Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

July 22, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading Special: He Said/She Said featuring David Ewing and Alice Randall

David Ewing and Alice Randall bring star power to any gathering – Nashville luminaries much in demand for their wit and intellect, their kindness and sparkle.  David is a ninth-generation Nashvillian, an attorney, and one of Nashville’s most knowledgeable local historians.  You’ll often find him being interviewed, giving a talk, or sharing an item from his extensive collection of Nashville memorabilia.  His wife, Alice Randall, …

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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 28, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Greatest Hits of 2014

Book Titles: In the Kingdom of Ice, The Untold Story of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, Strong Inside: The Collision of Race and Sports in the South, Orange is the New Black, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Us, Euphoria, The Goldfinch, Long Man

I hope Black Friday finds you cozy at home!  I’m impressed with your bravery if you’re headed to the mall, particularly Mean Hills.  The ladies mean business, especially about that parking space.  My advice to you:  concede the space and save yourself. Today’s post features a few ideas as the shopping madness commences.  For more (ideas, not madness), take a look at the books nominated for the …

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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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