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Looking Back on 50 Years of Tennessee Books

50 Books / HT50, Part 7: 2006-2010

The years from 2006 to 2010 brought us, among other things, the Large Hadron Collider, Bitcoin, and Instagram. They also brought a shocking financial crisis and the global Great Recession that followed. Here in Tennessee, Gov. Phil Bredesen was elected to a second term, and there was a lot of good news in the book world, as well as a new outlet for reporting it: Chapter 16 was launched in September 2009 with a mission “to provide comprehensive coverage of literary news and events” in the state. 

This seventh installment of the 50 Books / HT50 series includes two Pulitzer Prize winners, two highly praised novels, and a riveting nonfiction book about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Learn more about the 50 Books / HT50 project here, and go here to see all the project posts to date.

Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey, a member of the Chattanooga-based Fellowship of Southern Writers. The book, Trethewey’s third collection, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. (Houghton Mifflin, 2006)

American Lion by Chattanooga native Jon Meacham. The book, a biography of Andrew Jackson focused on his presidency, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. (Random House, 2008)

Eli the Good, a young adult novel by Kentucky native Silas House, former writer-in-residence at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. (Candlewick, 2009)

Bloodroot, the debut novel by Amy Greene, who grew up in Hamblen County, Tennessee. (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010)

Hellhound on His Trail by Memphis native Hampton Sides, an account of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the manhunt for his killer, James Earl Ray. (Doubleday, 2010)

Looking Back on 50 Years of Tennessee Books

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