Tuesday, July 3, 2018

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Moonglow; Michael Chabon


Each Tuesday, Vicki, from I’d Rather Be At The Beach hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where  readers post the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book that they are reading or plan to read. 

Moonglow; Michael Chabon
Harper Collins - 2016

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"This is how I heard the story.  When Alger Hiss got out of prison, he had a hard time finding a job.  He was a graduate of Harvard Law School, had clerked for Oliver Wendell Holmes and helped charted the United Nations, yet he was also a convicted perjurer and notorious as a tool of international communism.  He had published a memoir, but it was dull stuff and no one wanted to read it.  His wife had left him. He was broke and hopeless. In the end one of his remaining friends took pity on the bastard and pulled a string.  Hiss was hired by a New York firm that manufactured and sold a kind of fancy barrette made from loops of piano wire.  Feather combs, Inc., had gotten off to a good start but had come under attack from a big competitor that copied its designs, infringed on its trademarks, and undercut its pricing.  Sales had dwindled.  Payroll was tight. In order to make room for Hiss, somebody had to be let go."

This one is a book group read for July. What do you think?

24 comments:

  1. Dang, that was not easy to read.

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  2. I'd give it a go. I'm sure it will be humorous, given the author.

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  3. Sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy it. This week I am featuring Somebody's Daughter by David Bell. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy, I want to read, SOmebody's Daughter as well. Enjoy

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  4. Yup. That is Michael Chabon for you. Love him or leave him. I love him and I loved this book as much for his over the top writing as for what I learned about the 20th century.

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    1. I'm so happy to read this Judy; I know you have great taste in books.

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  5. Now I am curious to find out what happens next. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  6. sounds like it could have some interesting twists and turns.

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  7. Not sure about this one - but I'd read on to see how it turns out.

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    1. Margaret, so far I am enjoying it after about 4 chapters.

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  8. I like the style, it's obviously written that way on purpose, right? lol

    Here is my teaser!

    Have a great day! Luv Sassy!

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  9. This is an author I haven't read yet. I'd read a bit more and then decide whether to keep going.

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    1. Vicki, he has written quite a few books but, he is new to me as well. SO far so good.

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  10. Sounds intense! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  11. That's an interesting book cover and it sounds like it would lend itself to a good discussion. See what we are featuring at Girl Who Reads

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    1. Yes, I believe this will be a good discussion book for our group.

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  12. I started this book but put it down and should pick it back up again.

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  13. I love that first paragraph, but then I love non-fiction. I'll bet you have a great discussion on this book. Enjoy.

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