Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

February 3, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

The Wondrous World: Guest Post by Sara Bhatia

  Wonders are all around us – as are grievous ills – harms – and losses. It’s hard to figure out even my small corner of the world and how to be a good person in it. Reading helps. Also talking to friends. I’m delighted for Sara Bhatia to return to Bacon today and share some of the things she saw and read and thought …

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June 27, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

True Crime: The Feather Thief

It’s fun to pull for the bad guys in a summer flick, especially when they’re not Too bad. I just rewatched Ocean’s Eleven – George Clooney! Matt Damon! Brad Pitt! Even without popcorn and a coke, this was a good way to spend a few hours getting in the mood for Ocean’s Eight. Nothing lately has made me happier than pulling for the young vagabond Han …

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March 4, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

What Is True?

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 23, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Thanksgiving Special: This Blessed Earth

Book Title: This Blessed Earth

My friend Sara Bhatia is doing something hard (in addition to preparing the turkey): she’s listening. And trying to understand. A fierce and beautiful American, she wants to know what motivated other fierce and beautiful Americans in the 2016 election. “We are the swamp,” she said of herself and her husband, who live in Washington, D.C. First, she read Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance. Next, …

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July 28, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Janesville: An American Story

Today, Sara Bhatia returns to Bacon with an in-depth report on Janesville: An American Story. Trying to understand what’s going on in our country right now? This book helps. From Sara:   Janesville is a proud union town, with a long history of Democratic politics.  On political maps, it’s a blue dot surrounded by a sea of red. A rust belt city whose jobs have dried …

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May 4, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter (Guest Post by Sara Bhatia)

Book Title: The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter

Here comes summer, once we all survive May, of course, and many of us eagerly anticipate the simple pleasures ahead – swimming pools, hamburgers on the grill, maybe even board games. These are what author David Sax would call “analog” pleasures – not dependent on our digitally interconnected world. Today, regular Bacon contributor Sara Bhatia reviews his fascinating new book The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and …

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February 7, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Ten Restaurants That Changed America: Guest Post by Sara Bhatia

At nine months old, my friend Sara Bhatia’s son Zander was sampling a variety of curries and other exotic dishes. My nine-month-old daughter, Ruth, on the other hand, was sampling the foods Gerber put in a jar. Fast forward a few years. Sara and I are chatting by email. Sara: “Don’t you find it fascinating that people like to read about food (and watch movies about …

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January 10, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Princess Leia On Her Way, Episode II: Help Me

“I was something men and women could agree on. They didn’t like me in the same way, but they liked me with the same intensity, and were all fine with the other sex liking me, too. Isn’t that weird? Think about it. And then stop and ponder something actually important,” Carrie Fisher writes about Princess Leia in The Princess Diarist. You can just hear her laughing! …

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June 24, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Book Title: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Today’s guest contributor, Sara Bhatia, lives in the whirling vortex of Washington, D.C., but she keeps a remarkably steady spirit and intellect.  Lately, she’s enjoyed volunteering at the Newseum, one of Washington’s most popular museums, which focuses on the First Amendment and journalism.  “In this crazy election year, both the mission and exhibits feel so relevant,” Sara remarks.   She actually likes the schoolkids and tourists!  (Which I suppose …

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March 24, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

My friend Sara Bhatia lives in the hothouse, hot mess of Washington, D.C., and today she sends a dispatch from our nation’s capital… From Sara:  It was a lucky coincidence that I read Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg the week preceding the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  Notorious RBG, a legal biography with an appealing pop culture …

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