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From the Front Porch

The Bookshelf Thomasville

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From the Front Porch
From the Front Porch

From the Front Porch

The Bookshelf Thomasville

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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.

Latest Episodes

Episode 248 || Seasonal Reads: Feast

We’re moving some things around in our traditional Thanksgiving-season episode calendar to bring our our food and cookbook episode at the BEGINNING of the month so that you can prepare for the holiday with some of our new favorite recipes. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt + Dining In by Allison Roman + Nothing Fancy by Allison Roman + Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen + Let Me Feed You by Rosie Daykin + Indian-ish by Priya Krishna + Eat Joy by various authors + South by Sean Brock + Son of a Southern Chef by Lazarus Lynch + The Saltwater Table by Whitney Otawka 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.

34 MIN5 d ago
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Episode 248 || Seasonal Reads: Feast

Episode 247 || October Reading Recap

Happy Halloween! Spooky Season will soon be over, but Chris and Annie are here to walk you through what they read in October. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. +The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman +Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra +Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow +East of Eden by John Steinbeck +Miracles (And Other Reasonable Things) by Sarah Bessey +21 Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks +Do You Mind if I Cancel? by Gary Janetti +The Preacher's Wife by Kate Bowler 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.

38 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 247 || October Reading Recap

Episode 246 || Seasonal Reads: Spooky Season

It's officially Spooky Season, if you can believe it, and Annie and Chris sound absolutely manic this week as they record their third episode in a row to bring you some of their favorite books of the season! You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. +The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman +A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan +The Secret Place by Tana French +The Witch Elm by Tana French +Dare Me by Megan Abbott + TheFever by Megan Abbott +The Crucible by Arthur Miller +Final Girls by Riley Sager +The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager +The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz +The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack +The Winters by Lisa Gabriele +The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry +Melmoth by Sarah Perry +Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse +We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson +The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use ...

33 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 246 || Seasonal Reads: Spooky Season

Episode 245 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 5: East of Eden

Hunter joins Annie once again for the fifth installment of Backlist Book Club. On the docket this week: John Steinbeck'sEast of Eden. 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.

37 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 245 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 5: East of Eden

Episode 244 || "Faith" Books, Whatever That Means

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 on538. You can listen to the "Apocalypse Now" episode of NPR'sThroughline 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 fo...

43 MINOCT 10
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Episode 244 || "Faith" Books, Whatever That Means

Episode 243 || September Reading Recap

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.

39 MINOCT 3
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Episode 243 || September Reading Recap

Episode 242 || Banned Books Week

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.

38 MINSEP 26
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Episode 242 || Banned Books Week

Episode 241 || Seasonal Reads: Falling into Fall

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.

35 MINSEP 19
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Episode 241 || Seasonal Reads: Falling into Fall

Episode 240 || Book-TV-Movie

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 (CB...

37 MINSEP 12
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Episode 240 || Book-TV-Movie

Episode 239 || August Reading Recap

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.

41 MINSEP 5
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Episode 239 || August Reading Recap

Latest Episodes

Episode 248 || Seasonal Reads: Feast

We’re moving some things around in our traditional Thanksgiving-season episode calendar to bring our our food and cookbook episode at the BEGINNING of the month so that you can prepare for the holiday with some of our new favorite recipes. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. + The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt + Dining In by Allison Roman + Nothing Fancy by Allison Roman + Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen + Let Me Feed You by Rosie Daykin + Indian-ish by Priya Krishna + Eat Joy by various authors + South by Sean Brock + Son of a Southern Chef by Lazarus Lynch + The Saltwater Table by Whitney Otawka 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.

34 MIN5 d ago
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Episode 248 || Seasonal Reads: Feast

Episode 247 || October Reading Recap

Happy Halloween! Spooky Season will soon be over, but Chris and Annie are here to walk you through what they read in October. You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. +The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman +Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra +Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow +East of Eden by John Steinbeck +Miracles (And Other Reasonable Things) by Sarah Bessey +21 Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks +Do You Mind if I Cancel? by Gary Janetti +The Preacher's Wife by Kate Bowler 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.

38 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 247 || October Reading Recap

Episode 246 || Seasonal Reads: Spooky Season

It's officially Spooky Season, if you can believe it, and Annie and Chris sound absolutely manic this week as they record their third episode in a row to bring you some of their favorite books of the season! You can find all of the following books for sale (or preorder) in The Bookshelf's online store. +The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman +A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan +The Secret Place by Tana French +The Witch Elm by Tana French +Dare Me by Megan Abbott + TheFever by Megan Abbott +The Crucible by Arthur Miller +Final Girls by Riley Sager +The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager +The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz +The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack +The Winters by Lisa Gabriele +The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry +Melmoth by Sarah Perry +Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse +We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson +The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Thanks, as always, to Forlorn Strangers for the use ...

33 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 246 || Seasonal Reads: Spooky Season

Episode 245 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 5: East of Eden

Hunter joins Annie once again for the fifth installment of Backlist Book Club. On the docket this week: John Steinbeck'sEast of Eden. 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.

37 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 245 || Backlist Book Club, Vol. 5: East of Eden

Episode 244 || "Faith" Books, Whatever That Means

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 on538. You can listen to the "Apocalypse Now" episode of NPR'sThroughline 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 fo...

43 MINOCT 10
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Episode 244 || "Faith" Books, Whatever That Means

Episode 243 || September Reading Recap

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.

39 MINOCT 3
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Episode 243 || September Reading Recap

Episode 242 || Banned Books Week

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.

38 MINSEP 26
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Episode 242 || Banned Books Week

Episode 241 || Seasonal Reads: Falling into Fall

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.

35 MINSEP 19
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Episode 241 || Seasonal Reads: Falling into Fall

Episode 240 || Book-TV-Movie

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 (CB...

37 MINSEP 12
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Episode 240 || Book-TV-Movie

Episode 239 || August Reading Recap

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.

41 MINSEP 5
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Episode 239 || August Reading Recap
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