Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

August 4, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Harry Potter and The Crushing Disappointment

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” feels like the Cliff Notes of the book I really want to read.  Imagine Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – or any other book in the series – with everything redacted except the dialogue.  It’s one lick of an ice cream cone.  One sip of an ice cold Coke.  One nibble of the Turkish delight the White Witch …

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March 6, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

First Bacon Contest – and Perfect Spring Break Reading!

Book Title: Career of Evil

Today’s regular Bacon contributor throws Harry Potter under the bus and stakes out a daring claim about J.K. Rowling’s work.  Due to the highly controversial nature of these remarks, he or she has chosen to write under a pseudonym.  I’ll send a copy of any Cormoran Strike novel (by Robert Galbraith) to the first person who correctly identifies today’s guest writer!  Perfect Spring Break reading… From …

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May 5, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Two Books for the May Graduate: J.K. Rowling’s Latest and a Children’s Book (But Not the One You Think)

Book Titles: Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of the Imagination, The Jumblies

J.K. Rowling’s latest is perfect for a May graduate and – as a sidenote – might be just the encouragement you need yourself in a harried month.  Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination is a commencement address Rowling gave at Harvard a few years back, published in a lovely small hardback for the first time this spring.  It takes about …

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