January 10, 2013

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I know the market for History Lite is bigger, but where are the thoughtful, well-written books based on original research or personal experience? I’m genuinely surprised that I can’t walk into a bookstore and choose from half a dozen histories or memoirs of Chattanooga’s renaissance published in the last five or 10 years. These weren’t shoved off the bestseller by more commercial products. No one is writing them. But this is the stuff I want to read, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore Local Bestsellers of 2012

Local Fiction & Poetry

1. “Into This World,” Sybil Baker

2. (tie) “Cadillac Dave—Volume 1: Rebel Child Running Wild,” Dave Jackson

2. “Omicron Ceti III,” Thomas P. Balazs

4. “The Dating Dilemmas of Delilah Dunnfield,” Victoria Thurman

5. “Cadillac Dave-Volume 2: The Fugitive Years,” Dave Jackson

6. (tie) “Fire Poems,” Finn Bille

6. “Cadillac Dave-Volume 4: Encounter in the Old Dominion,” Dave Jackson

6. “Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge,” Janie Dempsey Watts

9. “Cadillac Dave-Volume 3: Takin’ It To The Limit,” Dave Jackson

10. “Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets”

Local History & Non-Fiction

1. “Haunted Chattanooga,” Amy Petula and Jessica Penot

2. “Chattanooga Then and Now,” William F. Hull

3. “Chattanooga Chills,” Mark Fults

4. “Old Money, New South,” Dean Arnold

5. “Chattanooga’s Heroic Drive: The History of a Renaissance,” Beth Ellen Roberts

6. “Remembering Chattanooga,” William F. Hull

7. “Off-Road Trails,” Elle Colquitt and Jon Livengood

8. “Historic Photos of Chattanooga in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s,” William F. Hull

9. “Lookout Mountain,” William F. Hull

10. (tie) “Chattanooga Landmarks: Exploring the History of the Scenic City,” Jennifer Crutchfield

10. “Legendary Locals of Chattanooga,” William F. Hull

10. “Signal Mountain,” Mary Scott Norris and Priscilla N. Shartle


January 10, 2013

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Cadillac Dave quadilogy

I totally agree with the Mr. Bailey when he states, . . . most are not very well written. The four “Cadillac Dave” books on the list are a huge exception. While reading them, I have been enlightened, exhilarated, slightly embarrassed, and held spellbound. These books are very well written and capture the emotion of a decade of moral decadence and youthful exploration. The climax of this extended journey is much more than sexual; it takes one to the limits of the universe and allows one to view true ecstasy!

L C Campbell Jr more than 1 years ago

Cadillac Dave

What I love about the "Cadillac Dave" series is its authenticity. You just can't make that stuff up.

Jack Watts more than 1 years ago

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