Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

August 18, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Normal People – and Toni Morrison

Book Titles: Sula, Spoon River Anthology, Normal People

Irish author Sally Rooney tells a provocative story about young lovers in her award-winning new novel, Normal People. Marianne is an odd duck in high school, but she and star athlete Connell develop an unusual friendship in spite of their differences. It’s a little weird that his mother is her mother’s housekeeper. It’s complicated that Connell is popular, and Marianne is not. How will their friendship play …

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May 18, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Time Spent in Los Angeles

Book Titles: West of Eden: An American Place, She, Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood

LA, you’ve got nothing on Nashville!   Well, there’s the year-round sunshine.  Hollywood.  The Pacific Ocean.  And the books you’ve inspired.  I’m forced to concede you might have a few things. Today, Matt Osborne and I feature three books set in Los Angeles (I’m covering the appetizers, he’s got the main course).   As summer approaches, you might go west – if only in your mind. …

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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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