Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 31, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Fiction Lovers 2018: Go Big!

Book Titles: 1Q84, Matterhorn, A Suitable Boy, Seveneves, God is an Englishman

Friday’s Bacon featured a year’s worth of nonfiction reads for 2018. Today’s post offers only one recommendation for fiction readers: if you haven’t devoted yourself to a big brick of a novel lately – one that could be used as a doorstop or weapon – make this the year!  I just finished Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and might open an extra bottle of champagne. I’ve been dragging …

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August 12, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Back to School Special: The Housekeeper and the Professor

Book Title: The Housekeeper and the Professor

University School of Nashville math teacher and all-round great guy Joel Bezaire recommended some summer reading for me a while back: The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa.  I’ve since learned that Ogawa’s novel is also the Harpeth Hall all-school read this year!  This book highlights the beauty, enchantment, and mystery of math.  Did I really just say that?  It does so through the story …

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