Friday, November 23, 2012

Book Beginnings: Personal History

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 parents' paths first crossed in a museum on 23rd Street in New York.

-- Personal History by Katharine Graham.

That is a disappointingly prosaic opening line for a Pulitzer-winning autobiography of the fascinating woman who ran the Washington Post through so many turbulent years.  But her story picks up soon enough.


  1. I usually don't like biography books...
    But thanks for sharing and hosting another week!

  2. Not the most exciting of openings, but I'm sure it gets better as the book progresses. Hope you enjoy it.

  3. Yes, hopefully the rest of the book is better!

  4. I don't read many biographies but this person must have had an interesting life. I agree the opening lacks "punch" but it does set the stage. Happy reading!

  5. That first sentence definitely doesn't give much away.

  6. I agree - the opening doesn't grab the reader, but it does tell us that her parents liked to read. Maybe that says something about the way they raised her.

  7. I kind of like that first sentence. After all, if they hadn't met, there would have been no KG. :<)

  8. @Sandy Nachlinger That is a very insightful observation!

    @Rose City Reader thank you for hosting and have a great week!

  9. It is a pretty good beginning for a biography.

  10. As acknowledged by the literary world, PERSONAL HISTORY is an engaging book. In fact, I could not put it down! It is a fascinating view of social and political D.C.



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