Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

January 7, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Top Pick 2017: Lions in Winter, Lions in Love

Lions bridge in Sofia, Bulgaria Today’s post features my favorite read of 2017: The Ninth Hour, by Alice McDermott. I’m trying hard to be fair to the other novel in today’s post, which most of my couples’ book club enjoyed. But you could read between the lines. (Essay first published in NFocus, January 2018.) Winter comes for us, if we’re lucky – the winter of …

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June 20, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Sewanee Review: Summer Interview with Adam Ross

I love to dip in and out of The New Yorker, Garden & Gun, other glossies. I do interplanetary research on another species – men – by reading my husband’s Esquire. I hadn’t picked up a literary magazine in years until a Nashville friend – Adam Ross – took over as editor of The Sewanee Review in 2016. Now I’ve added it to the stack, with pleasure! It’s a …

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July 8, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Each of Us Has One Good Novel in Us; or Life Is Never Quiet on the Inside

Book Title: Someone

That novel is the story of your life – from childhood’s awakenings, miseries, and joys, through the muddle in the middle, to the moment you breathe your last.  Every life has the deepest, truest, most fundamental requirement of a story: a beginning, a middle, and an end. One kind of novel takes that raw framework and hangs a long life on it for us to see and …

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