Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Anything But Bland

Amber Wilson’s For the Love of the South began as a website of the same name

Like many beautiful books these days, Amber Wilson’s For the Love of the South began as a website of the same name—”a place,” she writes, “where I shared my love for the food, characters, and culture that helped shape who I am.” She will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 13 and at Novel in Memphis on March 15.

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Hacking Religion

Humor and wit are the most sacred virtues in Rami Shapiro’s Holy Rascals

“God is real. Everything we say about God is made up,” writes Rami Shapiro in his new book, Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries. Shapiro will appear at two Nashville events this month: at Parnassus Books on March 14 and at the Scarritt Bennett Center on March 24.

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Goin’ to Memphis Where the Beat is Tough

Robert Gordon’s Memphis Rent Party captures the grit and heart of the blues

Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music’s Hometown is a fascinating journey through the back alleys and juke joints of Memphis as nonfiction author Robert Gordon searches for musical icons and forgotten heroes. Gordon will appear at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis on March 9, at Earnestine & Hazel’s in Memphis on March 10, and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 17.

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On Account of Sex

In The Woman’s Hour, Elaine Weiss dissects the battle for women’s right to vote

Elaine Weiss’s The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote is a riveting history of the battle to secure voting rights for American women. Weiss will discuss The Woman’s Hour at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 6, and at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville on March 8.

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Faith and Serpents

Julia C. Duin turns up a sordid tale at the fringes of American religion

With ln the House of the Serpent Handler Julia C. Duin depicts the lives of the faithful in Appalachian serpent-handling churches, charting the tragic fall of one its leading lights.

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The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Stephen W. Hines considers the religious faith of a very famous pioneer

Stephen W. Hines’s new book, A Prairie Girl’s Faith, discusses the spiritual legacy of beloved children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder: “The sacredness of home and hearth are everywhere present” in the Little House books, he writes.

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