Book Reviews

The Art of Attention

A new essay collection from the University of Tennessee honors Jeff Daniel Marion, beloved Appalachian poet and teacher

by Sarah Norris

April 28, 2016 Jeff Daniel Marion: Poet on the Holston celebrates the life and work of Appalachian poet Jeff Daniel Marion. Edited by Jesse Graves, Thomas Alan Holmes, and Ernest Lee, the anthology contains seventeen essays—including an autobiographical essay by Marion himself—an interview with the poet, and a detailed timeline of his life.

Published Thursday, 28 April 2016

Join the Invaders

Shirletta J. Kinchen’s Black Power in the Bluff City explores the history of student activism in Memphis

by Lyda Phillips

April 27, 2016 Shirletta Kinchen’s Black Power in the Bluff City examines the way black youth in Memphis played a pivotal role in creating societal change, both before and after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Hotel in 1968. In the end, the struggle for equality became a children’s crusade, with high-school and college students leading the way.

Published Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Heroes from the Merchant Marine

Journalist William Geroux spotlights the impressive World War II sacrifice of men from small-town Virginia

by Ralph Bowden

April 26, 2016 Mathews County, Virginia, has a long tradition of supplying seafaring men to the Merchant Marine. In The Mathews Men, Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler’s U-Boats, William Geroux writes of the exceptional service and sacrifice during World War II of the seamen from Mathews County. He will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville May 3, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Topical, Not Timeless

Rhodes College professor David McCarthy writes a history of protest art in America

by Erica Ciccarone

April 25, 2016 In American Artists Against War, Rhodes College professor David McCarthy serves up a history of protest with artists at its center.

Published Monday, 25 April 2016

Dancing with Lost Souls

Sonja Livingston resurrects forgotten women and girls in Ladies Night at the Dreamland

by Maria Browning

April 21, 2016 Sonja Livingston’s second essay collection, Ladies Night at the Dreamland, is a kind of literary search-and-rescue effort. In twenty-one delicately crafted pieces, she brings forth a remarkable group of little-known women and girls from the past, imagining her way into their lives with lyrical intensity. Livingston will discuss the book at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on April 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 21 April 2016

Worst and Worster

In a new memoir, the punk band NOFX tells all

by Sarah Carter

April 20, 2016 In the band’s recent tell-all, NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, Fat Mike, Melvin, Smelly, and El Hefe share their personal and musical epiphanies. NOFX will discuss their new memoir at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Different Drums

Writing as E.F. Abbott, children’s author Kristin O’Donnell Tubbs transforms a legend into a lesson in John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy

by Win Bassett

April 19, 2016 The fourth book in Macmillan’s “Based on a True Story” series for middle-grade readers, John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy, is the tale of Johnny Clem, a drummer boy for the Union side during the Battle of Shiloh. Writing under the pseudonym of E.F. Abbott, Williamson County author Kristin O’Donnell Tubb tells a story that’s something less than history and something more than fiction. Tubb will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 24, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Points of Juncture

In Bryn Chancellor’s debut story collection, When Are You Coming Home?, characters maneuver passageways between their past and present lives

by Emily Choate

April 18, 2016 In her debut story collection, When Are You Coming Home?, Bryn Chancellor creates characters who confront change in their personal landscapes, transitioning from one era of life to another. Chancellor will discuss When Are You Coming Home? at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on April 21, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Published Monday, 18 April 2016

Gotta Dance

In Brooks Benjamin's debut children's novel, a seventh-grader faces some hard choices as he tries to figure out friendship, loyalty, and what it means to be true to yourself

by Tracy Barrett

April 13, 2016 In Brooks Benjamin’s middle-grade novel, My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights, twelve-year-old Dillon Parker wants to compete for a scholarship to dance school, but his freestyle crew thinks dance schools are for losers. Benjamin will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 16, 2016.

Published Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A Story that Bears Retelling

In Apostle, Tom Bissell journeys into the contradictory history of early Christianity

by Ed Tarkington

April 12, 2016 In Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve, the audaciously gifted Tom Bissell merges travel narrative, popular history, and literary criticism to examine the evolution of Christianity from its early years to the present. Bissell will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 12 April 2016

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