Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 19, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

The Exceptionals (“Choking on Super-Excellence Yet?”)

Book Title: A Little Life

Today, friend of Bacon Laura Cooper takes on on a book that’s received a tremendous amount of attention lately, A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara.  She’s not as enchanted as some, and I can see why. From Laura: Who doesn’t love book prizes? They’re my September treat.  Just in time for reading season – that stretch of gorgeous, school-shaped routine between Labor Day and Christmas – come the …

Continue reading

January 21, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante)

Book Title: My Brilliant Friend

Today, regular Bacon Contributor Laura Cooper loves on the “Neapolitan novels” by Elena Ferrante and explains why she’s becoming a fangirl!  The New York Times recently named the fourth novel in the series, The Story of the Lost Child, one of its top 10 books of 2015.  Laura began at the beginning…. From Laura: I’ll admit, I love to talk – yes, on and on – about …

Continue reading

November 19, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

National Book Award Winners Announced (and, with significantly less fanfare, Bacon Reads for November and December also announced)

Every once in a while I accidentally run two Bacon posts in a day.  (Darn.  I feel like such an idiot when that happens.)  Today is different.  Today’s second post is breaking news for readers.  The National Book Award Winners were announced late last night, and Bacon readers need to be in the know! (As a sidenote:  I don’t think Laura Cooper’s Bacon Smack-down of Hanya Yanagihara’s …

Continue reading