Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 31, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

I Miss You When I Blink: Interview with Mary Laura Philpott

This week – seeking comfort – I returned to an old favorite, The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff. “While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.” I’m not sure that the Tao is my road to inner peace, but I’m not opposed to borrowing its wisdom. And I’m in favor of Pooh in all circumstances.

February 28, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Interview with Amy and Amos: On Life, Joys, Worries, Books + Ballet Ball 2019

You’ll notice Amy Atkinson in a crowd. Her long strawberry-auburn tresses could star in their own movie. You might hear Amy before you see her – that convivial personality and confident laugh. Her Ballet Ball co-chair, Amos Gott, is a little quieter when you first meet him. A steady sort, with perfect style. Less quiet the better you know him.     Amy and Amos stop …

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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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January 13, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

She’s on the C.A.S.E.: Guest Post by Dallas Wilt

Book Title: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

How to describe my friend Dallas… Imagine Nancy Drew, she of the yellow 1970s hardbacks – earnest, wholesome, smart, with that twinkle in her eye. Add some Bewitched charm and sparkle. Reese Witherspoon class and style. Do you have a picture? Dallas is of course her own protagonist, her own heroine – living an energetic life, raising her daughters, taking care of Fleming, and making …

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June 27, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

True Crime: The Feather Thief

It’s fun to pull for the bad guys in a summer flick, especially when they’re not Too bad. I just rewatched Ocean’s Eleven – George Clooney! Matt Damon! Brad Pitt! Even without popcorn and a coke, this was a good way to spend a few hours getting in the mood for Ocean’s Eight. Nothing lately has made me happier than pulling for the young vagabond Han …

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May 20, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

”I Am A Warrior”

Thank God for the people who survive their harrowing childhoods and live to tell their warrior tales. Thank God for the novelists who imagine courage in the worst of circumstances. They inspire us – the truth tellers – for truth and bravery take many forms. Mary Raymond returns to Bacon today with a compelling account of two hot current reads featuring heroines who transcend dire …

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