Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 28, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Summer, Memory, Stories: Guest Post by Adrienne McRae

Book Titles: One More Thing: Stories and More Stories, Me Talk Pretty One Day

Even when the days are gloriously long, your time for reading is sometimes – not. Short stories and memoirs are perfect summer fare for Adrienne McRae, who features One More Thing (Stories and other Stories) by B.J. Novak and Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris at Bacon today.   From Adrienne:  I recently went to a seminar on working memory. Working memory (or …

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June 23, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Book Titles: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy

It can feel daunting and even overwhelming to try to find the right thing to say to a friend who is grieving – particularly one suffering the loss of a child, spouse, or parent. Mary Raymond returns to Bacon today to share what she’s learned from the New York Times bestseller Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. From Mary: Most …

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June 20, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Sewanee Review: Summer Interview with Adam Ross

I love to dip in and out of The New Yorker, Garden & Gun, other glossies. I do interplanetary research on another species – men – by reading my husband’s Esquire. I hadn’t picked up a literary magazine in years until a Nashville friend – Adam Ross – took over as editor of The Sewanee Review in 2016. Now I’ve added it to the stack, with pleasure! It’s a …

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June 14, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Father’s Day Special: A River Runs Through It

“Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars,” wrote Victor Hugo. Today’s post features a bright constellation of books recommended by Mike Duncan, Randy Kinnard, Brent Moody, Gary Shockley and me for Father’s Day – and beyond.  Bacon Picks: A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean I have rarely been so …

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June 8, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Beach Read, Reach Read: Summon Your Courage, Guest Post by Sean Kinch

Sean Kinch, the Pekka Rinne of reading, is back at Bacon today with a fantastic round-up of summer reads and some powerful encouragement to go big this summer. From Sean: For me, summer is the time to clear the nightstand – and by “nightstand” I mean wherever you collect books you intend to read in the near (if undefined) future. In my house, books tend to accumulate …

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May 31, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Sometimes It Is Necessary to Reteach a Thing Its Loveliness

Do you ever wake up with a dream that stays with you for a while, into the morning and sometimes beyond? I love those dreams, even when they are sad or troubling, because it seems like they deliver something important from the mysterious unconscious or otherwise. I woke up to a poem by Galway Kinnell in my in-box recently that gave me a similar feeling and wanted …

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May 26, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Deep Dive: Eight Great Summer Reads

Book Titles: No One Can Pronounce My Name, Anything is Possible, The Stranger in the Woods, Since We Fell, The Women in the Castle, The Essex Serpent, The Radium Girls, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

“We want to know, I think, what it is like to be another person, because somehow this helps us position our own self in the world. What are we without this curiosity?” asks Elizabeth Strout (My Name is Lucy Barton, Olive Kitteridge, and the brand new Anything is Possible). Today’s post features eight inquisitive books as we stand at the edge of summer, ready to …

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May 9, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Twigs of Wisdom, Part 3: The Internet is a Messy and Distracting Place

We’re on a journey, Bacon readers, through some current Wisdom literature, beginning with The Book of Joy a couple of weeks ago, stopping off at Delanceyplace.org, and spending some time today at a beautiful, lively, intellectually curious website called Brainpickings.org. “I know, I know. Pop-ups aren’t classy,” reads the pop-up message at the site. “But the Internet is a messy and distracting place, and BrainPickings offers …

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May 4, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter (Guest Post by Sara Bhatia)

Book Title: The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter

Here comes summer, once we all survive May, of course, and many of us eagerly anticipate the simple pleasures ahead – swimming pools, hamburgers on the grill, maybe even board games. These are what author David Sax would call “analog” pleasures – not dependent on our digitally interconnected world. Today, regular Bacon contributor Sara Bhatia reviews his fascinating new book The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and …

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