Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 23, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Spring Break Special: It’s Epic!

Book Title: Norse Mythology

Spring Break is all fun and games until one of the kids – your friend’s kid! the kid she trusted you with! – steps on a shard of glass poolside which lodges at a strange angle in her foot and you find yourself at Urgent Care. At that point you’re feeling EPIC ANXIETY followed by EPIC RELIEF after the doctor successfully removes the shard and …

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February 9, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

The Bear and the Nightingale: Plot and Poetry Intertwine

When no one was looking I snuck in a total pleasure read – an impulse purchase on my ipad – one of Amazon’s “Best Books of January.” I succumbed to the temptation of The Bear and The Nightingale, by Katherine Arden (think Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book).  Set in a deep mythic past – in this case, 14th century Russia …

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December 31, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The New Year’s Resolution

Book Title: The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

Pepper spent the holiday recovering from emergency surgery Christmas Eve to remove a “foreign object” in her stomach wreaking havoc on her system.  (And I do mean havoc.)  She’s been in a happy haze with the good meds, but she didn’t forget that the New Year was approaching – and with it, resolutions. “I resolve to eat more slowly,” she told me.  “I think I might …

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