Chapter 16
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A Connection to the Earth

Brooks Lamb works to preserve the family farm

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: Family farming is hard work, acknowledges Brooks Lamb in Love for the Land: Lessons from Farmers Who Persist in Place. In this 2023 Chapter 16 interview, he says it’s also a rewarding lifestyle worth saving, for the sake of the environment and ourselves. Lamb will discuss Love for the Land at Patagonia Nashville on May 16.

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The Good Fight

Crusading newspaper editor Carl Magee comes alive in compelling biography Citizen Carl

He was a corruption-battling editor, educator, entrepreneur, attorney, and inventor. Jack McElroy’s Citizen Carl captures the lives and times of Carl Magee.

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Troubled Paradise

Stephen Hundley’s Bomb Island explores a 14-year-old boy’s dangerous coming of age

Stephen Hundley returns to Georgia as his literary stomping ground in his debut novel, Bomb Island, featuring a defunct sunken-bomb-turned-tourist-attraction and a tiger named Sugar.

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Strawberry Season Arrives

A berry lover nominates a new contender for the most wonderful time of the year

These red crown jewels of cuisine, the tiny ripe ones sweet enough to make you weep on first bite if you weren’t too busy reaching for another — they come from right up the road this time of year, if you are lucky enough to live in the right places. In our neck of the woods, the strawberry epicenter is Portland, Tennessee, and the farms stretching out across the rolling hills of the region.

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How to Start a Civil War

Erik Larson puts the reader in the action during the lead-up to America’s deadliest conflict

In The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War, bestselling author Erik Larson offers a compelling and sobering account of the months between the 1860 presidential election and the attack on Fort Sumter. Larson will discuss the book at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville on May 13.

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Motherless Child

Monica Brashears’ debut novel delivers a strange, haunting world

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: With its reverberations of pain and trauma, Monica Brashears’ debut novel House of Cotton is not for the faint of heart; however, it is lush, gorgeous evidence of a new and decisive talent. 

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