Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

January 30, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Book Club Fail: The Nightingale

Just to clarify:  it’s me that failed, not my book club.  I intended to finish Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale before Thursday night rolled around, but we all know about good intentions and the roads they pave.  With my book club’s permission, I took notes instead.  Here’s what they said about a book that elicited strong feelings; you’ll understand that certain quantities of wine had been …

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December 17, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon Readers’ Top Picks of 2015, The Last Word

With great pleasure I share the last installment of Bacon readers’ top picks for 2015!  It’s not too late to get these books wrapped and under the tree… and it’s always a good time to treat yourself to a great read! From Kate McKee:  My favorite read of 2015 was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I picked it up when it came out late last year …

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March 26, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post by Sine Thieme: What Would I Have Done in Their Shoes? (Review of The Nightingale and Reflections on a German Childhood)

Book Title: The Nightingale

“If life always went exactly as planned, there would be no stories.  If you look at it that way, a crappy day can be the greatest gift,” writes Sine Thieme at her terrific blog, JoburgExpat, and I can just hear her smiling!  Sine is a cheerful chronicler who finds the humor in challenging and downright aggravating circumstances.  She honed this talent while navigating life in Johannesburg from …

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February 9, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Timing is Everything: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Book Title: The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah didn’t plan it this way, but the publication of her latest novel, The Nightingale, couldn’t have come at a better moment, on the heels of the blockbuster World War II-inspired novel, All the Light We Cannot See.  The Nightingale is described at Kristin’s website as “an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II.  A profound and compelling …

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