Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

August 19, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Why to Read – or Not Read – California, by Edan Lepucki

Book Title: California

We read some books because of the buzz, right?  The Boys in the Boat or Unbroken.  Gone Girl or The Goldfinch.  If you’re on the fence about the latest somewhat buzzy book, Edan Lepucki’s California – maybe wait for the movie.  Alternatively, buy the book because you really like Stephen Colbert or want to take a position in a publisher’s business dispute with Amazon – both perfectly legitimate reasons! California has been …

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May 21, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Summer Reading – A Perfect 10

Book Titles: Long Man, The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, One Plus One, Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When a Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter to Do (A Memoir, Sort-of), Summer House with Swimming Pool, The Martian, Ghana Must Go, Prayers for the Stolen, On Such a Full Sea

Newsflash: I am not a perfect 10 in my swimsuit this summer.  At this point, it’s all about the coverup.  I won’t be artfully disguising the books I’m reading, though!  Summer reading can make us all shine.  Below is a carefully curated selection of ten white-hot reads for Summer 2014, beginning with my top two picks, spending some time with beach reads and thrillers, and …

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May 21, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Wednesday Special: Summer Reading – A Perfect 10

Newsflash: I am not a perfect 10 in my swimsuit this summer.  At this point, it’s all about the coverup.  I won’t be artfully disguising the books I’m reading, though!  Summer reading can make us all shine.  Below is a carefully curated selection of ten white-hot reads for Summer 2014, beginning with my top two picks, spending some time with beach reads and thrillers, and …

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