A monthly look at hot books and cool reads

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Dimestore: A Writer’s Life Lee Smith 

The author of bestselling Southern classics including Fair and Tender Ladies and The Last Girls, Lee Smith has brought Appalachia to life in fiction again and again. Now this masterful writer tells her own story for the first time, remembering the mountain country of Virginia that was the backdrop of her youth. As a girl, she sat at the counter of her daddy’s dimestore and listened to customers: coal miners, colorful women, and citizens of the rich culture around her. It was there, she writes, that she really learned to be a storyteller. Honest and delightful for readers and fellow writers alike, this is an essay collection not to be missed.  Meet Smith at the store on May 11 at 6:30.

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The Little Red Chairs  

Edna O’Brien

Edna O’Brien, author of The Country Girls Trilogy, among other critically acclaimed fiction, returns with a breathtaking novel about love, betrayal, and our fascination with evil. Fidelma McBride lives in a small Irish village, where the arrival of a charismatic stranger from Eastern Europe shakes things up. Vlad is a healer, he says, and Fidelma becomes so enamored with him that she risks her marriage to be with him and even begs him for a child. Then the truth comes crashing down. It turns out Vlad is a notorious war criminal. Members of the Parnassus First Editions Club will receive signed hardcover first editions of this entrancing book.

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Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939  

Adam Hochschild

From award-winning, bestselling author Adam Hochschild (To End All Wars; Bury the Chains) comes a fascinating history of a war that at one time dominated international headlines. Considered by many to be the opening battle of World War II, the Spanish Civil War has been depicted in journalism, photos, and even fiction—such as Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. In Hochschild’s version, we view events through the eyes of a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and lesser-known but equally compelling soldiers and civilians. What can we learn today from this tale of a hard-fought, failed cause? Plenty. History lovers, consider it a must-read.

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Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again 

Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Nashville’s own Kimberly Williams-Paisley offers something priceless in these pages: a real-life roadmap for anyone caring for a loved one with dementia. In her memoir, the actress opens up about the struggle her family kept secret for years—her mother, Linda’s, experience with a rare form of dementia that robbed her of her ability to talk, write, and even recognize her own family members. You’d think it would be a sad book—and at times it is—but Williams-Paisley’s touching candor makes it an engaging, informative read.

Hear Williams-Paisley read from the book at the Nashville Public Library at 6:15 on April 19 as part of the Salon@615 author series.

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