Staff picks from Archives

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Want to know what books, DVDs and music Knox County Public Library staff love reading, watching and listening to? Look no further than our monthly Staff Picks series, highlighting items in our Collection.


Archives staff receive, process, and preserve the non-current, permanent records created by Knox County government since 1792. Got a question about the origins and history of the court systems, court records, genealogy, or the history of Knox County? Our Archives staff are the people to ask!

The Persuasion Code by Christophe Morin 

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger

A History of Tennessee Arts: Creating Traditions, Expanding Horizons edited by Carroll Van West

Triumph of the City: How our Greatest Invention Makes us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward L. Glaeser

Unwise Passions: A True Story of a Remarkable Woman and the First Great Scandal of Eighteenth-Century America by Alan Pell Crawford

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

The Storm Before the Calm: America's Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond by George Friedman

Knoxville: A Postcard Memoir: 1900-1930 by Elena Irish Zimmerman

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

The Queen's Gambit by Walter S. Tevis

Two Hundred Years of Black Culture in Knoxville, Tennessee: 1791 to 1991 by Robert J. Booker

Park City by Becky French Brewer and Douglas Stuart McDaniel

The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin: The Story of America's First Secession (2011), dir. Chris Albrecht

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Season 1 (2012)