Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 27, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

True Crime: The Feather Thief

It’s fun to pull for the bad guys in a summer flick, especially when they’re not Too bad. I just rewatched Ocean’s Eleven – George Clooney! Matt Damon! Brad Pitt! Even without popcorn and a coke, this was a good way to spend a few hours getting in the mood for Ocean’s Eight. Nothing lately has made me happier than pulling for the young vagabond Han …

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May 20, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

”I Am A Warrior”

Thank God for the people who survive their harrowing childhoods and live to tell their warrior tales. Thank God for the novelists who imagine courage in the worst of circumstances. They inspire us – the truth tellers – for truth and bravery take many forms. Mary Raymond returns to Bacon today with a compelling account of two hot current reads featuring heroines who transcend dire …

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May 17, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Hope Remains

I don’t feel great in the fearsome months of May and December – do you? (Speaking as a person who’s wound pretty tight already.) I’m grateful that mental health gets a lot more attention than it used to. Matt Osborne returns to Bacon today with a feature on Mental Health Awareness Month and the provocative, heart-wrenching work of artist Derek Hess. (You can find Hess’s work …

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May 6, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Small Things, With Great Love: Guest Post by Farrell Mason

May can be such a bully. Even the peonies are demanding, flopping over with the weight of their own glory and requiring help (it’s hard to be your best self when gravity’s dragging you down). Farrell Mason returns to Bacon today with a post that helped remind me of the big picture. Small things matter; your team matters; you matter; and I’ll leave the rest to …

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April 29, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Book Talk In Any Language (Featuring Guest Post by Peter Taylor)

Friends – please keep whispering in my ear! I love the book lists, the book recs, the bookish news you send my way. Today I’m passing some of it along, before sharing a guest post by a lovely young writer, Peter Taylor. Finishing up a gap year in Bolivia, working on his Spanish, he’s been thinking about what gets lost in translation. Sincerest thanks to him …

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April 15, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

The Importance of Emojis (and Gratitude): Guest Post by Mary Raymond

My friend Mary Raymond and I were corresponding by email the other day. She wanted to insert a slightly freaked-out/chattering tooth emoji that had not yet been envisioned by Apple (because I was nervous about a speaking engagement and also it was very cold out… she understood!!). I was distressed because I couldn’t figure out how to use emojis on my new Ipad. She took …

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April 6, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Nashville Readers: Book Drive/Spring Cleaning Opportunity/Dragons & Tacos!

Nashville Friends: Some of you are perennially Spring-cleaned. I’m in awe of you. For the rest of us: it’s a great time to attack the closets… AND BOOKSHELVES! There are few things better than sending a book into the world, especially a book that will land in the hands of a child. (Take a deep breath. Release book from death on a shelf. See how …

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April 2, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Nashville Fashion Week: Marcia Masulla UNPLUGGED!

Marcia Masulla rocks her striped boots on a rainy day. She’s got mad style. And she’s making you smile! She walks into a room and owns it. She’s speaking her truth. Marcia is a founder and managing partner of Nashville Fashion Week, which kicks off tomorrow. She’ll be busy and using her superpowers all week, but she’s taken a moment to stop in at Bacon …

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