Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

She Loved Baseball

Andrea Williams tells the story of Effa Manley in Baseball’s Leading Lady

Nashville author Andrea Williams formerly worked in marketing and development for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Her wide knowledge of the subject is evident in her first book for young readers, Baseball’s Leading Lady: Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues, an account of the only woman in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Williams will discuss the book at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 9 at 2 p.m.

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The Collateral Consequences of Hubris

Ed Tarkington talks about the class conflicts at the heart of his second novel, The Fortunate Ones

Ed Tarkington’s The Fortunate Ones is a story of love and social status in the New South, where “good people can end up going to dark places when the stakes get high and they come to believe that the ends justify the means.” Tarkington will discuss the book at virtual events hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on January 5 at 6 p.m. and Novel in Memphis on January 9 at 4 p.m.

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MaDear’s Scrapbook

A granddaughter discovers an unexpected legacy of memories, questions, and untold stories

For years, I thought I was the sole oddball in my family obsessed with memorabilia. If not for an impromptu visit to my Aunt Doris’s house, I might never have known otherwise.

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Corrine and the Soloist

My intuition said we were headed for disaster

Reading the order of worship, I began to warm with Christmas sentiment — authentic gratitude for God’s incomparable expression of love — as I slowly worked my thoughts through the list of familiar hymns and carols we would soon sing or hear. Then one stopped me cold.

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Princess in a Trash Pile

Sometimes even the best rules must be broken

The mood in the Jeep quieted when we turned down a dirt road running through a trailer park. Every trailer had at least two, sometimes three dogs lounging by their porch steps. I guessed that none were spayed or neutered.

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The Word Is “Evocative”

A ponderous great book becomes a portal to the past

That first edition of The Random House Unabridged contains about 300,000 entries. In all, 2,091 thumb-indexed pages. All of this seemed like most of the world’s knowledge to a young me, and flipping through it while lying on the short-napped, striped carpet was, if not my favorite pastime, at least a worthwhile one.

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