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Welcome to From the Front Porch, a weekly conversational podcast on books, small business, and life in the South, produced by The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in Thomasville, Georgia.

    266 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 2

    266 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 2

    Today, it’s time for another round of Literary Therapy. If you’re new here, Literary Therapy is a recurring episode series in which Annie plays the Dr. Frasier Crane or the Lucy van Pelt to listeners’ literary ailments. 
    As mentioned in the episode, you can get book recs from the following:
    Hunter Mclendon at @shelfbyshelf
    Tyler Goodson at @tylergoodson
    Laura Tremaine at @laura.tremaine
    Mary Laura Philpott at @marylauraphilpott
    The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website:
    Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
    Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
    East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
    The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
    The Explanation of Everything by Lauren Grodstein
    Francis and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
    Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
    The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
    A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    The Mothers by Brit Bennett
    From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com. 
    Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 
    This week, Annie is reading An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott.
    If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.
    We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

    • 41 min
    265 || Bookish Bingo

    265 || Bookish Bingo

    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.

    • 45 min
    264 || March Reading Recap

    264 || March Reading Recap

    Today, Annie recaps all the books she read in March.
    The books mentioned in today’s episode are available at The Bookshelf:
    Most Likely by Sarah Watson
    Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams
    Weather by Jenny Offill
    Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz
    Untamed by Glennon Doyle
    A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight
    The Silent Treatment by Abby Greaves
    Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey
    Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 
    This week, Annie is reading Friends & Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan.
    If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.
    We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

    • 33 min
    263 || March Madness, Indeed

    263 || March Madness, Indeed

    Annie is joined this week by her husband, friend, audiobook listener, and fellow basketball enthusiast Jordan Jones. The NCAA tournament may have been canceled -- a true tragedy in the Jones’ house -- but they’re still debating The Bookshelf’s bestsellers in their annual March Madness episode. They hope their conversation brings a little light and levity to what’s been a stressful couple of weeks. 
    Where the Crawdads Sing vs. Educated
    The Dreamers vs. The Other's Gold
    Nickel Boys vs. Furious Hours
     I Miss You When I Blink vs. When You Read This
    All This Could Be Yours vs. The Dutch House
    Evvie Drake Starts Over vs. The Lager Queen of Minnesota
    Ask Again, Yes vs. Daisy Jones & The Six
    Stars of Alabama vs. The Dearly Beloved
    Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. 
    This week, Annie is finishing Untamed, the new memoir by Glennon Doyle. Jordan just finished Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis.
    If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.
    We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. 

    • 37 min
    262 || Playlist Meets Booklist: Spring

    262 || Playlist Meets Booklist: Spring

    Annie is joined by Robbie Hopkins, a former literature teacher, avid reader, and frequent Bookshelf customer. Today, the two are previewing some spring titles that should be on your radar, but it’s being done a little bit differently—literature meets music.
    Tap or click here for the full Spotify playlist.
    The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased online from The Bookshelf:
    Separation Anxietyby Laura Zigman
    All Adults Here by Emma Straub
    Don't Overthink It by Anne Bogel
    The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves (preorder—released 4/7)
    The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (preorder—released 3/24)
    How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang (preorder—released 4/7)
    Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould (preorder released 4/14)
    Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida (preorder—released5/5)
    After the Last Border by Jessica Goudeau (preorder—released 4/28)
    Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (preorder—released 4/7)
    Deacon King Kong by James McBride
    Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.
    This week Annie is reading Most Likely by Sarah Watson, the creator of The Bold Type. 
    If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.
    We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

    • 36 min
    261 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 7: March

    261 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 7: March

    This week Annie and guest, Hunter McLendon of @shelfbyshelf, bring you the first Backlist Book Club of 2020. The discussion revolves around Geraldine Brooks' March.
    All of the books discussed today can be purchased from The Bookshelf:
    March by Geraldine Brooks
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography by Susan Cheever
    The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
    Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.
    This week Annie is reading The Office by Andy Greene and Hunter is listening to The Dutch House by Ann Patchett on Libro.fm.
    If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newsletter, follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic, and receive free shipping on all your online orders. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch.
    We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week.

    • 32 min

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