Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Written in a Fever

Songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler’s Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout, is a beguiling tale of an astonishing life

In Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout, songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler chronicles his life from Depression-era Appalachia to Yale, New York, and Nashville. Told with charm and detail, his story celebrates creativity and a well-lived life

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Her Father’s Words

Tara Westover’s memoir is an excruciating account of her escape from fundamentalism

Tara Westover’s Educated joins the ranks of fearless modern-day memoirs of abuse and adversity such as Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle. Westover will appear at Lipscomb University in Nashville on May 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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Learning the Value of a Dollar

Dollar General CEO Cal Turner Jr. traces the humble beginnings of a multi-billion-dollar company

In My Father’s Business, Cal Turner Jr. shares his family’s incredible success story and the leadership lessons he’s learned along the way. Turner will appear in conversation with Dave Ramsey on May 18 at Lipscomb University in Nashville.

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Idler’s Manifesto

Alan Lightman makes the case for slow living with In Praise of Wasting Time

With In Praise of Wasting Time, Memphis native Alan Lightman delivers an eloquent argument for the necessity of idleness.

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Unanticipated Consequences

Sarah E. Igo’s The Known Citizen considers the case for privacy

In her sweeping, meticulously researched new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America, Sarah E. Igo charts the evolution of privacy as a peculiarly American principle. Igo will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 12.

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The Mystic Chords of Memory

Jon Meacham sees a hopeful future in America’s past

In The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Jon Meacham examines this country’s history of division and finds optimism in the way Americans have responded to trying times. Meacham will appear in conversation with Governor Bill Haslam at Montgomery Bell Academy on May 12.

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