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Love Story

Joy Jordan-Lake’s A Crazy-Much Love explores the irrepressible love of parents for their adopted child

Joy Jordan-Lake’s debut picture book, illustrated by Spanish illustrator Sonia Sánchez, is about the “crazy-much love” two parents have for their adopted child and the profound love all parents hold for their children.  

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To Memphis at 200

From the Chickasaw Bluffs to the Grizzlies’ “grit and grind,” Memphis abides

Karen B. Golightly and Jonathan Judaken’s Memphis: 200 Years Together weaves a series of essays on the city’s complex history into an intricate quilt.

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Postcard From Paris

A new perspective on the City of Lights

This spring, I returned to Paris for the first time — with almost two decades of marriage, three kids, a freshly minted technical college diploma, and a new career in construction under my belt. The city looked very different.

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Fire Children

With Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson continues to perfect his gift for surreal tragicomedy

In Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson once again dazzles with a bizarre, comic, and heartbreaking tale of two children who spontaneously burst into flames and the wayward woman who comes to love them. Kevin Wilson will discuss Nothing to See Here at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 11.

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A Man Opposed to Most Things

An oral history captures the legend of Knoxvillian Cas Walker

One of Knoxville’s most colorful and controversial characters is remembered in Cas Walker: Stories on His Life and Legend, an oral history edited by Joshua S. Hodge, who died earlier this year. An event to honor the memory of Hodge and celebrate the release of the book will be held at the John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on November 5.

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Not Quite, but Close Enough

Pat Conroy’s widow pays tribute to the larger-than-life author and their 18 years together

In Tell Me a Story, Cassandra King Conroy recalls her happy marriage to the late novelist Pat Conroy. The author will appear at Novel in Memphis on November 5, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on November 7, and at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga on December 5.

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