Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

May 26, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Deep Dive: Eight Great Summer Reads

Book Titles: No One Can Pronounce My Name, Anything is Possible, The Stranger in the Woods, Since We Fell, The Women in the Castle, The Essex Serpent, The Radium Girls, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

“We want to know, I think, what it is like to be another person, because somehow this helps us position our own self in the world. What are we without this curiosity?” asks Elizabeth Strout (My Name is Lucy Barton, Olive Kitteridge, and the brand new Anything is Possible). Today’s post features eight inquisitive books as we stand at the edge of summer, ready to …

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May 11, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Coffee and Classics: On Jane Austen (Guest Post by Amy Colton)

Book Title: Pride and Prejudice

Amy Colton’s joyful obsession with all-things-Jane might just make your day, as it did mine. Read her guest post and smile! From Amy:  I love Jane Austen. I mean I really love Jane Austen.   In my mid-thirties, I was living a fulfilling life in a new city, raising four young children with my sweet husband and working on endless volunteer committees. And then I met …

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April 29, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Bell Witch Returns: Interview with Don Winston on “Our Family Trouble”

Book Title: Our Family Trouble

I saw “Amityville Horror” on TV as a kid but don’t remember exactly where, or who I was with.  All I remember is the anguish and dread and the question inside my head – “Why don’t you just leave that house? I would leave that house!” What the screenwriters knew, writers of fiction also know: viewers and readers like to be asked by a story, “What …

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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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April 16, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Spring is the Period Express from God

Spring is the period express from God, according to Emily Dickinson. The Bard – his mind on earthly things – reminds us that sweet lovers love the spring. Today’s post brings you a serving of Dickinson and Shakespeare and warmest wishes for a Beautiful Easter and Passover. Note: The film “A Quiet Passion,” based on the life of Emily Dickinson, opened this week to rave reviews. From …

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April 1, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Morning Special in April: Prelude by e.e. cummings

Prelude by e.e. cummings into the strenuous briefness Life: handorgans and April darkness,friends i charge laughing. Into the hair-thin tints of yellow dawn, into the women-coloured twilight i smilingly glide.      I into the big vermilion departure swim,sayingly; (Do you think?)the i do,world is probably made of roses & hello: (of solongs and,ashes)   *     *     * Oh dear. Yeah, …

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March 29, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Party Don’t Stop

Book Title: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

The party don’t start till Hannah Tinti (The Good Thief) walks in. 6:30, Parnassus, Nashville, tonight. She’ll be reading from her latest, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, which Ann Patchett describes as “one part Quentin Tarantino, one part Scheherazade, and twelve parts wild innovation.”  From Tinti’s website: After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter Loo to Olympus, Massachusetts. …

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March 28, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Daughters Asking Questions: Guest Post by Keith Meacham (Women’s History Month Special)

Keith Meacham’s 8-year-old daughter recently asked her a very good question about Women’s History Month (March, you know). In today’s post, Keith shares her answer – and what it means that her daughter asked. She finishes with some children’s book recommendations you’ll want to know about.  From Keith:  Maybe it’s because I have two young daughters at home who are just becoming aware of what it means …

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March 23, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Spring Break Special: It’s Epic!

Book Title: Norse Mythology

Spring Break is all fun and games until one of the kids – your friend’s kid! the kid she trusted you with! – steps on a shard of glass poolside which lodges at a strange angle in her foot and you find yourself at Urgent Care. At that point you’re feeling EPIC ANXIETY followed by EPIC RELIEF after the doctor successfully removes the shard and …

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March 15, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

9 High Flavor YA Reads for Your Teen (And You): Guest Post by Lyn Fairchild Hawks

  Today, educator and YA author Lyn Fairchild Hawks recommends 9 thoughtful and provocative current YA reads. Why would your teen even think about picking one up otherwise? (For that matter, why would you?) Spring Break is right around the corner, and these books promise to stir up conversation, maybe even a little controversy. I hate to throw shade on a perfectly legitimate and even delicious flavor …

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