Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

July 16, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Special: 4 Friends and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Today, four college roommates who’ve stayed close for over 30 years stop in to discuss a book they read together this summer, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, by Mona Awad. Carolyn Hall, Gay Shackelford, Libby Russler, and Lynn Greer weigh in on issues of friendship – and body image – in thoughtful and provocative ways. Read on…   From Carolyn Griffin Hall: …

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July 10, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Your Favorite Literary Character: Is it Jane?

Maria Browning walks in the woods, and you can tell; the stillness and depth of the forest breathe through her words. She’s a beautiful writer who teaches creative nonfiction classes at The Porch, Nashville’s Independent Center for Writing, and contributes regularly at Chapter 16, a website devoted to the literary culture of Tennessee. Today, she agreed to be the closer for Bacon’s Summer Series.   …

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July 6, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Who’s Your Favorite Literary Character? Still Anne (Summer Series, Part 2)

The new Netflix series Anne with an E brings to life a beloved series, Anne of Green Gables, and the director has taken risks. Today, Lyn Fairchild Hawks thinks about the ways those choices work – and don’t. From Lyn: Do you heart Anne because she was part of your growing up? Do you love her because she represents a bygone, simpler time and your nostalgia for it? …

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June 30, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Who’s Your Favorite Literary Character? (Summer Series, Part 1)

  Which literary characters have most enchanted you, taking up residence in your mind and heart? For me: Dorothy, Frodo, Laura and her family, Harry and Hermione (the two forever linked in my mind, I can take or leave Ron). Also the little girl in The Little Princess, and James Herriot, to the extent that an autobiography is a person’s creation of himself as a …

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June 28, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Summer, Memory, Stories: Guest Post by Adrienne McRae

Book Titles: One More Thing: Stories and More Stories, Me Talk Pretty One Day

Even when the days are gloriously long, your time for reading is sometimes – not. Short stories and memoirs are perfect summer fare for Adrienne McRae, who features One More Thing (Stories and other Stories) by B.J. Novak and Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris at Bacon today.   From Adrienne:  I recently went to a seminar on working memory. Working memory (or …

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June 25, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Special: On the Boardwalk

Even for a fiction addict like me, sometimes a simple, true story is the best thing of all. Korby Lenker shares the real-life inspiration for his latest song, “Nothing Really Matters” (written with Stoll Vaughan) at Bacon today. From Korby: The inspiration came while I was on the road – I had the night off in Tampa, Florida and was hanging out on the boardwalk. It was like …

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June 20, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Sewanee Review: Summer Interview with Adam Ross

I love to dip in and out of The New Yorker, Garden & Gun, other glossies. I do interplanetary research on another species – men – by reading my husband’s Esquire. I hadn’t picked up a literary magazine in years until a Nashville friend – Adam Ross – took over as editor of The Sewanee Review in 2016. Now I’ve added it to the stack, with pleasure! It’s a …

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June 14, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Father’s Day Special: A River Runs Through It

“Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars,” wrote Victor Hugo. Today’s post features a bright constellation of books recommended by Mike Duncan, Randy Kinnard, Brent Moody, Gary Shockley and me for Father’s Day – and beyond.  Bacon Picks: A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean I have rarely been so …

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June 8, 2017
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Beach Read, Reach Read: Summon Your Courage, Guest Post by Sean Kinch

Sean Kinch, the Pekka Rinne of reading, is back at Bacon today with a fantastic round-up of summer reads and some powerful encouragement to go big this summer. From Sean: For me, summer is the time to clear the nightstand – and by “nightstand” I mean wherever you collect books you intend to read in the near (if undefined) future. In my house, books tend to accumulate …

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June 4, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Beach Read, Reach Read: Part 1 (Figuring Things Out)

If you live in Nashville, it’s all about the ice. What beach?! You might need a distraction from the chilly, stressful excitement of the Stanley Cup. Today’s post is the appetizer in a two-part series featuring beach reads that are undeniably – if unexpectedly – just right for the season. Wednesday, be ready for Sean Kinch’s brilliant main course. From the Discerning Reader column in …

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