Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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 13, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Journeys from East to West: Guest Post by Grace Awh

Book Title: Daughters of the Samurai

Today – in a time of national conversation about immigrant journeys – Grace Awh shares a remarkable work of history, Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, by Janice Nimura, then reflects on her own family’s journey from East to West. From Grace: Not many Nashvillians know that the Consulate-General of Japan is located right on West End Avenue. It’s the Japanese …

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March 6, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Confidence Woman: Guest Post by Carrington Fox

The guys at construction school tease their classmate, Carrington Fox, about her cautious approach. “They’re already launching in with hammers, while I’m still double-checking Pythagorus,” she quips. Mary Raymond’s post on The Confidence Code got her thinking about that difference.  Today, she shares what she learned about confidence last week from the guys in her class (originally published at BuildMeUpButtercup, chronicling the adventures of a …

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January 27, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Reading List for 2017: Guest Post by Monica McDougall

I ran into Monica McDougall at a party recently. “How are you? How are the kids?” I asked, expecting an enthusiastic response. “Normal,” she replied, with her lovely wry smile, a smile that conveyed the vagaries, hassles, worries, and aggravations of family life. “And I’m grateful.” Monica tells it like it is, always – and her answer has stuck with me. Today, I’m grateful that she’s sharing part …

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January 24, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Coffee and Classics, Part 1: Guest Post by Nichole Huseby

Book Title: The Optimist's Daughter

You bring the coffee, I’ll bring the classic: today’s post is the first in an occasional series featuring vintage reads. Nichole Huseby begins the conversation with her lovely piece on The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1973. An interview with Nichole follows. From Nichole:  Eudora Welty might be a name overlooked in contemporary circles. Her work merits reintroduction, …

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January 11, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Princess Leia On Her Way, Episode III: Preach

Mixed feelings are so yesterday! Today, we preach. (Thank you, Niki Coffman, Lyn Fairchild Hawks, and Liza Graves.) From Niki Coffman: Two facts converged to influence my naming: I was born in 1984, and I was supposed to be a boy. Sonograms weren’t terribly detailed in the mid-80s, but the Jamaican OB told my mom my heart rate definitely meant I was a boy. Imagine her …

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January 10, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Princess Leia On Her Way, Episode II: Help Me

“I was something men and women could agree on. They didn’t like me in the same way, but they liked me with the same intensity, and were all fine with the other sex liking me, too. Isn’t that weird? Think about it. And then stop and ponder something actually important,” Carrie Fisher writes about Princess Leia in The Princess Diarist. You can just hear her laughing! …

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January 9, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Princess Leia On Her Way, Episode I: Despots With Helmets

Star Wars hit me hard as a kid. (Not alone, I know!) At age 9, I was still firmly rooted in fairy tales and schoolwork and a suburban Southern childhood. Independence took the form of riding my bike to the local Seven Eleven and a nearby park. I was a good girl who tried very hard to be good. Star Wars magnified the story of Good versus Evil – …

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