Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 29, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Hold My Hand, and I’ll Hold Yours…

Book Titles: Sula

With only a few days left in December, January’s hopes wait in tender places inside us.  I’ve been reflecting on some books that touched me this year. The top three that come to mind are Say, Say, Say by Lila Savage, Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl, and How to Catch a Mole by Marc Abrams. I was also deeply moved and troubled by Toni Morrison’s Sula. I’d …

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December 22, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

A Top Pick of 2019: Guest Post by Todd Jones

  Todd Jones, former senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, offers a meditation today on one of the best novels he’s read this year – The Dearly Beloved, by Cara Wall. Was it the best book he read this year? “Honestly, I read too many good novels on our transatlantic cruise to say any particular one was THE favorite. I’ve been like a kid …

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December 15, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Top Five Reads of 2019: Guest Post by Sean Kinch

I always pay attention to what Sean Kinch – an extraordinary English teacher, by all reports – is reading. He agreed to share his Top Five Reads of 2019.  “I really enjoyed putting this together, finding ways to tout novels I loved,” he told me. “I kept my top five to 2019 releases but couldn’t resist the chance to advocate for a Billy Lee Brammer …

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November 28, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Thanksgiving Special: The Testaments

I hope you find yourself in the company of people you like today, even if they sometimes make you crazy; I hope you find yourself at a bountiful table! I hope you enjoy a delicious Pinot Noir with your turkey – or sweet tea, if that’s your pleasure. I hope the marshmallows on your sweet potato casserole are perfectly puffed and browned. I hope the …

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November 14, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

History Informs the Future: Six Not To Miss in Nashville

Nashville hosts a week of remarkable authors beginning tonight. I thought you might like a gentle reminder, Bacon friends! Thursday night, 11/14, 6:30 pm: Portrait artist Michael Shane Neal at Parnassus (“Portrait Painting: My Point of View”).     Friday night, 11/15, 6:30 pm: Novelist and poet Erica Wright at Parnassus (“Famous in Cedarville”).       Saturday morning, 11/16, 11:00 a.m., Historians Walter Isaacson …

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October 27, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

A Streetcar Named Desire – Retold

Blanche DuBois is falling apart. Shaken – shattered – she’s left her home and moved to New Orleans to live with her sister Stella. There, Blanche falls under the sway of her sister’s husband, played with such heat by Marlon Brando in the 1951 movie. Things don’t end well.  Nashville Ballet brings a new version of the Tennessee Williams story to life November 1st to …

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October 19, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Saturday Special: So You Want to Be a Writer?

Ami McConnell – founder of WriterFest Nashville and former Editor-in-Chief and Vice President at Simon & Schuster – stops in this morning for a conversation about books, roots, and wings; heaven on earth; new directions; imposter syndrome; and Kind Is The New Classy (co-authored with Candace Cameron Burke). She offers advice to aspiring writers that seems to me the best I’ve ever heard.