Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 14, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading 2018: What is Love?

Book Titles: The Mars Room, Educated, Less, You Think It, I’ll Say It, Warlight, Sing Unburied Sing, Varina, Bury What We Cannot Take

I’ve just finished up a year of “Leadership Nashville,” which involved 14-hour days and field trips and a lot of time on the bus with strangers who – thankfully, wonderfully, quickly and sometimes slowly – became friends. In our group of 44: a sparkling news anchor, a beautiful rabbi. An editor of our newspaper and a museum curator. The heads of Metro Nashville Sports Authority, …

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September 1, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

September Special: One Book, Two Readings, Three Shows

Book Titles: Red Notice, Sing Unburied Sing

August departs in a dreadful deluge. But September arrives – I hope, I believe – with hope and hustle, even in times such as these. September strides in with energy and eagerness, industry and effort. Today’s post features one book, two readings, and three performances perfect for this month – plus tremendous gratitude for a home that is safe and dry and those who help …

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September 30, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Vanderbilt’s All-School Freshman Read: Salvage The Bones

Book Title: Salvage the Bones

My husband and I recently attended a dinner at Montgomery Bell Academy here in Nashville featuring celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman, who has opened the restaurant Adele’s (named for his mother) in the Gulch to rave reviews. Waxman seemed like someone who enjoyed his food and an audience as he stood before us in the MBA dining hall, beginning his cooking demonstration.  Chatting all the while …

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