Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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March 25, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Incendiary Material: A Slow Burn and A Pipe Bomb

Book Titles: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, The Flamethrowers

Nashville’s All-City Read for 2014, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching.  From beginning to end, it simmers with feeling.  Another hot current read – The Flamethrowers – explodes with action you didn’t see coming.  Both novels feature radical experiments of the 1970’s and searing personal experiences. In We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, the novel’s central character, Rosemary, grows up …

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