Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 14, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading 2018: What is Love?

I’ve just finished up a year of “Leadership Nashville,” which involved 14-hour days and field trips and a lot of time on the bus with strangers who – thankfully, wonderfully, quickly and sometimes slowly – became friends. In our group of 44: a sparkling news anchor, a beautiful rabbi. An editor of our newspaper and a museum curator. The heads of Metro Nashville Sports Authority, …

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October 14, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books Special: Gayle Forman, Leave Me (If I Stay)

Get ready for one of the Festival’s shiniest events!  Gayle Forman (If I Stay) will share the stage at War Memorial Auditorium with Curtis Sittenfeld (Eligible) on Saturday, October 15th from 3:30-4:30 pm.  Mary Laura Philpott of Parnassus and Penguin fame moderates the conversation (Penguins with People Problems).   Forman doesn’t shy away from the gritty details of motherhood in her first novel for adults, Leave Me.  Maribeth, the …

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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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April 6, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

The Language of Flowers, The Art of Feathers, and Book Club Picks for Right Now

Book Titles: The Language of Flowers, We Never Asked for Wings, The Past, Eligible, The Taliban Shuffle, The Year of the Runaways

 The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, made the rounds on the book club circuit not too long ago, evoking strong feelings for many.  “I feel it’s only fair to warn you, dear reader, that Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s central character … is going to break your heart three ways from Sunday,” writes Paula McLain (Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife). “She’s also going to make you want …

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July 31, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Bacon Bit: Monica McDougall on Sisterland

Book Title: Sisterland

Regular Bacon contributor Monica McDougall (far left) recently spent “the most magical week” dove hunting in Argentina.  Her husband and sons enjoyed the hunt, while she and daughter Ellie fell in love with the land and the people.  Their happiest moments included watching the match and cheering with the locals as Argentina won their thrilling World Cup game against the Netherlands. It was winter in Argentina, and on …

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