Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

August 11, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

The Woman’s Hour: Interview with Elaine Weiss

The Nashville Public Library chose The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote as our citywide read this summer. I’m late to this party, but many friends and acquaintances have told me that it’s important, compelling, and DELICIOUS reading! Author Elaine Weiss will speak at the library on August 18th, which not so coincidentally is the 99th anniversary of the ratification of 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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June 30, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Love, Loss, and Margaret Renkl

I am overwhelmed – and awed – by the beauty of Margaret Renkl’s new book, Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss. There is nothing new under the sun, we are told by a reliable source. That being said, each person brings her own eyes and personal history to the world. Margaret’s vision is dark – radiant – peaceful – mournful – and …

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June 16, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

The Gift

  Sometimes you buy a book for your daughter and give it to her, beautifully wrapped, as a graduation present – and she is very polite about it. Then she sets it down on the coffee table. Permanently. You pick it up and realize that you actually bought the book for yourself in the first place.