Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

May 15, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Friday Night Special: John and Allison Beasley in The Villa on the Hilla

“John Beasley is Vanderbilt University” for many alumni and friends of the school, said then-Chancellor Joe Wyatt on Beasley’s retirement after a five-decade career. John has been a wit, a wag, and an institution himself, widely admired and respected. Does it sound too old fashioned to say that Allison Beasley has been right by his side? I’ll just say it. She’s been right by his …

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December 28, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Vanderbilt Faculty Members on Their Favorite Reads of 2014

Friend of Bacon Louise Bryan kindly sent me the link to this terrific post, which I’m so happy to share with you today!  Maybe you’ll find a peach on the list, too!  I’m picking The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach, based on Professor Tony Earley’s description of it as “the kind of big, fat, wonderful book Dickens might write if he were an American and a baseball …

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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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