Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Beginning: Burdens by Water by Alan Rifkin




Somewhere toward the end of the year long struggle to quiet our upstairs neighbor, the lead singer of The Nymphs, my then-girlfriend brought home an electronic noise-buster.

From "Wave Theory: A Prologue" to Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir by Alan Rifkin, published by Brown Paper Press.

Once I started reading this collection of essays about life in Southern California, I couldn't stop, and I have no connection with or affinity for Southern California. I'm just entranced by Rifkin's stories.

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.



  1. Yes - it's a bit like watching people on the beach - reading stories about people's neighbours, I'd find deep happiness! Enjoy.

  2. Hi Gilion,

    Alan Rifkin is not a name I have come across before and I have to admit that this book is probably not one for me. However, I did have an enjoyable few minutes visiting Alan's website, discovering what an intriguing person he is and what an interesting life he has enjoyed to date. I see that he is now in the process of writing two autobiographical novels, each one in individual collaboration with two of his adult sons, so I can imagine that they will also be insightful and entertaining.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting BBOF :)


  3. I'd be curious to read this one, especially if it has a strong sense of place. Do you think it does from what you've read so far? I live in Southern California, and I occasionally like to read books set around places I'm familiar with.

  4. A noise-buster? That sounds good - I hope it worked. I'm curious to have a look at this - although I don't often read essays.

  5. I'll watch out for this one. I'm interested in Southern California living.

  6. Sounds interesting.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  7. I love that beginning! The joy of living in an apartment. I love when a book that you wouldn't think would appeal to you really works. I'll have to look for this one.

  8. I love it when I a book in which I find a deep connection, especially if that connection surprises me. Glad you found yours here.

    Friday Quotes: Long Way Down

  9. Noisy upstairs neighbors? Takes me right back to college and the guys upstairs--who we swore played basketball with their refrigerator. :-)

  10. I just joined in, thank you!!


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