Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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September 4, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Back to School Special: Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

Today’s post is a back-to-school special. It’s for the lifelong learners among us. It’s for the lifelong fretters among us. It’s for the metalheads and the ladies with silver hair and the fake blondes (me) – for anyone who ever thinks about the passage of time. Guest writer Matt Osborne takes us on a genial and informative guided tour of Carlo Rovelli’s new book, The …

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August 4, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Things That Happen – at the Plaza

I appreciate my home, truly I do, but few things make me happier than staying in a hotel. You’ve maybe heard me rave about the Hampton Inn in Middletown, Delaware. I’m also excited to stay at a storied hotel in London to celebrate a milestone anniversary in a few weeks. Author Don Winston (Our Family Trouble, The Gristmill Playhouse, The Union Club, S’wanee) stops in …

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