Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 30, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Love, Loss, and Margaret Renkl

I am overwhelmed – and awed – by the beauty of Margaret Renkl’s new book, Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss. There is nothing new under the sun, we are told by a reliable source. That being said, each person brings her own eyes and personal history to the world. Margaret’s vision is dark – radiant – peaceful – mournful – and …

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June 16, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

The Gift

  Sometimes you buy a book for your daughter and give it to her, beautifully wrapped, as a graduation present – and she is very polite about it. Then she sets it down on the coffee table. Permanently. You pick it up and realize that you actually bought the book for yourself in the first place.