First Paragraph: Nobody’s Baby But Mine
I’ve decided it’s time for my brain to take a vacation. Last week I read Grapes of Wrath for book club (review coming soon) and The Chaperone. Both books made for excellent reading and lots of thinking. So, my brain needs a break. I’ve been thinking about a book I read back in the late ’90s: Nobody’s Baby But Mine. Parts of it have stayed with me all this time. I decided it’s perfect for a little “brain-break.” Here’s the first paragraph:
The three offensive linemen, who were spending the November evening sitting in the back booth at Zebras, the DuPage Coubty sports bar favored by the Chicago Stars football players, all nodded at once.
Junior Duncan gestured toward the waitress for another round. “He’s going to be thirty-six, so we wanted to make this extra-special.”
“Bull,” Jodie said.
Everybody who knew anythibg aboutr football knew that Cal Bonbner, the Stars’ brilliant quarterback, had been demanding, temperamental, and generally impossible to get along with ever since the season started. Bonner, popularly known as the “Bomber” becayuse of his fondness for throwing explosive passes, was the top-ranked quarterback in the AFC and a legend.
What do you think?
Would you keep reading?
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