Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert 

Elizabeth Gilbert gets an A+ in social media, which has helped her maintain an ongoing relationship with her readers between books. Big Magic feels like a love letter to those fans who look to her for creative guidance. Better than a stack of motivational posters, this is one to pass out at work, in the classroom, and to anyone struggling to get a big project off the ground. Gilbert will appear in conversation with Ann Patchett on October 21 at Hume-Fogg High School as part of the Salon@615 author series, presented as a partnership among Parnassus Books, the Nashville Public Library and Library Foundation, and Humanities Tennessee.

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life

Ruth Reichl

My Kitchen Year makes you wish every cookbook came with stories attached to the recipes. Alongside beautiful photographs, more than 100 recipes tell the tale of how Reichl found herself out of work after Gourmet magazine was suddenly shut down. She retreated to her country house with her husband to recover from the shock, and in the year that followed, she focused on making comfort food: the best steak sandwich, perfect potatoes, strawberry shortcake made with biscuits containing an “unconscionable amount of butter,” and more. Meet Reichl on October 1, when she appears in Nashville as part of the Salon@615 series.

The Heart Goes Last: A Novel 

Margaret Atwood

The Heart Goes Last is Atwood’s first standalone novel in fifteen years. As Ann Patchett says, “Margaret Atwood has a genius for reimagining the world.” Here, readers find themselves in a not-too-distant future where society is falling apart. Stan and Charmaine are a couple whose marriage is strained by their existence; they are barely getting by, living out of their car. Then they sign up for the mysterious Positron Project—a “social experiment” that gives them jobs and a home in exchange for a stint in a prison cell every other month, while another couple occupies their house. It’s impossible to look away from what happens next. Meet Atwood at her Salon@615 event on October 19.

John Baeder’s Road Well Taken

John Baeder and Jay Williams

Many people know John Baeder’s art. He is famous for his realistic paintings of old diners, gas stations, and other symbols of Americana. Not as many people know Baeder’s life story, how he walked away from a career on Madison Avenue in the 1970s to devote his life to his art. In this book, Jay Williams takes an inside look at Baeder’s career and takes us along on the artist’s journey down back roads and through small towns of the United States. On November 4, Baeder will present this gorgeously illustrated new book for art lovers at Parnassus Books.

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