Thursday, May 16, 2019

Book Beginning: Things That Fall From the Sky by Selja Ahava

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS
THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

MY BOOK BEGINNING



"What's on your mind back there?" Dad asks, glancing in the rear-view mirror.

Things That Fall From the Sky by Selja Ahava. Ahava won the EU Prize for Literature for this book about three people whose lives are changed forever by random events – a block of ice falling out of the sky, winning the lottery, and lightning.

It looks great and it will count as a Finnish book for the European Reading Challenge. I don’t think I’ve read a Finnish book before.



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.

SOCIAL MEDIA: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, 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.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



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.


MY FRIDAY 56

When Dad howls, his voice comes from the pit of his stomach. Dad's back bends and he starts shaking in time with his crying.




Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Teaser Tuesday: Yeshiva Girl by Rachel Mankowitz.



Before the arraignment, before I even knew for sure that my father would be arrested, I'd written to Jake about how my father became religious to hide his real self. And Jake wrote back that his parents "probably became religious to hide, or change, who I really am too."
-- Yeshiva Girl by Rachel Mankowitz. Narrator Izzy is a teen age girl on Long Island who's life turns an unexpected corner when her father is arrested for sexual assault of one of his student -- charges Izzy believes are true.


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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mailbox Monday: Memoir and Poetry

A memoir and a book of poetry came my way last week. What about you?



What a Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault and Its Aftermath by Karen Stefano. Karen Stefano's story of recovering from a violent sexual assault in college and the PTSD she experienced even decades later has a particularly interesting twist -- she went on to become a criminal defense attorney who defended those accused of crimes as horrible as the one committed against her.



Phoenix: Transformation Poems by Jessica Goody. This new book of poetry is on tour now with Poetic Book Tours. Check back here for a review on June 30.




Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday, a weekly "show & tell" blog event where participants share the books they acquired the week before. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is graciously hosted by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Book Beginning: The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS
THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

MY BOOK BEGINNING



This was the first time she had broken Papa's rules. Romy's throat tightened as she fingered the refugee pass in her jacket pocket and stepped closer to the ghetto's checkpoint.

The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning. This new book goes back and forth between Shanghai before WWII, and the friendship between a local Chinese girl and a Jewish refugee, and 2016 Australia and Shanghai, when a granddaughter returns to dig up family secrets.




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.

SOCIAL MEDIA: If you are on Twitter, Instagram, 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.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



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.


MY FRIDAY 56

When the lawyer had left, Alexandra weaved among the crowd carrying plates of food. The living room was filled with synagogue members, former colleagues, and friends from the local Austrian and Polish clubs, some of whom had started to wander out through the French doors into the garden.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Mailbox Monday: Beyond the Ripples and Howard Jacobson

Two new books came my way last week. What books came into your house?



Beyond the Ripples by Dede Montgomery. Described as "a multigenerational mystery," this new novel brings together a cast of small town characters connected by a note found in a bottle in the Columbia river. It sounds like a Pacific Northwest version of a Maeve Binchy book and I can't wait to read it!



Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It by Howard Jacobson. I've enjoyed a couple of Jacobson's novels, so grabbed this collection of his newspaper columns on a whim.




Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday, a weekly "show & tell" blog event where participants share the books they acquired the week before. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is graciously hosted by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf.

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