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Recent Alumni Publications

A Word on Words: the best of John Seigenthaler's, H'2007 interviews by Pat Toomay; Frye Gaillard; Nikki Giovanni, H'2022.(Contribution by); Jon Meacham, C'1991, H'2010. (Contribution by)

For years the legendary John Seigenthaler hosted A Word on Words on Nashville's public television station, WNPT. During the show's four-decade run (1972 to 2013), he interviewed some of the most interesting and most impor­tant writers of our time. These in-depth exchanges revealed much about the writers who appeared on his show and gave a glimpse into their creative pro­cesses. Seigenthaler was a deeply engaged reader and a generous interviewer, a true craftsman. Frye Gaillard and Pat Toomay have collected and transcribed some of the iconic interactions from the show.
Featuring interviews with: Arna Bontemps * Marshall Chapman * Pat Conroy * Rodney Crowell * John Egerton * Jesse Hill Ford * Charles Fountain * William Price Fox * Kinky Friedman * Frye Gaillard * Nikki Giovanni, H'2022. * Doris Kearns Goodwin * David Halberstam * Waylon Jennings * John Lewis * David Maraniss * William Marshall * Jon Meacham, C'1991, H'2010. * Ann Patchett * Alice Randall * Dori Sanders * John Seigenthaler Sr. * Marty Stuart * Pat Toomay

Birding Sewanee by Richard Candler and Angus Pritchard, C'2022. Eric Ezell, C'2008.(illustrator)

The book details some the best birding spots on and off the mountain, and provides tips on where and when to find the roughly 250 species that occur in the Sewanee area. It also provides information about how to get started birding.

Un-Sprung: poems by Mandy Moe Pwint Tu, C'2021.

Unsprung: In a book of witness, indictment, rage, heartache, and grief, Burmese writer M. Tu explores poetic form, like a compass swinging wildly toward north, as a means of examining the indefensible political violence in her home country of Myanmar.

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The Conversation Turns to Wide-Mouth Jars by Cathy Carlisi, C'1989.

This unique collection/anthology uncannily puts its finger on the pulse of our pandemic concerns of loneliness and isolation and our longing for community and conversation. Despite the distinctive voices of the three women, these poems weave into a whole, or perhaps a better metaphor is a patchwork quilt, sewn by many hands, while colored threads of gossip and conversation, observation and confession, tales of love and violence, are pulled through with a sharp, squinting needle. While the paths of these three women, three friends, travel to new places, there are common elements of Southern gothic, humor, observations on aging and love, longing and sense of place, and the poems speak to each other as well as to the reader. The poets have shared poems over a period of time, inspiring and riffing off one another, editing one another's work, so that there is something both ancient and choral and contemporary and subversively collaborative about this project, especially in a literary scene obsessed with self-promotion, exposure, and individual celebrity.

Star trek. Strange new worlds. Season one by Anson Mount, C'1995.(Actor)

Season One is based on the years Captain Christopher Pike manned the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The series features fan favorites from Season Two of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock. The series follows Captain Pike and the crew in the decade before Captain Kirk boarded the U.S.S. Enterprise, as they explore new worlds around the galaxy.

Baby Boy Majors by Larry Majors, C'1964 with Lucy Majors

Larry Majors’ birth certificate read “Baby Boy Majors” until it was discovered some 20 years later that his proper name had never been sent to the Department of Records. Born the 5th child of 6 to Shirley and Elizabeth Majors, he has stories of family exploits in Lynchburg, Huntland, Sewanee, Knoxville, Pittsburgh, and more.

This collection of his stories reveals the adventures of a man who sailed the Intercoastal Waterway on the boat of a friend when he could neither sail nor swim; a man who got to attend the UT Lettermen’s dinner-dance with the head cheerleader—though his letter came from playing football on an undefeated team at Sewanee; and a man who had to plead his case to El Capitan in a Mexican jail to obtain the release of his friends and his car.

Larry has been a teacher, a coach, a world traveler, a history buff, and a wearer of bow ties—most of which were made when he and his sister Shirley Ann teamed up to create them.

He and his wife of 25 years, Lucy Majors, collaborated to bring this collection to print.

K.C. Hall looks to the stars by Cameron McVey, C'1989.

It's a year after the events of K.C. Hall Doubles Down. You know what that means? That's right! She's back on Kincaid Live! It's time for another K.C. Hall Week on your favorite late night talk show. This time Sal, Marcus, K.C. and the crew are doing the show from Luisa's ranch. You see, they want to get away from all the usual Hollywood bulls***. But, of course, it follows them. Rumors about Shawn Muze's tell-all book linger in the background. But K.C., ever the professional, focuses on the job at hand. She talks to a brain surgeon and his lovelorn grandson. There's a stampede (a small one). There's a mysterious haunting (Yes, in the haunted hotel. Where else!?!) Two college professors show up to share their knowledge (or something like that). Big Fin herself makes a triumphant return. And, of course, there's a big surprise at the end.

Hot Spot by Alex Jahangir; Katie Seigenthaler (As told to); Dr. James E. K. Hildreth, H'2023.(Foreword by)

When Nashville identified its first case of coronavirus in March 2020, the city was between Public Health Department directors and as unprepared as the rest of the world for what was to come. Dr. Alex Jahangir, a trauma surgeon acting at that time as chair of the Metro Nashville Board of Health, unexpectedly found himself head of the city's COVID-19 Task Force and responsible for leading it through uncharted waters. What followed was a year of unprecedented challenge and scrutiny. Jahangir, who immigrated to the US from Iran at age six, grew up in Nashville. He thought he knew the city well. But the pandemic laid bare ethnic, racial, and cultural tensions that daily threatened to derail what should have been a collective effort to keep residents healthy and safe. Hot Spot is Jahangir's narrative of the first year of COVID, derived from his op notes (the journal-like entries surgeons often keep following operations) and expanded to include his personal reflections and a glimpse into the inner sanctums of city and state governance in crisis.

The Gate in the Garden Wall by Samuel F. Pickering, C'1963, H'2015.

"Last year Sam Pickering announced that he'd written his final word. 'I intend to sit in a chair at the edge of the driveway and on sunny days doze through hours waking up occasionally to identify birds on the feeder. My hands and lap will be empty, and I won't worry about a wind scattering papers across the yard.' Three days later Mike a college classmate wrote him. 'Given all the books you have written, it makes me sad to hear that you have written your last book. Please remember what mighty things 80-year-olds can do. For instance, Goethe taught himself Greek when he was 80. Too bad he died at 81.' 'I'm trapped,' Pickering said and picked up his pencil. 'Words are me.' Sam Pickering has written more than thirty books and barrows of articles. When not at his desk, he was in the classroom, the last thirty-five teaching English at the University of Connecticut. Originally from Nashville, he did not plan to teach, or write. 'But,' he says, 'the good life knocks a person about and takes him here and there'-in Pickering's case to years meandering the Mid-East, Eastern and Western Europe, to Australia, and Nova Scotia, to places great and small. He says he loved teaching, the secret to which was 'liking people.' His pages reflect his enjoyment of and love of life, particularly the ordinary things that form the fabric 'of all our lives'"--Page 4 of cover.

The Gate in the Garden Wall by Samuel F. Pickering, C'1963, H'2015.

Last year Sam Pickering announced that he'd written his final word. "I intend to sit in a chair at the edge of the driveway and on sunny days doze through hours waking up occasionally to identify birds on the feeder. My hands and lap will be empty, and I won't worry about a wind scattering papers across the yard." Three days later Mike a college classmate wrote him. "Given all the books you have written, it makes me sad to hear that you have written your last book. Please remember what mighty things 80-year-olds can do. For instance, Goethe taught himself Greek when he was 80. Too bad he died at 81.""I'm trapped," Pickering said and picked up his pencil. "Words are me." Sam Pickering has written more than thirty books and barrows of articles. When not at his desk, he was in the classroom, the last thirty-five teaching English at the University of Connecticut. Originally from Nashville, he did not plan to teach, or write. "But," he says, "the good life knocks a person about and takes him here and there"-in Pickering's case to years meandering the Mid-East, Eastern and Western Europe, to Australia, and Nova Scotia, to places great and small. He says he loved teaching, the secret to which was "liking people." His pages reflect his enjoyment of and love of life, particularly the ordinary things that form the fabric "of all our lives."

Seasons of Wonder by Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, C'1997.

A 52-week interactive devotional that helps families and friends discover God enfleshed in the world. "A devotional in the most all-encompassing sense, Seasons of Wonder sets readers on a path that leads to a year filled with more hope, more sweetness, more grace, and more love."--Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations and PEN Award Winner Seasons of Wonder is designed to allow you to gather together weekly with your loved ones and expand your understanding of divinity, specifically the radical but faithful idea that everything is sacred. This devotional is designed around weekly contemplative activities as well as interactive and transformative practices that connect us to surprise, awe, and wonder, including: * uncomplicated crafts that honor creation * simple recipes to make together * conversation guides to cultivate the gifts of storytelling, deep listening, mystery, and community * accessible introductions to liturgical observations and rituals * plus four additional weeks of activities that you can incorporate whenever they're appropriate, such as birthdays, sick days, or when you're traveling together or blessing your home   In February readers might make a hiking stick to embark on a holy pilgrimage (even if it's just in the neighborhood) and discover the meaning of Ash Wednesday, while in the summer months they can learn how to cherish the Earth's seasons of holy pause by making prayer cards, bath salts, or family time capsules alongside the reading of peaceful liturgies and ancient prayers.   Bonnie Smith Whitehouse invites us all to consider the life-changing idea that small, intentional moments of wonder are charged manifestations of the grand presence of Christ in me, in you, and in this dazzling, vast--and imperiled--blue planet we call our beloved home. By spending a short amount of time together with Seasons of Wonder every week this year, you can transform an ordinary meeting into a sacred gathering.

Lent by Esau McCaulley, C'2002.

"Lent is inescapably about repenting." Every year, the church invites us into a season of repentance and fasting in preparation for Holy Week. It's an invitation to turn away from our sins and toward the mercy and grace of Christ. Often, though, we experience the Lenten fast as either a mindless ritual or self-improvement program. In this short volume, priest and scholar Esau McCaulley introduces the season of Lent, showing us how its prayers and rituals point us not just to our own sinfulness but also beyond it to our merciful Savior. Each volume in the Fullness of Time series invites readers to engage with the riches of the church year, exploring the traditions, prayers, Scriptures, and rituals of the seasons of the church calendar.

A New Chapter in an Old War: COVID-19 strikes the world order by Joe Sam Robinson and Harold Groce, C'2018.

"Our purpose in writing this book is to understand the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic not as an isolated event but rather as a marker for the heightening tension between the exponential Homo sapiens population increase and the concomitant threat to the biosphere-crises that the world order must address. Responsive strategies to the pandemic challenge require a rational, worldwide, macro approach rather than inadequate micro policy choices. Indeed, even a preliminary glance at the fragility of the world order reveals the necessity of substantial, systemic change. Accordingly, the authors hope that their inquiry will interest policy makers who care about our species difficult journey through the centuries to come"--

Something Happens Here by Stephen P. West, T'2000.

The United Methodist Church is at a crossroads, and nothing is more important than reclaiming our sacramental distinctiveness in times of great divisiveness. This book takes a fresh look at Wesley's core teachings on the Lord's Supper, letting each unique feature of Wesley's communion theology become a lens to navigate troubled waters. The author explores the historical background of each characteristic, finds evidence in writings of John and Charles Wesley, and applies them to the struggles of present-day United Methodism. He concludes with signs of life emerging in divisive and uncertain times, as people come back to the table to move forward into the future.

A Library by Nikki Giovanni, H'2022.

In this lyrical picture book, world-renowned poet, New York Times bestselling author, and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Nikki Giovanni and fine artist Erin Robinson craft an ode to the magic of a library as a place not only for knowledge but also for imagination, exploration, and escape. In what other place can a child "sail their dreams" and "surf the rainbow" without ever leaving the room This ode to libraries is a celebration for everyone who loves stories, from seasoned readers to those just learning to love words, and it will have kids and parents alike imagining where their library can take them. This inspiring read-aloud includes stunning illustrations and a note from Nikki Giovanni about the importance of libraries in her own childhood.

Blue If Only I Could Tell You by Richard Tillinghast, C'1962, H'2008.

Blue If Only I Could Tell You is the thirteenth collection of poetry by Richard Tillinghast. Long awaited, the book is his first since Wayfaring Stranger came out in 2012. Melodious, lyrical, these poems of place and displacement are deeply personal at times as they look back over a long and eventful life. Tillinghast also focuses on troubled and troubling aspects of the American story: the Indian Wars of the 19th century and the history of race relations in his native South, from slavery to the country's current racial reckoning. It is rare to see a poet with such gifts for musicality, vivid imagery and finely honed diction address himself so pointedly to issues of social and political import.

Dubious Breath by Jennifer Davis Michael, C'1989.

Framed by the claustrophobic experience of the Covid-19 pandemic, these poems share a concern with the fragility of the earth and our bodies on the earth, as well as the webs we weave through virtual means of connection. Michael draws on Biblical and mythological allusions as well as personal anecdotes, in both formal and free verse, to chart the porous boundaries of our current world and to create a space for mutual dwelling, with all the risks entailed in that cohabitation.

Waking up to the Dark by Clark Strand, C'1980.

Hidden in the darkness is an ancient secret suppressed by every aspect of our light-drunk modern world--there is a Great Mother from the bottom of time who has always guided us through perils and calamities. Now is the hour of Her return. "An exigent, affecting summons to rediscover the night."--Kirkus Reviews Is darkness synonymous with ignorance and evil? Or is it the original matrix from which all life emerges, and the Mother to whom it returns? Higher and higher levels of artificial illumination have suppressed our contact with the numinous since the Industrial Revolution, with dire consequences for society, our planetary ecology, and our souls. This mystical testament weaves together paleobiology, memoir, history, science, and spiritual archaeology to lead readers back into the lost mysteries of the dark. Not since The Teachings of Don Juan or Ishmael has a book diagnosed with such urgency and cultural coherence the problems at the heart of modern life. In Waking Up to the Dark, Clark Strand offers penetrating insight into the spiritual enrichment that can be found when we pull the plug on our billion-watt culture. He argues that the insomnia so many of us experience as "the Hour of the Wolf" is really "the Hour of God"--a wellspring of rest and renewal, and an ancient reservoir of ancestral wisdom and inspiration. And in a powerful yet surprising turn, he shares with us an urgent message for the world, received through a mysterious young woman he calls Our Lady of Climate Change (aka THE VIRGIN MARY), about the challenges we all know are coming.

Living Fully by Mallory Ervin, C'2008; Jamie Kern Lima (Foreword by)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER . An irresistible guide to living without holding back, from the vibrant lifestyle entrepreneur and host of the Living Fully podcast One of Katie Couric Media's Best New Self Help Books to Read in the New Year . "If you're ready to up-level your life and create long-lasting change, then this book is for you! Mallory's resilient path will inspire you to step into your power."-Gabby Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back Mallory Ervin is known for exuding energy, joy, and laughter. But despite her public accomplishments, Mallory is no stranger to battling unhealthy attachments to performance and success. Now, in her unforgettable debut book, Mallory invites readers to see how her surprising journey-from achievement and accolades to devastating, never-before-shared lows-guided her and led her to a deeply fulfilling life. In Living Fully, Mallory shares her personal story of overcoming the unhealthy and damaging patterns in her life and shows readers how to trade this for something completely new and more rewarding. What she discovered was there had always been a different life available to her, one that she had not yet seen. Now she encourages readers to resist a "just fine" existence and to step into a life they never dared to imagine before. Through inspiring stories and practical advice Mallory offers the motivation to- . stop returning to a "just getting by" mentality . shift perspective so blessings don't become burdens . remember that life's curveballs don't have to knock you off your feet . identify your passions and get back to your truest self . slow down and enjoy the extraordinary in the everyday moments . quiet the voice of fear . get clear on the life you want "I wrote this to be your wake-up call, the thing that turns the lights on in your life and propels you to make real change, once and for all," Mallory says. "I want you to wake up and stay awake." For anyone hungry for a richer life, or tired of coasting through life in a "cruise control" mindset, Living Fully is the ultimate invitation to embrace abundance and joy-and not look back!

Monsoon Daughter by Mandy Moe Pwint Tu, C'2021.

Wade through the waters that have cascaded out of Mandy Moe Pwint Tu’s debut chapbook, Monsoon Daughter. A love letter to the poet’s home country of Myanmar, mixes with condemnation of the ensuing military coup. It also explores family and how their memories refuse to be washed away with the tide.

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The Art of Papercraft by Helen Hiebert, C'1987.

Paper artist and teacher Helen Hiebert compiles a one-of-kind collection of 40 unique projects, each using just one sheet of paper. Combining decorative paper techniques like marbling, stamping, and stenciling  with dimensional techniques like origami, cutting, folding, quilling, stretching, weaving, and pop-ups, The Art of Papercraft offers a rich variety of projects that will delight crafters, artists, and designers alike, including paper votive lights, pop-up cards, folded paper gift boxes and envelopes, woven paper wall hangings, miniature one-sheet books, and much more. Every project is beautifully photographed and accompanied by step-by-step visual instructions. Guidance on selecting tools, materials, and paper selection; in-depth technique instructions; and profiles of contributing paper artists make this a rich and practical celebration of papercraft.  

Circles by Boy Named Banjo: Barton Davies, C'2016 and William Reames, C'2016.

Barton Davies, lead vocals, acoustic banjo, electric banjo ; Ford Garrard, electric bass, upright bass, background vocals ; Sam McCullough, drums, percussion, background vocals ; Willard Logan, electric guitar, background vocals, mandolin ; William Reames, lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica.
Only you know -- Feel for you -- Too close -- Circles -- Where the night goes -- Keep lying to me -- Go out dancing.

Josey Johnson's Hair and the Holy Spirit by Esau McCaulley, C'2002.

When Josey wonders why people are so different, Dad helps her understand that our differences aren't a mistake. In fact, we have many differences because God is creative!Josie is spending the day with Dad--getting her hair braided at Monique's Beauty Shop, and picking out a new red dress for Sunday. Because Sunday is Pentecost! In the process, she learns to celebrate the differences she sees all around her as part of God's plan for his creation.Children and the adults who read with them are invited to join Josey as she learns of God's wonderfully diverse design. Also included is a note from the author to encourage further conversation about the content.Discover IVP Kids and share with children the things that matter to God!

Unrivaled: Sewanee 1899 by Norman Jetmundsen, C'1976.(Written, Produced, Director by);David Crews, C'1976.(Produced & Directed by); Aubrey Black, C'2022.; Marichal Gentry, C'1986.; Kate Gillespie, C'1997.; Amelia Koch, C'2013.; Lloyd Lochridge, C'2012.(Hi

In 1899, Sewanee's football team embarked on a 2,500 mile train ride spanning seven states. In a six day period, they played 5 games, against teams such as Texas, Texas A&M, LSU and Georgia, and emerged from the trip undefeated. This film chronicles the incredible story of the Iron Men of 1899 and their historic season. 

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The Great Awakening by Shearwater, Jonathan Meiburg, C'1997.

Shearwater releases it's first album in five years, and it's wandering frontman shows us where he's been. In December 2016, during Shearwater's last live show, bandleader Jonathan Meiburg picked up a slip of paper from the stage: a prayer request card, left behind by a church that had rented the Bowery Ballroom the night before. "At the time," Meiburg recalls, "it seemed like a grim joke." The thundering songs of 2015's Jet Plane and Oxbo, were filled with fears for what the United States was becoming, and the recent election had confirmed them. Meiburg held the card up to the audience, asked the heavens for the swift (and natural) death of Trump and his enablers, and tore into "Hail, Mary," the howling climax of 2006's Palo Santo. After that, it was time to take a breath. Shearwater had recorded six LPs in ten years for Matador and Sub Pop, and toured the US and Europe many times; as the band drove home, Meiburg resolved to find a new approach. "I felt hopeless," he admits. "And I didn't want to make hopeless music." For the next five years, he stretched out in all directions. First on his mind was a book-a nonfiction epic called A Most Remarkable Creature (published by Knopf in 2021), which took him to remote corners of South America in search of the strange birds of prey called caracaras and their origins in deep time. Musically he went just as wide, staging a reconstruction of David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy for WNYC's New Sounds, issuing a set of instrumental albums on Bandcamp, and forming a new band-Loma-with Texan producer/engineer Dan Duszynski and singer Emily Cross. Loma made two dark and dreamlike albums for Sub Pop, and their self-titled debut found an admirer in Brian Eno, who collaborated with the band on the final track of their second LP, Don't Shy Away. And in 2020, Meiburg finally returned to Shearwater, setting up shop in a weathered RV near Duszynski's studio to write an album that would reflect where he'd been. Above a makeshift desk, he placed a quote from TS Eliot: Be still, and wait without hope / for hope would be hope for the wrong thing. Wasn't that also a kind of prayer? Meiburg smiles. "More like an approach I could believe in." With Duszynski as a fellow performer and co-producer, The Great Awakening evolved through the long months of 2020 and 2021, emerging as a meditation on hope amid hopelessness, and the freedoms to be found (or dreamed about) in isolation. Several Shearwater veterans returned, including keyboardist and arranger Emily Lee and drummer Josh Halpern, but the rock gestures of Jet Plane fell away: The Great Awakening is a soulful and immersive travelog of grand atmospheres and intimate landscapes, decorated with field recordings from Meiburg's travels and anchored by his closely-recorded voice, more otherworldly and urgent than ever. On loping lead single "Xenarthran," he opens with a wry question-What did you expect?-then muddies the waters: the song's hymn-like chorus circles back on itself, as if caught in an eddy, and resolves in a wash of strings and a choir of howler monkeys-evoking a world of deep shadows and tantalizing glimmers of light. The same is true of the gorgeous, enigmatic "Aqaba," as close to a love song as Shearwater has ever made, and the superficially triumphant "Empty Orchestra" turns out, on closer inspection, to be a reckoning with nihilism's seductive appeal. It's an album that couldn't have been made by any other band. It's hard not to hear The Great Awakening as the record Shearwater's been striving toward for years: it's a journey into the unknown, embracing sorrow and joy, beauty and terror. In the threshing of love's distortions and shimmerings, Meiburg sings, The stubbornest husk falls away. And the dust rises up.

We Are All K.C. Hall by Cameron McVey, C'1989.

K.C. (not her birth name) had a crappy childhood. Her father died in a convenience store robbery a few years ago. Now she's about to become a big time movie star. Fingers crossed. But first, she'll have to deal with her estranged mother who just wrote a book. Join her as she avoids the paparazzi, makes peace with her past, makes some new friends and maybe, just maybe, gets the big break she needs.

A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion, C'1987.



The Kate O’Brien Award was established in 2015. It celebrates new Irish writing by a female author. It was established by the organising committee of the Kate O’Brien Weekend to celebrate Irish Women’s Writing in memory of Kate O’Brien. It is an honorary award which celebrates debut Irish fiction; this award is a great affirmation for the debut winner and a recognition of the literary quality of the book. There is a presentation to the winner at the Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien.

It is an award presented for debut book which could be either a book of short stories or a novel. The competition is open to debut female writers so long as they are Irish. There are no age or geographic limitations. The shortlist is announced at the beginning of January and the shortlisted authors are invited to the Festival, where the winner is announced.

A haunting, suspenseful literary debut that combines a classic coming of age story with a portrait of a fractured American family dealing with the fallout of one summer evening gone terribly wrong. "The night we left Ellen on the road, we drove up the mountain in silence."  It is the early 1980s and fifteen-year-old Libby is obsessed with The Field Guide to the Trees of North America, a gift her Irish immigrant father gave her before he died. She finds solace in "The Kingdom," a stand of red oak and thick mountain laurel near her home in suburban Pennsylvania, where she can escape from her large and unruly family and share menthol cigarettes and lukewarm beers with her best friend.  One night, while driving home, Libby's mother, exhausted and overwhelmed with the fighting in the backseat, pulls over and orders Libby's little sister Ellen to walk home. What none of this family knows as they drive off leaving a twelve-year-old girl on the side of the road five miles from home with darkness closing in, is what will happen next.  A Crooked Tree is a surprising, indelible novel, both a poignant portrayal of an unmoored childhood giving way to adolescence, and a gripping tale about the unexpected reverberations of one rash act.

Take It Like a Man by Amanda Shires, L'2017.

GRAMMY and Americana Award-winning singer/songwriter and violinist, Amanda Shires, has pushed the reset button with Take It Like a Man, a record that is so unlike anything she has ever recorded that you would be tempted to think it was her debut album instead of her seventh. Shires, who also plays in The Highwomen, worked with producer Lawrence Rothman (Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon) to make a fearless confessional, showing the world what turning 40 looks like in 10 emotionally raw tracks.

Place of No Return - Translated by Rachel Hildebrandt Reynolds, C'1998.

Her crime: she is Uyghur. Mihrigul Tursun's story is a powerful testimony of bravery in the face of unimaginable crimes. Her three children were forcibly taken from her before she was taken to a so-called re-education camp. Months later, she could only take two of her children back into her care alive. During her detention, Mihrigul Tursun was physically and mentally tortured and forcibly sterilized. She witnessed inmates being raped and killed. She was about to face her own execution when she was finally rescued. Mihrigul Tursun has experienced firsthand the measures used by the Chinese state to eradicate the cultural and religious identity of the Uyghurs. It is necessary to break people, cut off any closeness between them, find out every detail about them, frighten and terrorize them, not give them any freedom, or silence them. But even when Mihrigul Tursun is threatened, living in exile, and yet she is determined not to remain silent. It is her courageous concern to enlighten the world about the human rights violations against her people and report on the crimes behind the walls of the so-called re-education camps.

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