Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Tristan Hickey

Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise

Carol Swain
Thomas Nelson
336 pages

Drawing on her training in political science and law, Dr. Swain thoughtfully examines the religious significance of the founding of our nation and the deceptions that have infiltrated our daily lives and now threaten traditional families, unborn children, and members of various racial and ethnic groups-as well as national sovereignty itself–and provides action points for the people of this country to make the political system more responsive.

— From the Publisher

Flipped Out: A Do-It-Yourself Mystery

Jennie Bentley
304 pages

*Just added to the NYT Bestseller list!* Avery and her hunky handyman boyfriend are renovating a house belonging to a local news anchor who’s thrilled to be filmed as part of a home renovation show. But cable television fame proves fleeting when the man is murdered and Avery faces the task of nailing the killer.

— From the Publisher

The Isle of Blood

The Isle of Blood

Rick Yancey
Simon & Schuster
560 pages

“Articulately literary, horrifically grotesque and mind-bendingly complex, Yancey’s trilogy conclusion might be the best of the Monstrumologist trilogy. His 19th-century dialogue and descriptions run even smoother than the previous two titles, and his characters have grown deeply complex. He deftly blurs lines between science and the supernatural, and what results is a long, dark-night-of-the-soul journey for both Will Henry and Pellinore that is certain to turn the hearts and the stomachs of every reader who dares open its pages.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Vanderbilt Football: Tales of Commodore Gridiron History

Bill Traughber
The History Press
160 pages

In 1890, Vanderbilt’s crosstown rivals, University of Nashville, challenged the Commodores to a football game. Fullback and founding head coach Elliott H. Jones promptly organized a team and delivered a crushing 40-0 victory, beginning Vandy’s pigskin tradition and helping football gain a foothold in the South. Seasoned Nashville sports history researcher and Vanderbilt athletics historian Bill Traughber brings to life the star players, outstanding teams, beloved coaches and remarkable games that shaped this treasured institution. . .this is a collection every Commodore fan will want to claim.

— From the Publisher

Ivan!: A Pound Dog's View on Life, Love, and Leashes

Tim McHugh
Turner Publishing
218 pages

“We can all use a fresh perspective . . . from a dog’s eye. If you’ve ever wondered about the life lived in a state of grace, here’s your answer.”

Mitch Friedman, co-author of Forever Wild

Legal Executions in Tennessee: A Comprehensive Registry, 1782-2009

Lewis L. Laska

This work documents the lives, crimes and deaths of 487 people, including nine women, who were legally executed on Tennessee soil. These include horse stealers, slaves, wife killers, cop killers and rapists. The book includes fascinating cultural details such as gallows sermons preached at public hangings held before 1883. Issues of crowd control, race mixing, and denunciations of witnesses by the condemned caused Tennessee’s move to quasi-private, and finally private, ones at the Main Prison in 1909. Tennessee is unique because it witnessed both Union and Confederate legal executions during the Civil War, mostly of deserters. The book is the only compilation of those episodes. Built on the famous Espy list of United States executions, it includes 154 previously undocumented cases. A discussion of dramatic changes in Tennessee death penalty law during 1960-2000, a hiatus period, is included and covers the complicated appellate procedures used by the six men executed since 2000, some of whom had been on death row for more than twenty years.

— From the Publisher