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Bacon Goes to China


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Dear Readers, Farewell for the next few weeks!  I’ll be traveling in China with my parents, hoping to avoid death by airplane or viral illness (two of many concerns of The Fearful Traveler).  If I return, Bacon will resume in early October heading into Nashville’s wonderful Southern Festival of Books!  

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In the meanwhile, you won’t want to miss the release of Ann Patchett’s new novel Commonwealth on Tuesday, September 13th!  It’s crazy good – my favorite since Bel Canto.  Here’s a link to my review at Chapter 16.  You can pre-order a copy at Parnassus and Ann will sign and personalize it, which is quite exceptional.  The deadline to pre-order is Monday, September 12th, at 12 noon Central Standard Time.  Click here for more info.


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Just today, my friend Bryant Tirrill told me I must get started on Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.  Kate Satz and I are thinking about picking up Adam Haslett’s Imagine Me Gone because of his amazing answers to the authors’ questionnaire for the Southern Festival of Books/Authors in the Round dinner.  Neil Krugman was telling me about the most recent P.G. Wodehouse, and Roger Moore (The Good Professor) has been mixing up his more scholarly reading with Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs series.  I’ll miss the frequent recommendations from friends while away!  Are you reading anything terrific?  Please let me know by email or in the comments below!  I’ve got a few things lined up for the plane – but I’m always game for a few more.  xo, ~Jennifer















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  1. Safe travels, Jen! Hello to your wonderful parents. And let me just say, I can’t even imagine what your stats are on Goodreads (if you keep your reading stats there). I set a reading goal to break 27 books this year and am woefully behind. You, I imagine it’s got to be over 40. Not that we’re in this for the numbers. But I so wish sometimes to have a vacation of two straight months so I could read a book every couple days, and so many of the ones listed here. Patchett is a force. Love her!

    • Thank you so much for your warm wishes, Lyn, and I will for sure give my parents your warm greetings as well! I’m not sure why I’ve never gotten hooked on Goodreads. And though you may be behind in your reading goals, don’t forget your incredible fortitude and success in your WRITING ones!! (Though I hope that 2 month stretch of reading is in your future as well…) xo

  2. Safe travels!! xoxo

  3. Safe journey! Stop by and visit us in Bhutan. We’re in the neighborhood!

  4. Safe travels! I’ll be looking for bacon in my inbox come October!

  5. We’ll miss you at book club – but can’t wait to hear stories upon your return!!

  6. wow, safe travels, enjoy! Can’t believe it’s almost Southern Festival of Books time again!

    As far as books, I just started a new one recommended by a friend and like it, very philosophical, maybe not everyone’s cup of tea. But I like the World War II connection. Called The Spinoza Problem.

    Hope you have a great trip and I’m sure you’ll have plenty to tell afterwards.

    • I am always glad to know what you’re reading, Sine, and I will look forward to seeing you at the Festival! It’s 4:45 am ad I’m at the airport thankfully feeling a little less anxious.. I’m not an intrepid traveler like you!! Xo

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