Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

May 18, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Time Spent in Los Angeles

Book Titles: West of Eden: An American Place, She, Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood

LA, you’ve got nothing on Nashville!   Well, there’s the year-round sunshine.  Hollywood.  The Pacific Ocean.  And the books you’ve inspired.  I’m forced to concede you might have a few things. Today, Matt Osborne and I feature three books set in Los Angeles (I’m covering the appetizers, he’s got the main course).   As summer approaches, you might go west – if only in your mind. …

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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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