Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 15, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

9 High Flavor YA Reads for Your Teen (And You): Guest Post by Lyn Fairchild Hawks

  Today, educator and YA author Lyn Fairchild Hawks recommends 9 thoughtful and provocative current YA reads. Why would your teen even think about picking one up otherwise? (For that matter, why would you?) Spring Break is right around the corner, and these books promise to stir up conversation, maybe even a little controversy. I hate to throw shade on a perfectly legitimate and even delicious flavor …

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April 2, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Book Abuse (The Taliban Shuffle, by Kim Barker)

Book Titles: The Taliban Shuffle, Olive Kitteridge

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” playing in theaters now, is a middling mess.  I wanted to love it:  another triumph for the fabulous Tina Fey!   But the movie aimed somewhere between serious and comic and just felt odd.  It was never funny enough to make you laugh out loud and never weighty enough to convey the terrifying reality of Afghanistan in 2005.  I suppose it worked pretty well as a …

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December 4, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Books for The Screen-Addicted Teen (Is There Any Other Kind?)

Looking for a gift for a teenager?  I’m so sorry.  I am too.  They’re hard to please, in my experience.  And mine won’t be screaming with delight over the books wrapped under the tree.  I’ve noticed, though, that they do tend to pick up a book during the holidays when things get slow.  My dear friend Lyn Fairchild Hawks, an author and educator, is kind enough …

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September 17, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Lyn Fairchild Hawks on The Best Advice She’s Ever Received

Yesterday’s post featured author Lyn Fairchild Hawks’ novel, How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought.  Lyn’s experience as a teacher in economically diverse and racially mixed schools shaped her novel (and her life) in profound ways.   Today she answers the question, What is the best advice you’ve ever received? From Lyn:  When I was a novice high school English teacher, I would often seek …

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September 16, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought

It’s a fascinating thing when a friend of your youth writes a novel.  Especially a novel set in high school, when your lives were woven tight.  Lyn arrived in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 9th grade, moving from northern California (France and Belgium before that).  It didn’t take her too long to figure things out and make a unique place for herself at our conservative private school. …

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