Briefly Noted

Children & YA
Sharon Cameron
Scholastic Press
352 pages
$17.99

"Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative"

--USA Today

Nonfiction
Ronald A. Foresta
University of Tennessee Press
308 pages
$67

“From its promising launch to its ignominious relegation, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s controversial LBL recreation project attracted national and international attention. In Ron Foresta’s capable hands, readers are treated to so much more than a simple chronicle of an idea gone awry, Indeed, he shows us what can happen when we fail to adapt our thinking to changing circumstances. More important, he reminds us how terribly difficult it is to predict—let alone plan for—the future”

--Geoffrey L. Buckley, author of Extracting Appalachia: Images of the Consolidation Coal Company, 1910–1945

Nonfiction
Vincent Astor
Arcadia Publishing
128 pages
$21.99

"Memphis has always been a theatrical town—a crossroads in the center of America for entertainment as well as commerce. Movies are among the many things that travel through the city, both for distribution and exhibition. Thousands of people who have lived here or just passed through, especially during and after World War II, found their way to the movie theatres"

--from the publisher

Nonfiction
Charles Faulkner
University of Tennessee Press
164 pages
$24.95

"Faulkner combines careful historical research with meticulous archaeological excavations conducted in developed areas of the west Knoxville suburbs to illuminate what happened on that fateful day in 1793. As a result, he answers significant questions about the massacre and seeks to discover the genealogy of the Cavetts and if any family members survived the attack. This book is an important contribution to the study of frontier history and a long-overdue analysis of one of East Tennessee’s well-known legends"

--from the publisher

Nonfiction
Lynn Abbot, Doug Seroff
University Press of Mississippi
468 pages
$75

"A landmark study tracing the current of music education that gave form and style to the black gospel quartet tradition"

--from the publisher

Nonfiction
James L. Cotton
History Publishing Company LLC
475 pages
$18.95

"Cotton's meticulously researched, and lovingly crafted story of Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address, joins the many that examines the speech, and its creator. The author interprets a remarkable and complex period in American history and does so with knowledge that the reader's journey will be one of discovery and enlightenment"

--Steven Wilson, Author, President Lincoln s Spy and President Lincoln s Secret

Children & YA
Cherie Priest
Tor Books
368 pages
$14.99

"Young ex-slave Gideon Bardsley is a brilliant inventor, but the job is less glamorous than one might think, especially since the assassination attempts started. Worse yet, they're trying to destroy his greatest achievement: a calculating engine called Fiddlehead, which provides undeniable proof of something awful enough to destroy the world. Both man and machine are at risk from forces conspiring to keep the Civil War going and the money flowing"

--from the publisher

Fiction
Bradley Harris
"Jack Minyard is a private eye down on his luck. He’s badly overweight and on the wrong side of sixty. He’s lost his marriage, and maybe a little of his mind, too. After narrowly escaping charges in a statewide fraud and money laundering scandal, Jack has been working private contracts and counting on the kindness of strangers (not to mention a pile of prescription drugs) to get by. In a last-ditch play to resurrect his career, Jack takes on a case that puts him on the wrong side of the tracks and in the midst of some of the roughest trade going"
120 pages
$16

Anvil Press

--from the publisher