In which a good mom is hard to find

Two weeks ago, our friends at Everfan celebrated National Superhero Day by recognizing all the superheroes around Thomasville: preschool teachers and principals, firefighters and postal workers, baristas and city employees. They walked around town delivering capes to the best and most selfless citizens Thomasville has to offer, which means...

My mom got a superhero cape. 

I  had no idea when I took over operations at The Bookshelf just how involved I'd need my family to be. Jordan delivers books to Tallahassee and helps run off-site events; my aunt and uncle have painted the bathroom and reorganized the storage closet and rearranged furniture; my dad hangs shelves and emails me book recommendations; and my mom? Well, my mom basically does for The Bookshelf what she's always done for me. She offers wisdom and guidance and support, and she makes things infinitely better looking.

Every week or so, my mom comes to the store, filled with tons of energy and good ideas. She straightens shelves, helps create table displays, and works her magic on our windows. She's enthusiastic when I can't muster any more enthusiasm, creative when my own creativity has disappeared. She's my mom, but over the years, she's kind of become The Bookshelf's mom, too. And, like most moms, she doesn't get paid for the job she does.

So, two weeks ago, I nominated my mom as a superhero. It felt like quite literally the least I could do, but it also felt really good to be able to honor her in such a fun way. (I hope you can tell from the photo above: My mom is nothing if not fun.)

This weekend is Mother's Day. I'll be traveling to see my own grandmother, but Magali, Ashley, and Madison will be running the shop, ready with book and gift recommendations to help you honor the mothers in your life in whatever ways you choose, capes not required. (Though I'm sure Everfancould take care of you if your mom is as fun as mine.) 

To make things even easier, on Saturday, we're hosting Taran from South Geogia Succulents for a pop-up shop inside The Bookshelf. If you missed our succulent workshop in March, this isn't another DIY workshop; instead, it's a chance for you to buy Taran's gorgeous succulent arrangements. They're perfect for gift-giving, and -- hooray! -- even moms with brown thumbs can keep them alive.

Is there anything better than a beautiful arrangement and a bestselling book? I doubt it.
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SOUTH GEORGIA SUCCULENTS POP-UP SHOP
Saturday, May 13
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Can't make this weekend's pop-up shop with South Georgia Succulents? No worries; we've got more events where that came from: 

+ Stitches and Stories at Fuzzy Goat - Tuesday, 5/16, 6 p.m.
Story time w/ Ben Wilder - Saturday, 5/20, 11 a.m.
Tea Tasting featuring Piper & Leaf Teas - Saturday, 5/20, 2 p.m.
Shelf Talk + Signing w/ columnist Gary Yordon - Thursday, 6/1, 7 p.m.

If you're a podcast listener -- specifically, if you listen to our own Bookshelf podcast -- you might want to try Katie Kitamura's new novel, A Separation. It's been out for a couple of months now, but I just got around to reading it, mostly because Hunter, Emily, and I will be discussing it on an upcoming episode of From the Front Porch. I've got all kinds of feelings about the book (mostly positive, with caveats), but I'd love for you to read along with us. Think of it as a giant, cross-country book club! And, if that's not enough to tempt you, I absolutely recommend this one for fans of Lauren Groff's National Book Award finalist, Fates and Furies. A Separation does for divorce and estrangement what Fates and Furies did for marriage, which means... this one makes you feel things.

If you're a podcast listener -- specifically, if you listen to our own Bookshelf podcast -- you might want to try Katie Kitamura's new novel, A Separation. It's been out for a couple of months now, but I just got around to reading it, mostly because Hunter, Emily, and I will be discussing it on an upcoming episode of From the Front Porch. I've got all kinds of feelings about the book (mostly positive, with caveats), but I'd love for you to read along with us. Think of it as a giant, cross-country book club! And, if that's not enough to tempt you, I absolutely recommend this one for fans of Lauren Groff's National Book Award finalist, Fates and FuriesA Separation does for divorce and estrangement what Fates and Furies did for marriage, which means... this one makes you feel things.

On this week's episode of From the Front Porch, Chris and I chatted about "alternative" visions of mothers for a Mother's Day episode, and... things took a rather dark turn. (Whoops!) Give the show a listen, then let us know what you think. We'd love to hear from you!

On this week's episode of From the Front Porch, Chris and I chatted about "alternative" visions of mothers for a Mother's Day episode, and... things took a rather dark turn. (Whoops!) Give the show a listen, then let us know what you think. We'd love to hear from you!

-Annie