If you've never picked up a novel by a local author or researched the history of our city, now's the time! Here are this month's book recommendations by Chelsea Bauer, Book Buyer at Union Ave Books.
Historic Knoxville by Jack Neely
This is my go-to recommendation for books about Knoxville. It is both a rich and detailed history of the city and a handy guidebook. If you are at all interested in reading about the history of Knoxville, everything that the Knoxville History Project publishes is worth diving into.
The Tall Woman by Wilma Dykeman
This is a must-read classic about Appalachia and the strength of the women in this region. Wilma Dykeman writes with humanity and a clear-sightedness about the good and the bad of post-Civil War Appalachia. This one can be hard to find, but new copies can be purchased at Union Ave Books.
Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins (9780743258098)
This book is one of my favorite books of all time. The story follows a WWI veteran fresh from the trenches of France as he returns home to Knoxville and eventually ends up in Oak Ridge at the dawn of the Atomic Age. It is beautifully written and I cannot recommend it enough.
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