Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 3, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: The Balancing Act

Book Titles: Edison, The Summing Up

For a lot of us, there’s a balancing act going on right now – feelings of gratitude, on the one hand, and loss on the other. There’s a loneliness for casual interactions with the people you like at the grocery store and elsewhere (hello, Regina, Willie Mae, and K.O. at Green Hills Kroger, I miss you!). There’s a loneliness for dinner and outings with friends …

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April 1, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Staying Fit

Book Titles: Small Admissions, Bringing Home the Birkin

At some point, I’ll start doing sit-ups and pushups in the Time of Corona, maybe a few squats and wall sits too. But when? I seem to have taken a free pass on exercise. That puts me in mind of my dear and disciplined friends, Nancy and John Cheadle, who don’t make exercise excuses. I shall try to channel some of their good energy and …

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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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