Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

October 18, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Two New Books and Three Great Truths from the Southern Festival of Books

I brought home two new books and three great truths from the Southern Festival of Books.  More on the books later.  On the truths: these aren’t showstopper truths or brand new truths.  They are humble and quiet; you’ve met them before.  I was glad they gently tapped me on the shoulder this weekend, and I’m sending you their greetings today. 1. Words from a stranger can …

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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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October 6, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books Special: Brad Watson, Miss Jane

My couples book club recently enjoyed a heated discussion about Brad Watson’s new novel, Miss Jane, longlisted for the National Book Award.  I think I might have said some provocative things.  (Can I blame it on the jet lag?  Or was I just being contrary?)       Miss Jane is the heavily fictionalized story of the author’s great aunt, who lived in rural Mississippi at a …

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September 3, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Top Picks: Labor Day Weekend

Book Titles: The Girls, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, The Art of Travel, Miss Jane, The Fishermen, The Odd Woman and the City, The Dream Life of Astronauts

The serious business of fall is almost upon us:  sporting events, social events, the acquisition of mums.  Almost!  But not today. If you need one last summertime read, you might pick up The Girls, by Emma Cline – a smart, sexy novel that’s spent most of the summer on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s the summer of 1969 and teenager Evie Boyd is bored, unhappy, and unsupervised.  Her best …

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