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Smelly and Sticky and Slimy, Oh My!

Erika Engelhaupt finds the joy of science in the gross stuff

Knoxvillian Erika Engelhaupt’s Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science is a lighthearted but serious examination of the gross, the grisly, and the grimy. She will discuss the book in a virtual event hosted by Union Ave. Books in Knoxville on March 30.

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Eternal Questions, Evolving Answers

Alan Lightman explores the limits of knowledge in Probable Impossibilities

Alan Lightman’s latest essay collection, Probable Impossibilities is a mix of cutting-edge science, philosophical reflection, and storytelling that celebrates rational inquiry while respecting experiences of mystery and awe.

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The gift of letting go

The challenge wasn’t just the spice drawer with the unopened 30-year-old jar of coriander and the multitude of little packets of red pepper delivered with more than a decade of pizzas. Not just the UCLA T-shirt I bought in 2007 on my son’s college tour. Not the second-best stew pot. No, when I got right down to the bone, it was the last tangible relics of my father I had trouble letting go.

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The Second-Chance Ranch

In Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Better Luck Next Time, desperate women seeking divorces find friendship and love

Set at a “divorce ranch” in Reno, Nevada, Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Better Luck Next Time describes the surprising, tender friendships that develop between two women looking to end their marriages and a young ranch hand who helps them transition to new lives.

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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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Whose Hot Chicken Is It Anyway?

A historian weaves the story of Nashville hot chicken with a chronicle of race and real estate

In Rachel Louise Martin’s Hot, Hot Chicken, the story of a beloved Nashville dish is inextricable from the history of redlining and misguided urban renewal initiatives that undermined the city’s Black communities for generations. Martin will appear at a virtual event hosted by The Bookshop in Nashville on April 5.

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