Sunday, February 28, 2010

Opening Sentence of the Day: An American Map



"Tucked as it is in a Michigan woods thick with tall maple and ash, the Think House eddies with chill in winter, and remains too-cool and shaded in summer."

-- From "Warming the Flute," the first essay in An American Map by Anne-Marie Oomen.

This book is a collection of essays about and inspired by particular spots across America. This essay is set at the Think House in Empire, Michigan.

I love the perfection of the phrase "eddies with chill." I am ready for some armchair traveling.

10 comments :

Nicole said...

I love the phrase "eddies with chill" too--that really stood out to me when I read it. I love it when writers put words together in a way I never would have thought of!

Gwen said...

That phrase is so emotive, it makes me cringe, in a good way.

Rose City Reader said...

That one phrase makes me look forward to reading this book. I could just feel the cold air swirling on the back of my neck when I read that.

agoodstoppingpoint said...

Sounds like a good book! What are some of the other places referenced?

- Christy

Sandra said...
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Sandra said...

That book award I was talking about is the IMPAC Dublin Award. My post about it is here:

http://httpfreshinkbooksblogspotcom-sandra.blogspot.com/2010/02/this-past-november-lord-mayor-of-dublin.html

Rose City Reader said...

Christy -- The Malibu Pier and some place in Puerto Rico are the only two I can think of. I'll add more when I get home to see the book.

Sandra -- thanks for the link!

Becky said...

That is a great way to start an essay, vey emotive, i felt like i wanted to shiver when i read it

Becky said...
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Rose City Reader said...

Becky -- Yes, it does make you shiver.

Thanks for hosting Book Beginnings! Good luck with this great new event.

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