Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 19, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

The World’s Largest Man

Book Title: The World's Largest Man

I picked up a paperback off the Father’s Day table for myself.  The World’s Largest Man is Harrison Scott Key’s comic tale of growing up in Mississippi with his larger-than-life father – a hot-tempered hunter, gun-lover, and football coach.  Key, inheriting his mother’s schoolteacher genes, grew up interested in books and sock puppets.  Much of the tenderness in his memoir – as well as the humor …

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June 21, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Father’s Day Special

We moms and dads do learn a few things along the way, thank goodness.  Today’s post features a recent email exchange between two fathers… Jack:  Where is your daughter in school? Bill:  She’s still a junior in high school but hoping to go to U of Chicago. Jack:  Wonderful university!  Good luck to her.  Almost went to law school there.  But in retrospect it is …

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June 11, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Josh Herring on True Grit and “The Finest Art There Is”

Book Title: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Josh Herring and wife Lauren hail from East Tennessee but stayed in Nashville after he graduated from the Owen School.  Thank you again, Vanderbilt, for all that you do!  When he’s not busy working at Merrill Lynch in the Private Banking and Investment Group or playing with his four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son, Josh rows with the Nashville Rowing Club.  Though he might not admit …

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