Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Jane Marcellus

More Than a Footnote

Kim Ruehl explores the life of activist Zilphia Horton in A Singing Army

In A Singing Army: Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School, Kim Ruehl makes a spirited, independent woman central to the story of the legendary training center for labor and civil rights activists.

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A Modern Mother’s Surprising Secret

In The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames, a daughter confronts her mother’s Dickensian childhood

Growing up, Justine Cowan struggled with her demanding, ambitious mother, Eileen, a talented pianist who claimed noble Welsh ancestry. In her memoir, The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames, Cowan explores the grim truth of her mother’s origins and comes to understand their fraught relationship.

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What We See Transforms Us

Essayists explore what can’t be unseen in Don’t Look Now

In Don’t Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn’t Seen, a collection of essays edited by Kristen Iversen and David Lazar, 18 writers explore images they wished they’d looked away from — but didn’t.

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Diverse and Complicated

Three Appalachian women tell their stories in Voices Worth the Listening

Thomas Burton’s Voices Worth the Listening: Three Women of Appalachia invites readers into the lives of three women from the Blue Ridge Mountains, allowing them to tell their unique stories of struggle and resilience.

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Meeting Aunt Z

A memorable first encounter with Tennessee

Uncle K got to be a good provider, as men were supposed to be then, and Aunt Z got to be a good wife. Best of all, they never had to see each other.

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An Intimate Conversation

Jenn Shapland’s memoir explores the relationship between a writer and her subject

After discovering Carson McCullers’ correspondence with love interest Annemarie Clarac-Schwarzenbach, writer Jenn Shapland set off on a journey to learn more about McCullers, and in doing so, about herself. She tells the story of the journey in My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir. Shapland will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 5 and at Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on February 7.

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