From the Front Porch
From the Front Porch
The Bookshelf Thomasville
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.
Episode 465 || Into the Backlist, Vol. 2
This week on From the Front Porch, we have a new episode series: Into the Backlist! Today, Annie changes her focus from new releases to dive into the backlist: the books that came out years ago, the books that didn’t get enough attention, the books you may stumble upon while browsing in an indie bookstore like The Bookshelf. To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website (type “Episode 465” into the search bar and tap enter to find the books mentioned in this episode) or or download and shop on The Bookshelf’s official app: The Ensemble by Aja Gabel The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead (unavailable to order)The Art of Fielding by Chad HarbachMusical Chairs by Amy PoeppelTomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin 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.  A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast 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 listening to Interesting Facts about Space by Emily Austin. If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. 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 and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. Our Executive Producers are...Ashley Ferrell, Cammy Tidwell, Chanta Combs, Chantalle C, Kate O’Connell, Kristin May, Laurie Johnson, Linda Lee Drozt, Martha, Nicole Marsee, Stacy Laue, Stephanie Dean, Susan Hulings, and Wendi Jenkins.
Feb 21
26 min
Episode 464 || Off the Shelf with Annie & Ashley: Winter
This week on From the Front Porch, it's an episode of Off the Shelf with Annie & Ashley! Annie is joined by friend, cousin, and former colleague, Ashley Sherlock, to chat about what they’re reading – but also what they’re watching, listening to, and buying. To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, stop by The Bookshelf in Thomasville, visit our website (type “Episode 464” into the search bar and tap enter to find the books mentioned in this episode), or download and shop on The Bookshelf’s official app: Annie is reading: The Rise of The Accidentally Permissive Parent by Elizabeth Passarella (an essay on The Cut) Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry Ashley is reading: Come & Get It by Kiley Reid Annie is listening to: Come & Get It by Kiley Reid 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.  A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast 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 Bullet Swallower by Elizabeth Gonzalez James.  Ashley is reading Come & Get It by Kiley Reid. If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. 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 and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. Our Executive Producers are...Ashley Ferrell, Cammy Tidwell, Chanta Combs, Chantalle C, Kate O’Connell, Kristin May, Laurie Johnson, Linda Lee Drozt, Martha, Nicole Marsee, Stacy Laue, Stephanie Dean, Susan Hulings, and Wendi Jenkins.
Feb 14
35 min
Episode 463 || Annie Recommends: Romcoms
This week on From the Front Porch, we have a new series: Annie Recommends! In this series, Annie curates a stack of books in a certain genre or criteria for you – just as if you walked into our brick-and-mortar store, The Bookshelf. Sometimes, you just want a good book list. This month, in honor of February and Valentine’s Day, Annie recommends a short list of her favorite romcoms and romances. To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, stop by The Bookshelf in Thomasville, visit our website (type “Episode 463” into the search bar and tap enter to find the books mentioned in this episode), or download and shop on The Bookshelf’s official app: Betting on You by Lynn Painter Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin Love Buzz by Neeli Tubati Alexander The Bodyguard by Katherine Center 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.  A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast 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 So Fetch: The Making of Mean Girls by Jennifer Keishin Armstong. If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support us on Patreon, where you can access bonus content, monthly live Porch Visits with Annie, our monthly live Patreon Book Club with Bookshelf staffers, Conquer a Classic episodes with Hunter, and more. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. Our Executive Producers are...Ashley Ferrell, Cammy Tidwell, Chanta Combs, Chantalle C, Kate O’Connell, Kristin May, Laurie Johnson, Linda Lee Drozt, Martha, Nicole Marsee, Stacy Laue, Stephanie Dean, Susan Hulings, and Wendi Jenkins.
Feb 7
32 min
Episode 462 || New Release Rundown: February
This week on From the Front Porch, it’s another New Release Rundown! Annie, Olivia, and Erin are sharing the February releases they’re excited about to help you build your TBR. When you purchase or preorder any of the books they talk about, enter the code NEWRELEASEPLEASE at checkout for 10% off your order! To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, stop by The Bookshelf in Thomasville, visit our website (type “Episode 462” into the search bar and tap enter to find the books mentioned in this episode), or download and shop on The Bookshelf’s official app: Annie's books Dixon, Descending by Karen Outen (releases 2/6) Leaving by Roxana Robinson (releases 2/13) Grief is for People by Sloane Crosley (releases 2/27) Olivia's books Nightwatching by Tracy Sierra (releases 2/6) The Book of Doors by Gareth Brown (releases 2/13) The Framed Women of Ardemore House by Brandy Schillace (releases 2/13) Erin's books The Women by Kristin Hannah (releases 2/6) My Side of the River by Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez (releases 2/13) The Fox Wife by Yangsze Choo (releases 2/13) 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.  A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast 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 Come & Get It by Kiley Reid. Olivia is reading The Framed Women of Ardemore House by Brandy Schillace. Erin is also reading The Framed Women of Ardemore House by Brandy Schillace. If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support us on Patreon, where you can access bonus content, monthly live Porch Visits with Annie, our monthly live Patreon Book Club with Bookshelf staffers, Conquer a Classic episodes with Hunter, and more. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. Our Executive Producers are...Ashley Ferrell, Cammy Tidwell, Chanta Combs, Chantalle C, Kate O’Connell, Kristin May, Laurie Johnson, Linda Lee Drozt, Martha, Nicole Marsee, Stacy Laue, Stephanie Dean, Susan Hulings, and Wendi Jenkins.
Jan 31
47 min
Episode 461 || January Reading Recap
This week on From the Front Porch, Annie recaps the books she read and loved in January. You get 10% off your books when you order your January Reading Recap bundle! Each month, we offer a Reading Recap bundle, which features Annie’s three favorite books she read that month. To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, stop by The Bookshelf in Thomasville, visit our website (type “Episode 461” into the search bar and tap enter to find the books mentioned in this episode), or download and shop on The Bookshelf’s official app: January Reading Recap Bundle - $78 Mother, Nature by Jedidiah Jenkins Family Family by Laurie Frankel Come & Get It by Kiley Reid All books mentioned in this episode: Mother, Nature by Jedidiah Jenkins Dixon, Descending by Karen Outen Family Family by Laurie Frankel Grief is for People by Sloane Crosley Come & Get It by Kiley Reid 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.  A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast 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 Homestead by Melinda Moustakis. If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support us on Patreon, where you can access bonus content, monthly live Porch Visits with Annie, our monthly live Patreon Book Club with Bookshelf staffers, Conquer a Classic episodes with Hunter, and more. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. Our Executive Producers are...Ashley Ferrell, Cammy Tidwell, Chanta Combs, Chantalle C, Kate O’Connell, Kristin May, Laurie Johnson, Linda Lee Drozt, Martha, Nicole Marsee, Stacy Laue, Stephanie Dean, Susan Hulings, and Wendi Jenkins.
Jan 24
35 min
Episode 460 || Into the Backlist, Vol. 1
This week on From the Front Porch, we have a new episode series: Into the Backlist! Today, Annie changes her focus from new releases to dive into the backlist: the books that came out years ago, the books that didn’t get enough attention, the books you may stumble upon while browsing in an indie bookstore like The Bookshelf. To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website (type “Episode 460” into the search bar and tap enter to find the books mentioned in this episode) or or download and shop on The Bookshelf’s official app: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene HanffFire Sermon by Jamie Quatro (unavailable to order)Dear Regina by Flannery O'ConnorGilead by Marilynne RobinsonBeautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney 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.  A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast 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 One in a Millennial by Kate Kennedy. If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support us on Patreon, where you can access bonus content, monthly live Porch Visits with Annie, our monthly live Patreon Book Club with Bookshelf staffers, Conquer a Classic episodes with Hunter, and more. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. Our Executive Producers are...Ashley Ferrell, Cammy Tidwell, Chanta Combs, Chantalle C, Kate O’Connell, Kristin May, Laurie Johnson, Linda Lee Drozt, Martha, Nicole Marsee, Stacy Laue, Stephanie Dean, Susan Hulings, and Wendi Jenkins.
Jan 17
28 min
Episode 459 || Favorite Unsung Books of 2023
This week on From the Front Porch, Annie shines the spotlight on her favorite unsung books of 2023. While these books may not all be five-star reads, they deserve more airtime than they got last year. Did these books fly under your radar, too? Do you want to go to our next Reader Retreat, happening on March 22-24? Now is a great time to follow The Bookshelf on Instagram here so you can access tickets when they’re released to the public on Tuesday, January 16. We hope to see you and your reading buddies there! Learn more about Reader Retreat here and follow us on Instagram here. To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website (type “Episode 459” into the search bar and tap enter to find the books mentioned in this episode) or or download and shop on The Bookshelf’s official app: My Husband by Maud Ventura The Road to Dalton by Shannon Bowring The Three of Us by Ore Agbaje-Williams This Is Salvaged by Vauhini Vara Kill Show by Daniel Sweren-Becker The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill Roaming by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki The Second Ending by Michelle Hoffman Hestia Strikes a Match by Christine Grillo If We’re Being Honest by Cat Shook 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.  A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast 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 Colton Gentry’s Third Act by Jeff Zentner. If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support us on Patreon, where you can access bonus content, monthly live Porch Visits with Annie, our monthly live Patreon Book Club with Bookshelf staffers, Conquer a Classic episodes with Hunter, and more. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. Our Executive Producers are...Ashley Ferrell, Cammy Tidwell, Chanta Combs, Chantalle C, Kate O’Connell, Kristin May, Laurie Johnson, Linda Lee Drozt, Martha, Nicole Marsee, Stacy Laue, Stephanie Dean, Susan Hulings, and Wendi Jenkins.
Jan 11
40 min
Episode 458 || New Release Rundown: January
Happy New Year! This week on From the Front Porch, it’s another New Release Rundown! Annie, Olivia, and Erin are sharing the October releases they’re excited about to help you build your TBR. What better way to start the year than with new books? When you purchase or preorder any of the books they talk about, enter the code NEWRELEASEPLEASE at checkout for 10% off your order! To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website (type “Episode 458” into the search bar and tap enter to find the books mentioned in this episode) or or download and shop on The Bookshelf’s official app: Annie's books: Mercury by Amy Jo Burns (out now) Anna O by Matthew Blake (out now) Black Liturgies by Cole Arthur Riley (releases 1/16) Olivia's books: Everyone on This Train is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson (releases 1/30) The Fury by Alex Michaelides (releases 1/16) Maude Horton's Glorious Revenge by Lizzie Pook (releases 1/16) Erin's books Invisible Woman by Katia Lief (releases 1/9) The Ladies Rewrite the Rules by Suzanne Allain (releases 1/9) Old Crimes by Jill McCorkle (releases 1/9) 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.  A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast 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 Among the Bros by Max Marshall. Olivia is reading The Five Impossible Tasks of Eden Smith by Tom Llewellyn. Erin is reading Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle. If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support us on Patreon, where you can access bonus content, monthly live Porch Visits with Annie, our monthly live Patreon Book Club with Bookshelf staffers, Conquer a Classic episodes with Hunter, and more. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. Our Executive Producers are...Ashley Ferrell, Cammy Tidwell, Chanta Combs, Chantalle C, Kate O’Connell, Kristin May, Laurie Johnson, Linda Lee Drozt, Martha, Nicole Marsee, Stacy Laue, Stephanie Dean, Susan Hulings, and Wendi Jenkins.
Jan 3
37 min
Episode 457 || Staff’s Favorite Books of the Year
This week on From the Front Porch, The Bookshelf staff share their favorite books of 2023! To purchase the books mentioned in this episode, visit our website (type “Episode 457” into the search bar and tap enter to find the books mentioned in this episode) or or download and shop on The Bookshelf’s official app: Olivia's favorite: The Widely Unknown Myth of Apple and Dorothy by Corey Ann Haydu Erin's favorite: Tom Lake by Ann Patchett Kyndall's favorite: Happy Place by Emily Henry Felicia's favorite: The Many Lives of Mama Love by Lara Love Hardin Michelle's favorite: You Are My Sunshine by Sean Dietrich 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.  A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast 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 Mercury by Amy Jo Burns. If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support us on Patreon, where you can access bonus content, monthly live Porch Visits with Annie, our monthly live Patreon Book Club with Bookshelf staffers, Conquer a Classic episodes with Hunter, and more. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. Our Executive Producers are...Ashley Ferrell, Cammy Tidwell, Chanta Combs, Chantalle C, Kate O’Connell, Kristin May, Laurie Johnson, Linda Lee Drozt, Martha, Nicole Marsee, Stacy Laue, Stephanie Dean, Susan Hulings, and Wendi Jenkins.
Dec 27, 2023
23 min
Episode 456 || Yes, Virginia
Merry Christmas, friends! Today on From the Front Porch, Annie reads the New York Sun reporter Francis P. Church’s timeless response to eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s question: “Is there a Santa Claus?” Read the letter from 1897 and learn about its history here. We wish you and yours a peaceful and joyful holiday! Thank you for listening. 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.  A full transcript of today’s episode can be found here.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Podcast 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 Faking Christmas by Kerry Winfrey. If you liked what you heard in today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. 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 and follow along as Hunter and I conquer a classic. Just go to patreon.com/fromthefrontporch. We’re so grateful for you, and we look forward to meeting back here next week. Our Executive Producers are... Donna Hetchler, Cammy Tidwell, Chantalle C, Kate O’Connell, Nicole Marsee, Wendi Jenkins, Laurie Johnson and Kate Johnston Tucker.
Dec 20, 2023
9 min
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