Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

August 18, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Late Summer: He Said/She Said Featuring Jay and Christi Turner

For Jay and Christi Turner, the end of the summer is also the end of of an era: their oldest daughter leaves for college this month.  She’s going to their alma mater, and they’ll try to keep a close eye on her at a distance.  Vanderbilt is, after all, where Christi and Jay met (“She came over one day to play volleyball.  I was living …

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May 31, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Bacon at the Beach: Top Pick, Summer 2016

Book Titles: The Summer Book, The Excellent Lombards, Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Modern Lovers, Maestra, Tiny Beautiful Things

I have to tell you about The Summer Book, a quietly beautiful little novel first published in 1972 and still in print.  The paperback is just the right size for your beach bag, and it’s like the perfect sand dollar you find maybe once in your life:  a small miracle, ordinary in its way, but also extraordinary.  It has given me a vision of who …

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May 27, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Pepper and The Weed Eater

One recent Saturday morning when I was out of town our lawn service came by.  My husband let Pepper out while one of the men trimmed things up with a weed eater.  She went berserk, my husband reported, attacking the weed eater with fearsome barks and low lunges.  The yard man had to turn it off.  With great difficulty, my husband lured her back into …

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