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.