Book Reviews

Flaming Malevolence

In Erica Wright’s second thriller, beloved New York drag queens are the target of a hate group

by Liz Garrigan

November 19, 2015 In Erica Wright’s second thriller, The Granite Moth, private eye Kathleen Stone is still trying to nab drug kingpin Salvatore Magrelli. But her caseload multiplies when two drag queens, colleagues of her dear friend Dolly at the Pink Panther nightclub, are killed in an ostensible accident during the city’s Halloween parade on Sixth Avenue. Wright will discuss The Granite Moth at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 24, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 19 November 2015

Finding Fame in Defeat

Two University of Tennessee professors assess the legacy of George Armstrong Custer

by Chris Scott

November 18, 2015 Edward Caudill and Paul Ashdown’s new book, Inventing Custer: The Making of an American Legend, tells the story of George Custer’s transformation from Civil War hero to legendary symbol of the American frontier. That legend has served the purposes of many points of view, making Custer still relevant 139 years after his death at the Little Bighorn.

Published Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A Friendship Across the Divide

In Sarah Einstein’s Mot: A Memoir, a woman in search of herself befriends a tormented wanderer

by Maria Browning

November 17, 2015 Sarah Einstein’s Mot: A Memoir tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a woman trying to find some purpose in her troubled life and a chronically homeless man who struggles with an army of inner demons.

Published Tuesday, 17 November 2015

X Stands for Mistakes

Nothing is quite what it seems in Sue Grafton’s twenty-fourth Kinsey Millhone mystery

by Faye Jones

November 16, 2015 If mystery fans were afraid Sue Grafton would run out of steam before she finished her alphabet series, her new novel, X, proves she still has many narrative routes to explore. Grafton will appear in conversation with Judy Kaye at the Nashville Public Library on November 20, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Monday, 16 November 2015

A Way to Be Black in America

Alexander Wolff explores the relationship between Barack Obama and basketball

by Aram Goudsouzian

November 13, 2015 Basketball has helped to define Barack Obama, both as a person and as a president. In The Audacity of Hoop, veteran sportswriter Alexander Wolff explores the man, the sport, and his era. Wolff will discuss and sign his new book at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on November 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. The reading will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Published Friday, 13 November 2015

God Bless Us, Every One

With The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge Charlie Lovett delivers a clever homage to the Dickens classic

by Ed Tarkington

November 12, 2015 Novelist Charlie Lovett has found his niche in writing novels that combine his passion for classic English literature with his gifts as a storyteller. In The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge, Lovett imagines what might have happened after a change of heart experienced by western literature’s most famous Christmas curmudgeon. Lovett will appear at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on November 18, 2015, at 6 p.m.

Published Thursday, 12 November 2015

In The Wake of History

In Golden Age, the culmination of Jane Smiley’s Last Hundred Years Trilogy, America’s past catches up to the present

by Sean Kinch

November 10, 2015 The first two volumes of Jane Smiley’s Last One Hundred Years trilogy cover 1920-1986, as reflected through the lives of an Iowa family. In Golden Age, the final installment of the series, Smiley takes readers through the heady ‘90s, the shaky aughts, and the present decade, finally offering a disturbing glimpse into the near future. Smiley will discuss her new novel at the Nashville Public Library on November 18, 2015, at 6:15 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 10 November 2015

All the Lost Things

Rock legend Patti Smith returns to the page with an elegiac new memoir, M Train

by Ed Tarkington

November 9, 2015 In 2010, rock icon Patti Smith won a National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids, a chronicle of her early years in New York City and her relationship with fine-art photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Now Smith returns with M Train, a haunting, elegiac meditation on the challenges of translating memory into art. Smith will appear at OZ Arts Nashville on November 13, 2015, at 7 p.m.

Published Monday, 9 November 2015

Followed by Evil

Dana Chamblee Carpenter’s debut novel is a dark tale of thirteenth-century Bohemia

by Faye Jones

November 6, 2015 Winner of Killer Nashville’s 2014 Claymore Award, Dana Chamblee Carpenter’s debut novel is a tale of medieval Bohemia that contains familiar themes of love, death, and religion combined in unfamiliar ways. Carpenter will discuss Bohemian Gospel at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 15, 2015, at 2 p.m. and at Star Line Books in Chattanooga on November 21 at 2 p.m.

Published Friday, 6 November 2015

Sun of the South

Peter Guralnick delivers a thorough, affectionate biography of Sam Phillips, “the man who invented rock ‘n’ roll”

by Aram Goudsouzian

November 5, 2015 Peter Guralnick’s Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll not only recounts the musical titans who passed through Sun Records but also explores the ideas and experiences of its iconoclastic hero. Guralnick will discuss the book at the Brooks Museum in Memphis on November 11, 2015, at 7 p.m. and at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on November 14, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 5 November 2015

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