Car Trouble

There are times when the only recourse to automotive despair is Neil Diamond

by Morey Hill

April 24, 2015 It started off with a low, quiet groan. The kind of noise my roommate, Chet, makes when I mention things like “utility bills” or “soap.” Although something clearly wasn’t right, I just didn’t want to spend the money to get it fixed. It was a subtle noise, and my approach was to drown it out—I turned up the radio.

Published Friday, 24 April 2015

“Time to Go Back and Tell the Whole Story”

In a new memoir, John Oates will focus on his life as a solo musician

by Mary Emily Vatt

April 22, 2015 Rock’n’Roll icon John Oates has signed a book deal with St. Martin’s Press and will release a memoir, still untitled, in 2016.

Published Wednesday, 22 April 2015

An Insignificant Balcony

Perhaps history is anything that is found in the past and repeated in the future

by Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay

April 20, 2015 The steps to our little balcony seem narrower each time, my hands tracing the delicate staircase. I forget the feeling of cool metal under my fingertips and dust that covers every millimeter of space until I have made it to the top, realizing what I’ve missed all along. There stand my grandparents in the doorframe with stolen time in their skin and longing in their veins.

Published Monday, 20 April 2015

Growing Home

An only child contemplates her unlikely path to motherhood

by Jen Wallwork Dominguez

April 20, 2015 My parents entered into marriage under the duress of an unplanned pregnancy, and spent the next nine brutal years locked up together, punishing each other for the mistake. By the time I graduated high school I had decided that I would never have children.

Published Monday, 20 April 2015

Running Out of Truth

In What Comes Next and How to Like It, memoirist Abigail Thomas explores betrayal and loss and other parts of life that cannot be understood at a remove

by Beth Waltemath

April 14, 2015 What Comes Next and How to Like It, Abigail Thomas’s newest memoir, both exemplifies and transcends its genre as Thomas meditates on what it means to edit life down to essentials: love, forgiveness, pleasure, and letting go. Thomas will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m

Published Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Shake It Off

In So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson peers into the Internet abyss and challenges haters not to hate

by Steve Haruch

April 8, 2015Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed examines the consequences—intended and otherwise—of public shaming via the Internet. The book features interviews with otherwise ordinary people made infamous by relatively harmless missteps gone viral. Ronson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 14, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Crafts of Freedom

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Mountaintop speech was more than brilliant rhetorical art; it was also the culmination of a lifetime spent in intense and extensive reading

by Scott Newstok

April 2, 2015 We rightly associate Martin Luther King Jr.’s oratorical eloquence with his vocation as a Baptist minister, following his father and grandfather before him. But King also emerged from the rhetorical tradition of the liberal arts, transforming the sources with which he engaged throughout his too-brief life.

Published Thursday, 2 April 2015

Celebrating Proud Black Women

Alysia Burton Steele’s portraits of long-lived black women in the Mississippi Delta explodes contemporary notions of beauty

by Alice Randall

April 1, 2015 Alysia Burton Steele’s Delta Jewels is quite obviously part autobiography, part biography, part photography book, and part autograph book. But it is the less obvious parts—Steele’s critique of prevailing beauty aesthetics and her exploration of the intimate lives of long-lived black women—that dazzle. She will discuss the book at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on April 9, 2015, at 6 p.m. and at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville on April 10, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Strange Bedfellows

Pate McMichael talks with Chapter 16 about Klandestine, the story of an unlikely partnership that led to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Aram Goudsouzian

March 31, 2015 James Earl Ray did not, at first glance, seem like a foaming-at-the-mouth white supremacist, and conspiracy theories inevitably arose in the wake of his assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. In his new book, Klandestine: How a Klan Lawyer and a Checkbook Journalist Helped James Earl Ray Cover Up His Crime, Pate McMichael combines rigorous archival research with a fast-paced narrative to explain how one of those conspiracies was created. McMichael will discuss the book at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on April 7, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Bake and Date

Audrey Shulman’s Sitting in Bars with Cake is an illustrated memoir-cum-cookbook about attempting to bake her way into a boyfriend’s heart

by Sarah Norris

March 30, 2015 In 2013, Nashville native Audrey Shulman set out on an unconventional quest for a boyfriend. Over the course of a year, she came up with original recipes for fifty different cakes, which she took to fifty different bars, proffering slices to dozens of romantic prospects. She details the results in her first book, Sitting in Bars with Cake. Shulman will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 4, 2015, at 1 p.m.

Published Monday, 30 March 2015

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