Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

January 30, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Book Club Fail: The Nightingale

Just to clarify:  it’s me that failed, not my book club.  I intended to finish Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale before Thursday night rolled around, but we all know about good intentions and the roads they pave.  With my book club’s permission, I took notes instead.  Here’s what they said about a book that elicited strong feelings; you’ll understand that certain quantities of wine had been …

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March 4, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post by Laura Cooper: Children of the Book.

Frighteningly perfect children populate some of today’s most acclaimed literary fiction, from All the Light We Cannot See to The Goldfinch.  Friend of Bacon Laura Cooper asks why in a brilliant article published today in The Washington Post.  She has kindly shared it with Bacon readers today as well! From Laura: Over the Christmas holiday, I traveled with fantastic children.  Intensely curious.  Intellectually insatiable.  Addicted …

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February 19, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Jennifer Frist on The Way We Read

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Jennifer Frist has a quiet confidence and says she’s a “behind the scenes” girl – but I’m not sure.  I see a bold streak in her, too!  She and Billy renovated an extraordinary home a few years ago and filled it with a stunning, sometimes edgy photography collection.  She’ll put on a spectacular dress for a ball and pink heels for a Valentine’s Day luncheon! …

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February 9, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Timing is Everything: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Book Title: The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah didn’t plan it this way, but the publication of her latest novel, The Nightingale, couldn’t have come at a better moment, on the heels of the blockbuster World War II-inspired novel, All the Light We Cannot See.  The Nightingale is described at Kristin’s website as “an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II.  A profound and compelling …

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January 6, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

The Book of Strange New Things

Book Titles: The Book of Strange New Things, Laura Ingalls Wilder: Pioneer Girl, The Annotated Autobiography, All The Light We Cannot See

In The Book of Strange New Things, Peter is both Preacher Man and Man of God: a charismatic leader and a man who prays alone.  He’s a missionary to the Oasans, who by the way live on another planet.  He’s hot like Captain Kirk, if not as beefy.  The Book of Strange New Things takes you places you never thought you’d go – and you just might love …

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July 24, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Bacon Bit: Elizabeth Lamar on All the Light We Cannot See

Book Title: All the Light We Cannot See

Regular Bacon contributor Elizabeth Lamar is just back from a family fishing trip to the east cape of the Baja peninsula in Mexico, “a great family destination… IF your family likes to fish just about every day,” she says, laughing.  A strong and skillful fisherwoman, Elizabeth secured a striped marlin!  She also secured a few minutes for reading, and today she shares her thoughts on All The Light …

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