Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

July 8, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Blast: Midsummer Reading Recommendations

Today’s Bacon Blast features the faces, voices, and summer reading choices of thirteen terrific Chapter 16 writers.  I’ve already chosen three new books from their recommendations and had a hard time stopping there!  You won’t want to miss Chapter 16’s new website, just launched, for more great ideas about what to read next. Humanities Tennessee founded Chapter 16 in 2009 to provide comprehensive coverage of literary news and events in …

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October 2, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books: Serenity Gerbman has the prettiest name in Nashville, and it suits her

Book Title: The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

Serenity Gerbman has the prettiest name in Nashville, and it suits her.  I asked her about it recently.  “Serenity is my first name and Storme is my middle name,” she told me.  “My mother named me Serenity because the big peace festival Woodstock was happening at the time (although I was not born there!) and Storme because I was born during Hurricane Camille.  As  a …

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June 24, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

When You’re In a Dark Place, How to Find Your Next Read

My friend Lawrence Blank-Cook liked Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves so much that she couldn’t even bear to start another book once she’d finished it.  She found herself in a terrible funk – an avid reader, no book by her side.  It was a dark place.  After she had spent two weeks reading The New Yorker from cover to cover, a friend recommended The …

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