Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 26, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Anything is Possible

Book Title: Anything is Possible

If you loved Olive Kitteridge or My Name is Lucy Barton, you’ll be happy to know that Elizabeth Strout’s radiantly beautiful and affecting new novel, Anything is Possible, is out this week! I got my hands on an early copy and spent a rainy Sunday transported back to the hometown of Lucy Barton – Amgash, Illinois – where Lucy has returned for the first time …

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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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January 16, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

First GREAT novel of 2016: My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout

Book Title: My Name is Lucy Barton

  My Name is Lucy Barton is the book your friends will be reading this winter, this spring, and beyond.  I try not to be a bully about recommendations, but you should join them!  I was recently reminded of Muhammed Ali’s approach to the ring: “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” and this seems to me Elizabeth Strout’s genius in My Name is Lucy …

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