Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

February 20, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Presidents’ Day Special: Lincoln in the Bardo

Book Title: Lincoln in the Bardo

The title has such such a delicious feel in the mouth – “Lincoln in the Bardo” – it doesn’t even matter that you don’t know what a bardo is. Here’s part of what the New York Times has to say about the eagerly anticipated first novel by acclaimed short story writer George Saunders (including a definition of that mysterious term): “Lincoln in the Bardo” takes, as its …

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January 16, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Nashville Special: Zadie Smith Swings Into Town

Book Title: Swing Tim

If you’re a fan of author Zadie Smith, I bet you’ve already got your ticket for her reading and conversation with Ann Patchett this Thursday at Belmont University, part of the Salon@615 series. If you don’t, this post is for you: who’s Zadie, and why might you want to spend an hour in her company?  (Bonus: for Bacon Reader Special, see end of post.) Zadie Smith has enjoyed …

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September 6, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Nashville Happenings: Books, Bacon, Beer, Ballet (Fall 2016)

Everyone I know is working on their fall calendars right now.   Today’s post features some hot happenings for yours, Nashville readers! 1.  Salon@615 has an incredible lineup of authors speaking this fall, many of them at Nashville’s Downtown Public Library but several of them off-site at larger venues. Here are some I’m most excited about:  Jacqueline Woodson (September 7)…  Ann Patchett (September 12)… Rick Riordan (October 6).  You’ll …

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January 16, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

First GREAT novel of 2016: My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout

Book Title: My Name is Lucy Barton

  My Name is Lucy Barton is the book your friends will be reading this winter, this spring, and beyond.  I try not to be a bully about recommendations, but you should join them!  I was recently reminded of Muhammed Ali’s approach to the ring: “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” and this seems to me Elizabeth Strout’s genius in My Name is Lucy …

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