Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 16, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

My Favorite Read of 2018: Guest Post by Agenia Clark

Agenia Clark, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, co-founder of Avenue Bank, former member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, is consistently recognized as one of Nashville’s “100 Most Powerful People” by the Nashville Business Journal. Her friends recognize her as one of Nashville’s most encouraging. “Agenia is a person who champions others,” says superstar lawyer and friend Marlee Mitchell. “She listens well …

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October 2, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Help Wanted: Southern Festival of Books

Dear Bacon Friends – I don’t want to do this alone. I’d be so grateful for your help! I imagine you joining me – we’re up there together on stage interviewing Celeste Ng (Little Fires Everywhere) and Tayari Jones (An American Marriage) at the Southern Festival of Books. We’re hoping to start a good conversation. What serious OR not-so-serious questions shall we ask? The sky’s …

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August 13, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Penelope Lemon: Game On!

Penelope Lemon may not be our next Jane Eyre, swooning over the mysterious Mr. Rochester. She may not be our next Catherine, wildly seeking Heathcliff on the moors. But she’s looking for love on a Christian dating website. When she’s not working at a western-style roadhouse restaurant. She’s got dreams, too, our Penelope! Along with two divorces and a son called “Fart Boy” by other …

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August 5, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

A Quick History of Modern China (And Top Three Book Recommendations)

China may be the country we most need to understand in today’s world. (Apart from our own, of course.) With 1.3 billion people, the world’s second largest economy, and its most powerful leader since Mao in Xi Jinping, China sings both ancient and modern songs. Today’s post features two memoirs and one collection of short stories I read traveling to and from Beijing (and during …

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July 25, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Booker’s Dozen: Enquiring Minds Want to Know

Nothing says “England” like the Booker Prize. There’s a delightful pomp and propriety here: “First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize is recognised as the leading prize for literary fiction written in English,” the Booker organisation modestly states, in a delightful accent and with that fabulous spelling. Cultural power is a fascinating thing in England – and elsewhere. What are the subjects and who …

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June 14, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading 2018: What is Love?

I’ve just finished up a year of “Leadership Nashville,” which involved 14-hour days and field trips and a lot of time on the bus with strangers who – thankfully, wonderfully, quickly and sometimes slowly – became friends. In our group of 44: a sparkling news anchor, a beautiful rabbi. An editor of our newspaper and a museum curator. The heads of Metro Nashville Sports Authority, …

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