Sue Monk Kidd – The Invention of Wings

By , September 13, 2014

Sue Monk Kidd discusses her book, The Invention of Wings. This author talk was recorded in January, 2014. Sue Monk Kidd appeared as part of the continuing Salon@615 author series.

See upcoming author visits, including Carl Hiaasen and Jodi Picoult, and learn more

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Book review: The Printed Square: Vintage Handkerchief Patterns for Fashion and Design

By , September 11, 2014

The Printed Square: Vintage Handkerchief Patterns for Fashion and Design

By Nicky Albrechtsen

If you love vintage clothing, then you won’t want to miss Nicky Albrechtsen’s new book The Printed Square: Vintage Handkerchief Patterns for Fashion and Design.

The Printed Square takes you on a fun romp through the history of the handkerchief focusing on the thirty year period from 1920 to 1950. You’ll learn about what colors, motifs and cultural events influenced handkerchief design. The book features over 200 full page color photos, allowing you to easily see the handkerchief itself, how its edges were finished and the texture of the fabric.  The handkerchiefs are grouped by color for easy browsing. Clever quotes by artists and designers introduce each new chapter. The Printed Square also features tips on where to find vintage handkerchiefs, handkerchief conservation and storage ideas.


Handkerchiefs ……created to catch your sneeze….evolved to catch you eye…..






Popmatic Podcast September 10th, 2014: Critical Rehab

By , September 10, 2014

Tales by H.P. LovecraftThis week we give some needlessly maligned books, movies, and music some critical rehabilitation. You know, things like, um, Led Zeppelin(?). Then a fight breaks out about opera because LIBRARIANS.


Luke Danes from Gilmore Girls

Sophia Petrillo from Golden Girls

Jack Shephard from Lost

Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory

Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Tales by H.P. Lovecraft

The Library of America

Henry Kuttner

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin

Only God Forgives

Tangerine Dream CD | Freegal | Hoopla

A Tribute to Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume 1

One More Try” covered by Iron and Wine on A.V. Club Undercover


All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor

Tennessee Volksfest

Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar by Robert Plant

Hansel and Gretel by Beni Montresor

The Witches of Venice by Philip Glass



Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Book review: Weathering the Storm

By , September 9, 2014

Weathering the Storm: Tornadoes, Television, and Turmoil
By Gary England

I am a weather groupie. I get excited when Jim Cantore comes to Nashville and I’m Facebook friends with Dr. Greg Forbes. (I feel like this would be great fodder for a Weird Al song…) I am also a fan of Gary England.

Who the heck is Gary England, you say?

Gary England is the chief meteorologist for KWTV in Oklahoma City, OK. If you’ve seen the movie Twister, England stars as TV Meteorologist #1 where, in one of the very first scenes, he gives the weather report that Jo’s (Helen Hunt) dad sees right before the tornado comes. He is also the first public weather guy to make use of Doppler Radar outside of the NWS or NOAA. I came across him after the May 3, 1999 outbreak that came through Oklahoma City and included several large tornadoes – one EF5 hit Oklahoma City proper, with England broadcasting live through the whole event.

So I was pretty excited to find out that A) Gary England wrote a book! and even better B) NPL has this delightful treasure! In this book, England tells the story of how he became Oklahoma’s favorite meteorologist. Unfortunately, it was published in 1996, which precludes the inclusion of the ’99 tornadoes, but Oklahoma has never been short on severe weather, so there was still plenty to discuss. England talks about how he was first hired in radio and how a giant, imaginary thunder lizard brought him fame. He also details the struggles he faced at KWTV, convincing them to install a Doppler Radar at great expense, but with great reward and life-saving opportunities.

I knew Gary England was a popular meteorologist, but I had no idea he was the first guy to install his own Doppler Radar. There were also some great storm chasing stories as well, because KWTV has several storm chase teams. England is not a chaser himself, but he definitely quarterbacks his team of weather guys and cameramen in order to increase warning times for the public and save as many lives as possible.

Being the weather nerd that I am, I’ve read my share of boring weather books, and I’m happy to say this was not one of them. I couldn’t put it down. If you need your next weather fix, you can’t go wrong with Mr. England and his Thunder Lizard.

Happy reading…

:) Amanda


Pioneer in Flight: Cornelia Fort and the WAFS

By , September 8, 2014

Photo of Cornelia FortCornelia Clark Fort was the first female pilot to die on active military duty. In honor of the start of school and her new place on the Tennessee school curriculum, today we are going to highlight the Cornelia Fort Papers. This is one of the many one-of-a-kind collections in the Special Collection that tell personal stories about remarkable Tennesseans.

Cornelia was the eldest daughter of Rufus and Louise Clark and grew up on a farm in East Nashville with her brothers and sisters. Rufus made all the boys swear to never become pilots because he felt it was too dangerous but it never occurred to him to make his daughters swear. Cornelia fell in love with flying and became a flight instructor in Hawaii. In 1942, Cornelia joined the Women’s Auxiliary Ferry Squadron (WAFS) and transported planes for military use. The WAFS were a predecessor to the WASP (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots), a group that has been the subject of many books and films. Cornelia’s plane crashed when she was hit by a fellow pilot during a ferrying trip in 1943.

Cornelia Fort License with picture

Cornelia Fort’s license from the War Department issued in 1942

The Cornelia Fort Papers include her personal papers as well as information about her immediate family. Some of my favorite items include her various pilot licenses like the one shown here. This is her official license from the military proving her employment with the Ferrying Division. As you can see on the license, Cornelia and her co-pilots were civilians employed by the army, not enlisted members of the military. It was not until 1976 that the Air Force officially let women enlist in their ranks.

Letter from Cornelia Fort to her mother

Letter from Cornelia Fort to her mother, October 1942

Cornelia’s papers also include several handwritten letters like the one to the right. In them she describes her social life and her flights to her family. In this letter, she talks about her graduation and the first orders she received. As one of the senior members of the group, Cornelia was one of the first six given official orders after they completed their training.

There is so much more to see! The Special Collection is open during regular library hours on the second floor of the Main Library. If you are interested in looking at the Cornelia Fort Papers, feel free to call 615-862-5782 to set up an appointment or stop by our service desk.

Look at these books and films for more information on Cornelia Fort and Female Pilots:

United States Women in Aviation, 1940-1985 cover, by Deborah G Douglas


United States Women in Aviation 1940-1985

by Deborah G Douglas




Ladybirds: The Untold Stories of Women Pilots in America cover, by Holden and Griffith


Ladybirds: The Untold Story of Women Pilots in America

by Henry M Holden and Captain Lori Griffith





Zoot-Suits and Parachutes and Wings of Silver, too! cover, by Doris Brinker Tanner


Zoot-Suits and Parachutes and Wings of Silver, too!: The World War II Air Force Training of Women Pilots 1942-1944

by Doris Brinker Tanner




WASPs: Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II cover, by Vera Williams


WASPs: Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

by Vera S Williams




Clipped Wings: The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War cover, by Molly Merryman


Clipped Wings: The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II

by Molly Merryman





Fly Girls DVD cover


Fly Girls





- Amber

Dennis Lehane – Live By Night

By , September 6, 2014

Dennis Lehane discusses his book, Live By Night. The novel follows con man Joe Coughlin through three decades of crime. This talk was recorded in October, 2012, as part of the ongoing Salon@615 author series.

Learn more about Salon@615 and view upcoming author visits, including Kristen Gillibrand and Carl Hiaasen, at

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Book list: The Best…

By , September 4, 2014

I’m a sucker for “Best of” lists, so happily there are compilations like these that gather everything together for you—no effort required!  These are the two that I’ve liked best in the past several years:

Best American Essays 2013Best American Essays 2013
Edited by Cheryl Strayed

I hadn’t ever read this annual collection before, but I will from now on. There were several standouts:



  • Highway of Lost Girls
  • The Exhibit Will Be So Marked (a meandering piece on the art of the mix tape that was more John Jeremiah Sullivan than the actual JJS essay)
  • When They Let Them Bleed (who knew I could be entranced by an essay about boxing?)
  • A Little Bit of Fun Before He Died, because of the unexpected surprise

However, my absolute favorite was the 3-page His Last Game.


Pushcart Prize 2013Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses (2013)


Top 5 (in order of appearance):



  1. American Juggalo, an exposé of a little-known music festival
  2. Civil Twilight, about the life of a city bus driver
  3. Juniper Beach, an ode to the Trip-Tik
  4. A Zen Zealot Comes Home, about a moment of insight after an exasperating family visit
  5. Helen Keller Answers the Iron, a ridiculously good essay on joke-telling
    Honorable Mention: the Harry Crews excerpt

I also anxiously await the Best American Short Stories each fall—the 2014 edition is coming out soon. Go ahead and put it on hold!

Best American Short Stories 2014Best American Short Stories 2014

Edited by Jennifer Egan




- Beth

Popmatic Podcast September 3rd, 2014: Work, Work, Work

By , September 3, 2014

Intern's Handbook by Shane KuhnIt’s back to business after Labor Day. Unironically, we do a work themed episode and we all choose to talk about books. We’re librarians – get it? During tickle my fancy, a debate flares up about whether Popmatic is about high or low culture. Amanda settles it with an appreciation of Drunk History.


The Interns’ Handbook by Shane Kuhn

High Plains Drifter

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People interactive infographic

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Carsick by John Waters


Shakespeare in the Park

David Olney

Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey

Drunk History

Go” by Grimes and Blood Diamonds

video for “Go

Work” by Iggy Izalea


VNV Nation Hoopla | Freegal


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Manga Book List: Back to School

By , September 2, 2014


Devils and Realists by Madoka Takadono

Devils and Realist  
by Mandoka Takadono

Devils and Realist is an all-new supernatural manga series that pits a young, suave nobleman against Hell’s princely demons. FACE YOUR DEMONS! nbsp; After the failure of his uncle’s business, the brilliant realist William Twining finds himself penniless. To make matters worse, demons appear before him, insisting he has the power to appoint the next King of Hell! The demons offer to pay his school tuition in exchange for his help. While his principles as a staunch realist prevent him from believing in them, how can William resist such a generous offer?



The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan, vol. 5  
by Nagaru Tanigawa

Yuki- that is, the “Yuki Nagato” from before her accident-has recovered. Before she awakens, however, she is able to meet the Yuki who had taken her place while she slept. Her other self found the courage to tell Kyon her feelings directly. Now that she’s back to normal, is it time for this Yuki to do the same…?




Nisekoi = False Love by Naoshi Komi

Nisekoi = False Love Vol. 1  
by  Naoshi Komi

It’s hate at first sight… Rather, a knee-to-the-head at first sight when Raku Ichijo meets Chitoge Kirisaki! Unfortunately, Raku’s gangster father arranges a false love match with their rival’s daughter – who just so happens to be Chitoge! However, Raku’s searching for his childhood sweetheart from ten years ago, with a pendant around his neck as a memento, but he can’t even remember her name or face!




Cactus's Secret Vol. 1 by Nana Haruta Cactus’s Secret v. 1
by Nana Haruta

Falling in love with a clueless boy would turn any girl into a cactus! R to L (Japanese Style). Falling in love with a clueless boy would turn any girl into a cactus! Miku decides to try telling Kyohei her feelings by giving him chocolates for Valentine’s Day. But Kyohei, unaware that he’s the object of her affection, offers himself up as a practice partner for her love confession. Can Miku get through to him that he’s the one she loves?




Natsume's Book of Friends Vol. 8 by Yuki Midorikawa Natsume’s Book of Friends Vol.8  
by Yuki Midorikawa

Most books just describe the supernatural. This one brings it! Reads R to L (Japanese Style). Takashi Natsume can see the spirits and demons that hide from the rest of humanity. He has always been set apart from other people because of his gift, drifting from relative to relative, never fitting in. Now he’s a troubled high school student who has come to live in the small town where his grandmother grew up. And there he discovers that he has inherited more than just the Sight from the mysterious Reiko. Nyanko Sensei is recovering after being wounded in the last yokai incident, so Takashi is on his own when he accidentally releases a yokai right before the school festival. With new friends and his ever-strengthening relationship with the Fujiwaras, Takashi has more reasons than ever to keep the supernatural at bay. But does he stand a chance without Nyanko Sensei’s power to back him up.


Diane Colson

Book review: True Crime

By , September 1, 2014

Killer of Little ShepherdsThe Killer of Little Shepherds
by Douglas Starr

I don’t remember there being any fanfare when this book came out, which is surprising because it is tailor-made for Devil in the White City fans. It’s even set up the same way: a chapter about the serial killer, and then a chapter about the other topic of the book—in this case, the development of early crime detection techniques. The issue of how (or even whether) you can determine if a criminal is insane is also a major theme. The author obviously did an enormous amount of research, and is also a good, lucid nonfiction writer. This deserves a wider readership.


Midnight in PekingMidnight in Peking
by Paul French

This is like Twin Peaks, 1930′s China-style. The unravelling of the crime is beautifully paced, with just the right amount of historical context.





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