Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader


The daughters, at ages 15 and 17, are quite sure they don’t need micromanaging.  The husband travels frequently.  Pepper is an adorable menace.

In such circumstances, one turns to books.  I read quite a lot and share my findings here at the blog, often featuring guest writers to keep the conversation lively.

I’ve lived in Nashville, Tennessee, for over 20 years.  I graduated from Harvard University with a degree in American History and Lit ages ago and have an M.A. in American History and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I also write book reviews for and NFocus.

Please let me know what you think I should read next!

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  1. Congratulation on a great BLOG!! Vicki

  2. Jennifer-
    With so very many opinions out there on everything, and especially books, yours are so much more thoughtful, realistic and relative than many. This is a wonderful and insightful blog and I am always happy to see it in my inbox!
    Much success and blessings to you!

    • Barby, your words mean a lot to me. Thank you so much for your tremendously kind encouragement!! I really appreciate it.

  3. Jennifer, congratulations on this wonderful blog! I already have kept a list of great book possibilities that I may have missed, but thanks to you and your guest readers, I will be searching them out and enjoying them. I love your writing style too…thoughtful and conversational. Much success and happy reading to you!

  4. I’ve heard wonderful comments on your blog.

  5. Hey Jennifer-I love your blog!

  6. Thank you so much for adding some sizzle to the lit community in Nashville! We are lucky to have you!

  7. Thank you Jennifer for such a wonderful review of “Above the Chatter, Our Words Matter” You make my day,(no) my week, (no) my YEAR so far. Than you for your kind words .. Bruce Pulver

    • Bruce, I loved being able to share your terrific book with others! And now I’m enjoying your Facebook posts after liking “Above the Chatter”… Thank you so much for the encouragement every day. Xo

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