Friday, August 3, 2012

Book Beginnings: Winter Journal


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.

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MY BOOK BEGINNING


You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.
-- Winter Journal by Paul Auster. I have had his New York Trilogy on my TBR shelf for several years.

This memoir keeps popping up on my radar, so I am going to try to read it while it is still au courant. It is not a traditional memoir.  Auster describes it as a "catalogue of sensory data . . . . a phenomenology of breathing." (Emphasis in original.)

Hmmmmm . . . We'll see. First I have to go look up phenomenology.

BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNERS

I hosted a giveaway for three advanced copies of Even If I Am by Chasity Glass,  my Book Beginning book last week. Thanks for all who participated!

The winners have a choice of a paper ARC or the enhanced e-book version.  Thanks go to the author and the extraordinary book publicist Mary Bisbee-Beek for making the giveaway possible.  

The winners (chosen by random.org) are:


Congratulations to the winners! You will hear from Mary Bisbee-Beek very soon.

16 comments :

  1. That beginning sounds so true to life. The amount of time's I know that I've thought it'll never happen and then it does... It'll be an interesting read for sure.

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  2. That is a great beginning. One of those books I've also always vaguely intented to read.

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  4. That is a beginning that does not reveal much! And the description you've passed on leaves us still more in the dark. :) Let us know how it goes!

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  5. So true! And yes, we live in a kind of bubble until the bubble bursts....

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  6. I love that sentence.

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  7. "First I have to go look up phenomenology" -- haha.

    I like the beginning a lot. I think I may add this to my list. Auster's other books might be my kind of reading as well.

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  8. I like the way the sentence unfolds. Makes me wonder what happened.

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  9. This looks enticingly interesting. May have to check that one out some time. Thanks for sharing and hosting!

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  10. Hhmmm, that's a lot of praise for the book, but the opening line is good! I hope you enjoy it and thanks for hosting!
    JUli @ Universe in Words

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  11. I really like the beginning of this one. Who hasn't thought that "things like that" only happen to other people.

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  12. That beginning sounds so interesting, and it's very true. I might have to read this book.

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  13. Great beginning. And so true. Love it!

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  14. So true! Great beginning!

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  15. that is so true! the thing you least expect to happen ... usually does. self-fulfilling?

    guiltlessreading.blogspot.com

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