Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 14, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

When the Universe Sends You a Message: Best Novels of 2016

Today, one of the most avid and discerning readers I know shares his “Best of” list for 2016.  I’m taking notes. From Sean Kinch:  I am a devoted reader of “Best of” book lists. Seeing what others consider the cream of the year gives me a chance to learn what I have missed and provides the inspiration to lift a title to the top of …

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January 3, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

The Hazards of Love, Jealousy, and Madness: Only Love Can Break Your Heart, by Ed Tarkington

Ed Tarkington is a big man, gentle of heart.  A high school English teacher and wrestling coach at Montgomery Bell Academy, a family man with two young daughters, he’s up at 4 am most mornings to write.  The result is his suspenseful and beautiful debut novel, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, which will take you into the heart of darkness in small town Virginia …

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