Monday, June 08, 2015

[Book Review] On This Day in Memphis History by G. Wayne Dowdy


Marilyn reviews ON THIS DAY IN MEMPHIS HISTORY by G. Wayne Dowdy (History Press, 2014)

On This Day in Memphis History is a wonderful read for someone seeking a dose of Memphis history a day at a time.  We’ve all heard the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  Well, a dose of Memphis history whets the reader’s appetite for more Memphis history.

G. Wayne Dowdy has reminded readers that Memphis history is not all politics in his book.  For each day of the year a person can read about a fascinating  event.  The 365 entries are composed of moments in time in the lives of citizens, hilarious happenings, the ever-changing music styles of the Bluff City, and the thrill of sports along with the world of city government and politics. Also the book reflects that Memphis is the birthplace of all types of agencies and organizations.  The pages are composed of well-researched occurrences, which when necessary contain some background information.

I enjoyed just reading the book and discovering little known people from all economic classes and occupations. Many of them influence Memphis, Tennessee even today.  Whether this book is enjoyed over the course of one year or as a straight through reading, the reader meets Memphians of all walks of life and occupations in both the 19th and 20th centuries.

Bon appétit, readers. Enjoy these morsels of Memphis history. 

Marilyn Umfress, Central Library

Readers can simply read this book or use this book as a guide to visit historic sites and share them with us during Explore Memphis 2015.  
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