Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Book Beginning: Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

MY BOOK BEGINNING



I first met the individual described herein as Arturo Chan when we work together at Highway 9 Casino in Lake Stevens, Washington. He was a pit dealer and I a part-time poker dealer, working nights to supplement in meager graduate student stipend.

-- Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum, published by Forest Avenue Press. What a great beginning! I immediately want to read more with an enticing set up like that.

Queen of Spades is a debut novel that retells Pushkin's short story of the same name, but sets it in a Washington state casino in the 1980s. I love the cover, designed by Portland artist Gigi Little.



Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING











Happy Thanksgiving!




Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Burdens by Water by Alan Rifkin



To draw one more creative breath, writers always have to be falling in love with something or someone new. And spouses and friends heat us for that, even for confessing to our foolishness as if we secretly admire it.

From "The Los Angeles Writing Club" in Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir by Alan Rifkin, published by Brown Paper Press.

Rifkin's collected essays about life in Southern California will suck you along page by page, whether he's writing about pool cleaners, the Los Angeles of Evelyn Waugh days, or his Jewish roots on a drive through the San Fernando Valley.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by The Purple Booker, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Beginning: Burdens by Water by Alan Rifkin

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

MY BOOK BEGINNING



Somewhere toward the end of the year long struggle to quiet our upstairs neighbor, the lead singer of The Nymphs, my then-girlfriend brought home an electronic noise-buster.

From "Wave Theory: A Prologue" to Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir by Alan Rifkin, published by Brown Paper Press.

Once I started reading this collection of essays about life in Southern California, I couldn't stop, and I have no connection with or affinity for Southern California. I'm just entranced by Rifkin's stories.




Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING





Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Bitter is the Wind by Jim McDermott



George Sr. bought a new 1978, gray Ford Pinto late that winter. None of his previous vehicles had been so luxuriously appointed.

Bitter is the Wind by Jim McDermott. It's hard to imagine the Pinto being the luxury model. That it is gives you the flavor of this story about a father and son struggling through some rough times. While set in the 1970s in upstate New York, Bitter is the Wind feels very relevant today.




Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by The Purple Booker, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.




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