Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Teaser Tuesday Two-fer

"It's easy to get the feeling that you know the language just because when you order a beer they don't bring you oysters," Paul said.  But after seeing a movie about a clown who cried through his laughter, or laughed through his tears -- we  couldn't tell which -- even Paul felt discombobulated.
-- My Life in France by Julia Child
I love this book. It's like listening to your best friend tell you a really good story.

"Elsie," he said, "you ought to start sewing a quilt for your bridal bed."
Elsie Hoover turned around fast at the oven with a peach pie on a tin plate held out in her hands.
--Eden Springs by Laura Kasischke
Uh oh. Looks like the guru of the creepy Michigan cult has his eye on a new girl.
Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.


  1. Discombobulated indeed! I love that word. Great teaser. My TT is here

  2. I loved the Julia Child book - so inspiring!

  3. Ooh! A two-fer! Check out my Tuesday Teaser: http://thereadersbookblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/teaser-tuesday.html

  4. I'm usually discombobulated. In fact, I don't think I've ever been combobulated! Those are both excellent teasers.
    Here's mine.

  5. Wonderful choices!I am reading Iron King so just had to use it for my teaser. Here is my blog where you can find it: http://emmamichaels.blogspot.com/

  6. Fantastic teasers! Sounds like both of them are great reads.

    Here’s mine:

  7. Thanks for all the comments and links. I'll go on a round of visits over the lunch hour.

  8. i guess France will do that to you :)

  9. It must be the French. I recall that David Sedaris had a similar problem with that language. (But his tone isn't quite this fun.)

  10. Dilettante -- I feel discombobulated trying to speak any foreign language. I'm afraid I'm a complete monoglot.

    J.G. -- David Sedaris's essays on learning French had me rolling on the floor. Maybe because I listened to him read them on the audio books. "May we please say 'bye-bye' to the little red dot that lives upon my nose?" is a phrase we use at our house every time we hear a French accent.

  11. That was a great Julia Child quote from a book of memorable lines! Didn't you also love her Batmanesque "Zap" "Splat" "Thud" and other onomatopoeic flavorings?


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