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Life After Life After Life

Nora McInerny rebuilds her life after deep loss in No Happy Endings

In No Happy Endings, Nora McInerny recounts her struggle to embrace a new season of life even as she grieves the brutal constellation of losses she has endured—her father’s death, a miscarriage, and the death of her first husband—all in six weeks. McInerny will discuss No Happy Endings at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 9.

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A Faith that Left Room for Doubt

Rachel Held Evans, author of four books on progressive Christianity, has died at 37

Dayton, Tenn., author Rachel Held Evans, whose books challenged the evangelical teachings of her childhood and urged conservative Christians to make their churches more compassionate and more inclusive, died on Saturday after a short illness.

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Book Excerpt: Unopened

Doug Hoekstra, an author and musician, has toured the U.S. and Europe as a singer-songwriter in support of eight albums on various labels. He will read from Unopened, his first poetry collection, on May 7 at The Post East in Nashville.

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Self-Inflicted Wounds

Jonathan Metzl’s Dying of Whiteness details the dangers of racial resentment

In Dying of Whiteness, Nashville psychiatrist Jonathan M. Metzl examines the roots of political self-sabotage in struggling and middle-class white voters.

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The Shadow City

W.M. Akers’s debut novel, Westside, depicts an alternate New York where evil lurks

Westside, the debut mystery by Nashville native W.M Akers, takes place in an alternate version of New York City in 1921. Gilda Carr, a private investigator, gets dragged into mysteries involving her dead father and a colorful cast of villains.

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It’s OK to Roar

Courage and persistence win the day in Natalie Lloyd’s delightful new fable for children

In Over the Moon, the latest middle-grade novel from Chattanooga writer Natalie Lloyd, Mallie Ramble lives in a mountainous land blanketed by Dust, a mysterious substance that has completely blotted out the stars. In this charming allegory, Lloyd highlights themes of family love, friendship, loyalty, courage, and persistence.

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