Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

September 1, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Sunday Bacon: Top Ten for Fall 2019

Book Titles: Say, Say, Say, Olive Again, Fight No More: Stories, The Dutch House, Late Migrations, Inland, Revolution Song, Exhalation, The Testaments, Conviction

I love a list. I especially love a to-do list and the ecstatic feeling of crossing things off. Making a Top 10 list of recommended reading, on the other hand, gets harder each time I do it. What you should read right now is intensely personal… what are you dealing with in your life? What has your best friend just read? Which book has been …

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March 10, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Four Fantastic Reads for Spring Break: Say Goodbye to the Wintertime Blues

Book Titles: Mermaids in Paradise, Cinnamon and Gunpowder, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, The Buried Giant

If winter has left you feeling more than a little grumpy and cooped up, you might consider one of the fun and fantastical reads in today’s post as we dream of Spring! Mermaids in Paradise, by Lydia Millet, makes the top of my list: smart, funny, slightly wacky, and in the end, deeply moving.  Actual mermaids make several (underwater) appearances in this novel, set in …

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