Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

September 19, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Ann Patchett is In The House

Nashville friends, I bet you already know this, but just in case you don’t – Ann Patchett will talk about her new novel “The Dutch House” at Montgomery Bell Academy on Monday, September 23rd, at 6:15 pm. You’ll need to reserve a ticket if you’d like to go (click here). Books will be available for purchase, a day early; the official release date is September …

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September 1, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Bacon: Top Ten for Fall 2019

I love a list. I especially love a to-do list and the ecstatic feeling of crossing things off. Making a Top 10 list of recommended reading, on the other hand, gets harder each time I do it. What you should read right now is intensely personal… what are you dealing with in your life? What has your best friend just read? Which book has been …

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August 31, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Bit: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

I brought my warm fuzzy blanket to the movie theater a couple of days ago. My dear friend Caroline had asked me to join her for a matinee showing of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” and I happily accepted. Caroline bought popcorn and cokes for us, and we settled in. She was fine without a blanket on an August afternoon – and as a bonus, didn’t …

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August 25, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Maria Browning: On Life and Lit

“My favorite words about the meaning of life come from a commencement speech Tim Minchin gave a few years back – ‘Don’t go looking for it. Searching for meaning is like searching for a rhyme scheme in a cookbook: you won’t find it and you’ll bugger up your soufflé,’” said Maria Browning, new Editor of Chapter16.org, Tennessee’s online literary journal. One would hate to bugger …

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August 18, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Normal People – and Toni Morrison

Irish author Sally Rooney tells a provocative story about young lovers in her award-winning new novel, Normal People. Marianne is an odd duck in high school, but she and star athlete Connell develop an unusual friendship in spite of their differences. It’s a little weird that his mother is her mother’s housekeeper. It’s complicated that Connell is popular, and Marianne is not. How will their friendship play …

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