Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Emily Choate

She Found Ways to Be Fascinating

Natalie Standiford’s Astrid Sees All charts the course of a young friendship in early 1980s New York City

Natalie Standiford’s Astrid Sees All follows Phoebe, a naïve young woman under the sway of an intoxicating friendship, into the perilous, glamorous world of early 1980s New York City. Standiford will discuss the book at a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 20.

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Resisting a Truce with the Unknown

J. Nicole Jones conjures her South Carolina family’s storied past in Low Country

Richly detailed and atmospheric, Nashville writer J. Nicole Jones’ memoir, Low Country, tells the multi-generational story of Jones’ family but does so by hybridizing that narrative with an ecosystem of history, folklore, and ghost stories long associated with South Carolina’s swamps, beaches, and pine forests.

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Reality Orientation

In The Caring Class, Richard Schweid examines the world of home health aides

Richard Schweid takes a sympathetic look at the working conditions for in-home caregivers in one New York community in The Caring Class.

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Nobody Untended

Humor and peril collide in The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus

The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus corrals nine ambitious, verbally rich narrative worlds. Through humor or gut-punching drama, these stories showcase Gurganus’ penchant for lifting the veneer of small-town niceties, exposing the vast terrain of his characters’ interior lives.

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Write Like I’m Hungry

Unlikely Angel delves into Dolly Parton’s formidable skill as a songwriter

With Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton, musicologist Lydia Hamessley gives long-overdue consideration to Parton’s formidable body of work as a songwriter.

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Dark Night Will Not Rob You of Your Way

Poets offer their perspectives on the global pandemic in Together in a Sudden Strangeness

In Together in a Sudden Strangeness, editor Alice Quinn gathers more than a hundred poets, whose consummate skill and invaluable insight shed light on the unprecedented experiences of the coronavirus pandemic.

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