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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April 2, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Book Abuse (The Taliban Shuffle, by Kim Barker)

Book Titles: The Taliban Shuffle, Olive Kitteridge

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” playing in theaters now, is a middling mess.  I wanted to love it:  another triumph for the fabulous Tina Fey!   But the movie aimed somewhere between serious and comic and just felt odd.  It was never funny enough to make you laugh out loud and never weighty enough to convey the terrifying reality of Afghanistan in 2005.  I suppose it worked pretty well as a …

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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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November 25, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Louise Bryan on The Burgess Boys

Book Title: The Burgess Boys

Louise Bryan was losing sleep.  It wasn’t any one thing.  I promise you she’s not complaining, but sometimes the stresses of parenthood, other family and volunteer obligations, and her work at Vanderbilt add up.  In the dark hours of the night she found herself picking up a book; and that is how, over a period of a few months, Louise caught up on her reading. Louise …

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