Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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November 17, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Pioneer Girl

Book Titles: Pioneer Girl, Pioneer Girl: An Annotated Autobiography

Everything I know about pioneers I learned from Little House on the Prairie.  Or at least everything I remember.  The Little House series and the show mix and mingle in my mind, leaving a deep impression of pioneer struggles (the grasshoppers!), pioneer heartiness (Pa with the ax), pioneer weather (freezing cold or scorching hot), pioneer style (bonnets and britches) and pioneer evil (Nellie). I thought I …

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July 14, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Kate Satz on H is for Hawk

We’ve heard quite a lot about a certain mockingbird lately.  Today, Kate Satz reports on a hawk that’s also been flying high.  H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald, has received all kinds of critical acclaim since its publication in the UK in July 2014 and in the U.S. in March this year.  It has “proved to be a bit of a puzzle for critics,” part memoir, …

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April 17, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Breaking News: Winners of Nashville Reads Essay Contest Announced (Including Friend of Bacon Kate Satz!)

Kate Satz brings it home in a local, high profile literary contest!  She is one of two runners-up in the second annual Nashville Reads Essay Contest, and she and the other winners will be reading from their essays this Sunday, April 19, at 2 pm at Parnassus.  I hope you’ll join us! The Porch Writers’ Collective sponsored the contest in collaboration with the Nashville Public …

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August 14, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post by Kate Satz: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Book Title: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Kate Satz drove a pick-up truck to Woodmont Christian Preschool when our children were young and in mother’s day out together.  The rest of us safely trundled around in our SUV’s and minivans while Kate rocked the parking lot in that kickass truck.  I was intrigued.  I first met her in the nursery hallways, she and her husband having recently relocated from San Francisco following several years …

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