First Paragraph: A Natural Woman

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.

I’ve been listening to a super memoir written the musical legend, Carol King. Here’s the first paragraph:

In the first decade of the twentieth century a man and a woman from Poland, another man from Poland, and a woman from Russia undertook to cross a continent and an ocean with little more than a fierce determination to find a better life in America. They were my grandparents, and they found that better life in Brooiklyn, New York. Had my grandparents not emigrated when they did, I might have been born Jewish in Eastern Europe during World War II, or I might not have been born at all. Instead., I was born in 1942 in New York City.

What do you think of this paragraph?

Would you keep reading?


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6 Responses to First Paragraph: A Natural Woman

  1. I love that intro and curious about Carol King. Hadn’t realized her grandparents came from Poland, as did mine in the very early 1900’s. I’d keep reading. Especially curious with her year with James Taylor’s addictions.

  2. Kaye says:

    Definitely would continue.

  3. JoAnn says:

    I’m not usually a fan of celebrity memoirs, but I’d give this a chance.

  4. Staci says:

    Yes, I would keep reading this one….hope it turns out to be a great read for you!

  5. Hattie says:

    Yes, I would definitely continue to read the book. The first paragraph seems very important to me. The first paragraph makes me think of the importance of timing. A matter of seconds or minutes or between one thought and another thought a person’s whole life can change directions. After all in a split second so much can go wrong or go right.

  6. kaye says:

    I’d read it, I love Carole King.

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