Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 29, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Bell Witch Returns: Interview with Don Winston on “Our Family Trouble”

Book Title: Our Family Trouble

I saw “Amityville Horror” on TV as a kid but don’t remember exactly where, or who I was with.  All I remember is the anguish and dread and the question inside my head – “Why don’t you just leave that house? I would leave that house!” What the screenwriters knew, writers of fiction also know: viewers and readers like to be asked by a story, “What …

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December 18, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Readers’ Top Picks of 2016: This List is Lit!

Bacon readers from near and far have sent in their top picks of 2016, and I’m thrilled to share their rousing recommendations in this last post before Christmas!  Each contributor’s name is linked to a website of particular interest.  Without further ado, and with sincerest thanks to those who sent in their favorite reads of the year (Christina Apperson, Kobie Pretorius, Maria Browning, Ed Tarkington, Leslie Zmugg, Adam …

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November 30, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

December Chills and Thrills: Top Picks

Book Titles: Our Family Trouble: A Domestic Thriller, A Gentleman in Moscow, Mister Monkey, The Underground Railroad, The Pocket Cathedral: A Collection of Prayers, Moonglow, Testimony

December can be stressful.  Correction:  December is stressful.  Give yourself a break here and there!  A puppy video.  A salted caramel hot chocolate.  A book or author event.  Today’s Bacon features four thrilling novels plus three upcoming author events in Nashville.   Don Winston frightens delightfully with Our Family Trouble: A Domestic Thriller, in which the Bell Witch returns after nearly a century’s rest.  The Bell …

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October 8, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books: Hometown Heroes

Hometown heroes make Nashville proud at the Southern Festival this weekend!  Don’t miss the chance to support them at their panel discussions or under the tents with the booksellers.  Thank you, hometown heroes, for giving us books that sing. Read on for tidbits and teasers from Don Winston, Nicki Pendleton Wood, Alice Randall, Caroline Randall Williams, Ed Tarkington, and Margaret Lazarus Dean (hometown broadly defined). From …

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September 1, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Hello, Gorgeous! I Love You, September!

August wore me out with her pushy back-to-school demands.  September instead is my gentleman caller, inviting me out for some lovely and inspiring fall evenings.  Why yes, September, I’m available!  I’d be so delighted to join you for one of these TOP FIVE SPECTACULAR SEPTEMBER events (in chronological order)… 1 – Nashville Symphony:  Beethoven’s Ninth, Featuring “Ode to Joy,” and John Adams’ “On the Transmigration of Souls” …

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July 16, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

If You Liked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… (on Act One, by Moss Hart)

Book Title: Act One: An Autobiography

I have a book to recommend to you – a grown up tale, and true – that has every bit as much cruelty, wonder and suspense as you find in the world of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka. “I grew up in an atmosphere of unrelieved poverty, with … ‘the dark brown taste of being poor’ forever in my mouth and the grim smell of …

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May 27, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Three Summer Thrillers! (Some Like it Dark.)

Book Titles: The Gristmill Playhouse, How to be a Good Wife, Hausfrau

Here comes Summer – and today’s post features three psychological thrillers that will keep you glued to your beach chair.  Who needs that walk anyhow? Nashville native Don Winston presents The Gristmill Playhouse: A Nightmare in Three Acts, and this novel has your name written all over it if you love musical theatre!  Or a cheerful thriller.  With a touch of horror.  Don Winston has spun a …

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October 7, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Margaret Mead – Among the Tribes – with Malaria – and Between Two Men

Book Title: Euphoria

Lily King makes no grand claim that Euphoria explains Margaret Mead, though her bibliography suggests extensive research.  Reading it made me feel as if I could understand at least partially what it might have felt like to be Margaret Mead – among the tribes – with malaria and big ideas – and between two men. “While this is a work of fiction,” writes King, “it was …

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June 17, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Author Interview: Don Winston on Subversive Thrillers, Good Advice, and Happy Endings

Book Title: The Union Club: A Subversive Thriller

A novel that features Rag and Bone, Skull and Bones, global conspiracy and a falcon named Sting is worthy of its own category – and claims it!  The Union Club: A Subversive Thriller is exactly that: a thriller that makes its own rules.  I love it. The Union Club actually exists in San Francisco; high on Nob Hill, it is a bastion of prestige and status. …

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