Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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December 15, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Royals and Renegades: Top Biographies 2015

My friend Elizabeth Colton Walls can be counted on for exceptionally good recommendations, and today she regales us with reviews of four top biographies. From Elizabeth: Every life has a story, but let’s face it, some lives are more interesting than others!  In particular, the lives of royals and renegades make especially good biographies.  Here are four of my favorites: Being a Bassett of Bassett furniture …

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