Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

The Second-Chance Ranch

In Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Better Luck Next Time, desperate women seeking divorces find friendship and love

Set at a “divorce ranch” in Reno, Nevada, Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Better Luck Next Time describes the surprising, tender friendships that develop between two women looking to end their marriages and a young ranch hand who helps them transition to new lives.

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Reality Orientation

In The Caring Class, Richard Schweid examines the world of home health aides

Richard Schweid takes a sympathetic look at the working conditions for in-home caregivers in one New York community in The Caring Class.

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Whose Hot Chicken Is It Anyway?

A historian weaves the story of Nashville hot chicken with a chronicle of race and real estate

In Rachel Louise Martin’s Hot, Hot Chicken, the story of a beloved Nashville dish is inextricable from the history of redlining and misguided urban renewal initiatives that undermined the city’s Black communities for generations. Martin will appear at a virtual event hosted by The Bookshop in Nashville on April 5.

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The Music City?

Book Excerpt: I’ll Take You There: Exploring Nashville’s Social Justice Sites

In I’ll Take You There: Exploring Nashville’s Social Justice Sites, editors Amie Thurber and Learotha Williams Jr. collect the contributions of more than 100 Nashvillians to tell stories “about place, power, and the historic and ongoing struggle toward a more just city for all.” I’ll Take You There will be published by Vanderbilt University Press in May 2021.

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Magic, Betrayal, and Destiny

Jillian Boehme’s The Stolen Kingdom features fantasy and intrigue

The Stolen Kingdom, the second young adult fantasy novel by Franklin writer Jillian Boehme, delivers beautiful language, compelling characters, and an intricate plot.

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Portrait of an Activist

Street chaplain Lindsey Krinks finds her own voice through serving the voiceless

In Praying with Our Feet, Lindsey Krinks, founder of Open Table Nashville, a nationally acclaimed interfaith nonprofit, describes her journey of integrity and faith as she embraces a calling to street chaplaincy and a ministry of healing. Krinks will discuss the book at a virtual event hosted by The Porch in Nashville on March 15.

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