Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 3, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Today and Tomorrow: Andrew Maraniss and Perry Wallace Talk About the Collision of Race and Sports in the South

Have you ever noticed that the more you have to do, the more you get done?  It is simple and brilliant: just keep adding things to your calendar and your to-do list.  Somehow they all get done.  Until of course you find yourself huddled in a corner in the fetal position. If  you’re going to add anything to your calendar today or tomorrow, please consider …

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November 11, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

“I Have Been a Very Lonely Person at Vanderbilt”

Book Title: Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South

So said Perry Wallace on March 8th, 1970, to young Tennessean reporter Frank Sutherland the day after Wallace played his last basketball game at Vanderbilt.  That interview made front page news the day the story ran:  Wallace had been a high profile athlete at Vanderbilt from the moment he signed on, the first black basketball player not only at Vanderbilt but in the entire Southeastern …

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