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The Ties of Blood

In Robert Olen Butler’s Perfume River, Vietnam haunts soldiers and their families decades after the war

perfume-river-by-robert-olen-butlerIn Robert Olen Butler’s new novel, Perfume River, the past is very much present as an aging history professor struggles to shake traumatic memories of the Vietnam War and the way it tore his family apart. Butler will discuss Perfume River at Crosstown Arts in Memphis on October 13 at 6 p.m., and also at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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Should She Stay, or Should She Go?

An overscheduled woman walks out on her life in Gayle Forman’s Leave Me

Forman_LeaveMe_ 06_06_alt_prnt.inddGayle Forman’s first novel for adults, Leave Me, takes a hard look at love, life choices, and the reasons women stay in difficult relationships. Forman will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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Beautiful and Haunting Worlds

William Ferris’s latest collection articulates complex feelings about the rural South

ferris-cover-imageThe South in Color: A Visual Journal completes a collection of William Ferris’s visual documentary work about his home state and its complicated racial and cultural history. The esteemed scholar of Southern culture will discuss The South in Color at the Cotton Museum in Memphis on October 8 at 6 p.m., and at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16. Festival events are free and open to the public.

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The Vault that would Change Their Lives

Megan Abbott’s latest novel mines gymnastics to menacing effect

abbott_youwillknowmeYou Will Know Me, the latest novel from suspense master Megan Abbott, focuses on a gymnastics prodigy and her family as they grapple with an unexpected and tragic accident. Abbott will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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Dark Nights and Dark Streets

Thomas Mullen delivers a hardboiled historical gem

DarktownThomas Mullen’s new crime novel Darktown is a twisted and tangled ride through big-city corruption and the dark and bloody ground of the Jim Crow South. Mullen will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Randi Pink’s debut, Into White, digs into why being white isn’t that hot

into-white-coverRandi Pink’s debut novel, Into White, is a Cinderella story that goes haywire when Jesus himself decides to grant a black girl’s prayer to become white. Pink will appear at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 14-16.

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