Thursday, June 2, 2016

Book Beginning: Life Without a Recipe by Diana Abu-Jaber


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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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.



The air was shaking. That's what it felt like – enormous, roaring machinery, prowling over the street.

-- Life Without a Recipe: A Memoir of Food and Family by Diana Abu-Jaber. The opening scene describes a six-year-old's vivid memory pretty clearly.

Diana Abu-Jaber's new memoir embraces the mess and struggle of growing up and learning to live your own life, not according to the "recipes" you learned as a child.


  1. I like the first sentence - it's good. This is the first time I've seen this book - sounds interesting.

  2. Sounds like an earthquake... or aliens... lol... I'm in!

  3. Hmm...I wasn't expecting it to begin like that. :)

  4. Hi Gilion,

    I was intrigued by those opening first lines and admit that I went across to Amazon, to read a little more from the first chapter, just to see in what context the machines were being mentioned.

    This definitely isn't a book for me, as I am not that keen on memoirs, however I was drawn in by the quality and style of the writing, in just the few short lines I discovered.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the book :)


  5. I love creatively written memoirs. This sounds exactly like that. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love the cover and the excerpt.

    THANKS, and have a great weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  7. Hope you enjoyed that one.

    Friday Memes

  8. I love the concept of this one and the beginning is lovely. I hope you enjoy it!

  9. Great choice. This one is new to me but it sounds interesting.
    I hope you enjoy it.
    Have a great week.
    Thanks for hosting.

  10. The opening is interesting, but without looking at the synopsis, I'd have no idea of what I was getting ready to read. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews


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