Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

September 8, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Bad Women Make Good Books

Book Titles: The Misfortune of Marion Palm, Caroline: Little House, Revisited

Good women are all well and good in real life. I myself aspire to be a good woman in real life. But good women can be boring as hell in fiction, whereas bad women are fascinating. Case in point: the heroines of two new novels out this September, Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller, and The Misfortune of Marion Palm, by Emily Culliton. I …

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June 4, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Beach Read, Reach Read: Part 1 (Figuring Things Out)

If you live in Nashville, it’s all about the ice. What beach?! You might need a distraction from the chilly, stressful excitement of the Stanley Cup. Today’s post is the appetizer in a two-part series featuring beach reads that are undeniably – if unexpectedly – just right for the season. Wednesday, be ready for Sean Kinch’s brilliant main course. From the Discerning Reader column in …

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March 2, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science and Society

Today’s short essay first appears in NFocus – the Spring Fashion issue – in the “Discerning Reader” column. Just in case you don’t make it past the eye candy eye-catching photos of Zac Posen… When “Truth” Changes With the Times… I learned a lot at Harvard as an undergraduate, including the essential “truths” that Democrats are virtuous, smart and correct, Republicans are selfish, stupid and wrong, and gender roles …

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June 30, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

The Dog Days of Summer

“I don’t think my dog has forgiven me yet for putting him in that blazer and bow tie!” says Nancy Floyd, editor in chief of Nfocus.  “Don’t get any ideas,” Pepper warns me.  The July issue of Nfocus hits the stands today, and you’ll want to check out the delightful feature on “The Dog Days of Summer,” including recipes for Sweet Treats and Cool Cocktails as well …

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November 5, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post by Nancy Floyd, Editor of Nfocus: On Morphing into a Memoir Girl

Book Title: The Glass Castle

Generosity of spirit is one of the best things you can find in another person; though it’s hard to define precisely, you know it when you see it.  It’s not naïve – but it is kind, and always looks for the best.  Nancy Floyd, the lovely young Editor-in-chief of Nfocus, brings all the generosity in the world to her job and allows people to shine. …

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