Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

July 28, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Janesville: An American Story

Today, Sara Bhatia returns to Bacon with an in-depth report on Janesville: An American Story. Trying to understand what’s going on in our country right now? This book helps. From Sara:   Janesville is a proud union town, with a long history of Democratic politics.  On political maps, it’s a blue dot surrounded by a sea of red. A rust belt city whose jobs have dried …

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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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May 11, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Coffee and Classics: On Jane Austen (Guest Post by Amy Colton)

Book Title: Pride and Prejudice

Amy Colton’s joyful obsession with all-things-Jane might just make your day, as it did mine. Read her guest post and smile! From Amy:  I love Jane Austen. I mean I really love Jane Austen.   In my mid-thirties, I was living a fulfilling life in a new city, raising four young children with my sweet husband and working on endless volunteer committees. And then I met …

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March 28, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Daughters Asking Questions: Guest Post by Keith Meacham (Women’s History Month Special)

Keith Meacham’s 8-year-old daughter recently asked her a very good question about Women’s History Month (March, you know). In today’s post, Keith shares her answer – and what it means that her daughter asked. She finishes with some children’s book recommendations you’ll want to know about.  From Keith:  Maybe it’s because I have two young daughters at home who are just becoming aware of what it means …

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March 23, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Spring Break Special: It’s Epic!

Book Title: Norse Mythology

Spring Break is all fun and games until one of the kids – your friend’s kid! the kid she trusted you with! – steps on a shard of glass poolside which lodges at a strange angle in her foot and you find yourself at Urgent Care. At that point you’re feeling EPIC ANXIETY followed by EPIC RELIEF after the doctor successfully removes the shard and …

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March 15, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

9 High Flavor YA Reads for Your Teen (And You): Guest Post by Lyn Fairchild Hawks

  Today, educator and YA author Lyn Fairchild Hawks recommends 9 thoughtful and provocative current YA reads. Why would your teen even think about picking one up otherwise? (For that matter, why would you?) Spring Break is right around the corner, and these books promise to stir up conversation, maybe even a little controversy. I hate to throw shade on a perfectly legitimate and even delicious flavor …

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March 13, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Journeys from East to West: Guest Post by Grace Awh

Book Title: Daughters of the Samurai

Today – in a time of national conversation about immigrant journeys – Grace Awh shares a remarkable work of history, Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, by Janice Nimura, then reflects on her own family’s journey from East to West. From Grace: Not many Nashvillians know that the Consulate-General of Japan is located right on West End Avenue. It’s the Japanese …

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March 6, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Confidence Woman: Guest Post by Carrington Fox

The guys at construction school tease their classmate, Carrington Fox, about her cautious approach. “They’re already launching in with hammers, while I’m still double-checking Pythagorus,” she quips. Mary Raymond’s post on The Confidence Code got her thinking about that difference.  Today, she shares what she learned about confidence last week from the guys in her class (originally published at BuildMeUpButtercup, chronicling the adventures of a …

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January 27, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Reading List for 2017: Guest Post by Monica McDougall

I ran into Monica McDougall at a party recently. “How are you? How are the kids?” I asked, expecting an enthusiastic response. “Normal,” she replied, with her lovely wry smile, a smile that conveyed the vagaries, hassles, worries, and aggravations of family life. “And I’m grateful.” Monica tells it like it is, always – and her answer has stuck with me. Today, I’m grateful that she’s sharing part …

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