

+ On the Same Page (Decatur, Ga., One Book program)

+ American Booksellers Association

+ Love It or Loathe It episode ft. My Brilliant Friend

+ Episode ft. Virginia Price

Jan 05, 2017
Episode 99 || Best Books of 2016
32:12

It's time to reflect back on 2016, which means... It's time to recap Annie's favorite books of the year. 

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel

Commonwealth by Ann Patched

Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin

+ This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

+ Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Yeung

You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

Dec 29, 2016
Episode 98 || The Pros & Cons of Life in the South (ft. Julia Reed)
24:54

"Grape nuts or sex? It's a no brainer." Food writer and editor Julia Reed popped by the podcast to chat about Southern food culture, holiday entertaining, and mixing politics with pleasure. (You'll hear lots of laughter this episode; Julia's one-liners will have you in stitches.) 

+ You can find Julia's piece about Bill and Melinda Gates in the Wall Street Journal Magazine.

+ More about Julia Reed and her books can be found here 

Julia was in town for Thomasville's Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

+ William Christenberry photography

+ Garden and Gun magazine

+ The Bitter Southerner

 

Julia mentions: 

+ William Trevor short stories 

+ Walker Percy

Night School by Lee Child

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke


Don't forget to leave us a voicemail for our 100th episode here!

Dec 15, 2016
Episode 97 || November Reading Recap
34:07

Annie and Chris work through Annie's books she read in November:

Fun Home

Scrappy Little Nobody

+ My Brilliant Friend

Talking as Fast as I Can

Listen to Anna Kendrick's Nerdist interview here.

Reply All's 48-hour call-in episode.

Listen to our Love It or Loathe It episode about My Brilliant Friend here

Vote for The Bookshelf in the Indie Awards: http://www.independentwestand.org/indies/profile.php?id=92.

Don't forget to leave us a voice message for our upcoming 100th episode: http://www.bookshelfthomasville.com/frontporch.

 

Dec 08, 2016
Episode 96 || Love It or Loathe It, Vol. 5
42:06

Annie sits down with podcast regular Hunter McLendon and new voice Emily McKenna to discuss Elena Ferrante's international bestseller My Brilliant Friend

+ Get an introduction to Emily on her first podcast episode here.

+ Read more about the mystery of Elena Ferrante here

 

Shop from The Bookshelf here

Dec 01, 2016
Episode 95 || Thanksgiving and Favorite Cookbooks
26:23

Annie and Chris talk Thanksgiving menus and favorite cookbooks. 

+ The Can't Cookbook

+ A Southern Gentleman's Kitchen

+ Jamie's Food Revolution

+ Soup Nights

+ Appetites

+ Cooking for Jeffrey

+ Joy of Cooking

+ The Forest Feast

 

Learn all about Ina and Jeffrey's marriage here

Shop local from faraway by browsing our online store here

Nov 23, 2016
Episode 94 || Mailbag, Vol. 1
17:43

On this unintentionally abbreviated episode of the podcast, Annie and Chris answer a listener email all about finding the time to read. 

Have your own bookish question you'd like answered? 

Email Annie: annie [at] bookshelfthomasville [dot] com

--

Check out The Bookshelf online store here

Nov 17, 2016
Bonus Episode || Southern Hospitality with James Farmer
32:17

Southern hosts and hostesses, unite! On this special bonus episode, Annie chats with Southern lifestyle guru James Farmer. James is the author of A Time to CelebrateA Time to CookDinner on the Grounds, and several other beautiful coffee table books all about Southern hospitality. He's in Thomasville this week for the city's annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, and -- if you're local! -- you can find James at the following events:

+ Cocktails and Conversations on Thursday, November 17, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets available here. Join James, Julia Reed, and the Mashburns as they chat about Southern hospitality inspired by the fall season!

+ Book signing at downtown Thomasville's store Relish on Friday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. James will be signing copies of his beautiful books during this free event. 

You can find James online on Instagram and his website

James is reading: 

The Flower Hunter and the People by Matthew Jennings

Liberating Paris by Linda Bloodsworth Thompson

Nov 16, 2016
Episode 93 || October Reading Recap
32:08

Annie chats with Chris about the books she read in October: 

Today Will Be Different

Dark Matter

In the Garden of Small Beginnings

Juniper (listen to this Radiolab episode for more on this story)

+ The Children

Who Killed These Girls? (here's the Reply All episode Chris mentioned) 

** Shop these titles on The Bookshelf website here. **

Other titles mentioned include: 

+ Where'd You Go, Bernadette

+ Leave Me

+ The Martian

+ Before the Fall

+ Kitchens of the Great Midwest

+ Visit from the Goon Squad

+ Seating Arrangements

+ The Nest

+ Commonwealth

+ The Children's Crusade

 

Annie mentioned how she finds book recommendations on Instagram through Shauna Niequist and Elise Blaha Cripe

 

 

Nov 03, 2016
Episode 92 || By the Book with Annie and Chris
39:01

If you're new to From the Front Porch, this episode will introduce you to hosts Annie and Chris. Learn about their reading tastes, what they do when their not at The Bookshelf, and who they'd have over for their dream literary dinner party. 

(The interview was inspired by the New York Times' By the Book interviews. Gretchen Rubin's is here.) 

Books and authors mentioned include: 

Station Eleven

+ My Brilliant Friend

Present Over Perfect

Pond

Boss Life

Grit

+ Neil Gaiman

+ Mindy Kaling

+ F. Scott Fitzgerald

+ Umberto Ecco

+ Hannah Arendt

+ Flannery O'Connor

+ Madeleine L'Engle

+ J.K. Rowling

+ Shauna Niequist

+ Swing Time

The Martian

Bread and Wine

The Mothers

Another Day in the Death of America

+ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

 

Find The Bookshelf online here

Oct 27, 2016
Episode 91 || Boss Life with Everfan
28:49

Ever wonder what it's like to run a small business start-up? Annie and Chris chat with Scott Chastain, the owner and founder of Everfan, a customizable costume accessory company. Everfan bases their thriving Internet business in Thomasville, so Annie, Chris, and Scott discuss entrepreneurship, small town living, and of course, what Scott's been reading lately. 

Find Everfan online: Website | Instagram | Facebook

Podcasts mentioned: 

+ Slate Political Gabfest

+ StartUp

+ Reply All

Books mentioned: 

+ A Confederacy of Dunces

+ Catch-22

+ Catcher in the Rye

+ When Breath Becomes Air

Oct 20, 2016
Episode 90 || Book Talk with Anne Bogel
31:10

Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy and the What Should I Read Next podcast joins Annie and Chris to chat about book blogging, all those advanced reading copies, and what she's reading right now. 

Podcasts Anne recommends: 

+ Pantsuit Politics

+ Young House Love

+ The Popcast

+ Books on the Nightstand

+ Smartest Person in the Room

Books mentioned in this episode: 

+ Crossing to Safety 

+ Age of Innocence

+ Madame Bovary

Alexander Hamilton

+ Commonwealth

+ Run 

+ Bel Canto

For additional bookish conversation, hop on over to Episode 44 of What Should I Read Next; Annie was a guest this week!

Oct 13, 2016
Episode 89 || September Reading Recap
23:11

Annie talks about the effects of stress on her reading life and chats with Chris about the books she read in September. Last month's selections included: 

Moo by Sharon Creech

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

+ Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

You can find these selections and more on our store website: www.bookshelfthomasville.com

 

Oct 06, 2016
Episode 88 || Favorite Fall Titles
33:46

Curious what the life of a book sales rep might look like? Annie and Chris interview Virginia Price, a sales rep for Penguin Random House. Virginia recommends her favorite upcoming fall book releases (and gives readers a preview of some spring titles to come). Plus, the three book lovers share their favorite podcasts and why movie book covers are so, so bad. 

FICTION: 

The Mothers

+ Ninth City Burning

+ Reputations

+ Swing Time

+ Ink and Bone

+ The Girl on the Train 

NONFICTION: 

+ The Princess Diarist

+ The Book of Joy

+ The Glass Universe 

+ Dogs and Their People

 

Other titles mentioned: 

+ War and Peace

+ Anna Karenina

+ Lord of the Rings

+ Exit West

+ MacArthur's Spies

Podcasts mentioned: 

+ 410wned Gaming Podcast

+ This American Life

+ RadioLab

+ Welcome to Night Vale

+ The Bright Sessions

+ Grammar Girl 

For more book recommendations, you can reach Virginia at vprice {at} penguinrandomhouse {dot} com. 

Sep 29, 2016
Episode 87 || Behind the Scenes at SIBA
33:36

Ever wonder what a booksellers conference might look like? Annie chats with her mom about this year's Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA): the authors, the booksellers, the lessons learned. 

Books, podcasts, authors, and blogs mentioned: 

+ DesignSponge and Grace Bonney

+ In the Company of Women 

+ The King of the Birds

+ Girl in Pieces

+ Author Liane Moriarty

+ Author Mary Kay Andrews

+ Author Shauna Niequist

+ Little Women

+ A Year of Living Danishly

 

Sep 22, 2016
Episode 86 || We'll Be There for You: TV Sitcoms + Bookselling
28:21

Author Ann Patchett recently compared bookselling to being on a sitcom. Annie and Chris investigate that claim, comparing their fellow booksellers to Friends characters and examining why we identify with fictional characters of all kinds. 

+ Read Ann Patchett's original interview, here

+ Find CJ Hauser's essay all about characters who are "just like us" here

Sep 15, 2016