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Graceland, at last : notes on hope and heartache from the American South / Margaret Renkl.

Renkl, Margaret, (author.).



"From New York Times contributing opinion writer and author of Late Migrations Margaret Renkl, a selection of her beloved weekly essays presenting a multifaceted view of the contemporary American South"-- Provided by publisher.
For the last four years Renkl's writing has offered readers of the New York Times a weekly dose of natural beauty, human decency, and persistent hope from her home in Nashville. This collection of her essays provide a patchwork quilt of the complexities of her homeland, demonstrating along the way how much more there is to this tangled region than many people understand. As she highlights people who are fighting for a better future of the region, Renkl's book is full of gifts for Southerners and non-Southerners alike. -- adapted from jacket

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781571311849
  • ISBN: 157131184X
  • Physical Description: 291 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2021.

Contents / Notes

Formatted Contents Note:
FLORA & FAUNA. Hawk. Lizard. Mole. Human -- The flower that came back from the dead -- The eagles of Reelfoot Lake -- The real aliens in our backyard -- Make America graze again -- The misunderstood, maligned rattlesnake -- Making way for monarchs -- The call of the American Lotus -- POLITICS & RELIGION. A monument the Old South would like to ignore -- The hits keep coming for the Red-State Poor -- Lies, damn lies, and Georgia -- We're all addicts here -- There is a middle ground on guns -- An American tragedy -- The passion of Southern Christians -- Christians need a new right-to-life movement -- Shame and salvation in the American South -- Texas isn't the problem -- Going to church with Jimmy Carter -- SOCIAL JUSTICE. What is America to me? -- ICE came to take their neighbor. They said no -- Christmas isn't coming to death row -- An act of mercy in Tennessee -- An open letter to White Christians -- Looking our racist history in the eye -- Middle passage to mass incarceration -- In Memphis, journalism can still bring justice -- An open letter to John Lewis -- Reading the New South -- These kids are done waiting for change --
ENVIRONMENT. America's killer lawns -- Dangerous waters -- More trees, happier people -- I have a cure for the dog days of summer -- The case against doing nothing -- Planting seeds in snow -- The fox in the stroller -- Death of a cat -- A 150,000-bird orchestra in the sky -- FAMILY & COMMUNITY. Waking up to history -- Why I wear five wedding rings -- Demolition blues -- The gift of shared grief -- Remembrance of recipes past -- All the empty seats at the table -- What it means to be #NashvilleStrong -- The night the lights went out -- The story of the surly Santa and the Christmas miracle -- True love in the age of coronavirus -- ARTS & CULTURE. Keep America's roadside weird -- Country music as melting pot -- John Prine: American oracle -- So long to Music City's favorite soap opera -- "Beauty herself is black" -- The day the music died -- After war, three chords and the truth -- Proud graduate of State U -- And play like a girl she did -- What is a Southern writer, anyway? -- Graceland, at last.
Subject: Southern States.
NATURE / Essays.
TRAVEL / United States / South / East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN).
Southern States.
Genre: Essays.

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