Thursday, June 3, 2021

The First Lady of Underfashions by Christina Erteszek - BOOK BEGINNINGS


This is my first Book Beginnings post from my office instead of my house since before corona. My office opened this week for the first time since March 2020! 

There are only three of us in the office -- me, my law partner, and our legal assistant. I've been working from home 100%. Our legal assistant has been working at the office because she preferred it to WFH. And when my law partner wanted to be in the office, our LA stayed at home. Portland never locked down completely, so we could have been in the office, but only if we wore masks and stayed six feet apart. We just didn't want to bother with all that. Now we are all vaccinated and can be here without masks or any of the other rigmarole. 

So this week has been fun and busy as we settled back into our old routines. A client came by with a box of doughnuts for us this morning just to visit in person. I met with the parents of another client to get them ready for their depositions next week. It's so nice to talk to people face to face instead of on zoom!

But enough about my work week! Let's get down to Book Beginnings. Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you want to highlight this week. Add the link to your blog or social media post in the Linky box below. Please use the hashtag #bookbeginnings if you share on SM. 


From The First Lady of Underfashions by Christina Erteszek:

The massive trunks of the coral trees lining the median of San Vicente Boulevard drew my father's attention as I drove us in the spring of 1986, the trunks reminding me of naked brown bodies, their determined limbs boldly reaching toward the sky.

Christina Erteszek’s parents, Jan and Olga, escaped WWII Poland, emigrated to America, and starting the Olga “underfashion” company. Her new book is the story of their immigrant experience, how they built their family business, the surprising takeover by a competing company, and how Christina found her own place in the world they created. 


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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


From The First Lady of Underfashions:

Jakub touched the old mare with a switch, and she jumped forward. The couple turned around for a last look at Otylia's parents in the darkness of their doorway.


  1. Congrats on going back to work!

    The book really sounds good. Have a great weekend!

  2. Who would have thought going to work would be such a treat? Congratulations!

    I have a nonfiction title this week, too.

  3. This sounds like a fascinating read. Have a great weekend!

  4. The opening sentence draws a vivid picture - I like the sound of this book.

  5. Congratulations on getting back into the office! Vaccinations are super slow here but I can't wait to get back out there. And it sounds like you've got an interesting book lined up for the weekend! Enjoy and thank you for hosting :)

  6. This would be fascinating just to learn the history behind it all. Happy weekend! Enjoy being back at the office!

  7. Yay on being back to work! We are slowly getting back to normal :)


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