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October 10, 2019
Since talking about censorship wasn't hard enough, we've taken it upon ourselves--at listener behest--to talk about one of the hardest, most personal things there is: faith. These are some of the books that got us thinking and growing and changing, and we hope, at the very least, that they are useful to your journey. You can read Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Daniel Cox's piece on 538. You can listen to the "Apocalypse Now" episode of NPR's Throughline podcast here. You can listen to our old, old episode on "grief literature" here. Also, The Life of Pi came out in 2002, which we know now! + Leaving Church by by Barbara Brown Taylor + A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis + Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon + The Life of Pi by Yann Martel + A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza + Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl + Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle + Christ and Culture by Richard Neibuhr + Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans + The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry + The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein + Small Blessings by Martha Woodruff + Hogfather by Terry Pratchett Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
October 3, 2019
Somebody wake up Green Day because September is over, and we’re back with our customary reading recap. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Little Weirds by Jenny Slate + All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg + Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur + She Said by Jodi Kandor and Megan Twohey + Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
September 26, 2019
Challenges and censorship are hard things to discuss! But we're going to try.  The American Library Association's discussion of 2018's most challenged books is here. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris's ranking of Taylor Swift songs, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
September 19, 2019
In anticipation of next week's seasonal Literary Lunch, we're talking about some of Annie's favorite "fall books" and letting you in on a quick preview of what's new for the season! To join us virtually, purchase your ticket here and select "Virtual Option" for your lunch! You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Body Lies by Jo Baker + The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames + Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver + The Dutch House by Ann Patchett + Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
September 12, 2019
The fall season means new TV, and Annie came prepared this week with a series of curated media samplers just for you. Also, Chris and Annie have some cultural amnesia regarding the respective careers of Amanda Bynes and Mandy Moore. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Politician (Netflix) + The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern + Election (dir. Alexander Payne, 1999) + Nancy Drew (The CW) + The Spellman Files by + Nancy Drew by Kelly Thompson and Jenn St. Onge + Nancy Drew (dir. Andrew Fleming, 2007) + Nancy Drew (dir. Kat Shea, 2019) + Succession (HBO) + All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg + This is Where I Leave You (dir. Shawn Levy, 2014) + The Righteous Gemstones (HBO) + The Preacher's Wife by Kate Bowler + The Book of Essie by Meghan McLean Weir + Saved! (dir. Brian Dannelly, 2004) + Unbelievable (Netflix) + A False Report by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller + The Hunting Ground (dir. Kirby Dick, 2015) + The Unicorn (CBS) + Fleishman is in Trouble by  + Three Men and a Baby (dir. Leonard Nimoy, 1987) Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris's ranking of Taylor Swift songs, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
September 5, 2019
Another calendar page has come and gone. Join us for a good, old-fashioned chat about the books we read in August. Annie read: + The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff + Frankly in Love by David Yoon + The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth + Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers by Anna James + The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt + The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall + The Dutch House by Ann Patchett Chris read: + God by Reza Aslan + The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris's ranking of Taylor Swift songs, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
August 29, 2019
Annie and Chris are back together, but y'all, it's a stressful season. And we know we always say that! Join us for a discussion of some of the particular stressors in our lives and how they do or do not affect our reading habits. Particular books we recommend on the subject are: + Burnout by Emily and Amelia Nagoski + Marriageology by Belinda Luscombe Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris's ranking of Taylor Swift songs, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
August 22, 2019
As part of The Bookshelf's July 2019 Reader Retreat, Chris and Annie had the pleasure of sitting down for a live podcast recording with Mary Laura Philpott, bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink. We chatted about the US/British children's lit split again, some of our favorite bookselling moments, and how weird it is to do this live! Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
August 15, 2019
Annie and frequent guest contributor Hunter keep the Backlist Book Club feature rolling with a discussion of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch, soon to be a major motion picture. Follow Hunter and his own Backlist Book Club here. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
August 8, 2019
On this edition of Seasonal Reads, we're taking you back to school! Or celebrating the fact that your kids are back in school and you might be feeling some relief after the long days of summer vacation.  You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. Now That You've Got a Break... + Family of Origin by CJ Hauser + City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert + The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal + Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane + The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead + Lock Every Door by Riley Sager For the Nervous Student + We Don't Eat our Classmates by + All Are Welcome by + Planet Kindergarten by + Kindergarten Countdown by Marjorie Parker + The Pigeon Has to Go to School by + The King of Kindergarten by For Those Who Want to Go Back + Bloomability by Sharon Creech + People Like Us by + The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak + Looking for Alaska by John Green + The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
August 1, 2019
July was a very busy month here at The Bookshelf, and while our combined list is somewhat small, it allowed us to have a deeper conversation about what we managed to finish! You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. Annie read: + Ordinary People by Diana Evans + The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory + Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner + The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames Chris read: + Family of Origin by CJ Hauser + God by Reza Aslan Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
July 25, 2019
Chris and Annie are joined by longtime friend of the show CJ Hauser to talk about her new novel, Family of Origin, available now from Doubleday. They discuss millennials, dysfunctional families, healing from trauma, wacky scientists, baseball, and Anglo-Saxon poetry. By now you've probably seen her viral essay, "The Crane Wife," published at The Paris Review. You can snag your copy of Family of Origin in The Bookshelf's online store. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
July 18, 2019
Last month, Chris and Annie were challenged to think of a book that doesn't exist (yet) that they would love to see written. This episode is a very silly grappling with answers to that question. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
July 16, 2019
In this special bonus episode of From the Front Porch, Annie sits down with Allen Cheney, co-author of the new book Crescendo, a story of Thomasville.  Allen and his co-author, Julie Cantrell, will be at The Bookshelf on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 PM for an in-store Shelf Talk and signing. Learn more here. Order your copy at The Bookshelf's online store. Hear more of Annie's author interviews exclusively on our Patreon. Find the rest of our show on our website.
July 11, 2019
Annie and Chris are traveling through time to bring you a list and discussion of the books they read in June.  You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. Annie read: + Burnout by Emily an Amelia Nagoski  + Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston + The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren + Heartburn by Nora Ephron + Recursion by Blake Crouch + Furious Hours by Casey Cep + Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid + The Body Lies by Jo Baker + My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan + 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff Chris read: + A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin + Family of Origin by CJ Hauser Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
July 4, 2019
As the heat settles and the mosquitos start biting and we all converge in the back of a pickup truck in an antique store parking lot to watch the fireworks, we hope you'll take the time to join us for a conversation on books about what our nation is, has been, and could be. Happy Independence Day. https://www.raicestexas.org/donate/ You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville + Signing Their Lives Away and Signing Their Rights Away by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese + I Think You're Wrong, But I'm Listening by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Shivers + A Sin By Any Other Name by Robert W. Lee + We Were 8 Years in Powerby Ta-Nehisi Coates + The Soul of America by Jon Meacham + Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie + Rise and Fall by Mitchell Zuckoff + Impeachment: An American History by Jeffrey A. Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, and Peter Baker + Parkland by Dave Cullen + Dissent and the Supreme Court by Melvin Urofsky + Songs of America by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
June 27, 2019
In this very special episode, Chris and Annie were finally able to sit down together for their first ever tandem live show! The occasion was the very first Bookshelf Reader Retreat, and good news: We’ll be doing this again. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
June 20, 2019
Listen. We've all seen the summer reading guides. We here at FtFP have even given you one. Beach, breezy, light, and fun. But what if I told you there was another option? You know, for those of you who don't live anywhere near a beach. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert + Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace + The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert + Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver + The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky + The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor + Little Women by Louisa May Alcott + The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt + The Campus Trilogy by David Lodge + Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke + A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara + The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach + Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow + The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco + The Witch Elm by Tana French + Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
June 13, 2019
Join Annie and frequent contributors Hunter and Emily for a discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s classic Their Eyes Were Watching God. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
June 6, 2019
Suuummertiiiiiime, and the front doors are swoooollen. Join Chris and Annie for a preview of the summer's hottest releases and a look back to some of our favorite backlist beach reads. Some other "best of" lists we mentioned: + Good Housekeeping+ Modern Mrs. Darcy  You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. New in 2019: + City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert + Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane + The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead + Family of Origin by CJ Hauser + Stars of Alabama by Shawn Dietrich + The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal + The Queen by Josh Levin Backlist: + Dark Matter by Blake Crouch + Recursion by Blake Crouch + Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel + You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein + Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford + Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng + The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor + The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer + Limelight by Amy Poppel + Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt + Girl in the Water by Paula Hawkins + Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende + Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave + Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid + My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
May 30, 2019
May came and went like a bullet train, but Annie and Chris are here to talk about what they read this month and/or are still reading. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. Annie read: + City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (on sale June 4) + The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal + State of the Union by Nick Hornby + The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley + Fall and Rise by Mitchell Zuckoff + Miracle Creek by Angie Kim + Prayer: Forty Days of Practice by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson Chris is reading: + The Thebaid by Statius, translated by Charles Stanley Ross + A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
May 23, 2019
Sometimes you need to build some momentum between your hefty tomes, and sometimes you're sitting in an airport and just want a book you can finish before the plane lands. In any case, Chris and Annie are here for you to recommend some one- or two-sitting reads. Ben Dolnick's New York Times article on the Binge Read is here. + We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson + If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin + The Pearl by John Steinbeck + The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway + The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald + State of the Union by Nick Hornby + The End We Start From by Megan Hunter + Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman + My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout + Our Souls at Night by Kent Harouf + We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie + Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie + Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill + Shopgirl by Steve Martin + The Vanderbeekersof 141st Street by Karina Glaser + The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall + The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley + Bloomability by Sharon Creech + Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli + Holes by Louis Sachar + Wonder by R. J. Palacio Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
May 16, 2019
We consulted with the rest of the Bookshelf staff and rounded up a list of our favorite "classic" books--whatever that means. Olivia + Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte + The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte + Villette by Charlotte Bronte Nancy + Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte + Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte + The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Lucy + Middlemarch by George Eliot + East of Eden by John Steinbeck + A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Chris + Brave New World by Aldous Huxley + The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger + The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald + The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky Annie + To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee + Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger + Little Women by Louisa May Alcott + Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
May 9, 2019
It's wedding season, y'all, and Annie and Chris are here to guide you through the most relevant reads of the season. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead + Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen + Save the Date by Morgan Matson + Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld + The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory + Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give by Ada Calhoun + The Gown by Jennifer Robson + Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close + Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner + Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry + The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn + Standard Deviation by Katharine Heiny + Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
May 2, 2019
The changing of the calendar page signals that Annie and Chris are back, as they are every month, to talk about what they read in April! You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Liar's Club by Mary Karr + The Body in Question by Jill Clement (on sale June 11) + Family of Origin by CJ Hauser (on sale July 16) + Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (on sale May 28) + How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper (on sale May 28) + Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith + The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary + City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
April 25, 2019
This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, so Annie and Chris are here to talk about WHY independent bookstores matter and to bring you a list of some of their favorites up and down the east coast--and beyond! + The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA + Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, FL + Sundog Books in Seaside, FL + Page and Palette in Fairhope, AL + Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA + Book Culture in New York, NY + Book People in Austin, TX + E. Shaver, Bookseller in Savannah, GA + Square Books in Oxford, MS + Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI + Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL + Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh, UK + Forum Books in Corbridge, UK + Wheatberry Books in Chillicothe, OH + Twenty Stories in Los Angeles, CA + The Bookshop (formerly Her Bookshop) in Nashville, TN + Greedy Reads in Baltimore, MD + Fabled Bookshop in Waco, TX + Books are Magic in New York, NY + Loyalty Bookstore in Washington, DC Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
April 18, 2019
In honor of National Poetry Month, Chris and Annie are back to talk about their favorite poems, collections, and the words they've gotten stuck in their heads over the years. Poets, poems, books, and collections mentioned this week: + Mary Oliver + William Wordsworth + "If" by Rudyard Kipling + "Mine Own John Poins" by Thomas Wyatt the Elder + John Donne, including "Holy Sonnet 10" and "Holy Sonnet 14" + Percy Shelley, including "Ode to the West Wind" and "Ozymandias" + John Milton, including Paradise Lost and "Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint" + "The Lanyard" by Billy Collins + "Orion" by Adrienne Rich + Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery + The End We Start From by Megan Hunter + T. S. Eliot, including "Little Gidding," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and The Waste Land + Emily Dickinson + She Walks in Beauty by Caroline Kennedy + Robert Frost + Shel Silverstein + A Year of Nature Poems by Joseph Coelho and Kelly Louise Judd + A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers + Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong + On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (on sale in June) + Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar + Space Struck by Paige Lewis (on sale in October) + Millennial Roost by Dustin Pearson + A Family is a House by Dustin Pearson + Parse by Ruth Baumann + Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing + 1919 by Eve L. Ewing (on sale in June) + Rupi Kaur + Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander + Tracy K. Smith + Go Ahead in the Rain by Hanif Abdurraqib You can listen to Ruth Baumann's episode of From the Front Porch here. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
April 11, 2019
Your favorite long-distance book club is back as Annie and frequent contributor Hunter discuss Mary Karr's celebrated memoir, The Liar's Club.  You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Liar's Club by Mary Karr Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
April 4, 2019
We all need a laugh now and then, and when better than prank season? Learn more about Thomasville's Rose Show and Festival here. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Live from New York by Tom Shales and James Andre Miller + Bossypants by Tina Fey + You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein + Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiney + The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton + A Woman First: First Woman: A Deeply Personal Memoir by the Former President by "Selina Meyer" + The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster and Jules Feiffer + The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
March 28, 2019
Here at the end of our pollen-covered month, it's time to discuss what we were able read between, y'know, everything else. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson (on sale July 30) + Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson (on sale April 2) + Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl (on sale April 2) + Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen (on sale May 14) + Inheritance by Dani Shapiro + Normal People by Sally Rooney (on sale April 16) + Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (on sale April 9) Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
March 21, 2019
Spring is officially springing, so Chris and Annie are back to tell you what books to look out for in this new green season. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + Good Talk by Mira Jacob (on sale March 26) + Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (on sale April 9) + What My Mother And I Don't Talk About by various authors (on sale April 30) + See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes + Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt + The Moth Presents Occasional Magic by various authors + The Second Mountain by David Brooks (on sale April 16) + Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly (on sale April 9) + If, Then by Kate Hope Day + I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott + Normal People by Sally Rooney (on sale April 16) + A Sin By Any Other Name by Robert W. Lee (on sale April 2) Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
March 14, 2019
It's March, and everything's gone MAD! Annie is joined by her husband, Jordan, for their annual adventure through book brackets and The Bookshelf's recent bestsellers. 1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 2. The Current by Tim Johnston 3. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza 4. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver 5. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker 6. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 7. Becoming by Michelle Obama 8. Educated by Tara Westover 9. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 10. Hey Ladies! by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz 11. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis 12. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 13. I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) by Beth A. Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland 14. The Point of It All by Charles Krauthammer 15. Inheritance by Dani Shapiro 16. The Library Book by Susan Orlean Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
March 7, 2019
I don't know what it's like where you live, but we're in the middle of a cold snap, and it doesn't feel much like spring break. Join us this week on a new installment of Seasonal Reads in which we recommend just the right books to get you ready for a break. Spring break forever. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Vacationers by Emma Straub + Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty + Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt + Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy + This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison + A Separation by Katie Kitamura + Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter + Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward + Tangerine by Christine Mangan + Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan + The From-Aways by CJ Hauser + Summer Sisters by Judy Blume Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
February 28, 2019
February is the shortest month of the year, and it really felt like it this time around! Join Annie and Chris as they discuss what they were able to read this month--because they were some really good ones. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. Annie read: + Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (on sale July 16) + Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (on sale March 5) + Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt (on sale March 5) + If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin + Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey (on sale June 11) + Dopesick by Beth Macy Chris read: + Multiple Man by Matthew Rosenberg and Andy MacDonald Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
February 21, 2019
Annie is joined once again by frequent contributors Hunter McLendon and Emily McKenna for the first installment in our new series, Backlist Book Club. Up first on the docket: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. You can purchase any of the books mentioned on today's episode at The Bookshelf. Hunter's list of recommended list of resources is as follows: + The Stacks+ read.rewind + reads_by_rodkelly + absorbedinpages You can follow Hunter and Emily on Instagram. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
February 14, 2019
Book-to-Movie Nominations + Boy Erased by Garrard Conley + Beautiful Boy by David Sheff + First Man by James R. Hansen + Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Lee Israel + If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin + My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg + Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan + The Wife by Meg Wolitzer Our Recs Based on Best Picture If you liked Black Panther, try: + Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates + Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James If you liked BlacKkKlansman or Green Book, try: + Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth + Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi If you liked Bohemian Rhapsody or A Star is Born, try: + Moonage Daydream by Davie Bowie + Just Kids by Patti Smith + Life by Keith Richards + Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid If you liked The Favourite, try: + The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory + The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland If you liked Vice, try: + Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush + Days of Fire by Peter Baker Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
February 7, 2019
Love is in the air, which is how you know it's time for Chris and Annie to jump into February's edition of Seasonal Reads. Also, a brief history of the term "romance." + Yvain, or The Knight with the Lion by Chretien de Troyes + To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han + Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy + Dumplin' by Julie Murphy + Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith + When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon + What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum + Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum + A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi + Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan + The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis-Graves (on sale April 2) + The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn + The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory + The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid + Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casie McQuiston (on sale May 14) + One Day in December by Josie Silver + When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri + I'll Have What She's Having by Erin Carlson Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
February 5, 2019
In this very special bonus episode of From the Front Porch, Annie interviews Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Silvers, the ladies behind the hit Pantsuit Politics podcast and the brand new book, I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), on sale today.  Learn more about their show at their website. You can purchase their book through The Bookshelf. Thank you to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn more at their website.
January 31, 2019
On this, the 87th day of January, Chris and Annie attempt to distract you from the polar vortex with a hopefully delightful chat about the books they finished this month. It was a long one, folks! Annie read: + All These Wonders edited by Catherine Burns + Becoming by Michelle Obama + Leading Men by Christopher Castellani + Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush + The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson + When You Read This by Mary Adkins (on sale February 5) + The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray (on sale February 19) + The Current by Tim Johnston + I Think You're Wrong, but I'm Listening by Sarah Steward Holland and Beth A. Silvers (on sale February 5) Chris read: + The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson + The Death of Arthur from The Lancelot-Grail Cycle translated by Norris Lacy Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
January 24, 2019
There's been some hubbub in the online book world about something Marie Kondo may or may not have said about how many books you should keep in your home. This week on the show, Annie and Chris attempt to set the record straight and consider how and why we value the books we love. You can read the Bustle article on KonMari by Kerri Jarema here. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
January 17, 2019
Believe it or not, we're only two weeks into the new year. It's a time when many of us make new resolutions and restart aspects of our lives with fresh eyes and a fresh heart. This week on the show, Chris and Annie talk about all the things "fresh start" might mean--and all the books to help yours. Also, as with last week, we accidentally recorded with a built-in laptop microphone, so please excuse our audio quality! Mentioned this week: + The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo + Cozy Minimalist Home by Miquillyn Smith + Calypso by David Sedaris + Bossypants by Tina Fey + Yes Please by Amy Poehler + Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling + Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling + This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Philipps + Becoming by Michelle Obama + Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell + Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett + This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel + Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng + Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss + What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vaderkam + Essentialism by Brene Brown + Lord of the Flies by William Golding + Hey Ladies by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz + If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin If you're not already on board, check out Libro.fm for all your audiobook needs. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
January 10, 2019
Happy New Year! For real this time. This week, Annie and Chris talk about what worked and what didn't in 2018 and about setting their reading goals and intentions for the new year. It's just the time for a fresh start.  Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
January 3, 2019
Happy New Year! For auld lang syne, Annie and Chris sat down to answer some leftover listener questions from our recent 200th episode.  Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
December 27, 2018
We made it! Thanks for everything you've given us, 2018, but we're moving on. Before we do, though, we've compiled our own end-of-year list to share with our listeners. What were your favorite books this year?  Annie's favorite books of the year: + Hey Ladies! by Caroline Moss and Michelle Markowitz+ Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman + My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite + Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro + Educated by Tara Westover  + The Female Persuasion by Meg Woltizer + The Ensemble by Aja Gabel + Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver + There There by Tommy Orange + A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza Chris's favorite books of the year: + The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce + There There by Tommy Orange + Calypso by David Sedaris + The Oracle Year by Charles Soule + The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey Chris's unofficial aggregate of the internet's favorite books: + The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai + There There by Tommy Orange + Educated by Tara Westover + Circe by Madeline Miller + The Incendiares by R. O. Kwon + A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza + That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam + Florida by Lauren Groff + How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee + Melmoth by Sarah Perry Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
December 20, 2018
Annie is joined once again by frequent guest contributors Hunter and Emily to discuss Puddin' by Julie Murphy. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show, including the first fifteen installments of Love It or Loathe It, here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
December 13, 2018
Annie sits down with Knox McCoy, co-host of The Popcast and author of The Wondering Years, in front of a LIVE audience to talk about books, faith, and pop culture. Order Knox's book here. Learn more about The Popcast here.  Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
December 6, 2018
We did it. The big one. Here we are at our 200th episode, and we've only got YOU to thank. This week, Annie and Chris answer your questions, some about themselves, some about books, some about The Bookshelf, and some just about life.  Jacey Verdicchio's Start Your Podcast guide is here. We've had a blast making 200 episodes of From the Front Porch for you. We're going to continue after this, obviously, but thank you so much for getting us this far. We've got exciting things ahead. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
November 29, 2018
Thanksgiving is over, so it's the holiday season (the holiday season) and time to recap the books Annie read in November! + The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (on sale in January) + A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi + Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller + My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite + From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
November 22, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! (Thagsgibbon, if you’re in the know.) Chris and Annie are enjoying the holiday by talking about some excellent new cookbooks—perfect gifts for the aspiring chef in your life. + Milk Street Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball + Eating Well: Soups+ Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten + All About Cake by Christina Tosi + Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen + Potluck by the editors of Food & Wine + Now and Again by Julia Turshen Find all these great books at The Bookshelf here. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
November 15, 2018
The world is a very confusing place even in the most stable of times, and everyday people depend on journalists and other writers to figure out and lend some structure to the swirling facts and details of our lives. This week, Annie and Chris salute the heroes of nonfiction and hope to introduce you to the large and fascinating conversation about how we tell the truth. Listen to Robin Young's Here and Now interview with the cast of The Lifespan of a Fact here. + In Cold Blood by Truman Capote + The Lifespan of a Fact by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal + Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota + Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen + All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward + The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman + So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson Find all these great books at The Bookshelf here. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
November 8, 2018
Thanks to the efforts of PBS, we now have a definitive list of America's favorite books. Annie and Chris are now recapping and providing their commentary on the top picks of PBS's Great American Read.  You can learn more about The Great American Read at PBS's website. Send your Mailbag questions to podcast [at] bookshelfthomasville [dot] com.  America's top five picks were: + The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien + Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen + Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling + Outlander by Diana Gabaldon + To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
November 1, 2018
Okay, everybody. Spooky season is over, so Annie and Chris and back to walk you through what they read this month.  Annie read: + The Winters by Lisa Gabriele + Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier + Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis + If I'm Being Honest by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley + The Editor by Stephen Crowley + Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver + I'll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller + Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty + To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer + The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
October 25, 2018
Okay, so sometimes scheduling things weeks in advance is hard, and it turns out it's NOT the week of Halloween, but Annie and Chris have a great list of books to get you in the mood for what is objectively the best fourth-quarter holiday! Also, honk honk. We recommend: + Foe by Iain Reid + The Witch Elm by Tana French + The Widow by Fiona Barton + The Child by Fiona Barton + The Winters by Lisa Gabriele + Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier + The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware + In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware + Final Girls by Riley Sager + The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager + There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins + The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack + Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry + The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule + I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara + Are You Sleeping? by Kathleen Barber Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
October 18, 2018
It's award season, and some of our absolute favorites got robbed. As much as we are Professional Book People™️, we're not professional critics--and we're the first people to admit that the critics don't always know what they're talking about. Join us as we talk through some of those books. + Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro + Difficult Women by Roxane Gay + Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi + An American Marriage by Tayari Jones + The Mothers by Brit Bennett + Commonwealth by Ann Patchett + Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng + Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng + The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt + Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill + The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce + The End We Start From by Megan Hunter + Less by Andrew Sean Greer Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
October 11, 2018
Annie is joined by frequent guest Hunter to chat about listener-favorite Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. What are your thoughts on this suspense classic? It's so funny, but thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
October 4, 2018
In addition to being Professional Book People™️, Annie and Chris are also avid TV watchers. Take that as you will. This week, book recommendations based on new and upcoming television. Binge with us a little bit, won't you? Also, The VVitch is a very scary movie. For fans of Murphy Brown: + Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota + Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave For fans of The Good Place: + How to Invent Everything by Ryan North + How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe by Charles Yu For fans of I Feel Bad: + I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron + The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton For fans of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: + The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa + Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero For fans of The Romanoffs: + I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon + Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal + A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
September 27, 2018
It's time for our regular jaunt through the books we finished this month. Join us for the recap! Also, and very importantly: teenage penguins. + Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller + Fear by Bob Woodward + Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman + A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson (on sale October 9) + The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy + A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti + Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes + I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott (on sale April 2, 2019) Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  
September 20, 2018
Annie hosted Books and Brunch event in the shop last week and previewed some of her favorite coming releases of the fall season. This week, we're giving you an opportunity to get caught up!  Annie recommends: + Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller + Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (on sale October 16--preorder here) + Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III (on sale October 2) + Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (on sale October 2) + The Witch Elm by Tana French (on sale October 9) + I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel  + The Power of Love by Michael Curry (on sale October 30) + Gmorning Gnight by Lin Manuel Miranda (on sale October 23) + Becoming by Michelle Obama (on sale November 13) + Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty + A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson (on sale October 9) + Personality Brokers by Merve Emre + All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (on sale October 2) + Transcription by Kate Atkinson (on sale September 25) + Melmoth by Sarah Perry (on sale October 16) + Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy (on sale October 23) Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like brief interviews with not-so-hideous booksellers, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
September 18, 2018
In preparation for Thomasville's annual One Book festival, Annie sat down with New York Times bestselling author Georgia Hunter, the great mind behind We Were the Lucky Ones. Georgia will be in Thomasville on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 PM in the Thomas County Board of Education Auditorium. For more information, including how to purchase tickets for the event, visit the One Book website here.
September 13, 2018
When authors endlessly tweet about what was actually happening in the background of a given book, or, worse, release a sequel or companion text, does that thrill you or make you cringe? This week, Annie and Chris field a listener question about what counts as "canon" in the books we love. Also, more #blandsome files. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like brief interviews with not-so-hideous booksellers, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
September 6, 2018
As with salsa, some readers prefer their literature mild. And that's okay! Although Annie and Chris often prefer some darkness in their books, they recognize that's not for everyone, so this episode is dedicated to those readers who prefer something a little PG. It's not just for kids! Also, somebody finally watched Set It Up. Mentioned this week: + The Port William Series by Wendell Berry + The Mitford series by Jan Karon + Gods in Alabama Joshilyn Jackson + Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan + Dreams of Falling by Karen White + Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson + Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple + The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows + The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert + The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison + The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our monthly secret show, Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
August 30, 2018
School's back in session and Annie's door is swollen shut, so you know it's almost September. (Don't worry. We set an alarm to wake up Green Day.) Here at the end of the month, we like to recap what we've read for our listeners. Join us as we enter the rom-comaissance. Annie read: + The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows + The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis + Are You Sleeping? by Kathleen Barber + Joy Enough by Sarah McColl (on sale January 2019) + There There by Tommy Orange + Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid + To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han + P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han + Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han + Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Anne Boyd Rioux Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like an interview with Fiona Davis, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
August 23, 2018
Annie, Emily, and Hunter discuss one of the hottest literary books of 2018: Tommy Orange's There, There. It's a difficult, sometimes harrowing read of contemporary Native American life with important insights into how we got to now.  Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like the author Q&As with Annie, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
August 16, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like a collaborative newsletter, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
August 9, 2018
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.  Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like behind-the-scenes content from life at the Bookshelf, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
August 2, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like a blow-by-blow account of a terrible wedding, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
July 26, 2018
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 History by 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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like a tour through market with Annie, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
July 19, 2018
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. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like a tour through market with Annie, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
July 12, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Chris and Annie's walking tour of downtown Thomasville, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
July 5, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like some brief one-on-ones with the Bookshelf staff, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
June 28, 2018
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. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like the author Q&As with Annie, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
June 21, 2018
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)
June 14, 2018
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.  Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like the audience Q&A with Anne and Annie, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
June 7, 2018
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.  Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
May 31, 2018
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) Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
May 24, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
May 17, 2018
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. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
May 10, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like What Annie Didn't Finish, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
May 3, 2018
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. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like What Annie Didn't Finish, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
April 26, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like What Annie Didn't Finish, consider supporting us on Patreon here.
April 19, 2018
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. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like What Annie Didn't Finish, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
April 12, 2018
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. ​​​​​​​Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our weekly behind-the-scenes newsletter, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
April 5, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Spotify playlists, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
March 29, 2018
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? Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Spotify playlists, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
March 22, 2018
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) Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Spotify playlists, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
March 15, 2018
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.   Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like what Annie didn't finish reading this month, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
March 8, 2018
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. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like what Annie didn't finish reading this month, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
March 1, 2018
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) Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like what Annie didn't finish reading this month, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
February 22, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
February 15, 2018
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. Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like in-store playlists or Chris's comprehensive media log, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
February 8, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our weekly behind-the-scenes newsletter, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
February 1, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like in-store playlists or Chris's comprehensive media log, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
January 25, 2018
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
January 18, 2018
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 Tendencies by 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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
January 11, 2018
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.  Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
January 4, 2018
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.  Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
December 28, 2017
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 Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.  See you in 2018!
December 21, 2017
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. This episode is sponsored in part by Fontaine Maury, a branding and design firm with offices in Thomasville and Tallahassee. Check them out at their website.  Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
December 14, 2017
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. 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.  Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
December 7, 2017
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.  Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalogue of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like our side-podcast Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here. 
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