Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

August 31, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Bit: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

I brought my warm fuzzy blanket to the movie theater a couple of days ago. My dear friend Caroline had asked me to join her for a matinee showing of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” and I happily accepted. Caroline bought popcorn and cokes for us, and we settled in. She was fine without a blanket on an August afternoon – and as a bonus, didn’t …

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August 25, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Maria Browning: On Life and Lit

“My favorite words about the meaning of life come from a commencement speech Tim Minchin gave a few years back – ‘Don’t go looking for it. Searching for meaning is like searching for a rhyme scheme in a cookbook: you won’t find it and you’ll bugger up your soufflé,’” said Maria Browning, new Editor of Chapter16.org, Tennessee’s online literary journal. One would hate to bugger …

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August 18, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Normal People – and Toni Morrison

Irish author Sally Rooney tells a provocative story about young lovers in her award-winning new novel, Normal People. Marianne is an odd duck in high school, but she and star athlete Connell develop an unusual friendship in spite of their differences. It’s a little weird that his mother is her mother’s housekeeper. It’s complicated that Connell is popular, and Marianne is not. How will their friendship play …

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February 3, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

The Wondrous World: Guest Post by Sara Bhatia

Book Title: The Man in the Sharkskin Suit

  Wonders are all around us – as are grievous ills – harms – and losses. It’s hard to figure out even my small corner of the world and how to be a good person in it. Reading helps. Also talking to friends. I’m delighted for Sara Bhatia to return to Bacon today and share some of the things she saw and read and thought …

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