From The Front Porch

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

Episodes

  • 269 || April Reading Recap

    269 || April Reading Recap

    30/04/2020 Duration: 38min

    This week, Annie recaps the eleven books she read during the month of April, all of which can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website: Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan (released June 30, 2020) The Return by Rachel Harrison Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida (released January 12, 2021) An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix Bloomability by Sharon Creech The Herd by Andrea Bartz The Guest List by Lucy Foley The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey Lucky Caller by Emma Mills The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord Other books mentioned: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Writers and Lovers by Lily King Ten Blind Dates by Ashley Elston The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion Option B by Sheryl Sandberg A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings o

  • 268 || Baby Got Books

    268 || Baby Got Books

    23/04/2020 Duration: 32min

    This week, Annie chats with Bookshelf staffer Lucy all about her favorite baby books and books for mom and moms-to-be, including: Great with Child How to Raise a Reader Giraffes Can’t Dance The Read-Aloud Family Who Sang the First Song Don't Forget to Remember You Nest with Me Because Cribsheet Expecting Better Let Us Pray The Word of the Lord If There Never Was a You From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.  This week, Annie's reading The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey. Lucy is reading The Splendid and the Vile.  If you liked what you heard on today’s ep

  • 267 || Recommended Royal Reads

    267 || Recommended Royal Reads

    16/04/2020 Duration: 38min

    This week on From the Front Porch, host and owner of The Bookshelf, Annie Jones, has a special guest joining her to tackle an important listener question: What should the royals be reading? Annie’s friend Courtney Kinsey is a fellow royals enthusiast, an avid reader and book club member, and a podcaster in her own right, co-hosting the show “I Do Declare!” with her sister Betsy. The books mentioned on today’s episode are available for purchase on The Bookshelf website: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan American Royals by Katharine McGee Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot Dear America series Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn Gone with the Windsors by Laurie Graham Recommendations for Harry and Meghan: Burnout by Emily Nagoski (for Meghan) Lonesome

  • 266 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 2

    266 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 2

    09/04/2020 Duration: 41min

    Today, it’s time for another round of Literary Therapy. If you’re new here, Literary Therapy is a recurring episode series in which Annie plays the Dr. Frasier Crane or the Lucy van Pelt to listeners’ literary ailments.  As mentioned in the episode, you can get book recs from the following: Hunter Mclendon at @shelfbyshelf Tyler Goodson at @tylergoodson Laura Tremaine at @laura.tremaine Mary Laura Philpott at @marylauraphilpott The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased on The Bookshelf’s website: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner East of Eden by John Steinbeck The End We Start From by Megan Hunter The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani The Explanation of Everything by Lauren Grodstein Francis and Bernard by Carlene Bauer Loving Frank by Nancy Horan The Ensemble by Aja Gabel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza A Separate Peace by John Knowles The Mothers

  • 265 || Bookish Bingo

    265 || Bookish Bingo

    02/04/2020 Duration: 45min

    Annie and Olivia sat down in the middle of the chaos to talk about The Bookshelf’s reading challenge (of sorts!) for 2020. We covered all sorts of categories, with a variety of books: A Is for Alibi by Sue Grafton Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende The BFG by Roald Dahl There There by Tommy Orange The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer The Round House by Louise Erdrich This Is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow Brief Answers to Big Questions by Stephen Hawking Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman Wild by Cheryl Strayed The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith The Other Side of the Coin by Angela Kelly Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkienn The Martian by Andy Weir The Sil

  • 264 || March Reading Recap

    264 || March Reading Recap

    26/03/2020 Duration: 33min

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

  • 263 || March Madness, Indeed

    263 || March Madness, Indeed

    19/03/2020 Duration: 37min

    Annie is joined this week by her husband, friend, audiobook listener, and fellow basketball enthusiast Jordan Jones. The NCAA tournament may have been canceled -- a true tragedy in the Jones’ house -- but they’re still debating The Bookshelf’s bestsellers in their annual March Madness episode. They hope their conversation brings a little light and levity to what’s been a stressful couple of weeks.  Where the Crawdads Sing vs. Educated The Dreamers vs. The Other's Gold Nickel Boys vs. Furious Hours  I Miss You When I Blink vs. When You Read This All This Could Be Yours vs. The Dutch House Evvie Drake Starts Over vs. The Lager Queen of Minnesota Ask Again, Yes vs. Daisy Jones & The Six Stars of Alabama vs. The Dearly Beloved Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.  This week, Annie is finishing Untamed, the new memoir by Glennon Doyl

  • 262 || Playlist Meets Booklist: Spring

    262 || Playlist Meets Booklist: Spring

    12/03/2020 Duration: 36min

    Annie is joined by Robbie Hopkins, a former literature teacher, avid reader, and frequent Bookshelf customer. Today, the two are previewing some spring titles that should be on your radar, but it’s being done a little bit differently—literature meets music. Tap or click here for the full Spotify playlist. The books mentioned in today’s episode can be purchased online from The Bookshelf: Separation Anxietyby Laura Zigman All Adults Here by Emma Straub Don't Overthink It by Anne Bogel The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves (preorder—released 4/7) The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (preorder—released 3/24) How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang (preorder—released 4/7) Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould (preorder released 4/14) Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida (preorder—released5/5) After the Last Border by Jessica Goudeau (preorder—released 4/28) Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (preorder—released 4/7) Deacon King Kong by James McBride Special thanks to Dylan and his team at

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

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

    05/03/2020 Duration: 32min

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

  • 260 || February Reading Recap

    260 || February Reading Recap

    27/02/2020 Duration: 37min

    This week Annie recaps the books she read in February, all of which can be purchased on our website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com: My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmerman Writers & Lovers by Lily King Layoverland by Gabby Noone March by Geraldine Brooks The Office by Andy Greene The Holdout by Graham Moore Here for It by R. Eric Thomas Handle with Care by Lore Ferguson Wilbert Dumplin’  by Julie Murphy Live from New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales Do You Mind if I Cancel by Gary Janetti Defending Jacob by William Landay The Body in Question by Jill Ciment Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D Production for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. This week, as mentioned in today’s episode, Annie is finishing up Here for It by R. Eric Thomas. If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our

  • 259 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 1

    259 || Literary Therapy, Vol. 1

    20/02/2020 Duration: 27min

    Today, Annie is diving into listeners’ bookish dilemmas with some literary therapy. Topics include romance novels, tackling nonfiction, genre shame, and, of course, Little Women. Pretend Annie is coming to you live from Seattle, because she is Annie Jones, and she is listening. Want to leave a voicemail for the next round of Literary Therapy? Email podcast@bookshelfthomasville.com, or leave a voicemail here. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe Dead Wake by Erik Larson The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson Inheritance by Dani Shapiro Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Know My Name by Chanel Miller I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Americana by Bhu Srinivasan An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino 27 Dresses by Jesse Russell

  • BONUS: Winter Institute 2020

    BONUS: Winter Institute 2020

    18/02/2020 Duration: 34min

    SURPRISE! We know it’s Tuesday, but we thought you’d enjoy this bonus episode of FTFP, where Annie and Olivia debrief about Winter Institute, an annual conference held for members of the American Booksellers Association. Here’s a link to “Reinventing Retail: The Novel Resurgence of Independent Bookstores,” by Ryan Raffaelli. Some books Annie brought home: The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg The Harpy by Megan Hunter Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West A Good Family by A.H. Kim Broken People by Sam Lansky Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com.  Special thanks to Dylan an

  • 258 || To All the Boys in Books Ive Loved Before

    258 || To All the Boys in Books I've Loved Before

    13/02/2020 Duration: 36min

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, Annie and her two special guests — Ashley Sherlock, cousin, friend, and former Bookshelf social media guru, and Hunter McLendon of @shelfbyshelf — discuss the book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and reminisce about all the literary crushes they’ve had and what literary crushes say about you. Most of the books discussed today can be purchased from The Bookshelf: Looking for Alaska by John Green Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (4th book) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott White Oleander by Janet Fitch Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Impulse by Ellen Hopkins  Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli Emma by Jane Austen A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Normal People by Sally Rooney Emily Novels by L.M. Montgomery Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman The Secret History by Donna Ta

  • 257 || Books and the 2020 Oscars

    257 || Books and the 2020 Oscars

    06/02/2020 Duration: 33min

    Annie and fellow book club member and Oscar enthusiast, Callie Sewell, deep dive the 2020 Academy Awards and what it means for our reading lives. The books discussed during the podcast can be purchased from The Bookshelf: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt Caging Skies by Christie Leunens Meg & Jo by Virgina Kantra We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman March by Geraldine Brooks Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy by Ann Boyd Rioux A Separation by Katie Kitamura State of the Union by Nick Hornby The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman From the Front Porch is a weekly podcast production of The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in South Georgia. You can follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and al

  • Episode 256 || January Reading Recap

    Episode 256 || January Reading Recap

    30/01/2020 Duration: 34min

    On this week’s episode of From the Front Porch, Annie recaps all the books she read in January. These can be ordered or pre-ordered through The Bookshelf website: We Wish You Luck by Caroline Zancan The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel We Ride Upon Sticks by Quam Barry All Adults Here by Emma Straub Follow The Bookshelf’s daily happenings on Instagram at @bookshelftville, and all the books from today’s episode can be purchased online through our store website, www.bookshelfthomasville.com.  Special thanks to Dylan and his team at Studio D productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the perfect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations.  This week, Annie’s listening to Know My Name by Chanel Miller, which you can listen to on Libro.fm. If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if

  • 255 || Were Still Not Over Little Women

    255 || We're Still Not Over Little Women

    23/01/2020 Duration: 30min

    Happy New Year! We are so excited to bring you the first episode of 2020! Annie and Hunter Mclendon, a regular From the Front Porch contributor and bookstagrammer at @shelfbyshelf, honor Greta Gerwig and Louisa May Alcott, by diving into the genius that is Little Women. Find Kevin Porter’s review of Little Women can be found here. What is Hunter reading this week? He is reading -- and loving -- Real Life by Brandon Taylor (pre-order here!) and Annie is reading Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin, which is out on February 18 and can be pre-ordered here. A special thanks to Dylan Garven and his team at Studio D Productions for sound and editing and for our theme music, which sets the prefect warm and friendly tone for our Thursday conversations. If you liked what you heard on today’s episode, tell us by leaving a review on iTunes. Or, if you’re so inclined, support us on Patreon, where you can hear our staff’s weekly New Release Tuesday conversations, read full book reviews in our monthly Shelf Life newslett

  • 254 || Favorite Books of 2019

    254 || Favorite Books of 2019

    19/12/2019 Duration: 38min

    In our final episode of 2019 (and the decade as a whole!), Annie and Bookshelf staffers Olivia and Lucy sit down to talk through their favorite titles of the year. These are the books that meant the most over the last 12 months: Annie's List: 1. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead 2. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett 3. The Dearly Beloved by Carla Wall 4. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout 5. Family of Origin by CJ Hauser 6. Normal People by Sally Rooney 7. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane 8. Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey 9. The Current by Tim Johnston 10. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Olivia's List 1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern 2. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher 3. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead 4. All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker 5. The Line Tender by Kate Allen 6. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson 7. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia 8. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson 9. This

  • Episode 253 || Seasonal Reads: Christmas

    Episode 253 || Seasonal Reads: Christmas

    12/12/2019 Duration: 34min

    In our final Seasonal Reads of 2019, Chris and Annie run through some reads (and movies) for the Christmas season and chat about the Christian season of Advent.  + A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens + A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote + A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas + Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris + Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle + One Day in December by Josie Silver + Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory + The Meaning is in the Waiting by Paula Gooder + Miracle on 10th Street by Madeleine L'Engle Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use of our theme music. Learn and listen more here. Listen to a full back catalog of our show here, and, if you're interested in some exclusive content like Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here. This was unexpectedly Chris's last episode, but please know he appreciates your support over the years.

  • Episode 252 || November Reading Recap

    Episode 252 || November Reading Recap

    05/12/2019 Duration: 31min

    A new month means a new look at what books Annie and Chris were able to read in the last one. And folks, it was pretty light. Annie read: + Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodeser-Akner + Born a Crime by Trevor Noah + Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout Chris read: + The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges + The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North 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 Annie's author interviews, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

  • Episode 251 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 6: Born a Crime

    Episode 251 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 6: Born a Crime

    28/11/2019 Duration: 38min

    Hunter joins Annie once again for the fifth installment of Backlist Book Club. On the docket this week: Trevor Noah's Born a Crime. 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 our Unpopular Opinions, consider supporting us on Patreon here.

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