Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

October 1, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Feel The Rain on Your Skin: October Happenings

Most of the time I’d really rather stay home. I have to fight the good fight against inertia. Maybe you do too! Today’s post features five ways to drench yourself with words unspoken, to live your life with arms wide open – to feel the rain on your skin.  I’m featuring Nashville events, but I hope this list will inspire you wherever you live. 1. …

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November 4, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Election Special: Political (and Non-Political) Reading Recs from Jon and Keith Meacham

Presidential historian Jon Meacham and his wife Keith have been paying close attention to the election. Like the rest of us! (Unless you’ve had to avert your eyes at this point.) Keith answers a few questions for Bacon today, and you’ll find their latest recommendations following the brief Q and A. Hi, Keith!  Thanks for stopping in at Bacon today!  What’s up? Jon is traveling all …

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July 27, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading Special: He Said/She Said featuring Louis and Karlen Garrard

Back in the day, the end of July was still the middle of summer.  No more!  But summer’s still going strong at Bacon, with four more Summer Reading specials to finish out the series.  Today’s post features Louis and Karlen Garrard. Louis Garrard is, among other things, a surgeon, a professor at Vanderbilt Medical School, a hunter, and a reader.  For a serious guy, he’s …

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July 2, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading Special: He Said/She Said featuring Todd and Kate McKee

Today’s post checks in with Todd and Kate McKee on summer pleasures, summer memories, and summer reading! Todd McKee is, among other things, a craftsman of words and of wood.  He’s an attorney by day and a woodworker by night (or weekend), giving him exactly the right background to co-found the nonprofits ToolLife and Sewn Together.  Both organizations equip and train disadvantaged people to learn job skills and make …

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January 19, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Portrait of an Artist and the Historian: Shane Neal and Jon Meacham

Book Title: Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

Portrait Artist Michael Shane Neal doesn’t fly under the radar.  If you’re walking down the streets of New York with him, he’ll wear a bowler hat with his pin striped suit.  In Scotland, he’ll don the tartan of his clan.  If he’s not wearing his artist’s smock in the studio, he’s likely to be found in attire that would be equally appropriate in the mid-19th …

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December 27, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Trying to Decide What to Read in 2016?

The “Best Books of 2015” lists are a great resource, of course!  There are just so many, lists upon lists.  Here are the top five that I’ve enjoyed and found useful: #1:  The New York Times Top 10 Books of 2015 This is the list you can’t ignore, and I won’t be so bold as to put it anywhere but the number one spot.  It’s a serious list; don’t …

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November 13, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Keith Meacham on “Her Very Favorite Beyond All Compare,” Marilynne Robinson

Book Title: Housekeeping

Jon Meacham is all over the news with his latest blockbuster biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.  He’s good with an interviewer and a crowd – both a scholar and an extrovert – who seems like he’s having a lot of fun.  He found just the right bride 19 years ago in Keith Smythe, a Mississippi native he met …

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November 10, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

A Word from the Chairs of the Literary Award Gala: Kate Ezell and Jennifer Frist

Jennifer Frist and Kate Ezell bring high octane glamour and intellect to this year’s Literary Award Gala on November 14th supporting the Nashville Public Library Foundation and honoring local luminary Jon Meacham.  You know what I’m talking about!  Each of these ladies could take a turn on the runway after running a meeting in the boardroom.  Jennifer’s still on the go with three kids ages 11, 13, …

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