Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 6, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

The Music Video of My Life: Guest Post by Patricia Eastwood

From Patricia: I used to ride the bus to high school and would sometimes rest my head against the window and imagine how my image would fit into a music video on VH1.  I would imagine different songs playing behind what I considered my somewhat tragic image on the bus.  Rocking along, hot and sticky in the Georgia heat, wishing I was home already, wishing …

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September 4, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Patricia Eastwood on Neil Armstrong’s Life of Flight

Regular Bacon Contributor Patricia Eastwood keeps her feet on the ground, but she’s always got her eyes on the sky.  When she and Larry were married, the groom’s cake (made by the pastry chef at the Atlanta Athletic Club) featured all of the planets in the solar system.  After 20 years of marriage, they’re still gazing at the stars together!  They recently visited one of their favorite …

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April 10, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Patricia Eastwood on Anxiety, Stress, Phobias, and A Goat On Your Head

Book Title: My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of Mind

As a senior corporate counsel for one of the largest captive finance companies in the world, Patricia Eastwood knows a thing or two about managing stress.  She can also manage an intelligent conversation about ballet and astrophysics.  She really hates loading and unloading the dishwasher, but loves her dogs and two bunnies, Cookies and Cream:  “They are quiet and soft and like to be petted and held. When …

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November 19, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends

In a season of Thanksgiving, Patricia Eastwood stops in at Bacon to introduce us to a remarkable book about friendship. From Patricia: I know that tradition dictates New Year’s as the perfect time to declare a resolution or create a goal, but I have always found myself taking on the challenge of “new plan/new efforts” right around the start of the academic school year. I …

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January 10, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Princess Leia On Her Way, Episode II: Help Me

“I was something men and women could agree on. They didn’t like me in the same way, but they liked me with the same intensity, and were all fine with the other sex liking me, too. Isn’t that weird? Think about it. And then stop and ponder something actually important,” Carrie Fisher writes about Princess Leia in The Princess Diarist. You can just hear her laughing! …

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January 9, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Princess Leia On Her Way, Episode I: Despots With Helmets

Star Wars hit me hard as a kid. (Not alone, I know!) At age 9, I was still firmly rooted in fairy tales and schoolwork and a suburban Southern childhood. Independence took the form of riding my bike to the local Seven Eleven and a nearby park. I was a good girl who tried very hard to be good. Star Wars magnified the story of Good versus Evil – …

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December 3, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Readers Squeal Some More: Best Nonfiction AND Fiction 2015!

I hope you’ll enjoy today’s intriguing selections from some of the most wonderful readers and writers I know.  Here we go! NONFICTION: From Dara Russell:  What do you think of when you hear the name “Vanderbilt?”  Vanderbilt University?  The lavish Biltmore House?  Your old Gloria Vanderbilt jeans? While being familiar with all of these things, I could not have told you how they were connected or the …

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October 28, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother

Sometimes a book finds its way to you – or you to it – and unexpectedly your heart is so wrenched and stretched that you aren’t even exactly the same person at the end.  (Yes, shades of The Grinch.  The good doctor was wise in all things.)  I’ve recently been reminded of Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, which had the profoundest effect on me in middle school. …

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