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A Noble Lunacy

Through the story of a break-in at Oak Ridge, Dan Zak’s Almighty explores the tensions of the atomic age

In July 2012 three protestors, including an elderly nun, broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In Almighty, Washington Post reporter Dan Zak uses their story to illuminate a movement of dissenters against nuclear weapons. Zak will discuss the book at the East Tennessee History Center Auditorium in Knoxville on August 4, 2016, at 7 p.m.

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Yes, Please

Robert G. Netherland serves up a generous helping of Appalachian farm cooking

June 30, 2016 In his memoir and cookbook, Southern Appalachian Farm Cooking, native East Tennessean Robert G. Netherland reveals the textures and tastes of a bygone time and place, one where White Lily flour reigned supreme, butter was churned, tobacco crops provided extra cash for Christmas presents, and beans and cornbread were the basis of daily meals.

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Good Dog

With Smoky Jack, a lost classic of nature writing is finally published after ninety years

June 27, 2016 In the summer of 1925, a young man from Knoxville named Paul Adams established the first permanent camp atop Mt. Le Conte in what would eventually become Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Smoky Jack, written by Adams from his journals, has now been edited and published for the first time. Knoxville editors Ken Wise and Anne Bridges will discuss and sign copies of Smoky Jack at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on July 10, 2016, at 2 p.m.

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Rights and Revolutions

Historian Timothy S. Huebner demonstrates how a “culture of constitutionalism” shaped the era of the American Civil War

June 13, 2016 In his engaging new book, Liberty and Union, Rhodes College professor Timothy S. Huebner brings together an enormous body of scholarship on the secession crisis, Civil War, and Reconstruction, compelling us to reconsider what we think we know about the era.

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The Birth of Black Power

Historian Aram Goudsouzian talks with Chapter 16 about the fiftieth anniversary of James Meredith’s March Against Fear

June 2, 2016 As Aram Goudsouzian recounts in his book Down to the Crossroads, the Meredith March Against Fear represented a crucial turning point in civil-rights history. In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the march, Goudsouzian will discuss Down to the Crossroads at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on June 9, 2016, at 6 p.m.

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Jane Austen and the Reformation

Jane Austen and the Reformation

Jane Austen and the Reformation

Roger E. Moore
170 pages

“Moore’s beautifully researched, original, and compelling work of scholarship provides a full and nuanced account of the nostalgia for Catholic monasteries evident in Austen’s work. The book is revelatory, and will open the eyes of many a reader to Austen’s deep game of historical and cultural critique.”

–Laura Mooneyham White, University of Nebraska

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