Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

December 29, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Hold My Hand, and I’ll Hold Yours…

Book Titles: Sula

With only a few days left in December, January’s hopes wait in tender places inside us.  I’ve been reflecting on some books that touched me this year. The top three that come to mind are Say, Say, Say by Lila Savage, Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl, and How to Catch a Mole by Marc Abrams. I was also deeply moved and troubled by Toni Morrison’s Sula. I’d …

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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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