Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

August 11, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

The Woman’s Hour: Interview with Elaine Weiss

The Nashville Public Library chose The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote as our citywide read this summer. I’m late to this party, but many friends and acquaintances have told me that it’s important, compelling, and DELICIOUS reading! Author Elaine Weiss will speak at the library on August 18th, which not so coincidentally is the 99th anniversary of the ratification of the …

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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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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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June 25, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Top 10 Free Summer Reads: He Said

Blazing hot summers and over air-conditioned libraries are a match made in heaven.  Can’t you just feel that whoosh of cool air when the sliding glass door opens and you walk through?  That delightful artificial chill invites you to come on in and stay a while.  Then you notice the distinctive aroma of paper and ink and book bindings, with notes of people and undertones of carpet.  Yes, this is just …

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November 24, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Elizabeth Sherrard on The Signature of All Things

Book Title: The Signature of All Things

There’s nothing like a radiant young woman expecting a baby to remind you of life’s wonder and hope.  Elizabeth Sherrard exudes good health and good sense in addition to joyful anticipation.  She’s all grown up but still seems awfully young to me; I’m thinking of her as a little girl in farm clothes and mud boots with her trusty dog Frisky, “pretending that we were being …

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September 24, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

A Note to Eudora Welty Fans

Bacon contributor Mary Jo Shankle recently wrote a beautiful post on Welty’s Delta Wedding and wanted to share an unusual opportunity.  From Mary Jo: A note to Welty fans in the middle Tennessee area…the downtown branch of the Nashville Public Library is featuring an exhibition of 36 of her photographs taken in the 1930s and ’40s.  Welty was a prolific photographer and her work includes portraits, …

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