Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 26, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Anything is Possible

Book Title: Anything is Possible

If you loved Olive Kitteridge or My Name is Lucy Barton, you’ll be happy to know that Elizabeth Strout’s radiantly beautiful and affecting new novel, Anything is Possible, is out this week! I got my hands on an early copy and spent a rainy Sunday transported back to the hometown of Lucy Barton – Amgash, Illinois – where Lucy has returned for the first time …

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March 12, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Spring Break Roundup: She Wants to Lead a Glamorous Life…Without Love, It Ain’t Much

Book Title: The Swans of Fifth Avenue

Most of what you need to know about love can be learned from Sheila E’s “The Glamorous Life.”  You can do a line of cocaine or click here for a serious high.  Be careful, you’ll want to watch every single performance of “The Glamorous Life” uploaded to YouTube.  (Do it!!)     She just nails it at the end, after all the gushing about diamonds and furs: …

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January 16, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

First GREAT novel of 2016: My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout

Book Title: My Name is Lucy Barton

  My Name is Lucy Barton is the book your friends will be reading this winter, this spring, and beyond.  I try not to be a bully about recommendations, but you should join them!  I was recently reminded of Muhammed Ali’s approach to the ring: “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” and this seems to me Elizabeth Strout’s genius in My Name is Lucy …

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