Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 3, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Almost Everything

If you’re a fan of Anne Lamott, you know exactly why to pick up her latest book, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. Lamott is predictable in the best kind of way, like an Egg McMuffin – warm and savory, delicious and filling (especially if joined by a crunchy hash brown). I finished Almost Everything while enjoying the perfect McDonald’s breakfast and found myself just this …

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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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January 10, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

National Jewish Book Award Winners (and Finalists) Inspire –

Book Titles: The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

The noise of the news is loud every day and voices of conflict are elevated. Yet important voices of peace are always to be found, including in the books that won or were finalists for the National Jewish Book Awards for 2018 (announced yesterday). You may want to take a look at the terrific list. I’m most intrigued by The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of …

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January 4, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Leaning In, 2019 Style: Radical Acceptance

My friend Dallas chooses a guiding motto, or theme, each January – something she wants to lean into for the year. When she wrote about it at Bacon in 2016, I was intrigued. But it’s taken me until now to do it myself. There’s something about it that seems so wishful, so hopeful – as if we have any control over what lies ahead for us …

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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.