May 7, 2013

Teaser Tuesday May 7: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , , , at 12:05 am by The Word Jar

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two “teaser” sentences from that page.

You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your teaser from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

As always, please avoid spoilers!

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I’d have never thought of Yellow 5 again without Ben reminding me. I wanted to tell him to make a list of things to recall, memories I couldn’t pluck out of my brain on my own.

After devouring Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, it seemed imperative to read her earlier works. These lines are from Dark Places, and I feel they may hold the key to figuring everything out. I’d love to meet Gillian Flynn someday, but only in a large crowd. I wonder what kind of person comes up with these kinds of novels. Love them, but not sure I want to be in a room alone with her!

What are you reading this week?

(Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Check it out for more teasers!)

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January 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday January 24: Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , at 10:29 am by The Word Jar

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two “teaser” sentences from that page.

You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your teaser from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

As always, please avoid spoilers!

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I sit down and am prepared to feel the appropriate amount of anxiety, but I’m interrupted by a knock on my door–my open door. In my career, I’ve found that only annoying people knock on open doors.

Take one man stuck in a mind-numbing career as a copywriter for a soulless corporation. Mix with his dream of being a novelist. Stir in the fact that his father has just won the Pulitzer Prize. Add a dollop of marital strife, a spoonful of an office crush, a spot of Daddy issues, and one neurotic dog. Blend well and you have Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman, a fun read with an unapologetically witty and clever male protagonist. (That’s a good thing!)

What are you reading this week?

(Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Check it out for more teasers!)

November 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday November 15: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , at 10:53 am by The Word Jar

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two “teaser” sentences from that page.

You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your teaser from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

As always, please avoid spoilers!

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As he sat in the airport bar and drank glass after glass of lemon-lime soda and ate handfuls of peanuts and pretzels, he had decided that, should someone ask, he was not a real child but a robot built and designed by a scientific genius. A childless couple had ordered him and he was now being delivered to them in Florida. Beep-bop-boop.

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson is about a family with performance artist parents, Caleb and Camille Fang, who insist on including their reluctant children, Annie and Buster, in their very public performances. So far their performances have included Annie snitching on a woman (Camille) who is stealing candy from a candy store and Annie and Buster horrifically singing while trying to earn money, street-performer-style, for “their dog’s” operation, with Camille and Caleb in the surrounding crowd shouting about the kids being horrible performers. The scene I’ve taken my teaser from shows the family’s preparations before they all separately board a plane, with fake IDs, for an in-flight performance. As noted in the book, the date is July 1988–well, before our current airline security measures were implemented. These performances are interspersed between chapters about adult Annie, an actress, and Buster, a down-on-his-luck writer, and how their lives were affected by these performances.

An interesting read so far. Oh, and the boy’s name is Buster? Who doesn’t love a boy named Buster? (Fans of Arrested Development, anyone??)

What are you reading this week?

(Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Check it out for more teasers!)

July 12, 2011

Teaser Tuesday July 12: Dominance by Will Lavender

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , at 2:19 pm by The Word Jar

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two “teaser” sentences from that page.

You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your teaser from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

As always, please avoid spoilers!

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Richard Aldiss’s eyes remained open, that permanent smile etched on his face. He appeared to be waiting for something. An answer, perhaps. A solution to the puzzles of the dead.

I cheated a little this week, but that means you get a four-sentence teaser for the price of a two-sentence teaser! Dominance looks to be a promising summer thriller. Two students murdered at a college in the early 1980s; the convicted literature professor teaching a special class (from his prison cell) in an attempt to clear his name in 1994; and a copycat crime taking place in the present day. A little lighter (perhaps not the best word) than the fare I’ve been reading lately, so it will be a nice change of pace.

What are you reading this week?

(Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Check it out for more teasers!)

June 7, 2011

Teaser Tuesday June 7: Half a Life by Darin Strauss

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , at 9:50 am by The Word Jar

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two “teaser” sentences from that page.

You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your teaser from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

As always, please avoid spoilers!

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Hundreds turned, a mass, bovine shift: this was the school’s first sanctioned, public mention of Celine in front of me. How would I react? Warm-faced, I focused hard on my thighs.

A change of pace from the books I’ve been reading recently, Half a Life by Darin Strauss is a memoir. When he was eighteen, Strauss accidentally hit a bicycling classmate with his car and killed her. He describes what he went through in the aftermath of the accident, and how this event–especially how he is declared “blameless”–affected his life and still affects it today.

I’m waffling on this book. At times I find it heartbreaking, what everyone–Strauss, his parents, Celine’s parents–are going through. At the same time, it all has a sort of self-indulgent (and I hate to use that word, but I can’t think of anything more appropriate right now) feel, like all of this should be journaled or part of a private therapy session. I kind of feel like a creepy voyeur.

But I know that many memoirs like this can help others who have gone through similar situations. Strauss mentions that he never had anyone to talk with about the accident, as he didn’t know anyone who had gone through this as well. So he kept the accident a secret and tried to deal with it himself after he left his hometown to go to college.

Half a Life is a slim volume, probably a few hours’ read, tops. I should finish it soon, and I do hope that Strauss is able to find some peace for himself by the end.

What are you reading this week?

(Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Check it out for more teasers!)

May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesday May 31: Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , at 9:00 am by The Word Jar

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two “teaser” sentences from that page.

You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your teaser from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

As always, please avoid spoilers!

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“There is some connection here, something that tickles about this man and this particular piece. History.”

As with last week’s teaser, the book from which this teaser is taken deals with memory loss. Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante features a main character who is dealing with the onset of Alzheimer’s. Dr. Jennifer White is retired after a successful career as a surgeon, but now she is a person of interest in her best friend’s murder. She doesn’t remember that her friend has been murdered, and some days she doesn’t even remember her friend at all.

Dr. White is the first-person narrator for the novel, which provides for an unsettling read. I’ve only just started the book, but already it gets uncomfortable as Dr. White fights through bad days when she doesn’t recognize her children or the stranger (her caregiver) in the house. Then she has good days, when she does remember her best friend, and she is at turns outraged that she was murdered and frustrated that she was so helpless to do anything about it.

Dr. White as the narrator could prove interesting as the story moves along. How reliable can the narrator be if she is in the grips of Alzheimer’s? How does that potential unreliability affect the story? I’ll just have to wait and see.

What are you reading this week?

(Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Check it out for more teasers!)

August 10, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: August 10

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , , at 10:23 am by The Word Jar

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two “teaser” sentences from that page.

You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your teaser from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

As always, please avoid spoilers!

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She grew absolutely ashamed of herself. Of neither Darcy nor Wickham could she think without feeling that she had been blind, partial, prejudiced, absurd.

This teaser is from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I was never required to read this book in school, and I’ve always secretly felt like everyone in the world has read this book except for me. English major guilt (so many books, so little time), added to the fact that it seems like a book I’d love, if only I could get through it. I’ve started it countless times, but for one reason or another, I’ve never been able to finish it. This time, however, something clicked, and I’m being swept up in the tale and, yes, loving it! Elizabeth, Darcy, Pemberley, the sisters—all grand!

I’ll be sure to announce it from the top of the world when I finish.

Is there a book (classic or not) that you feel like you should read but, for whatever reason, can’t seem to slog your way through it?

July 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: July 27

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , at 10:01 am by The Word Jar

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two “teaser” sentences from that page.

You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your teaser from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

As always, please avoid spoilers!

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This week, my teaser is from There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.

You can recognize them, but only if you yourself are one of them. There are signs, and each sign happens twice.

There Once Lived a Woman is a book of short stories, billed as “scary fairy tales” on the cover. The quote above comes from the story “A New Soul.” While the stories so far have been subtle in their “scariness,” there is an otherworldliness about them, and the writing of Petrushevskaya has a way of seeping into your brain and sticking with you. I can’t wait to get through the rest of the stories.

February 16, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: February 16

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , , at 6:22 pm by The Word Jar

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page.

You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Please avoid spoilers!

This week I’m back in the world of Ernest Hemingway, one of my favorite authors. I’m diving into one of his lesser known books, The Torrents of Spring.

KEEP OUT. THIS MEANS YOU

Can that mean me? Scripps wondered. He knocked on the door and went in.

Apparently Scripps decides this doesn’t mean him. Scripps is a very odd character, and I’m eager to see what this situation is and what becomes of it.

According to the back of the book, The Torrents of Spring is “a hilarious parody,” but I cannot reconcile “hilarious” with “Hemingway.” Since it’s such a short book, I may have to read it through again to make sure all the hilarity sinks in.

(Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Check it out for more teasers!)

January 19, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: January 19

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , , at 3:42 pm by The Word Jar

 Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page.

You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Please avoid spoilers!

My teaser this week comes from One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, a book I received through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

The rules Uma set down were simple: no interruptions, no questions, and no recriminations, especially by family members. Between stories, they would take breaks as needed.

One Amazing Thing focuses on nine people trapped in an Indian visa and passport office after an earthquake. In their struggle to survive, they all share “one amazing thing” from their lives. One Amazing Thing will be released in February.

(Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Check it out for more teasers!)

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