In Japan, Jack Daniel’s has been a top-selling imported whiskey for years. But, like most of the world, not many know the origin story of Daniel’s spirits business. And, at least until entrepreneur Fawn Weaver’s recent efforts, even fewer knew that Daniel learned how to make whiskey from a Black slave named Nathan “Nearest” Green.

“Love and Whiskey” is not a work of history but rather an engrossing, smoothly paced narrative of how one woman, Weaver, immerses herself in Lynchburg, Tennessee, and discovers the truth behind one of the most popular whiskey brands in the world.

Love and Whiskey: The Remarkable True Story of Jack Daniel, His Master Distiller Nearest Green, and the Improbable Rise of Uncle Nearest, by Fawn Weaver. 376 pages, Melcher Media, Non-Fiction.