Thursday, July 3, 2014

Book Beginning: Boom, Bust, Boom by Bill Carter

Book Beginnings on Fridays is up on Thursday this week since tomorrow is Independent Day.
Everyone has time to post early before the long holiday weekend!

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.

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Every spring I plant a garden, a small but noble pursuit. Small in the sense that there are many more important items on the daily calendar of our lives, but noble because each step of self-sustainability has a lovely feeling of beating the ever-invasive food industry at its own game.
-- Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World, by Bill Carter

Boom, Bust, Boom is the history and legacy of a ubiquitous product told by a journalist who knows how to tell a story.  The beginning leaves me curious because I don't know what the "ever-invasive food industry" has to do with copper, but if copper really is "the metal that runs the world," I think I am going to find out.


  1. Hi Gilion,

    Happy 4th July and I hope that you have a great holiday weekend, are you doing anything nice?

    Whilst yours is not a book that I would probably choose to read, after reading your openng lines, I was intrigued enough to check out the full Goodreads synopsis.

    Yet another scenario of how we are destroying our planet on a daily basis, whilst doing it all in the name of progress!

    I hope that you find it to be as interesting as it purports to be.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to put up the BB link, it is much appreciated, especially by those of us visiting from outside the US, where there is no holiday.


  2. Sounds good! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I'm wondering what a garden has to do with copper (though it is supposed to repel slugs), and I'm looking forward to your review of this book. Enjoy your July 4th holiday.

  4. I wasn't initially sure what exactly the book was about, but I very much agree with the Beginning. Although I'm not in the position to have my own garden, I enjoy the idea of it! Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a great holiday weekend! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  5. Sounds interesting. Enjoy!

  6. This book sounds quite interesting. Food and Copper?

    I have a garden on my back porch. One tomato plant and a basil plant.

    The deer eat everything else so I am limited to two plants. :) They even at my entire rock garden of impatients one year.

    ENJOY your day.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  7. That is a timely start for today but like you I don't know what it has to do with copper.

  8. This sound informative!! Happy reading!!

  9. I love the writing style I get from that beginning. Happy 4th of July!

  10. The sentence is very interesting. It lit my interest.

  11. This sounds interesting. I just read a biography of Hugette Clarke whose father was the "Copper King" and so I feel like I'm knowledgeable about the subject right now! I think this book would be interesting. I'm interested to see how food and copper are connected.

  12. Happy Fourth! Really intrigued by this book, thanks for sharing!

  13. That beginning does make me a little curious. I hope you enjoy this one.


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