Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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September 1, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Bacon: Top Ten for Fall 2019

I love a list. I especially love a to-do list and the ecstatic feeling of crossing things off. Making a Top 10 list of recommended reading, on the other hand, gets harder each time I do it. What you should read right now is intensely personal… what are you dealing with in your life? What has your best friend just read? Which book has been …

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August 25, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Maria Browning: On Life and Lit

“My favorite words about the meaning of life come from a commencement speech Tim Minchin gave a few years back – ‘Don’t go looking for it. Searching for meaning is like searching for a rhyme scheme in a cookbook: you won’t find it and you’ll bugger up your soufflé,’” said Maria Browning, new Editor of Chapter16.org, Tennessee’s online literary journal. One would hate to bugger …

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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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