Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

April 6, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

The Language of Flowers, The Art of Feathers, and Book Club Picks for Right Now

Book Titles: The Language of Flowers, We Never Asked for Wings, The Past, Eligible, The Taliban Shuffle, The Year of the Runaways

 The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, made the rounds on the book club circuit not too long ago, evoking strong feelings for many.  “I feel it’s only fair to warn you, dear reader, that Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s central character … is going to break your heart three ways from Sunday,” writes Paula McLain (Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife). “She’s also going to make you want …

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April 2, 2016
by jenniferpuryear

Book Abuse (The Taliban Shuffle, by Kim Barker)

Book Titles: The Taliban Shuffle, Olive Kitteridge

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” playing in theaters now, is a middling mess.  I wanted to love it:  another triumph for the fabulous Tina Fey!   But the movie aimed somewhere between serious and comic and just felt odd.  It was never funny enough to make you laugh out loud and never weighty enough to convey the terrifying reality of Afghanistan in 2005.  I suppose it worked pretty well as a …

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