Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

October 12, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books: Top Picks

Three days, eight food trucks, 288 authors, performance stages, downtown vibe, perfect fall weather:  BAM!  It’s the Southern Festival of Books.  Check out the schedule to see the host of terrific authors coming to Nashville October 14-16.  Today’s post features my quick guide to some of the Festival’s best offerings. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14th The Future of Nashville Media Bruce Dobie, Ken Paulson, Kelly Gilfillan Friday, October 14, …

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September 7, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Goes to China

Book Title: Commonwealth

Dear Readers, Farewell for the next few weeks!  I’ll be traveling in China with my parents, hoping to avoid death by airplane or viral illness (two of many concerns of The Fearful Traveler).  If I return, Bacon will resume in early October heading into Nashville’s wonderful Southern Festival of Books!   *     *     * In the meanwhile, you won’t want to miss the release of …

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January 16, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

First GREAT novel of 2016: My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout

Book Title: My Name is Lucy Barton

  My Name is Lucy Barton is the book your friends will be reading this winter, this spring, and beyond.  I try not to be a bully about recommendations, but you should join them!  I was recently reminded of Muhammed Ali’s approach to the ring: “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” and this seems to me Elizabeth Strout’s genius in My Name is Lucy …

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November 28, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Greatest Hits of 2014

Book Titles: In the Kingdom of Ice, The Untold Story of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, Strong Inside: The Collision of Race and Sports in the South, Orange is the New Black, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Us, Euphoria, The Goldfinch, Long Man

I hope Black Friday finds you cozy at home!  I’m impressed with your bravery if you’re headed to the mall, particularly Mean Hills.  The ladies mean business, especially about that parking space.  My advice to you:  concede the space and save yourself. Today’s post features a few ideas as the shopping madness commences.  For more (ideas, not madness), take a look at the books nominated for the …

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May 22, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Elizabeth Lamar on a Deathbed Secret

Book Title: The All of It

It’s no secret that Elizabeth Lamar loves Nashville: she loves her extended family here, her beloved Warner Parks, the terrific new retail and restaurants (like The 404!), and the culture of welcoming friendliness she values.  No one exemplifies that culture better than Elizabeth, who creates a big, warm circle and invites people in.  Despite her gregarious nature, Elizabeth would start the ideal day by herself, unhurried, with …

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March 4, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Treading Time Like Water Going Nowhere While We Wait

Book Titles: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Wave, The Goldfinch, On Such a Full Sea, Stitches

The dark days of February are behind us, and Spring lies just ahead – but March in Nashville tries our patience.  The world stays gray and cold and all is tedium; the dogs are restless, and we with them.  We are treading time like water going nowhere while we wait. These are the days when a good book is a time machine – a change …

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