Thirty-Two books connected to Memphis

Memphis Magazine is 32 years old, and in commemoration of the publication the editors have graced their December issue with 32 by 32, a list of good books either set in Memphis, about the city, or written by authors who have lived in Memphis. That’s a broad range of odd volumes to tide one over a Tennessee winter, even the mild ones of Tennessee’s largest city.


Here are several of the usual suspects:

  • William Faulkner, The Reivers
  • Shelby Foote, The Civil War: A Narrative
  • John Grisham, The Firm
  • Peter Guralnick, Last Train the Memphis
  • Peter Taylor, A Summons to Memphis

And here are some I plan to read:

  • James Conaway, Memphis Afternoons, a memoir by a former Washington Post reporter.
  • Molly Caldwell Crosby,The American Plague, an account of yellow fever by an author who says “the epidemic that shaped our history.”
  • Richard Halliburton, Richard Halliburton’s Complete Book of Marvels, a book by a real-life Indiana Jones.

One Response to Thirty-Two books connected to Memphis

  1. bchesney says:

    That Shelby Foote was a good un!

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