Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 18, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

When the Heart Waits (feat. Sue Monk Kidd)

In pajamas, I slipped downstairs for a breakfast of champions.  I passed my father’s bedroom. He was awake, lying in bed with his hands behind his head. “Good morning, Jennifer!” he called out, as I paused in the door. “When did you get here?” he asked.  “Last night,” I answered, so as not to upset him. “We’re so glad you’re here,” he said, and in …

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March 3, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Almost Everything

Book Title: Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

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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December 22, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Invisible Fence: A Christmas Story

In all the busy-ness of Christmas, Pepper found time to nose around a book I left lying around – Anne Lamott’s latest, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace. “I really like this book,” she told me last night as we were snuggling on the sofa before bedtime and crate-time. “Me too!” I enthused.  “Better than any writer I know, Anne Lamott finds in all …

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March 4, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Treading Time Like Water Going Nowhere While We Wait

Book Titles: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Wave, The Goldfinch, On Such a Full Sea, Stitches

The dark days of February are behind us, and Spring lies just ahead – but March in Nashville tries our patience.  The world stays gray and cold and all is tedium; the dogs are restless, and we with them.  We are treading time like water going nowhere while we wait. These are the days when a good book is a time machine – a change …

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