Thursday, September 10, 2020

River Queens: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, America by Alexander Watson - BOOK BEGINNINGS


book cover of River Queens: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, America by Alexander Watson


It's hard to pay attention to anything other than the smoke in the air, news reports, and evacuation maps as forest fires here in Oregon spread up and down the state and creep right up to the Portland exurbs. My mom and sister, who live in a town just east of Portland, had to evacuate an hour ago, which is so scary to think about, even though the fire is (supposedly) heading in a different direction.

But doing normal things is soothing in stressful times. So Hubby is making dinner and I'm posting Book Beginnings on Fridays. Please share the first sentence (or so) of the book you want to highlight this week. Leave a link to your post below. If you share your post on social media, please use the hashtag #bookbeginnings. 

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My Book Beginning is from River Queens: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, America by Alexander Watson. 

She arrived at her usual hour, shortly after six, in a blast of cold air and a flurry of peasant skirt, paisley shawl, bangles and beads and always that topaz ring which some man in South America had given her. 

River Queens is a memoir about Alexander Watson and his partner Dale Harris who refurbished a wooden yacht and took it from Oklahoma to Cincinnati, not really knowing what they were doing or who they would encounter in life on the river. 


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Another weekly teaser event is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice, where you can find details and add a link to your post. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book you are featuring. You can also find a teaser from 56% of the way through your ebook or audiobook.


Somehow the twenty or so men, ranging from white men in Stetsons to migrants in sombreros, sort themselves into an order according to their arrival with minimal disturbance in the conversation. Anything new in Sequoyah County is noteworthy. Our boat is new. 

OK, that's three sentences. 


  1. This one looks interesting. Enjoy your current read!

  2. As I have relatives in California, we always follow news of any natural disasters to hit the region, from here in the UK, just waiting for that email to let us know they are okay!

    Our thoughts are with you all and please stay safe!

    Probably not a book for me this time, despite those intriguing and interesting shared extracts, but I hope you enjoy when it gets to the top of your pile.

    I hope you have a peaceful weekend :)

    Yvonne xx

  3. I hope you're all safe!

    I haven't heard of Alexander Watson and don't think this book is one for me, but I hope you'll enjoy reading it.

  4. Hi there Gilion, I saw on your Instagram Feed about the raging fires. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. We had devastating fires not to far from where we live a couple of years ago and it was terrible.

    Luckily you are safe and have a great book to keep you company. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Weekend Book Friends

  5. River Queens sounds so interesting! Thinking of you and your friends and neighbors during these scary fires. Thanks for sharing

  6. I haven't heard about this one before. It sounds really interesting. Have a great weekend!

    1. It has the combined appeal of Huckleberry Finn and interior decorating!

  7. I am horrified by the fires raging in our areas. Stay safe and stay indoors for the poor air quality outside.

  8. Sending prayers to your mom and sister!

    1. Thanks Freda! They got to go home on Saturday when their town was declared safe, but still on alert.

  9. This sounds like a good escapist book. My friend in Milwaukie moved to her parents' place on the beach to get away from the smoke. Sending good thoughts of rain to everyone out there.

    1. The smoke is bad all down the valley, so going to the beach sounds like a good idea!

  10. Thinking of you and your family. We (in Santa Barbara) are only experiencing weird skies and bad air quality at this point. You are right, the thought of fires is ever pervasive but you just have to keep on doing daily things.

    1. Santa Barbara has had it's share of too-close fires in recent years!


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