Tuesday, November 11, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~ Florence Gordon; Brian Morton


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.

Florence Gordon; Brian Morton
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2014
Chapter 1

Florence Gordon was trying to write a memoir, but she had two strikes against her: she was old and she was an intellectual.  And who on earth, she sometimes wondered, would want to read a book about an old intellectual?

Maybe it was three strikes, because not only was she an intellectual, she was a feminist. Which meant if she ever managed to finish this book, reviewers would inevitably dismiss it as "strident" and "shrill".
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What do you think, would you keep reading?
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41 comments:

  1. I downloaded this one recently, and hope to read it soon! Can't wait!

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  2. This sounds like a terrific book. I'm guessing that the story of an old, intellectual feminist is plenty interesting!

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    1. Sandra, yes, I bet she has plenty to say and that I would really love her style.

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  3. The more I see about this book the more I want to read it! The first chapter is brilliant - the strident and shrill memoir is a brilliant line.

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  4. I like the personal voice in this opener. She sounds like some of my friends. I want to tell her I'd read and review her memoir.

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    1. Margot -- I know, I would read her memoir as well - she sounds like an interesting woman.

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  5. Yes, definitely would like to read this one. Great opening paragraph with a wonderful sense of self humour.

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    1. She does sound fun and gutsy with probably a great story to tell.

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    2. Lisbeth, I am very sorry, but I couldn't leave a comment on your blog without joining Google+1 which I did not to do. sorry

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  6. This is my next read! Seriously!

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  7. This is one of the next on my list of "2014 books people loved that I haven't read yet"...Im trying to plough through as many of these as possible before the end of the year. I love the intro and would read on...

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    1. I noticed how most every review was so positive, so I pushed it up the list myself --enjoy Sarah

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  8. Never heard of this book, but it sounds nice, but I wouldn't read it, because it's not my genre ;) still, hope you enjoy

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have great week in books.

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  9. I hadn't heard of this book, but it looks like a lot of people have. I have to say, I understand completely how she feels about 'who would want to read....'. I don't really enjoy memoirs, but I know a lot of people do.

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    1. I like memoirs, but mostly if they are a bit quirky like The Removers or about dysfunctional childhoods:)

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  10. I'm not sure I would read that one but it seems to be well written.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Brian, hey not every book is meant for every reader:)

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  11. I'm not familiar with the book or the author, but it sounds interesting. The opening is great. Will look forward to your review!

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    1. Thanks Monica - Hope your current read is a hit as well.

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  12. That does sound like an interesting beginning!

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  13. This could be interesting. I've been talking with my classes about feminism. Two clips that I show them are the Emma Watson speech at the UN and then the catcall video on Youtube. Some very heated conversations ensue. Thanks for this recommendation.

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    1. Feminism is a hot and wonderful discussion topic in college classrooms today.

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  14. I'm half way through Florence Gordon...and enjoying it. Hope you like it too.

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    1. Great to hear Catherine - Hope to start it over the weekend.

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  15. I wouldn't run to read the book. The description an "old intellectual" makes me think the plot or the character might be boring.It's just not stirring up my blood. Can't wait to see how you feel about it.

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    1. Oh too bad, but I think she's going to be a great character study.

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  16. We finally got copies in the store, so I plan to read this in the coming weeks.

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  17. This sounds very interesting to me! Thanks for sharing the opening of the book, Diane.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and hoping it's as good as it started out.

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  18. I've heard lots of good buzz about this one, it's definitely on my list.

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  19. I saw this one last week and thought it looked good. Still do!

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  20. I haven't heard of this one before--I mist really be out of the loop! The intro grabbed me right away. I will add this one to my way too long wish list.

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  21. I haven't heard of this one but I'd definitely keep reading!

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  22. She sounds like someone I'd love to meet, I'd read it. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

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