Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

November 15, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Imagine Me Gone

It’s crazy when the book you didn’t really want to read becomes the book you can’t stop talking about.  Adam Haslett’s Imagine Me Gone may be one of the most beautiful, wrenching novels about a family you’ll read this year, right up there with Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth.  If Commonwealth asks “What is a family,” Imagine Me Gone asks “What are the limits of love?” The story …

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July 17, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Very Scary Experience

It was an ordinary late afternoon.  The big white van brought Peppy home from puppy playtime, but she wasn’t ready for the day’s fun to end.  She grabbed her frisbee and enticed me outside.  I was having fun and she was having fun – all over the yard, frisbee fun – when she slipped and fell after a catch.  That had never happened before.  We headed …

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January 6, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

A Thought Experiment for January (Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson)

Book Title: Furiously Happy

Which of these statements is more true:  1.  It is most important to feel content with who you are.  2.  It is most important to be growing and improving as a person.  For the purposes of this thought experiment, you can’t say “both.”  Which of these statements is MORE TRUE. It’s the season for growth and improvement, and sometimes that’s just exhausting.  Even when it’s …

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