Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

September 9, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced Today

The Man Booker Prize might be my favorite of the big literary awards… don’t tell the National Book Award or Pulitzer Prize committees!  I suppose I still look to the Mother Country for some important things, such as royal babies, fabulous boy bands like One Direction, and great picks in literature.  In years past, the Man Booker Prize was awarded to the best novel of the …

Continue reading

March 25, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Incendiary Material: A Slow Burn and A Pipe Bomb

Book Titles: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, The Flamethrowers

Nashville’s All-City Read for 2014, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching.  From beginning to end, it simmers with feeling.  Another hot current read – The Flamethrowers – explodes with action you didn’t see coming.  Both novels feature radical experiments of the 1970’s and searing personal experiences. In We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, the novel’s central character, Rosemary, grows up …

Continue reading