Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 9, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Six Spring Reads: Goin Outta My Mind

Book Titles: Exit West, All Grown Up, Swing Time, Her Every Fear, Lincoln in the Bardo, Transit

Mindfulness has a stellar reputation these days, well deserved – but sometimes you don’t want to be where you are (more mindfully). Today’s post – at Styleblueprint – features six compelling, delightful, harrowing, entertaining, funny, and/or challenging current reads that promise to take you out of your own head. Below are a few Bacon bits to get your mouth watering…  We’re on a Road to Nowhere …

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January 18, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon’s Top Three Novels of 2016 (And Three I’m Reading Right Now)

I know I’m late to the party on top picks of 2016. I got distracted by a disruption in the Force. Taking inspiration from three wishes, three pointers (by the Tarheels), and meat and three’s, here are the three novels I loved most in 2016 (followed by three novels I’m reading right now)….  News of the World, by Paulette Jiles (National Book Award finalist, 2016) This was …

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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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December 16, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Swing Time and Our Myths of Women’s Friendship: Guest Post by Laura Cooper

Book Title: Swing Time

Is female friendship really so complicated?  Laura Cooper, lately featured at Lithub, returns to Bacon today with her latest thought-provoking piece on the myths that surround us in life and literature. From Laura: There’s been a run on major literary fiction about women and fraught friendship. Just in the past year or so – and just counting my own stack – there’s been Dana Spiotta’s Innocents …

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