Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 28, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Daughters Asking Questions: Guest Post by Keith Meacham (Women’s History Month Special)

Keith Meacham’s 8-year-old daughter recently asked her a very good question about Women’s History Month (March, you know). In today’s post, Keith shares her answer – and what it means that her daughter asked. She finishes with some children’s book recommendations you’ll want to know about.  From Keith:  Maybe it’s because I have two young daughters at home who are just becoming aware of what it means …

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November 4, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Election Special: Political (and Non-Political) Reading Recs from Jon and Keith Meacham

Presidential historian Jon Meacham and his wife Keith have been paying close attention to the election. Like the rest of us! (Unless you’ve had to avert your eyes at this point.) Keith answers a few questions for Bacon today, and you’ll find their latest recommendations following the brief Q and A. Hi, Keith!  Thanks for stopping in at Bacon today!  What’s up? Jon is traveling all …

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November 13, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Keith Meacham on “Her Very Favorite Beyond All Compare,” Marilynne Robinson

Book Title: Housekeeping

Jon Meacham is all over the news with his latest blockbuster biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.  He’s good with an interviewer and a crowd – both a scholar and an extrovert – who seems like he’s having a lot of fun.  He found just the right bride 19 years ago in Keith Smythe, a Mississippi native he met …

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November 4, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Invited by Two Lovely Ladies, Scott Turow Comes to Town

Book Title: Identical

Keith Meacham, co-chair of this year’s Literary Award Gala, read Presumed Innocent on a beach trip in 1988.  It was her first Scott Turow novel, and she was in for a surprise.  “It must have just come out in paperback around then, and I remember buying it as a guilty pleasure, a beach read.  Within a few pages, I knew that I had misjudged; this was no …

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