Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

March 12, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Spring Break Roundup: She Wants to Lead a Glamorous Life…Without Love, It Ain’t Much

Book Title: The Swans of Fifth Avenue

Most of what you need to know about love can be learned from Sheila E’s “The Glamorous Life.”  You can do a line of cocaine or click here for a serious high.  Be careful, you’ll want to watch every single performance of “The Glamorous Life” uploaded to YouTube.  (Do it!!)     She just nails it at the end, after all the gushing about diamonds and furs: …

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March 3, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Couples Book Club: “Gentlemen, This Is Why We Have Survived as a Species” (The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen)

This month, my couples book club read The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and I suppose you could call it a spy novel of the tortured soul variety.  It’s the story of a communist mole for the North Vietnamese who finds himself – in a bizarre turn of the screw – writing his “confession” under duress in a communist re-education camp.  The son of a French priest and Vietnamese mother, …

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December 27, 2015
by jenniferpuryear

Trying to Decide What to Read in 2016?

The “Best Books of 2015” lists are a great resource, of course!  There are just so many, lists upon lists.  Here are the top five that I’ve enjoyed and found useful: #1:  The New York Times Top 10 Books of 2015 This is the list you can’t ignore, and I won’t be so bold as to put it anywhere but the number one spot.  It’s a serious list; don’t …

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