Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 16, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post by Carolyn Hall: “We Are All More Complicated and Various People Than Our Lives Allow” and How Writing Can Help

Book Title: Dimestore

“I love the warmth and flexibility of summer!” says Bacon contributor Carolyn Hall.  “Case in point, I had a free night last week while my husband took our daughter to a college visit at his alma mater.  I convinced a good friend that we should cash in our Southwest miles and take a quick overnight trip to New York City to see ‘Hamilton.’  So that we didn’t …

Continue reading

May 27, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Weed Eater

One recent Saturday morning when I was out of town our lawn service came by.  My husband let Pepper out while one of the men trimmed things up with a weed eater.  She went berserk, my husband reported, attacking the weed eater with fearsome barks and low lunges.  The yard man had to turn it off.  With great difficulty, my husband lured her back into …

Continue reading

May 8, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

The Secret Ingredient: Dimestore, by Lee Smith

Book Title: Dimestore

Mothers do have ideas about how things should be. In her new memoir Dimestore:  A Writer’s Life, Lee Smith (Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, Ordinary Grace) shares some of the things her mother taught her: “I was not to use double negatives; I was not to say ‘me and Martha.’  I was not to trade my pimento cheese sandwiches at school for the lunch …

Continue reading