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A ‘Gift’ for Everyone Who Loves Records and Will Enter Our Writing Contest (or Just Thinking About It)

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BookTrib’s first writing contest is drawing to a close. There are only five more days to send in your entries. We’ve gotten a lot of great responses and I am looking forward to reading many more. When I was a professor, I always told my students that I would never assign them something I would never do.  I think the same should apply here with this contest. here is my memory that was triggered by a book. It has been abridged to fit within the criteria of this contest.  Hopefully, it will help those of you who are still struggling to get through those last few words or, if you haven’t done so already, motivate you to send in your…

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ICYMI: John Grisham Visits Ann Patchett at Parnassus Books in Nashville

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Each week, BookTrib has been bringing the latest podcast from John Grisham’s Book Tour. This week, as John takes a much needed rest, we will feature one of our favorites from the tour thus far. This is from the second stop on his Book Tour where John Talks with author Ann Patchett at Parnassus Books in Nashville.   In today’s episode, we join John Grisham as he speaks to a variety of authors and a live audience at Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, which is described as “an independent bookstore for independent people.” We invite you to listen to this all-new, exhilarating, and information-packed podcast with authors like Ann Patchett and an important publishing figure, Jon Meacham. Ann Patchett, writer…

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More Than They Seem: 3 Books That Explore Backstory

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We love to imagine backstories for our favorite fictitious characters as we wonder, what from their past made them the way they are?  Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee recommended three books that explore “Backstory: We Are More Than We Seem.” This week’s selections were chose by Parnassus’ Social Media Director Mary Laura Philpott, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and the Huffington Post and is the founder of the online magazine MUSING. Parnassus opened in 2011 when author Ann Patchett and publishing veteran Karen Hayes realized that bookstores were disappearing from Nashville, a city with a rich cultural tradition. “I have no interest in retail…but I also have no interest in living in a city…

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Dear TV Shows: Why I’m Breaking Up with You

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I’m a big fan of television, which is why I’m always raving about the new shows I’ve fallen in love with. From Netflix’s Sense8 to ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, I’m willing to give pretty much anything a shot. And once I’ve fallen for a show, I’m loyal to a fault, watching for years and years, and trusting that the creators are going to consistently deliver an awesome product. Even when they don’t, I tend to stick around, hoping and praying the magic will come back (hello, Nashville). But sometimes there are shows that never seem to bounce back. Shows that get caught up in boring drama, irrational deaths and terrible writing, leaving almost nothing left to love or root for. That’s…

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4 Books about Music City until Nashville returns

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I have always been fascinated by musical TV shows. I’ve watched Glee with, well, glee. I was probably the only person on earth who was sad when Smash got canceled. But no melodious show has hooked me quite the way Nashville has. Can you blame me? The music, the romance, the drama…did I mention the music? On Nashville it is unapologetically good. As in, downloading and playing on repeat for hours good. Just listen to this song and try not to love it:   Aside from the songwriting, there’s a never-ending roller coaster of drama to keep you hooked. The show follows a large cast, all at different stages of the country music industry. Legendary singer Rayna Jaymes (played by…

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