Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 19, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends

In a season of Thanksgiving, Patricia Eastwood stops in at Bacon to introduce us to a remarkable book about friendship. From Patricia: I know that tradition dictates New Year’s as the perfect time to declare a resolution or create a goal, but I have always found myself taking on the challenge of “new plan/new efforts” right around the start of the academic school year. I …

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November 12, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

“The Mysterious Discipline”: Guest Post by Mary Raymond

Mary Raymond’s cat Mavis has never found relaxing to be particularly complicated. I wish I could say the same! My mind does cartwheels at night and sometimes even sets off fireworks. Mary set out to convince me that meditation can help. See the end of today’s post for the Bacon Meditation Challenge! From Mary: My first foray into meditation was, at best, underwhelming. I had …

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November 4, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Aging: A Photo Essay

Today’s post features the trees in my yard. Sincerest thanks to the maples, oaks, dogwoods, and oak leaf hydrangeas who lent their time and talents! You’ve noticed, I’m sure, that age is kind to some and cruel to others. Mostly cruel. You’ve heard the whispers – He’s not doing well, she’s losing it, he’s hanging in there (meaning: he’s about to give up), she’s not …

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October 27, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Happy Holidays! Bacon Feature on Indie Bookstores

Christmas lurks on the back shelves at Walgreens – have you noticed? Halloween flashes its toothy smile up front, but Christmas will have the last laugh. I take the drugstore merch arrival as a challenge to get all my Christmas shopping done, and early! That makes more time for cookies, carols, adult beverages (oh, and family!) in December. My favorite place to shop is the bookstore, …

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October 11, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books Special: Top Ten

Nashville’s 29th Annual Southern Festival of Books roars to life this weekend – Friday October 13th to Sunday the 15th – with authors and booklovers converging on War Memorial Plaza (and the Library) in high spirits! Brand new this year: Humanities Tennessee partners with Watkins College of Art to bring Handmade & Bound, celebrating the art of handcrafted zines, artist books, and all things printed …

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October 4, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Love the Wine You’re With

A Bacon Recommendation for good times, or bad: Step away from the computer. Set your phone on do not disturb. Open a book. And savor a glass of the wine you’re with! Today’s post features wine and book pairings prepared for the University School of Nashville’s “Fall Book Frenzy” – their annual Used Book Sale and Silent Auction taking place this Thursday through Saturday, October …

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September 27, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

This Is Why I Read: Top Picks, Fall 2017

The light changes in September – and so does our mood. Beach reads just don’t look as good as they did a few weeks ago. Today’s post features three novels, three memoirs, and one collection of short stories that shine gloriously in the Autumn sun. My top pick for a shiny read right now is Gabrielle Zevin’s new novel, Young Jane Young, the story of …

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September 1, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

September Special: One Book, Two Readings, Three Shows

August departs in a dreadful deluge. But September arrives – I hope, I believe – with hope and hustle, even in times such as these. September strides in with energy and eagerness, industry and effort. Today’s post features one book, two readings, and three performances perfect for this month – plus tremendous gratitude for a home that is safe and dry and those who help …

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August 2, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

August Special: Top 5, On the Bookshelves and In the Universe

You don’t have to leave the solar system this August for some exceptional happenings and reads… today’s post features Bacon’s top five!   Top Pick:  Solar Eclipse, Monday, August 21st Buy your protective glasses if you haven’t already. And if you don’t live in Nashville – come enjoy it with us! Ride the wave of collective excitement as the biggest major city in the U.S. …

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July 28, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Janesville: An American Story

Today, Sara Bhatia returns to Bacon with an in-depth report on Janesville: An American Story. Trying to understand what’s going on in our country right now? This book helps. From Sara:   Janesville is a proud union town, with a long history of Democratic politics.  On political maps, it’s a blue dot surrounded by a sea of red. A rust belt city whose jobs have dried …

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