Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

June 27, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Getting a Handle on 2020: Guest Post from 2 Cece’s

“Wherever there are four Episcopal priests, there is always a fifth,” it has been noted, with a sly smile. In particular, Mary Laurie Cece’s father used to say this (an Episcopal priest and college professor himself). Mary Laurie recently recounted this to her four grown kids, living at home. “What’s a fifth?” one of them asked.  For those under 25: it’s a handle. These are the …

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February 10, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

You Know You Want This

Book Title: You Know You Want This

I found myself in the cold embrace of Middletown, Delaware this week – but also hot under the collar. It’s rare for me to dislike a book so much. You Know You Want This, says Kristen Roupenian. But maybe you don’t.

November 4, 2018
by jenniferpuryear


I was thrilled when the Headmaster of my daughters’ boarding school asked me to give a chapel talk on the topic “Why Read” over Parents Weekend. What a lovely invitation! What an honor! I worked quite hard to write a speech that I thought might be interesting to parents and students.