Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

July 15, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading Special: He Said/She Said featuring Rich and Anne Maradik

Rich Maradik is an entrepreneur and a family man, sometimes on the road for business and just as often on the road with one of his children for college visits, golf tourneys, or arts camp.  He served as a page in Washington D.C. in the years before scandals were the norm, but these days flying the flag on the Fourth of July is enough politics. …

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July 8, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Blast: Midsummer Reading Recommendations

Today’s Bacon Blast features the faces, voices, and summer reading choices of thirteen terrific Chapter 16 writers.  I’ve already chosen three new books from their recommendations and had a hard time stopping there!  You won’t want to miss Chapter 16’s new website, just launched, for more great ideas about what to read next. Humanities Tennessee founded Chapter 16 in 2009 to provide comprehensive coverage of literary news and events in …

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June 25, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Top 10 Free Summer Reads: He Said

Blazing hot summers and over air-conditioned libraries are a match made in heaven.  Can’t you just feel that whoosh of cool air when the sliding glass door opens and you walk through?  That delightful artificial chill invites you to come on in and stay a while.  Then you notice the distinctive aroma of paper and ink and book bindings, with notes of people and undertones of carpet.  Yes, this is just …

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May 29, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Alice Randall on Summer Reading, the Soul-Self, and Naked Boldness

Book Titles: Poisonwood Bible, Bridge of Sighs, Vedi

I first met author Alice Randall when she visited book club at my friend Lawrence Blank-Cook’s home years ago, when Lawrence and her family lived on Central.  Our book club was discussing The Wind Done Gone, and Alice agreed to come and join the conversation about her novel.  I remember a lively evening with what seemed to me quite a lot of honesty in the room.  I …

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May 21, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading – A Perfect 10

Book Titles: Long Man, The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, One Plus One, Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When a Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter to Do (A Memoir, Sort-of), Summer House with Swimming Pool, The Martian, Ghana Must Go, Prayers for the Stolen, On Such a Full Sea

Newsflash: I am not a perfect 10 in my swimsuit this summer.  At this point, it’s all about the coverup.  I won’t be artfully disguising the books I’m reading, though!  Summer reading can make us all shine.  Below is a carefully curated selection of ten white-hot reads for Summer 2014, beginning with my top two picks, spending some time with beach reads and thrillers, and …

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May 21, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Wednesday Special: Summer Reading – A Perfect 10

Newsflash: I am not a perfect 10 in my swimsuit this summer.  At this point, it’s all about the coverup.  I won’t be artfully disguising the books I’m reading, though!  Summer reading can make us all shine.  Below is a carefully curated selection of ten white-hot reads for Summer 2014, beginning with my top two picks, spending some time with beach reads and thrillers, and …

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