Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 5, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Guest Post by Laura Cooper

Today, Laura Cooper stops in at Bacon to dish on a troubled relationship – and her journey to happily ever after. From Laura: I’ve spent the year estranged from an old and dear friend. I’ve tried everything you’re supposed to do in such a case: time apart; time together in a fresh environment. I’ve tried mixing it up, seeking out surprise and even a little …

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October 22, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Mary Oliver Saved My Life

  I worry myself to death over things I didn’t say quite right – in a meeting, at a party, to a friend. This is a terrible idea, sort of like having that third Krispy Kreme. But sometimes you can’t help yourself. At the unfortunate hour of 4 am, worrying, I opened Mary Oliver’s latest collection of poetry, Devotions. In this large volume, she features …

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October 11, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books Special: Top Ten

Nashville’s 29th Annual Southern Festival of Books roars to life this weekend – Friday October 13th to Sunday the 15th – with authors and booklovers converging on War Memorial Plaza (and the Library) in high spirits! Brand new this year: Humanities Tennessee partners with Watkins College of Art to bring Handmade & Bound, celebrating the art of handcrafted zines, artist books, and all things printed …

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October 4, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Love the Wine You’re With

A Bacon Recommendation for good times, or bad: Step away from the computer. Set your phone on do not disturb. Open a book. And savor a glass of the wine you’re with! Today’s post features wine and book pairings prepared for the University School of Nashville’s “Fall Book Frenzy” – their annual Used Book Sale and Silent Auction taking place this Thursday through Saturday, October …

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September 27, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

This Is Why I Read: Top Picks, Fall 2017

The light changes in September – and so does our mood. Beach reads just don’t look as good as they did a few weeks ago. Today’s post features three novels, three memoirs, and one collection of short stories that shine gloriously in the Autumn sun. My top pick for a shiny read right now is Gabrielle Zevin’s new novel, Young Jane Young, the story of …

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September 22, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Gothic Reimagined: Twin Peaks – and Delicious Foods (Guest Post by Lawrence Blank-Cook)

Book Title: Delicious Foods

My husband and I have just finished watching the old “Twin Peaks” (from the 90s). I’m still trying to figure it out. There’s murder, a dwarf, a giant, a woman with superhuman strength (Nadine) – not to mention the woods, the owl, and the supernatural. Good versus evil. What does this sound like? SOUTHERN GOTHIC of course. Flannery O’Connor territory, upper Northwest style. Today, Lawrence …

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September 14, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Breaking News: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

Yesterday’s breaking news is still pretty fresh and it’s VERY savory: 7 novels have been voted off the island and 6 remain on the Man Booker Prize shortlist! Here they are, in order of most to least interesting to Bacon: History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund From the Man Booker website: Linda, age 14, lives on a dying commune on the edge of a lake …

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September 8, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Bad Women Make Good Books

Book Titles: The Misfortune of Marion Palm, Caroline: Little House, Revisited

Good women are all well and good in real life. I myself aspire to be a good woman in real life. But good women can be boring as hell in fiction, whereas bad women are fascinating. Case in point: the heroines of two new novels out this September, Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller, and The Misfortune of Marion Palm, by Emily Culliton. I …

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September 1, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

September Special: One Book, Two Readings, Three Shows

August departs in a dreadful deluge. But September arrives – I hope, I believe – with hope and hustle, even in times such as these. September strides in with energy and eagerness, industry and effort. Today’s post features one book, two readings, and three performances perfect for this month – plus tremendous gratitude for a home that is safe and dry and those who help …

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August 2, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

August Special: Top 5, On the Bookshelves and In the Universe

You don’t have to leave the solar system this August for some exceptional happenings and reads… today’s post features Bacon’s top five!   Top Pick:  Solar Eclipse, Monday, August 21st Buy your protective glasses if you haven’t already. And if you don’t live in Nashville – come enjoy it with us! Ride the wave of collective excitement as the biggest major city in the U.S. …

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