Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

October 6, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Southern Festival of Books Special: Brad Watson, Miss Jane

My couples book club recently enjoyed a heated discussion about Brad Watson’s new novel, Miss Jane, longlisted for the National Book Award.  I think I might have said some provocative things.  (Can I blame it on the jet lag?  Or was I just being contrary?)       Miss Jane is the heavily fictionalized story of the author’s great aunt, who lived in rural Mississippi at a …

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September 3, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Top Picks: Labor Day Weekend

Book Titles: The Girls, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, The Art of Travel, Miss Jane, The Fishermen, The Odd Woman and the City, The Dream Life of Astronauts

The serious business of fall is almost upon us:  sporting events, social events, the acquisition of mums.  Almost!  But not today. If you need one last summertime read, you might pick up The Girls, by Emma Cline – a smart, sexy novel that’s spent most of the summer on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s the summer of 1969 and teenager Evie Boyd is bored, unhappy, and unsupervised.  Her best …

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