Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 23, 2020
by jenniferpuryear

Life in the Time of Corona: Shelter in Place

Book Titles: First: Sandra Day O'Connor, The Mirror and The Light, Talking to Strangers

At the risk of stating the obvious: good things are happening every day, even as most of us wonder whether we’re facing a best case or worst case scenario, as described by Nicholas Kristof in his New York Times column Sunday. (Perhaps most likely something in between?) Nashville just got the news that we’ll be sheltering in place for 14 days at least. One of the …

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March 30, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

April is the Cruellest Month (Unless You’re Watching Sunday Night TV)

You’ve either got a taste for the blood-drenched, sexed-up, medieval-flavored political brilliance of Game of Thrones – or you don’t.  I figure I’m in good company with Margaret Atwood, who says, “Once sucked in, you stay sucked.  Be warned.”  I’m also expecting to be wild about the BBC miniseries Wolf Hall, which airs Sunday nights beginning April 5th on PBS Masterpiece (9 pm central).  Game of Thrones starts up …

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December 2, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Tis the Season for Short and Sweet

Book Titles: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Thunderstruck

Let’s dream of the perfect cocktail party this holiday season, discerning reader!  Little black dresses float round about, and gentlemen sport their festive ties.  One’s champagne flute is always full – and every conversation is short and sweet. Why get trapped in the corner by a huge novel this December?  It’s not the season for The Goldfinch.  Two smart new short story collections provide just the …

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