Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Marsh Girl

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens’s first foray into fiction, is a bestseller

In Where the Crawdads Sing, the debut novel by veteran nature writer Delia Owens, a young girl is abandoned in the coastal marshlands of North Carolina. Owens will discuss the novel, a 2018 selection of Reese Witherspoon’s book club, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 18.

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Part of the American Epic

Margot Lee Shetterly’s blockbuster Hidden Figures is this year’s Nashville Reads selection

The little-known history of the black women mathematicians of NASA is brought to life in Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, a bestselling book that was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film. Shetterly will discuss and sign Hidden Figures, the 2019 Nashville Reads selection, at Lipscomb University in Nashville on February 19.

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How the Other Half Lived

Cecelia Tichi’s What Would Mrs. Astor Do? peeks into the lives of the Gilded Age rich

Vanderbilt professor Cecelia Tichi considers high society, nineteenth-century style, in What Would Mrs. Astor Do? The Essential Guide to the Manners and Mores of the Gilded Age. Tichi will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 10.

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How We Got Into This Mess

In Fault Lines, Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer explain the origins of political polarization

In Fault Lines, Princeton University historian Kevin M. Kruse, a Nashville native—along with his co-author and Princeton colleague, Julian E. Zelizer—has written a lively and insightful look at American history since 1974, with a particular emphasis on explaining our current partisan political culture.

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Hiding from Our Ghosts

C.J. Redwine’s latest irrepressible fantasy delivers another dose of mystery and magic

C.J. Redwine continues her riveting Ravenspire fantasy series for YA readers with The Blood Spell, a delightful twist on the classic Cinderella story. Redwine will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on February 15.

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More Than Merely Fuel in a Box

In a new book, Erin Byers Murray tells the true story of grits

Grits: A Cultural & Culinary Journey Through the South, a new book by Nashville writer Erin Byers Murray, tells the story of a dish that has been part of the story of the South as long as the South has been a nameable region.

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