Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 1, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning with Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver has a new book of poetry out – “How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons)”. It is marvelous. Her poems are readable, easy on the ears, honest; they cut to the heart of things. They sometimes feel like hard-won wisdom; they are never smug or self-satisfied. Her poems sound like poems written by a novelist. Words are workaday things that might take you …

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September 4, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Bit: Historians Have No Heroes

My high school history teacher became a lawyer – since retired. With his PhD in American history, he taught at several colleges (as well as my high school) before pivoting to a more secure profession. Somewhere along the way, he also became a friend. I saw him in Raleigh this weekend while visiting my parents. He and my classmate Lyn and I shared a bottle …

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