Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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 13, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Hot Chicken – and Forbidden Fruit

Nashville’s supposed to be reading The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of The Modern South for its annual community-wide “Nashville Read.” I started it and put it down. Started it again – and put it down. After the third time, I gave up. How can a history of food and cooking in the South read so much like a school textbook? One could fairly describe …

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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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March 25, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

The Good Professor Returns!

I’m thrilled for The Good Professor – Vanderbilt’s Roger Moore – to return to Bacon today! The Good Professor is super-smart but not self-serious. He has an openness of spirit and delight in the world that is entirely appealing. Today, Roger shares his thoughts on a recent great read, A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. …

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March 11, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Six Colorful Reads for Spring: Bacon Top Picks

Spring arrives – not a moment too soon – in pinks and purples and yellows and whites. We’ve been waiting! It’s time for a new book, too. Today’s post features four novels, a short story collection, and a memoir, all of them as fresh and engaging as the season. Spring Break bonus: two of the books are perfect to read with your middle schooler or …

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March 4, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

What Is True?

How true – really – are the stories you tell about yourself and your childhood? If you were writing them down, would your stories be more or less “true”? Sara Bhatia returns to Bacon today for a reckoning with Laura Ingalls Wilder, her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, and the Little House books. From Sara: When my son was 7 or 8, I introduced him to …

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February 24, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

A Sense of Shared Humanity: Guest Post by Maria Browning

You feel a sense of shared humanity at a funeral – always. Shared grief is one of the few consolations in a time of deep sorrow and shock. Sometimes, also, in the woods, you might have the feeling of shared humanity – when you’ve seen something strange or beautiful, and someone else has, too. If you live in Nashville, you’ve heard about the rare piebald …

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January 30, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Horror – and Hope (Stories of the Holocaust)

The monster doesn’t usually live under the bed – but he might live in your neighborhood. And one day, a lifetime later, you might tell everyone what you saw. Edgar Feuchtwanger does just that in Hitler, My Neighbor. And Germany’s hit TV show “Babylon Berlin” – newly available in the U.S. – tries to explain how everyday people got caught up in the madness. Other …

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January 28, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post by Rabbi Laurie Rice: Braving the Wilderness

Book Title: Braving the Wilderness

The United Kingdom recently appointed a “Minister for Loneliness.” Doesn’t that wrench the heart? The hope – and sorrow – in that phrase. More than nine million people in a country of sixty million said they “often or always” felt lonely. Two hundred thousand elderly people had not spoken with a friend or family member in over a month. Today, Rabbi Laurie Rice shares her …

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January 21, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

All I Have To Do Is Dream

The Everly Brothers were not the first to croon about the power of dreams, but they did pretty much corner the market for a while. There’s a new kid in town – Matthew Walker – and Matt Osborne returns to Bacon today for a terrific discussion of his new book, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. From Matt: I love to …

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