Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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May 2, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

More Twigs of Wisdom: A New Find

Last week, Farrell Mason wrote about the “twigs of wisdom” we’re all searching for in her review of The Book of Joy. I’ve recently discovered a daily email delivery that helps. Delanceyplace.com sends a short excerpt or quote each day, usually from a nonfiction book, with brief commentary to provide context.  Over 12 years, it’s garnered 290,000+ subscribers. Richard Vague, the founder, explains his motivation and interests …

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April 24, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Book of Joy: Guest Post by Farrell Mason

Book Titles: The Book of Joy , The Book of Joy

“Each of us in our own unique way is scavenging our lives for twigs of wisdom to help build a safe haven for ourselves in the world,” writes Farrell Mason. We find twigs, we share them, our hearts feel full. Today, I’m so delighted for Farrell to stop in at Bacon and share some wisdom gleaned from The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing …

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April 20, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Hidden Figures: Guest Post by Anne Nesbitt

Book Title: Hidden Figures

Oprah’s starring in a big budget production of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO premiere, April 22), and Hidden Figures “Lost At The Oscars But Triumphed At The Box Office,” according to Forbes. The bold telling of these stories is no small thing. Today, Anne Nesbitt shares her thorough and thoughtful reading of the book on which the latter is based – Hidden Figures: The American Dream …

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April 14, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Good Friday Special: On Suffering

The empty tomb is stunning, transcendent – also hard to imagine – not impossible. The death and anguish of Good Friday? Not hard. Suffering and death we GET – though that doesn’t mean we don’t ask why. It seems a good time to share a post by Dr. Todd Jones, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, on What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering and The Crisis of …

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April 5, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Mindful Parent, Mindful Child: A Simple Approach for a Hyperconnected World

Mary Agee calls it “the pinball game going on inside my head.” I know what she means! Internationally recognized author, public speaker and educator Susan Kaiser Greenland has some thoughts on the subject. She’ll present “Mindful Parent, Mindful Child: A Simple Approach to Mindfulness and Meditation for a Multitasking, Hyperconnected World,” on Thursday, April 6th at 7 pm at Valor Collegiate Academies. (For more information …

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April 4, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Thunder in the Mountains: Interview with Vanderbilt Professor Dan Sharfstein

History lurches forward – “Let Freedom Ring!” we cry. And it does. But sometimes in one person the heartbreaking contradictions of our society – its imperfect dreams of freedom – darkly flourish. Vanderbilt Professor and author Daniel J. Sharfstein illuminates the life and times of General Oliver Otis Howard – leader of the Freedmen’s Bureau after the Civil War – who subsequently chased down and defeated Chief …

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