Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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July 23, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Interview with Corabel Shofner (“Bravery is Contagious”)

Book Title: Almost Paradise

Hi Corabel! Your book for middle grade readers – Almost Paradise –reminded me that a great book is a great book, no matter what age its primary audience. I’m thinking of Corduroy and The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Winnie the Pooh and Charlotte’s Web. I believe you have written something beautiful and timeless and also, very much, of its time; of …

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July 16, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Special: 4 Friends and 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Today, four college roommates who’ve stayed close for over 30 years stop in to discuss a book they read together this summer, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, by Mona Awad. Carolyn Hall, Gay Shackelford, Libby Russler, and Lynn Greer weigh in on issues of friendship – and body image – in thoughtful and provocative ways. Read on…   From Carolyn Griffin Hall: …

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July 10, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Your Favorite Literary Character: Is it Jane?

Maria Browning walks in the woods, and you can tell; the stillness and depth of the forest breathe through her words. She’s a beautiful writer who teaches creative nonfiction classes at The Porch, Nashville’s Independent Center for Writing, and contributes regularly at Chapter 16, a website devoted to the literary culture of Tennessee. Today, she agreed to be the closer for Bacon’s Summer Series.   …

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July 6, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Who’s Your Favorite Literary Character? Still Anne (Summer Series, Part 2)

The new Netflix series Anne with an E brings to life a beloved series, Anne of Green Gables, and the director has taken risks. Today, Lyn Fairchild Hawks thinks about the ways those choices work – and don’t. From Lyn: Do you heart Anne because she was part of your growing up? Do you love her because she represents a bygone, simpler time and your nostalgia for it? …

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June 30, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Who’s Your Favorite Literary Character? (Summer Series, Part 1)

  Which literary characters have most enchanted you, taking up residence in your mind and heart? For me: Dorothy, Frodo, Laura and her family, Harry and Hermione (the two forever linked in my mind, I can take or leave Ron). Also the little girl in The Little Princess, and James Herriot, to the extent that an autobiography is a person’s creation of himself as a …

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June 28, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Summer, Memory, Stories: Guest Post by Adrienne McRae

Book Titles: One More Thing: Stories and More Stories, Me Talk Pretty One Day

Even when the days are gloriously long, your time for reading is sometimes – not. Short stories and memoirs are perfect summer fare for Adrienne McRae, who features One More Thing (Stories and other Stories) by B.J. Novak and Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris at Bacon today.   From Adrienne:  I recently went to a seminar on working memory. Working memory (or …

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