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"I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place." - Anne Tyler

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First Paragraph: Reconstructing Amelia

Reconstucting Amelia by Kimberly McCreight is a book club read. I’m really enjoying the book, but I doubt everyone will. One of my friends said this was “one of those mean-girl” books. Have you read it? Here’s how it begins: eRaCeFULLY SEPTEMBER 5TH Because there are 176 definitions for the word loser on urban dictionary.com. Don’t […]

First Paragraph: I’ll Give You the Sun

I’m reading an exceptionally good young adult novel, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. It didn’t start out that way for me. It took a few pages for the story to grab me. So — I’m curious about what you think. If you’ve already read this book, tell me what you think. Noah Age […]

First Paragraph: An Innocent Client

A new year, a new book, a new series. I’m almost done reading An Innocent Client by Scott Pratt. I really like this one. I may have to keep reading the rest of the books in this series. An Innocent Client is book #1. Here’s how it starts: Part I April 12 7:00 A.M. It […]

First Paragraph: The Valley of Amazement

Amy Tan has been one of my favorite authors, ever since I read The Joy Luck Club. I’ve learned she also lives here in northern California. I hope some day to meet her. In the meantime, I’m reading her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement. Here’s how it begins: Hidden Jade Path Shanghai 1905-1907 Violet […]

First Paragraph: A Quilt for Christmas

Today I’m featuring a Sandra Dallas book, A Quilt for Christmas. It’s a lovely civil war-era book that this author does so well. I’m sharing the first paragraph from the prologue: . Prologue November 20, 1864 It was a fine fall evening. The window carried the smell of rotting apples and woo smoke and a […]

First Paragraph: Thorne by Lisa Jackson

I’m reading a set of four books by Lisa Jackson. It’s all about the McCafferty’s, a ranch family in Montana. The oldest brother, Thorne, is featured in the first book. Here’s how the prologue begins: Last Summer    “The truth of the matter, son, is that I’ve got a request for you,” John Randall McCafferty […]

First Paragraph: The Language of Hoffbeats

I’m reading a newly-released book for a TLC Book Tour next week. It’s The Language of Hoffbeats. So far, I’m enjoying the story. Here’s the first two paragraphs: We were more than halfway to this new town whose name I’d forgotten again, and something was brewing in the back of the van. Not with the kids. With […]

First Paragraph: Persuasion by Jane Austen

I decided to reread this classic Jane Austen book. I can’t remember rereading it since my teen years. But Persuasion didn’t grab me at the beginning the way Pride and Prejudice did. See for yourself. Here’s the first and part of the second paragraph: Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man […]

First Paragraph: The American Way of Eating

I’m featuring an excellent non-fiction book this week. It reminds me a lot of Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich. Does anyone remember that one? This is a nice undercover journalistic piece about how our food goes from the fields to the numerous middle-men to our tables. Here’s how it begins: The first Brooklyn supermarket […]

First Paragraph: Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel

This week I’m featuring the latest Jack Reacher novel. It’s doing quite well on the best seller lists because it’s really quite good. Here’s the first paragraph. Eight days ago my life was an up and down affair. Some of it good. Some of it not so good. Most of it uneventful. Long slow periods […]