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Sound Opinions

Back in print, The Nashville Sound is essential reading on country music’s upheaval and reinvention

by Steve Haruch

July 2, 2015 Paul Hemphill’s 1970 classic, The Nashville Sound, tells the story of Music City at a pivotal time—when country-music tradition and market-savvy innovation clashed in ways that were both singular to the moment and resonant today. The book was recently reissued by the University of Georgia Press.

Published Thursday, 2 July 2015

Womanhood

Sonja Livingston explores femininity and fertility in Queen of the Fall

by Maria Browning

July 1, 2015 Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses by University of Memphis professor Sonja Livingston takes on themes of femininity and fertility in a direct and quietly fierce style. Livingston will discuss Queen of the Fall at the Mid-South Book Festival, held in Memphis September 9-13, 2015.

Published Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Bringing People Together

With Southern Cooking for Company Nicki Pendleton Wood demystifies the dinner party

by Susannah Felts

June 30, 2015 As a critic and editor, Nicki Pendleton Wood has been writing about food for decades. Now she’s brought forth her own cookbook: Southern Cooking for Company is a compendium of Southern recipes collected from home cooks all over the region. Wood will discuss the project at two Nashville events: Parnassus Books on July 2, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., and Barnes & Noble Vanderbilt on July 9 at 7 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 30 June 2015

What Would Willie Do?

In It’s a Long Story, Willie Nelson expounds on the downhome zen of songwriting

by Randy Fox

June 29, 2015 Picking up just a short time after the end of his first memoir, 1988’s Willie: An Autobiography, It’s A Long Story is Willie Nelson’s examination of his own lifelong persistence and tenacity, as well as a rumination on the value of family, friends, and self-fulfillment through music.

Published Monday, 29 June 2015

A Cookbook, of Sorts

Murfreesboro poet Gaylord Brewer whisks together recipe, memoir, and verse

by Charlotte Pence

June 26, 2015 With a subtitle—a “A Cookbook-Memoir, of Sorts”—Gaylord Brewer acknowledges that The Poet’s Guide to Food, Drink, & Desire resists easy categorization. And the “of sorts” quality is exactly what makes this collection of essays and recipes a must-read for home cooks who sometimes fancy themselves chefs who happen to have been spared the nuisance of a restaurant.

Published Friday, 26 June 2015

The Art of Self Defense

Robert Blagojevich’s new memoir testifies to the injustice of the federal justice system

by Chris Scott

June 23, 2015 Robert Blagojevich was indicted and tried, along with his brother Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois, for attempting to sell Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. In Fundraiser A: My Fight for Freedom and Justice, Blagojevich describes a journey through the looking-glass world of investigators, prosecutors, judges, juries, and media that left him bitter but emboldened. He will discuss his memoir at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 27, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Capital Offense

Veteran activist Joseph B. Ingle reveals the systemic racism behind America’s death penalty

by Paul V. Griffith

June 22, 2015 A Nashville teacher, writer, and anti-death-penalty activist, Joseph B. Ingle has sat at the side of too many condemned men to count. His new book, Slouching Toward Tyranny, indicts not only the death penalty but also the systemic racism behind it.

Published Monday, 22 June 2015

Tell About the South

Harrison Scott Key’s new memoir attempts to reconcile the man he is with the man he sought to escape—his father

by Clay Risen

June 11, 2015 In a new memoir, Harrison Scott Key recalls his father’s rage against his boss, and books, and the Boy Scouts, and any sign of civilization that he stumbled across. Key will discuss The World’s Largest Man at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on June 15, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 11 June 2015

Utopia, Nostalgia, and the Bomb

Oak Ridge tells triumphant stories about its past; Lindsey A. Freeman asks if they’re the right stories

by Aram Goudsouzian

June 9, 2015 In Longing for the Bomb, sociologist Lindsey A. Freeman tackles the myths of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and their meaning in a nuclear America. Freeman will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on June 14, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 9 June 2015

To Recall a Mockingbird

Marja Mills remembers her time as Harper Lee’s next-door neighbor

by Liz Garrigan

June 3, 2015 When Marja Mills lived next door to Harper Lee, she frequently dined with the legendary author of To Kill A Mockingbird, her sister Alice, and their close circle of friends. Mills will discuss her memoir about the experience, The Mockingbird Next Door, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 3 June 2015

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