Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 8, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

It’s Been a Week

Book Title: Where Reasons End

It’s been a week. Tornadoes in Tennessee and post-tornado suffering and love; Super Tuesday and the clarification of the Democratic primary; the dread-inducing novel coronavirus, giving novels everywhere a bad name. My friend Matt Osborne stops in today with a meditation on peace and meaning in the face of extraordinary worry and existential despair. He calls it a post on storytelling. At the end, I’ll …

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August 5, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

A Quick History of Modern China (And Top Three Book Recommendations)

Book Titles: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, Red Azalea, Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China

China may be the country we most need to understand in today’s world. (Apart from our own, of course.) With 1.3 billion people, the world’s second largest economy, and its most powerful leader since Mao in Xi Jinping, China sings both ancient and modern songs. Today’s post features two memoirs and one collection of short stories I read traveling to and from Beijing (and during …

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