Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

September 22, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Gothic Reimagined: Twin Peaks – and Delicious Foods (Guest Post by Lawrence Blank-Cook)

Book Title: Delicious Foods

My husband and I have just finished watching the old “Twin Peaks” (from the 90s). I’m still trying to figure it out. There’s murder, a dwarf, a giant, a woman with superhuman strength (Nadine) – not to mention the woods, the owl, and the supernatural. Good versus evil. What does this sound like? SOUTHERN GOTHIC of course. Flannery O’Connor territory, upper Northwest style. Today, Lawrence …

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November 18, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Solicitation

Sticking a piece of bacon in your drink is a great idea if that drink is a Bloody Mary and there’s a stalk of celery and a sprig of rosemary and a cheese-filled olive close by.  It’s all very cozy and friendly.   Another great idea?  Sharing reading recs with your Bacon friends!  It’s time for the annual year-end Bacon Readers’ Top Picks, and it’s no fun without …

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February 16, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Art, Truth, and a Trip to Venice (Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern)

Book Title: Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern

Regular Bacon contributor Lawrence Blank-Cook hopes to get a trip to Venice out of this post.  Good luck, Lawrence!  You were an awfully good sport about risking your life on that enormous old sled with your entire nuclear family on it.  I bet your husband will be a good sport about getting that trip to Venice on the calendar after reading your post! From Lawrence: Over the past year, …

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April 28, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Lawrence Blank-Cook on Brown Girl Dreaming

Book Title: Brown Girl Dreaming

Author Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2014 for Brown Girl Dreaming, a memoir in verse about growing up African American in the 1960s and 70s in South Carolina and New York.  If you have a kid in school right now, you’ve probably heard about Brown Girl Dreaming or had a book by Woodson come home at some point along the …

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March 27, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Lawrence Blank-Cook on Cancer and The Passage of Time

Book Titles: The Fault in our Stars, A Tale for the Time Being

Lawrence Cook’s favorite guilty pleasure is reading in bed with the entire family – each with their own book or newspaper.  With daughters getting bigger, she knows that this pleasure has an expiration date.  On a day with no commitments, she would walk the dogs, practice yoga, and have lunch with a friend or two.  She secretly enjoys weeding in her flower garden.  Lawrence leads collaboration …

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