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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