Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

May 26, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading 2022: Top 10

Our collective grief makes a summer reading post less… joyful. I don’t share it with the same joy that I wrote it.  Still: here’s my list of 10 lovely summer reads, if and when you might welcome it. My top choice for right now is Unlikely Animals, by Annie Hartnett, the most charming and entertaining novel on bookshelves right now. Our heroine, Emma, recently returned …

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February 12, 2022
by jenniferpuryear

Pure Colour

Pure Colour by Sheila Heti is “that rarest of novels – as alien as a moon rock and every bit as wondrous” (Kirkus Reviews). Or maybe it’s “an underwhelming fable, a sort of Generation X Jonathan Livingston Seagull”(Publisher’s Weekly). I’m trying to sort it out in my own mind – its message, its madness, its beauty. Here’s the plot, such as it is: a young woman grieves her …

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August 1, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Order, Chaos, and Change: Guest Post by Patricia Eastwood

Patricia Eastwood returns to Bacon today with a lovely meditation on the mad, mad world (and two books she’s read recently). From Patricia: Some things seem so routine – the rhythm of the tides, traffic, me walking to my mother’s refrigerator every time I enter her kitchen. If I think about any of these things hard enough – with a critical eye and mind – …

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July 16, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Soft Core Book Store

It began innocently enough. She walked into a bookstore, a famous one… The green carpet had seen better days. It almost had a seedy feel, that carpet. Like it should have been in a roadside motel.  It had seen a little THIS, it had seen a little THAT –  It could read between the lines – and so could she.  It all seemed a little predictable.  …

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June 13, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

After The Fire

It started in the attic, where a fan shorted out.  “It then caught the HVAC ductwork on fire and followed it like a fuse,” Matt texted. He and his wife Mary were visiting their older daughter in Atlanta at the time. Their home suffered extensive damage. He and Mary are living at a Residence Inn. Matt was able to save three books… “Yeah the rest …

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May 30, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading 2021: Pure Imagination 🌈

I’m dreaming of Dandelion Wine and Tokyo nights; of rock bands and robots; of love. I’m dreaming of happily ever after; of journeys, and childhood, and home. I’m sailing to a world of pure imagination in these Top Five Summer Reads… please join me! Top Pick: Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury From the Wall Street Journal: …[W]hen we asked our news­letter sub­scribers to name a sin­gle book that cap­tures …

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February 21, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Life, uh, Finds a Way…

  My friend Mary Jo Shankle has found her way – perhaps her calling – during the pandemic. Here’s what she has to say. Thank you for spending some time in the Bacon Neighborhood today, Mary Jo! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood because you’re here. Let’s start at Monteagle – an hour away, as the car drives – and yet also a world …

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