You’d be hard-pressed to find four people more knowledgeable about Nashville than the team behind the new book Nashville Yesterday & Today: lead author Nicki Pendleton Wood and collaborators Dana Kopp Franklin, E. Thomas Wood (Nicki’s husband) and George Zepp. Between them, they have decades of experience at the Nashville Banner and The Tennessean, not to mention the Scene and its sister publications, where all but Zepp are currently employed. Nashville Yesterday & Today explores the history and evolution of our metropolis neighborhood by neighborhood, capturing the diversity and legacy of our communities, from Lower Broad to Bordeaux to Woodbine to Belle Meade. Though gorgeously photographed by J. Carlee Adams and David A. Dobbs and sprinkled with fascinating archival images from the city’s past, the book is no mere coffee table picture book: Histories of such landmarks Sulphur Dell, the Rock Block, Belmont University and Shelby Park are interspersed with snippets on significant events (the Battle of Nashville, the downtown sit-ins, the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897) and brief biographies of notable personalities (Lt. Gen. Frank M. Andrews, Cardinal Stritch and William Edmondson, to name a few). The book makes a great gift for any Music City resident — a terrific primer for newcomers, yet filled with enough lesser-known historical details to enlighten even lifelong Nashvillians.