Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 19, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

National Book Award Winners Announced (and, with significantly less fanfare, Bacon Reads for November and December also announced)

Every once in a while I accidentally run two Bacon posts in a day.  (Darn.  I feel like such an idiot when that happens.)  Today is different.  Today’s second post is breaking news for readers.  The National Book Award Winners were announced late last night, and Bacon readers need to be in the know! (As a sidenote:  I don’t think Laura Cooper’s Bacon Smack-down of Hanya Yanagihara’s …

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November 19, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

The Exceptionals (“Choking on Super-Excellence Yet?”)

Book Title: A Little Life

Today, friend of Bacon Laura Cooper takes on on a book that’s received a tremendous amount of attention lately, A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara.  She’s not as enchanted as some, and I can see why. From Laura: Who doesn’t love book prizes? They’re my September treat.  Just in time for reading season – that stretch of gorgeous, school-shaped routine between Labor Day and Christmas – come the …

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October 23, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

For Bacon Readers: Thought Experiment #2, On Marriage (Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff)

Book Title: Fates and Furies

If you’ve been reading Bacon this week, you might have made your list of What You Want.  Today, behind door #2, is your next question:  What Do You Want In Your Marriage?  The rules are the same this time around:  Nobody else’s needs count for purposes of this exercise.  What Do You Want In Your Marriage.  Put pencil to paper.   After you’ve answered, consider this:  Desires …

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September 30, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Vanderbilt’s All-School Freshman Read: Salvage The Bones

Book Title: Salvage the Bones

My husband and I recently attended a dinner at Montgomery Bell Academy here in Nashville featuring celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman, who has opened the restaurant Adele’s (named for his mother) in the Gulch to rave reviews. Waxman seemed like someone who enjoyed his food and an audience as he stood before us in the MBA dining hall, beginning his cooking demonstration.  Chatting all the while …

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