Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 14, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

When the Universe Sends You a Message: Best Novels of 2016

Today, one of the most avid and discerning readers I know shares his “Best of” list for 2016.  I’m taking notes. From Sean Kinch:  I am a devoted reader of “Best of” book lists. Seeing what others consider the cream of the year gives me a chance to learn what I have missed and provides the inspiration to lift a title to the top of …

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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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January 3, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

The Hazards of Love, Jealousy, and Madness: Only Love Can Break Your Heart, by Ed Tarkington

Ed Tarkington is a big man, gentle of heart.  A high school English teacher and wrestling coach at Montgomery Bell Academy, a family man with two young daughters, he’s up at 4 am most mornings to write.  The result is his suspenseful and beautiful debut novel, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, which will take you into the heart of darkness in small town Virginia …

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