New Book — "Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis" — Is Now Available!

Yes, the rumors are true. For the past several months, I have secluded myself in the Lauderdale Mansion to produce a new book that showcases some of my favorite photographs from my award-winning "Ask Vance" column. That's basically the column you are reading now, of course, and the one that runs each and every month (with a few exceptions, when I'm drunk) in Memphis magazine.

Well, the book is finally finished, and we gave it a title that will make it easy for you to remember: Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis.

It's packed with great photos, but it's not just a pretty-picture book. I consulted the best dictionaries money can buy, and added some good, well-spelled words to each page, just to give you your money's worth.

But on these pages you'll find images and stories about long-gone but never-forgotten people and places, such as Overton Park's Japanese Garden, the Hotel King Cotton, Sivad, Happy Hal, Pappy Sammons, Edwin Hubbard, the Big Shoe, Maywood, Clearpool, Rainbow Lake, the WHBQ-ties, and lots more.

Now there's just one catch: It's not available in any stores. Beginning October 1st, the book comes free with a subscription to Memphis magazine. That means you have three ways to get it: 1) buy a magazine subscription for yourself, 2) extend the subscription you already have, or 3) buy a gift subscription for your friends.  ALL of your friends. And then you get the book — a bargain at just $15.

Now I know some of you just want to purchase the dang book, and you wonder why we offer such a convoluted arrangement for getting one. It's very simple. We need subscribers. Without subscribers, there's no magazine, and if there's no magazine, there's no "Ask Vance." So there.

So call 521-9000 and order your copy of Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis today; subscriptions including the book will be available to order online beginning October 1st.

You'll be glad you did.

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Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and Inside Memphis Business. Vance is the author of three books: Ask Vance: The Best Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History and Trivia Expert (2003), as well as Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine's History Expert (2011) and Vance Lauderdale's Lost Memphis (2013). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards, the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den. 

You can find him from time to time in the pages of the Memphis Flyer and MBQ, on WKNO television, and on Facebook. When he is not exploring the highways and byways of Memphis, he spends his time sleeping, napping, and dozing.

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