Briefly Noted

Nonfiction
Robert Penn Warren
Yale University Press
488 pages
$25

"Warren’s book remains a luminous volume about race, racism, the South, black America, and our national destiny. It consistently reflects the uncommon courage, integrity, and prophetic imagination that made him such a towering cultural interpreter when it first appeared. We ignore or forget his work at our peril."

—Arnold Rampersad, Stanford University

Poetry
Katherine Smith
Iris Press
112 pages
$15

"Woman Alone on the Mountain by Katherine Smith is a collection of poetry. One of the main themes of the collection is women raising children alone. Many of the poems reflect the beauty of nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains."

--From the publisher

Nonfiction
James L. Dickerson
Sartoris Literary Group
274
$19.95

"This incredible book, which contains rare photographs, some of which were taken by the author himself, not only allows the music greats themselves to express themselves about the music they made famous, it explains for the first time the development of that music."--from the publisher

Nonfiction
Tom Chaffin
Univ Tennessee Press
124
$19.95

"Engagingly written and lavishly illustrated, "Met His Every Goal?"--intended for general readers, students, and specialists--offers a primer on Polk and a revisionist view of much of the scholarship concerning him and his era. Drawing on published scholarship as well as contemporary documents--including heretofore unpublished materials--it presents a fresh portrait of an enigmatic autocrat. And in Chaffin's examination of an oft-repeated anecdote long accepted as fact, readers witness a case study in how historians use primary sources to explore--and in some cases, explode--received conceptions of the past."

--From the publisher

Nonfiction
Markus Eberl
Vanderbilt University Press
472 pages
$125.00

"Through the use of sophisticated ceramic chronology techniques, the author documents how small farming communities like Nacimiento and Dos Ceibas grew from hamlets in the seventh century A.D. into villages with several hundred inhabitants. He traces how local elites emerged during the eighth century A.D. and built outsized residential groups."

--From the publisher

Nonfiction
Jessica N. Turner
Revell
272 pages
$14.99

"The Fringe Hours is like one gigantic permission slip to carve out some space in your day for the things that give you joy and feed your soul."

--Brigid Schulte, New York Times bestselling author of Overwhelmed

Fiction
Lin Stepp
Kensington Trade
272 pages
$15

"A charming portrait of the Smokies, their people, and a wonderful way of life."

--Deborah Smith, New York Times bestselling author

Nonfiction
Billy Plant
Univ Tennessee Press
159 pages
$19.95

" In this unique field guide, readers will find themselves transported into the rare and harsh landscape of Tennessee’s cedar glades. Loaded with clear photographs and detailed descriptions of over 140 common plants and animals, this guide will help the casual observer discover the delicate beauty of these unique landscapes. In addition this volume includes upland wildflowers commonly found in the Appalachians and along the Cumberland Plateau."

--From the publisher