Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 18, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post by Mary Falls: Grazing for the Literary Omnivore

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mary Falls at a loss for words, and I’ve known her since we practiced law together very many years ago.  She always seems to have just the right thing to say!  Maybe because she reads so much?  Maybe it was all those siblings competing for air time.  Maybe it’s just her own special gift. In case it’s the reading, here’s what …

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November 28, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Greatest Hits of 2014

Book Titles: In the Kingdom of Ice, The Untold Story of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, Strong Inside: The Collision of Race and Sports in the South, Orange is the New Black, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Us, Euphoria, The Goldfinch, Long Man

I hope Black Friday finds you cozy at home!  I’m impressed with your bravery if you’re headed to the mall, particularly Mean Hills.  The ladies mean business, especially about that parking space.  My advice to you:  concede the space and save yourself. Today’s post features a few ideas as the shopping madness commences.  For more (ideas, not madness), take a look at the books nominated for the …

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May 21, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading – A Perfect 10

Book Titles: Long Man, The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, One Plus One, Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When a Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter to Do (A Memoir, Sort-of), Summer House with Swimming Pool, The Martian, Ghana Must Go, Prayers for the Stolen, On Such a Full Sea

Newsflash: I am not a perfect 10 in my swimsuit this summer.  At this point, it’s all about the coverup.  I won’t be artfully disguising the books I’m reading, though!  Summer reading can make us all shine.  Below is a carefully curated selection of ten white-hot reads for Summer 2014, beginning with my top two picks, spending some time with beach reads and thrillers, and …

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May 21, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Wednesday Special: Summer Reading – A Perfect 10

Newsflash: I am not a perfect 10 in my swimsuit this summer.  At this point, it’s all about the coverup.  I won’t be artfully disguising the books I’m reading, though!  Summer reading can make us all shine.  Below is a carefully curated selection of ten white-hot reads for Summer 2014, beginning with my top two picks, spending some time with beach reads and thrillers, and …

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April 29, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Mother’s Day: Mistakes Can Be Made

Book Titles: Frog Music, Long Man

It’s hard to go wrong giving Mom a book, but it’s not impossible.  Let me help you avoid one high risk gift!  You’ve likely noticed Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue, one of the big spring reads prominently featured at your local bookstore, at Amazon, and even at Kroger.  For a book with a mostly happy ending, it will really bring you (or her) down.  It also includes some …

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