Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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July 23, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post by Monica McDougall: Friends, This One Hurts (on Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You)

Monica McDougall is just back from an Out West adventure:  two weeks, two families, two RV’s, too much fun!  (One painful, beautiful book – more on that later.) They saw the sights – Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful, the “World Famous Corn Palace” in Mitchell, South Dakota.  They encountered the wildlife at Yellowstone.  They rafted, rode horses, played cards. The traveling gang was especially grateful for friends along …

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July 31, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Bacon Bit: Monica McDougall on Sisterland

Book Title: Sisterland

Regular Bacon contributor Monica McDougall (far left) recently spent “the most magical week” dove hunting in Argentina.  Her husband and sons enjoyed the hunt, while she and daughter Ellie fell in love with the land and the people.  Their happiest moments included watching the match and cheering with the locals as Argentina won their thrilling World Cup game against the Netherlands. It was winter in Argentina, and on …

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May 8, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Monica McDougall on The Life You Live

Book Title: Me Before You

Nashville has everything these days!  Everything!  Except of course a beach.  Noticeably missing.  Monica McDougall and I just hate that.  Monica enjoyed an idyllic childhood in the small coastal town of Fairhope, Alabama, and misses the water terribly.  She spends time at the tennis courts instead.  She’s “a beautiful player and a great competitor, and I’ve never once seen her irritated or unpleasant,” says one …

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