Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 30, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Love, Loss, and Margaret Renkl

I am overwhelmed – and awed – by the beauty of Margaret Renkl’s new book, Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss. There is nothing new under the sun, we are told by a reliable source. That being said, each person brings her own eyes and personal history to the world. Margaret’s vision is dark – radiant – peaceful – mournful – and …

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July 12, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading Special: He Said/She Said featuring Haywood Moxley and Margaret Renkl

Haywood Moxley is, among other things, “an expert on Southern literature, a gifted writer in multiple genres, a talented guitar player, a hilarious storyteller, and a hell of a dancer,” says colleague Ed Tarkington.  He’s also chair of the English department at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.  Colleague Sean Kinch says he is a “passionate, exacting teacher whose students credit him years later for passing on the …

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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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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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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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