New Memphis guide tempts locals and visitors

100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die, by Samantha CrespoMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis is rich with layers to explore. Whether it’s moving some “must dos” to the “done” column of your bucket list or finding fresh ways to experience the city, the new guidebook "100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die" (Reedy Press) can help.

“What makes this book unique is that it is as much for visitors as it is for locals,” says author Samantha Crespo. “The attractions that drive visitors to Memphis are all here — Graceland, Beale Street, the Mississippi River — but with lesser-known experiences sprinkled in. So whether you’re the out-of-towner I meet at Sun Studio who asks me what to do next, or my neighbor who confesses what she’s always wanted to do in town but never gotten around to, these are my recommendations, plus insider interviews and my personal tips for best experiencing them.”

Tour the Stax Museum of American Soul Music with the sole surviving member of the Memphis Horns. Walk 100 feet above the Mississippi River with Memphis’s resident historian. Watch the guys at St. Blues Guitar Workshop handcraft their instruments and listen to their stories. Learn where to go for live music now.

Special features include inside tips on how to do some of the city’s favorite festivals and events, freebies, and themed itineraries.

One hundred ways to connect (or reconnect) with Memphis awaits the reader.

"100 Things to Do in Memphis Before You Die" is available wherever books are sold.

Author Samantha Crespo has always enjoyed playing tourist in her own town. So when her family moved to Memphis in 2010, they jumped right in. She shares her discoveries as a regular contributor to travel guides and blogs for the city of Memphis and state of Tennessee. Follow @SamCrespo on for ongoing trip ideas and to share your own.