Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 19, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Haunted Songs

Last week I found myself on a small stage but in big company with Alice Randall, Adam Ross, and Gary Shockley. We were talking about Lincoln in the Bardo, the Man-Booker-Prize-winning novel by George Saunders. (Thank God all I had to do was ask the questions.) The novel imagines Lincoln on the night after his 11-year-old son’s death in February of 1862. Newspapers reported that …

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March 11, 2018
by jenniferpuryear

Six Colorful Reads for Spring: Bacon Top Picks

Spring arrives – not a moment too soon – in pinks and purples and yellows and whites. We’ve been waiting! It’s time for a new book, too. Today’s post features four novels, a short story collection, and a memoir, all of them as fresh and engaging as the season. Spring Break bonus: two of the books are perfect to read with your middle schooler or …

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September 14, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Breaking News: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

Yesterday’s breaking news is still pretty fresh and it’s VERY savory: 7 novels have been voted off the island and 6 remain on the Man Booker Prize shortlist! Here they are, in order of most to least interesting to Bacon: History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund From the Man Booker website: Linda, age 14, lives on a dying commune on the edge of a lake …

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March 9, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Six Spring Reads: Goin Outta My Mind

Book Titles: Exit West, All Grown Up, Swing Time, Her Every Fear, Lincoln in the Bardo, Transit

Mindfulness has a stellar reputation these days, well deserved – but sometimes you don’t want to be where you are (more mindfully). Today’s post – at Styleblueprint – features six compelling, delightful, harrowing, entertaining, funny, and/or challenging current reads that promise to take you out of your own head. Below are a few Bacon bits to get your mouth watering…  We’re on a Road to Nowhere …

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February 20, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Presidents’ Day Special: Lincoln in the Bardo

Book Title: Lincoln in the Bardo

The title has such such a delicious feel in the mouth – “Lincoln in the Bardo” – it doesn’t even matter that you don’t know what a bardo is. Here’s part of what the New York Times has to say about the eagerly anticipated first novel by acclaimed short story writer George Saunders (including a definition of that mysterious term): “Lincoln in the Bardo” takes, as its …

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