Tuesday, May 28, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon. Care to join us?

This week I'm featuring an intro from a book that I'll be starting this week (I hope):


June 4-2013 - Harper

"I have to wonder whether any of the true highlights of my forty some years have had to do with food.  I don't mean celebratory dinners, good fellowship:  I mean salivation, mastication, and peristalsis.  Oddly, for something I do everyday, I can't remember many meals in detail, while it is far easier for me to call up favorite movies, faithful friendships, graduations.  It follows, then, that film, affinity, and education are more important to me than stuffing my face.  Well done, me, you say.  But were I honestly to total the time I have lavished on menu planning, grocery shopping, prep and cooking, table setting, and kitchen cleanup for meal upon mean, food, one way or another, has dwarfed my fondness for Places in the Heart to an incidental footnote; ditto my fondness for any human being, even those whom I profess to love.  I have spent less time thinking about my husband than thinking about lunch.  Throw in the time I also spent ruing indulgence in lemon meringue pies, vowing to skip breakfast tomorrow, and opening the refrigerator/stopping myself from dispatching the leftover pumpkin custard/then shutting it firmly again, and I seem to have concerned myself with little else but food."


What do you think? Would you keep reading or move on to something else?    (I think it's a little rambling, but still feel it is setting the stage for a good story)

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22 comments:

  1. That cover itself will propel me to read this book...

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  2. Now I'm very curious about where this is going....loved the opening lines!

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  3. I am such a foodie, so I am sure to have fun reading this.

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  4. I agree that the opening is rambling, but it's such a good author that I would keep reading. Enjoy!

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  5. Oh, I already pre-ordered this one, and am so excited about receiving it. Shriver is one of my favorite authors, and even though she is always doing something controversial in her books, I am always eager to read them!

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  6. I'm not sure about the opening and have not had good luck with this author in the past... so I'll wait for your review before deciding ;-)

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  7. It's a good opening but I'm not sure I'd keep reading. I've heard good and bad things about the author although I've not read anything of this authors before.

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  8. I have not read this author. I'm wondering if I will just continue to feel bad about eating the wrong things. I will watch for your review.

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  9. I like the sentiment of the first paragraph. I took it to be humorous - I've had days just like the this woman's. I also like the careful use of words here. I'd keep going.

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  10. I like the first sentence! I would keep reading.

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  11. >I have spent less time thinking about my husband than thinking about lunch.

    Really??? I honestly don't think I would groove on this book--seems a bit self-consciously glib to me. Not a narrator that I would want to spend a lot of time with, my love of food notwithstanding.

    Hope you find it great, though!

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  12. I'm not sure I agree that I don't think of good meals. I connect meals to all kinds of events. I'll be interested to see what you think. Here's Mine

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  13. Nope, don't think I'd read this one. :<)

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  14. This one is not grabbing me at all. A little too disjointed. I'm not obsessed with food... now if it were about growing the food, that would be different!

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  15. Not likely, I stopped reading half way through!

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  16. I loved Shriver's SO MUCH FOR THAT a few years ago. I am hoping for more writing as good as that. I just started the book. I say keep going.

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  17. I'll get back to you on this--after lunch!

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  18. Yes, keep reading. I think Shriver is an exceptional writer - I've just started reading this one as well.

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  19. Diane,
    This book is definitely not about WAR - I have read 4 in a row about war - food would be a great change.
    Yes, I think I would read this book :)

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  20. I started reading this when it arrived last week and am compelled. The topic may hit a little close to home in places but I love the way the author writes - this is the first of her novels I will read.

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  21. I've heard such good things about Shriver's books. This one does sound good from the intro.

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  22. I'm a fan of Shriver's so I would read this one!

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