Tuesday, August 11, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Smoke Get's in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory; Caitlin Doughty


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where I share the first paragraph sometimes two from a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon.  Here's my pick for this week, I've already started this one and the writing is terrific.


Caitlin Doughty - W.W. Norton 2014

Shaving Byron

"A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves.  It is the only event in her life more awkward than her first kiss or the loss of her virginity.  The hands of time will never move quite so slowly as when you are standing over the dead body of an elderly man with a pink plastic razor in your hand."


What do you think -- keep reading or pass?  (I'm at the 30% mark and so far this book is fantastic.)

(Feel free to join in this week by posting your intro  link below)





42 comments:

  1. This one sounds like a book with lots of humor, especially the dark kind. I would need to read a little more.

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    1. Yes, Laurel, it is not all dark and gloomy - very good so far.

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  2. I think I would really like this one! I remember being fascinated when I read Mary Roach's Stiff. This is different, of course, my reminds me a bit of that one.

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    1. I also enjoyed Stiff, Wendy. I think this is one for your TBR list.

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  3. I like the humor of this opener. The visuals in my mind aren't too good, however.

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  4. I'd definitely carry on. This made me smile, always a good start!

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  5. Sounds like a book with dark humor, which I enjoy. It's a pleasure to read a book with good writing too.

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    1. Sandra, yes, the writing is very good. She knows just when to infuse some subtle humor.

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  6. I would absolutely keep reading. In fact, I think this is already on my wishlist.

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    1. Glad u liked the intro Suzie - hope u get to try this one.

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  7. This one definitely got my interest. Great intro.

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    1. Yvonne --I think it is a book many readers might enjoy even if they were hesitant to try it.

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  8. I've read some really positive reviews of this book. It's already on my wishlist. Will be interested in hearing your reaction when you are finished.

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  9. I loved that book! Hope you do too.

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    1. That is great to hear - I am enjoying it very much as well.

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  10. I saw this one somewhere else and I still can't decide if it would something I would like or not.

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    1. Certainly not for everyone Donna, but not all doom and gloom.

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  11. That is such a great opening! I really liked this book, and I'll look forward to your thoughts.

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    1. Monica, I think it was your review that made me want to read this one.

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  12. I've heard this book is good, but I'm not sure I could get past the opening.

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  13. I think I'd like to read this...maybe

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  14. The title brought back memories of that old song - I think it was by The Platters. Great tune.

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    1. oh yes, "smoke gets in your eyes" song is coming back to me.

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  15. Well,that's quite an intriguing first paragraph. Makes me want to continue to find out more about this one :)

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    1. I came across it by accident after reading a bloggers review.

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  16. It is a new to me title, and I might not have given it a second glance, but now I will. I have an idea it will be enlightening.

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  17. Sounds different, but for me that's good. I'd keep reading.

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  18. My goodness, you find the best books. Hope it's not morbid, but I really like this Book Beginning.

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