Books

11:45am

Mon December 15, 2014
Books

'Project Keepsake' Collects Life Stories

Project Keepsake is both a book and a Web site that collects stories about special objects--family heirlooms, old cookware, antique musical instruments, toys and other things people save.  Dozens of area writers, both professionals and amateurs, have participated in the project.  Many of the stories are poignant tales about significant life events or family members who have passed on. 

The book contains 55 stories, many from members of the Chattanooga Writers' Guild.

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11:35am

Thu November 20, 2014
Best New Read

Author Interview: James McPherson Takes a New Look at an ‘Embattled Rebel’

Pulitzer-Prize winning historian James M. McPherson joins us to discuss his new book Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief, which re-examines the legacy of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  In this extended interview, McPherson also talks about historical preservation and the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.

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11:18am

Tue November 4, 2014
Books

Author Interview: John Dos Passos Coggin on ‘Walkin’ Lawton’ and the Dos Passos Legacy

John Dos Passos Coggin joins us today.  Coggin is an author and political strategist, and he's written a biography, Walkin’ Lawton, about Lawton Chiles, who was one of Florida’s most beloved politicians.  As a candidate, Chiles walked across the Sunshine State and earned his nickname.  In this interview, we discuss why so many Floridians loved Chiles.

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11:23am

Mon November 3, 2014
Book News & Features

Spine-Tingling With A Twang: Great Alabama Ghost Stories

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 7:41 pm

This photo, taken at Katherine Tucker Windham's Selma house, shows reporter Nikki Davis Maute — and in the background, some say, the spirit the family calls Jeffrey.
University of Alabama Press

Halloween is a day for ghost stories, but if you're a skeptic, don't fret. As the late Alabama storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham assured her listeners, tales of restless spirits are for everybody.

"I collect ghost stories," Windham said. "Now, the nice thing about ghost stories is that you don't have to believe in ghosts to enjoy hearing a good ghost story."

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11:16am

Wed October 29, 2014
Best New Read

Author Interview: Kerry Howley on ‘Thrown’

Kerry Howley teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and she’s written articles and essays for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Reason and The Atlantic.  Her debut book, Thrown, is literary nonfiction about mixed martial arts fighting, philosophy and a search for transcendence.

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2:36pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Author Interviews

One Military Family, Two Lost Sons: One To Combat, One To Suicide

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 8:51 pm

Over 5,000 Americans have died fighting in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, over the past 12 years, more than 2,000 soldiers have committed suicide.

One military family experienced both of those horrors — losing one son in combat and one to suicide. Journalist Yochi Dreazen's new book, The Invisible Front: Love And Loss In An Era of Endless War, tells the true story of the Graham family and two events that would forever change the very fabric of their world.

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10:06am

Thu September 18, 2014
Books

In ‘Tennesseans at War,’ The Volunteer State Earns Its Nickname

Tom Kanon joins us to discuss two intertwined, oft-overlooked military conflicts: The War of 1812 and the Creek War.  Kanon is an author and an archivist for the Tennessee State Library in Nashville.  His new book is Tennesseans at War, 1812–1815: Andrew Jackson, The Creek War, And The Battle of New Orleans.

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3:15pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Books

'The Postmortal' Paints a Terrifyingly Realistic Picture of Immortality

Drew Magary's novel The Postmortal explores what might happen if scientists discovered a cure for aging.

In this dystopian sci-fi story, governments initially outlaw the cure; many people obtain it and use it anyway, and the world soon faces overcrowding and increasing tensions between immortals and "organics" who remain mortal.

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11:07am

Thu September 11, 2014
Books

'Dollface' Sets A Serial Killer Loose In The Scenic City

Alabama-based The Ardent Writer Press recently published Dollface, a crime thriller set in Chattanooga.  The novel centers on Moses Palmer, a cop who runs afoul of his boss and the city's political powers as he tracks a serial killer.  Dollface is J.D. Frost's first novel, and he joins us for a conversation about it.

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1:14pm

Fri August 29, 2014
Author Interviews

Florida-Grown Fiction: Hiaasen Satirizes The Sunshine State

Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion and purpose about the state he loves. His latest book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West.

Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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5:43pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Books

‘Path of Valor’ Solves World War II Military Mystery

George Derryberry joins us to talk about his book Path Of Valor: A Marine’s Story.

In 1962, Lee Reynolds, a Marine, was on a work detail at Camp Lejeune, destroying old military equipment.  He discovered an old canteen with an inscription scratched on the surface:

SURIBACHI TAKEN I’M

               ON IT. KILLED 3 JAPS

               IWO JIMA ROUF GO

               MOVING ON TO CAVES

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12:58pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Books

More Stories of World Cup Rivalries from 'Soccer Junkie' Patrick Johnston

Patrick Johnston is a self-described “soccer junkie.” A soccer coach at the University of the South in Sewanee, he has been to every World Cup since Mexico in 1986 and wrote the book The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie about his experiences.  He was our guest on Around and About a few weeks ago to talk about his book detailing his adventures in pursuit of tickets and a place to sleep wherever the World Cup has been played in the past 25 years.

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1:11pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Community

Consumer Watch's Ellen Phillips Is In Your Corner

Ellen Phillips writes the Consumer Watch column for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, which appears on Sundays.  She's also written two books: Shocked, Appalled, and Dismayed!: How to Write Letters of Complaint That Get Results and Fight Back and Win!

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12:36pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Books

Book News: A 'Treasure' Of Thrilling Westerns from Tim Champlin

"Treasure of the Templars" is one of more than 35 novels by Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin, whose career began in the early 1980s.

Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin's first few novels were published in the early 1980s.  Writing mainly Westerns, he's now penned more than thirty-five books.  In this extended interview, he discusses his long career.  Many of his novels originally published in paperback or hardcover are being re-issued as e-books.

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2:11pm

Mon July 21, 2014
In Chattanooga 7/24

Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity

'The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food' by Janisse Ray. She will be in Chattanooga on July 24th.

“[I]n the last one hundred years,” Janisse Ray writes in The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, “94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”

Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished, and how this loss could pose serious environmental dangers.

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