Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

July 2, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

“Life in America” Special: Brigitte Arenhold Porter

Today’s post in the “Life in America” series belongs to Brigitte Arenhold Porter, who grew up in Germany during World War II… “I witnessed humanity at its very core when the US Allied forces liberated my old hometown in 1945. The Americans had ordered houses to be unlocked and all inhabitants assembled in one room. When the soldiers left, the black sergeant took the time …

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June 30, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Go America, Beat Corona!

July 4th is an All-American opportunity for the entrepreneurs among us! This year, in particular, many will also reflect on the ways we must continue to improve as a country. On the ways we have failed. Today I would love to spotlight and honor some wonderful traditions, a terrific family, and the beautiful truth – I believe – that we are all in this together. …

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June 28, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Kalinda Fisher, the 4th of July, and The Great Reset…

This week I’ll feature a variety of folks thinking about life in America in the time of corona, and I’m happy for Kalinda Fisher to lead us off! She has one of the coolest July 4th stories I’ve ever heard. And such an earnest, hopeful voice. Sometimes – in moments I’m not proud of – I am tempted to despair for our country. But not …

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June 27, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Getting a Handle on 2020: Guest Post from 2 Cece’s

“Wherever there are four Episcopal priests, there is always a fifth,” it has been noted, with a sly smile. In particular, Mary Laurie Cece’s father used to say this (an Episcopal priest and college professor himself). Mary Laurie recently recounted this to her four grown kids, living at home. “What’s a fifth?” one of them asked.  For those under 25: it’s a handle. These are the …

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June 25, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

The Vanishing Half: Guest Post by Mary Raymond

The ever-thoughtful Mary Raymond returns to Bacon today with her review of Brit Bennett’s new novel, The Vanishing Half. I didn’t love Bennett’s debut work, The Mothers, but Mary makes a strong case for The Vanishing Half. I value Mary’s voice, and I think she values mine. We are friends who can talk about politics, and not entirely agree, and still love each other. From Mary: Brit Bennett’s …

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