Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 28, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Looking at Each Other Sideways: Three Books on Race

It’s not often that I read three books focusing on race in the span of a couple of months, and this was time well spent.  I’ll describe all three, but if you just want the take-home (because April is a “hair on fire” month), here it is:  for a read that will move you and stretch your heart, pick up Nashville’s All-City Read, The Color of …

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July 20, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post by Matt Osborne on Go Set A Watchman: “If You Did Not Want Much, There Was Plenty”

Book Title: Go Set A Watchman

Matt Osborne is likely the only person who bought Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee, and Dark Days: A Memoir, by Randy Blythe, on the same day.  Randy Blythe is frontman for the metal band Lamb of God and spent time several years ago in a Czech prison.  Matt reads (and listens to metal) with passion and careful attention.  Today, he brings his formidable talents to Go Set …

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July 10, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

First Chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird Prequel Printed in Today’s Wall Street Journal

Honestly, I’ve felt a little sad thinking about the release of Go Set a Watchman next Tuesday, July 14th.  It seems hard to know if this book was ever meant for the world.  But today’s first chapter published in the Wall Street Journal has lifted my spirits!  Jean Louise Finch (Scout, all grown up) sparkles with life on the page and even enjoys a delicious kiss in …

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February 4, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

The Startling Return of Harper Lee: Guest Post by Matt Osborne

Many long years ago, when we were dating, Gus and I often went to dinner at the Rathskellar with our married friends Matt and Mary Osborne.  They were our model of good things in marriage:  they were young, and had fun together, and were very different people but seemed to bring out the best in each other.  Except for that one night.  Mary had a great new …

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