Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 4, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Testify

I was thrilled when the Headmaster of my daughters’ boarding school asked me to give a chapel talk on the topic “Why Read” over Parents Weekend. What a lovely invitation! What an honor! I worked quite hard to write a speech that I thought might be interesting to parents and students.

October 23, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

City Life: Guest Post by Louise Bryan

Today’s Bacon is brought to you by Louise Bryan, a long-time and beloved book club friend and current candidate for Belle Meade City Commissioner. You get to know someone pretty well over many years of book club, and I’d like to share a few observations: Louise is bright, capable, calm, sensible and moderate in all things. She’s a planner. She’s good at both listening and …

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October 2, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Help Wanted: Southern Festival of Books

Dear Bacon Friends – I don’t want to do this alone. I’d be so grateful for your help! I imagine you joining me – we’re up there together on stage interviewing Celeste Ng (Little Fires Everywhere) and Tayari Jones (An American Marriage) at the Southern Festival of Books. We’re hoping to start a good conversation. What serious OR not-so-serious questions shall we ask? The sky’s …

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September 4, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Bit: Historians Have No Heroes

My high school history teacher became a lawyer – since retired. With his PhD in American history, he taught at several colleges (as well as my high school) before pivoting to a more secure profession. Somewhere along the way, he also became a friend. I saw him in Raleigh this weekend while visiting my parents. He and my classmate Lyn and I shared a bottle …

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August 5, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

A Quick History of Modern China (And Top Three Book Recommendations)

China may be the country we most need to understand in today’s world. (Apart from our own, of course.) With 1.3 billion people, the world’s second largest economy, and its most powerful leader since Mao in Xi Jinping, China sings both ancient and modern songs. Today’s post features two memoirs and one collection of short stories I read traveling to and from Beijing (and during …

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July 4, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

4th of July Special: Don’t Despair! #TheConstitution

It worries me – dear Bacon friends – when you despair for our country. I’ve had conversations with several of you lately. Lend me your ears, if you will, for a moment! It’s a great day to be inspired by Joseph Tartakovsky, author of The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds that Shaped America’s Supreme Law. Tartakovsky’s recent essay in The Wall Street Journal is …

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