Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 25, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

The Vanishing Half: Guest Post by Mary Raymond

The ever-thoughtful Mary Raymond returns to Bacon today with her review of Brit Bennett’s new novel, The Vanishing Half. I didn’t love Bennett’s debut work, The Mothers, but Mary makes a strong case for The Vanishing Half. I value Mary’s voice, and I think she values mine. We are friends who can talk about politics, and not entirely agree, and still love each other. From Mary: Brit Bennett’s …

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March 15, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Coronavirus: Social Distancing

Book Title: Here for It: How to Save Your Soul in America

Today’s “Life in the Time of Coronavirus” is brought to you by Mary Raymond. She’s not opposed to social distancing from time to time.

July 21, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Climbing the Mountain

Book Title: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

Mary Raymond returns to the Bacon Neighborhood today with a thoughtful piece on the mountains we climb. The ties that bind. And what sets us free. 

November 6, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Election Day Special 2018

Book Title: This is How It Always Is

On election day, amid heated rhetoric, I take comfort in the blessings of the Hampton Inn. 

May 20, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

”I Am A Warrior”

Book Titles: My Absolute Darling, Educated

Thank God for the people who survive their harrowing childhoods and live to tell their warrior tales. Thank God for the novelists who imagine courage in the worst of circumstances. They inspire us – the truth tellers – for truth and bravery take many forms. Mary Raymond returns to Bacon today with a compelling account of two hot current reads featuring heroines who transcend dire …

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April 15, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

The Importance of Emojis (and Gratitude): Guest Post by Mary Raymond

Book Title: The Gratitude Diaries

My friend Mary Raymond and I were corresponding by email the other day. She wanted to insert a slightly freaked-out/chattering tooth emoji that had not yet been envisioned by Apple (because I was nervous about a speaking engagement and also it was very cold out… she understood!!). I was distressed because I couldn’t figure out how to use emojis on my new Ipad. She took …

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November 29, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Meditation Challenge AND Top Picks for December

Several weeks ago, Mary Raymond wrote a guest post called “The Mysterious Discipline” – by far the best explanation of meditation I’ve ever read. For the first time, it made sense to me. Inspired by her piece, I offered a Bacon Meditation Challenge: please join Mary and me for Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Experience – Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude – beginning December 1st. The commitment: 20 …

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November 12, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

“The Mysterious Discipline”: Guest Post by Mary Raymond

Book Titles: Presence, 10% Happier

Mary Raymond’s cat Mavis has never found relaxing to be particularly complicated. I wish I could say the same! My mind does cartwheels at night and sometimes even sets off fireworks. Mary set out to convince me that meditation can help. See the end of today’s post for the Bacon Meditation Challenge! From Mary: My first foray into meditation was, at best, underwhelming. I had …

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June 23, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Book Titles: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy

It can feel daunting and even overwhelming to try to find the right thing to say to a friend who is grieving – particularly one suffering the loss of a child, spouse, or parent. Mary Raymond returns to Bacon today to share what she’s learned from the New York Times bestseller Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. From Mary: Most …

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