Briefly Noted

Nonfiction
R. Scott Williams
The History Press
192 pages
$19.99

"Richard Halliburton ran away from his hometown in Memphis at the age of nineteen to lead an extraordinary and dramatic life of adventure. Against the backdrop of the Golden Age, the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, Halliburton's exploits around the globe made him an internationally known celebrity and the most famous travel writer of his time."

--From the Publisher

Nonfiction
Patrick Moberg
Plume
64 pages
$13

"They may slobber, but they’re loyal, sensitive, and affectionate. Dogs have a lot to teach us. Illustrator Patrick Moberg has assembled a beautiful, witty, and heartfelt collection of illustrated lessons in this charming guide to becoming a better person."

--From the Publisher

Nonfiction
Seth Rudy
Palgrave Macmillan
264 pages
$90

"At a moment when Google seeks "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," this book tells the story of long-term aspirations, first in ancient epic and then in a wide range of literary and non-literary works from the early modern era and British Enlightenment, to comprehend, record, and disseminate complete knowledge of the world. It is also a story of the persistent failure of these aspirations, their collapse in the late eighteenth century, and the subsequent redefinition of completeness in modern literary and disciplinary terms."

--From the Publisher

Nonfiction
Barbara Barnes Sims
Louisiana State University Press
240 pages
$26

''If you read Sims' firsthand account of working at Sun--The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records--you won't get an overdose of gossipy details about stars she met, or vivid recounting of sexual escapades of rock 'n' roll pioneers. You'll get insight into something far more important: the business. . . . She was a real lady amongst rock 'n roll lions.''

--Montgomery Advertiser

Nonfiction
Joe Johnston
Arcadia Publishing
128 pages
$21.99

" Franklin has been a center for agriculture and manufacturing. It is a place where families can enjoy small-town life on the interstate. It is home to a college. It has always been the seat of Williamson County. Franklins small businesses have a habit of sticking around for decades, often passing through generations of the same family. Franklin is as quaint and picturesque as it is exciting and progressive, because it continues to attract the kind of people who have always made it that way."

--From the Publisher

Nonfiction
Ben Wynne
Louisiana State Univ Pr
270 pages
$38

“A gripping examination of how the work of Patton, Rodgers and others of the era would come to define so much of popular music in the decades to come.”

--Memphis Commercial Appeal

Fiction
Corey Mesler
MadHat Press
228 pages
$18

“Corey Mesler has unhinged my brain and filled it with words so artfully arranged that they make me want to weep. He blurs the lines between prose and song so that the writer becomes the singer.”

--Laura Benedict, author

Nonfiction
Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman and Rakefet Zalashik
Sussex Academic Press
240 pages
$34.95

“Brilliantly documents the way Jews have imagined dogs and in so doing imagined what it means to be a human, a Jew, and an Israeli. A substantial contribution to both Jewish studies and animal studies, the text will be valuable both to research scholars and as an engaging resource for teaching undergraduates about the diverse experience of Jews throughout history.”

--Aaron Gross, University of San Diego