Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 4, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

What Is True?

Book Title: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

How true – really – are the stories you tell about yourself and your childhood? If you were writing them down, would your stories be more or less “true”? Sara Bhatia returns to Bacon today for a reckoning with Laura Ingalls Wilder, her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, and the Little House books. From Sara: When my son was 7 or 8, I introduced him to …

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November 17, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Pioneer Girl

Book Titles: Pioneer Girl, Pioneer Girl: An Annotated Autobiography

Everything I know about pioneers I learned from Little House on the Prairie.  Or at least everything I remember.  The Little House series and the show mix and mingle in my mind, leaving a deep impression of pioneer struggles (the grasshoppers!), pioneer heartiness (Pa with the ax), pioneer weather (freezing cold or scorching hot), pioneer style (bonnets and britches) and pioneer evil (Nellie). I thought I …

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January 6, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

The Book of Strange New Things

Book Titles: The Book of Strange New Things, Laura Ingalls Wilder: Pioneer Girl, The Annotated Autobiography, All The Light We Cannot See

In The Book of Strange New Things, Peter is both Preacher Man and Man of God: a charismatic leader and a man who prays alone.  He’s a missionary to the Oasans, who by the way live on another planet.  He’s hot like Captain Kirk, if not as beefy.  The Book of Strange New Things takes you places you never thought you’d go – and you just might love …

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