Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 30, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Notes from New York City

Book Title: The Peacock Feast

Author Lisa Gornick had planned to visit Nashville bookstore Parnassus on March 19th, and I was excited to interview her there. Her new novel The Peacock Feast – sumptuous historical fiction set in early 20th-century New York  – had recently been released in paperback, and she was on tour. Honestly, I feared there might be a thin or nonexistent crowd at Parnassus since much of …

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March 29, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Sunday Morning with Farrell

  I am always learning the same thing: there is no other way to live than this, still, and grateful, and full of longing. Eric Gamalinda, 1956 Farrell Mason brings her beautiful gifts to Bacon today with a meditation on fear, upheaval and faith in the Time of Corona. She and her husband have six kids at home… if she can stay sane, we all …

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March 28, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Saturday Night Special with The Pattons

Book Titles: The Body, Daisy Jones & The Six

My friend Kristen Weaver spotted this driver and his cargo on Belle Meade Boulevard in Nashville yesterday. Camo + Angel Soft is a good look in the Time of Corona. Thanks for sending the photo, Kristen! For another good chuckle, please enjoy this Saturday night special with Robin and Richard Patton. Cheers, friends!!

March 27, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Friday Night Special with the Mays

How are you spending your Friday night in the Time of Corona? My husband and daughter and I will watch a “Parks & Rec,” then she will run away to her room and my husband and I will watch the season opener of “Ozark.” The dog will join us for both shows. Things are a little – quiet. And I am grateful for that! But …

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March 27, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: A Bargain for Frances, and Mary Raymond too

My friend Mary is experiencing some challenges working from home: “I am ok! Working from home should be nice, but I feel weirdly like I never stop working and yet don’t get anything done. I don’t know how it’s possible, but it’s like Coronavirus mania has broken my brain. I keep worrying about what I’ve forgotten. Also I live in a construction zone, and sometimes …

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March 26, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: I Lift My Eyes

  Today’s post is brought to you by poet Margaret Widdemer (1884-1978), my friend Mary Jo Shankle, my friend Patricia Eastwood, and the local trees. Have you ever heard of Margaret Widdemer? Me either. She shared what is now the Pulitzer with Carl Sandburg in 1918; he was recognized for “Cornhuskers” and she for “The Old Road to Paradise.” I’m going to try to get …

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March 25, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: ZOOM! With Tom and Dana Sherrard

Book Titles: The 13th Valley, The Coldest Winter

I spent much of yesterday on the phone – well, on Zoom calls – using my iPad. Zoom is the coolest thing I’ve seen in the Time of Corona, and it’s something you might enjoy using too! I’m in deep with two arts organizations, and several Zoom calls were scheduled for the day. I wasn’t sure I could figure out the technology.   I’m happy to …

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March 24, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Notes from Washington, D.C.

Yesterday morning my husband came out of our bedroom for the first time in 12 days. I was a little worried about how things would work, post-quarantine. We had gotten into a pretty good Corona routine: he stayed in bed with a fever and tried not to die while I brought him meals on trays with flowers and worried and prayed. I had the rest …

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