This book is excruciatingly gorgeous. Every page makes me homesick. (Connie Britton)
A great book about a great city. (John Prine)
This has been a time of such great change for Nashville that I think we are all very curious to see who we are now. (Gillian Welch)
This book reminds me, in the sweetest way possible, that I probably should have never left Nashville. (Chris Thile)
About the Author
<pANN PATCHETT is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer, Lucy Grealy, What now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah Lawrence College, and, most recently, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a collection of essays.<p In November 2011, she opened Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, with her partner Karen Hayes. She has since gone on to be a spokesperson for independent booksellers, talking about books and bookstores on “The Colbert Report,” NPR, “The Martha Stewart Show” and “The CBS Early Show.” Along with James Patterson she was the honorary chair of World Book Night. In 2012 she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.<p Ann Patchett lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Karl VanDevender, and their dog, Sparky.
HEIDI ROSSis a creative director and photographer whose work has been featured in group shows alongside William Klein, Richard Avedon, and Vivian Maier, as well as on album covers, book jackets, and in branding campaigns. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair Italia, Town & Country, Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business, NYLON, The Guardian, L'Officiel, FOCUS, Entrepreneur, and Interview. Her first solo exhibition, Ilk: Similars 2004-2016, opened at Third Man Records in Nashville in April 2016. She lives in Nashville. Heidiross.com.
JON MEACHAM received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, American Lion. He is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George H.W. Bush, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston. Meacham, who teaches at Vanderbilt University, is a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He lives in Nashville with his wife and children.