Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book Beginning: The Only Woman in the Room by Norma Paulus




Norma Paulus made her entrance into this world in an auspicious and startling fashion. According to the often-told family story, she drew her first breath on top of the kitchen table in a Nebraska farmhouse.

The Only Woman in the Room: The Norma Paulus Story by Norma Paulus with Gail Wells and Pat McCord Amacher, published by OSU Press.

That's quite a beginning, for a book or a baby! I'll have to pass this one on to my father who also started life on the top of a kitchen table in Nebraska.

Norma Paulus was an Oregon politician who, when she became Oregon’s Secretary of State in 1976, was the first woman elected to a statewide office in Oregon. She's long been a hero of mine and her gubernatorial campaign in 1986 was the first local political campaign I ever volunteered for.

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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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.



Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love reading about women who accomplished what not many of us have done. They give us all hope.

Bev Bouwer said...

Another book about an amazing woman. Love it, and I love that beginning!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

She sounds like a fascinating woman. :)

Anne Bennett said...

I hope reading this memoir/biography of your hero is as good as it sounds and that it cements your good feelings about her.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Probably not one for me, but those opening lines certainly grab your attention!

Enjoy the book and thanks for hosting BBOF :)


My 'First Lines' come from 'Last Witness' by Carys Jones

Breana M. said...

This book sounds pretty interesting.

Sassy Brit said...

Hi there!

Oh how lovely - the kitchen table!

Here's my entry for #Friday56 and #Bookbeginnings :

Have an ab fab weekend!

Love from Sassy x

Katherine P said...

This sounds like an interesting read about a fascinating woman. What a treat that you have a personal connection to her as well!

Sherry Fundin said...

Very interesting. Have a great weekend everyone.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Sounds like a fascinating biography. I'd like to know more about Norma Paulus.
Thank you for hosting Book Beginnings.

William Stanger said...

I love that beginning! Hope you're enjoying this one.

The Book Sage said...

She sounds fascinating.

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