"100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die."
Crespo was born in Florida and has lived in Memphis for a few years now. Some of the things she most loves about the Bluff City are its galleries and gardens, traveling to area farms and checking out live music.
She wrote “100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die” basically in the month of March and filed it April 1, with the goal of getting ahead of the summer travel season, and she’s already gotten orders from as far away as the East Coast and France.
“My goal in creating the list was to not ignore the biggies, especially as this is being used as a resource for people coming from elsewhere,” she said. “So the biggies – Graceland, the Gibson tour, things like that – all need to be in there. I wrote it with the idea of it being a balance, because I also wanted to make sure the obvious was balanced out with the lesser known."
“It’s obviously a travel guide, but I wrote it very much for Memphians, as well,” she said. “Sometimes you move out of the core of the city and you just don’t really engage with the city the way that you used to, or things get busy. So the book is very much for that visitor who’s coming from overseas or another state just as much as it is for locals to help rekindle their love affair with the city or help them rediscover maybe those things."
Her personal favorites include landmarks like St. Blues and the Center for Southern Folklore – places where area residents might feel, she says, that they don’t need to visit because they think they may know everything about those places already.
“There are a lot of places like that in Memphis where it’s good to go to and play tourist in your own town,” she says. “Memphis really needs its cheerleaders, and this book is sort of a love letter to the city.”
"100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die" is 160 pages and was published by Reedy Press.
Further information about Samantha Crespo and her book, "100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die" can be found at samanthacrespo.com.
sources: wreg.com and memphisdailynews.com