Chapter 16
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Like A Kid Who Doesn’t Quite Belong

Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance still loves the Appalachia he left behind

HillbillyElegy Final JacketJ.D. Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, is more than the story of Vance’s still-young life: it is also a sharp, compelling analysis of anomie and social breakdown in modern America. Vance will discuss Hillbilly Elegy at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016.

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Dream Images

Erik Reece takes a road trip through America’s experiments in utopian living

Layout 1Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America’s Most Radical Idea chronicles Erik Reece’s search for communities of people who embraced political, economic, social, and environmental “alternatives that now seem impossible but might soon prove inevitable.” Reece will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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A Cruel and Compassionate Hero

James Lee McDonough exposes the many contradictions of William Tecumseh Sherman

William Tecumseh Sherman FIN jacket.inddWilliam Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life is James Lee McDonough’s detailed look at a brilliant, multi-faceted soldier who never hesitated to visit the hell of war on his enemies. McDonough will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016.

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The Rent Eats First

In Evicted, Matthew Desmond combines novelistic detail with a game-changing analysis of how the housing market shapes urban poverty

high res cover9780553447439 (1)Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is an extraordinary account of renters and landlords in Milwaukee. It forces the reader to understand the urban housing market as not just a consequence but also a cause of poverty. Desmond will be at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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More than “Stormy Weather”

Gail Lumet Buckley’s family history provides a window into the long movement for black liberation

The Black CalhounsGail Lumet Buckley, daughter of Lena Horne, tells her family’s story from emancipation through the civil-rights era in The Black Calhouns. This sharply epic family saga is interwoven with the history of black American intellectuals and their movements for racial justice. Buckley will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Deconstructing a Dog

Bronwen Dickey talks with Chapter 16 about Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon

pitbullcover Whether you’re the adoring owner of a pittie or a person who thinks pit-bull bans make perfect sense, you are likely to find some of your assumptions overturned by Bronwen Dickey’s Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon. Dickey sifts through a great deal of history, science, and popular culture to uncover the truth about the dogs and the source of our extreme ideas about them. She will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16, 2016. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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