Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

October 6, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books Special: Brad Watson, Miss Jane

My couples book club recently enjoyed a heated discussion about Brad Watson’s new novel, Miss Jane, longlisted for the National Book Award.  I think I might have said some provocative things.  (Can I blame it on the jet lag?  Or was I just being contrary?)       Miss Jane is the heavily fictionalized story of the author’s great aunt, who lived in rural Mississippi at a …

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August 31, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

The Hustle and Bustle of Modern Life

“As we approach our 220th anniversary we recognise that the hustle and bustle of modern life leaves many of our customers longing for a chance to escape into the pages of a great masterpiece.  As such the Novella stands out as a perfect solution to the vicissitudes of modern living; the ability to read one whilst rattling through the country on a train, hovering over …

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November 30, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Stories That Sing (Medium Hero and Other Stories, by Korby Lenker)

Book Title: Medium Hero and Other Stories

Imagine the love child of Marilynne Robinson and Nick Hornby.  Their novels I mean.  Medium Hero and Other Stories is a marvelous debut collection by Nashville singer-songwriter Korby Lenker:  deep thoughts, light touch, the holy mysteries of life, and just a guy trying to figure a few things out.  Come hear Korby read (and sing a song or two) at Parnassus this Tuesday night, December …

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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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December 16, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Sarah Puryear on Suffering, Grace, and the Queen of the Melancholy Novel

Sarah Puryear – like me – married into the family.  Well done, cousin Dan!  You won the lottery! Sarah serves as a priest at St. George’s Episcopal Church here in Nashville, where she finds a great sense of purpose and fulfillment in her work.  She also doesn’t mind sorting the mail and “takes a ridiculous amount of pleasure out of getting us off junk mailing …

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