Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 4, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Election Special: Political (and Non-Political) Reading Recs from Jon and Keith Meacham

Presidential historian Jon Meacham and his wife Keith have been paying close attention to the election. Like the rest of us! (Unless you’ve had to avert your eyes at this point.) Keith answers a few questions for Bacon today, and you’ll find their latest recommendations following the brief Q and A. Hi, Keith!  Thanks for stopping in at Bacon today!  What’s up? Jon is traveling all …

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August 3, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading Special: He Said/She Said featuring Steve and Carolyn Taylor

Today’s Bacon features a timelessly elegant Nashville couple, Steve and Carolyn Taylor, reflecting on ancestors, historic castles, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and all things good about summer! Steve cuts a fine figure in a tuxedo and entertains the ladies sitting next to him with that most delightful of conversational skills: asking questions.  It is rumored that he was a back row boy in …

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July 2, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading Special: He Said/She Said featuring Todd and Kate McKee

Today’s post checks in with Todd and Kate McKee on summer pleasures, summer memories, and summer reading! Todd McKee is, among other things, a craftsman of words and of wood.  He’s an attorney by day and a woodworker by night (or weekend), giving him exactly the right background to co-found the nonprofits ToolLife and Sewn Together.  Both organizations equip and train disadvantaged people to learn job skills and make …

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January 19, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Portrait of an Artist and the Historian: Shane Neal and Jon Meacham

Book Title: Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

Portrait Artist Michael Shane Neal doesn’t fly under the radar.  If you’re walking down the streets of New York with him, he’ll wear a bowler hat with his pin striped suit.  In Scotland, he’ll don the tartan of his clan.  If he’s not wearing his artist’s smock in the studio, he’s likely to be found in attire that would be equally appropriate in the mid-19th …

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December 27, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Trying to Decide What to Read in 2016?

The “Best Books of 2015” lists are a great resource, of course!  There are just so many, lists upon lists.  Here are the top five that I’ve enjoyed and found useful: #1:  The New York Times Top 10 Books of 2015 This is the list you can’t ignore, and I won’t be so bold as to put it anywhere but the number one spot.  It’s a serious list; don’t …

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