Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 16, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Spring is the Period Express from God

Spring is the period express from God, according to Emily Dickinson. The Bard – his mind on earthly things – reminds us that sweet lovers love the spring. Today’s post brings you a serving of Dickinson and Shakespeare and warmest wishes for a Beautiful Easter and Passover. Note: The film “A Quiet Passion,” based on the life of Emily Dickinson, opened this week to rave reviews. From …

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April 1, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning Special in April: Prelude by e.e. cummings

Prelude by e.e. cummings into the strenuous briefness Life: handorgans and April darkness,friends i charge laughing. Into the hair-thin tints of yellow dawn, into the women-coloured twilight i smilingly glide.      I into the big vermilion departure swim,sayingly; (Do you think?)the i do,world is probably made of roses & hello: (of solongs and,ashes)   *     *     * Oh dear. Yeah, …

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March 29, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Party Don’t Stop

Book Title: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

The party don’t start till Hannah Tinti (The Good Thief) walks in. 6:30, Parnassus, Nashville, tonight. She’ll be reading from her latest, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, which Ann Patchett describes as “one part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade, and twelve parts wild innovation.”  From Tinti’s website: After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter Loo to Olympus, Massachusetts. …

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March 28, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Daughters Asking Questions: Guest Post by Keith Meacham (Women’s History Month Special)

Keith Meacham’s 8-year-old daughter recently asked her a very good question about Women’s History Month (March, you know). In today’s post, Keith shares her answer – and what it means that her daughter asked. She finishes with some children’s book recommendations you’ll want to know about.  From Keith:  Maybe it’s because I have two young daughters at home who are just becoming aware of what it means …

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March 23, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Spring Break Special: It’s Epic!

Book Title: Norse Mythology

Spring Break is all fun and games until one of the kids – your friend’s kid! the kid she trusted you with! – steps on a shard of glass poolside which lodges at a strange angle in her foot and you find yourself at Urgent Care. At that point you’re feeling EPIC ANXIETY followed by EPIC RELIEF after the doctor successfully removes the shard and …

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March 15, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

9 High Flavor YA Reads for Your Teen (And You): Guest Post by Lyn Fairchild Hawks

  Today, educator and YA author Lyn Fairchild Hawks recommends 9 thoughtful and provocative current YA reads. Why would your teen even think about picking one up otherwise? (For that matter, why would you?) Spring Break is right around the corner, and these books promise to stir up conversation, maybe even a little controversy. I hate to throw shade on a perfectly legitimate and even delicious flavor …

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March 9, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Six Spring Reads: Goin Outta My Mind

Book Titles: Exit West, All Grown Up, Swing Time, Her Every Fear, Lincoln in the Bardo, Transit

Mindfulness has a stellar reputation these days, well deserved – but sometimes you don’t want to be where you are (more mindfully). Today’s post – at Styleblueprint – features six compelling, delightful, harrowing, entertaining, funny, and/or challenging current reads that promise to take you out of your own head. Below are a few Bacon bits to get your mouth watering…  We’re on a Road to Nowhere …

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February 27, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Celebrity Pals at The Porch

I interrupt your conversation about the Oscars to bring today’s news of a wonderful Nashville fundraiser featuring celebrity pals… but first, about the Oscars. Is anyone else feeling a profound sense of relief – I’ve made lots of mistakes, big mistakes, but thank God I didn’t make that mistake – ?  No mistake about it, Susannah Felts and Katie McDougall brighten Nashville’s literary scene through …

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February 20, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Presidents’ Day Special: Lincoln in the Bardo

Book Title: Lincoln in the Bardo

The title has such such a delicious feel in the mouth – “Lincoln in the Bardo” – it doesn’t even matter that you don’t know what a bardo is. Here’s part of what the New York Times has to say about the eagerly anticipated first novel by acclaimed short story writer George Saunders (including a definition of that mysterious term): “Lincoln in the Bardo” takes, as its …

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February 14, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Love in Time of War

The year is 1954. A young man stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama, writes a letter to his sweetheart back home in Tennessee. He will soon be deployed to Korea, the 38th Parallel. Join me today for a true story with a beautiful ending… “happily ever after.” March 10, 1954 Camp Rucker, Alabama Hi, Lovely, I’m pretty exhausted tonight from doing so much nothing today. Honest, we do about …

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