First Lines

History of a Pleasure Seeker By Richard Mason :: " The adventures of adolescence had taught Piet Barol that he was extremely attractive to most women and to many men."

The Raven Boys By Maggie Stiefvater :: "It was freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrived."

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership By By Colin Powell, Tony Koltz :: Author's Note "I love stories."

The Cove By Ron Rash :: "At first Laurel thought it was a warbler or thrush, though unlike any she'd heard before - its song more sustained, as if so pure no breath need carry it into the world."

Drowned by By Therese Bohman :: "The train is exactly on time as it pulls into the platform."

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume :: "Victoria's world shook for the first time on the day Caitlin Somers sashayed up to her desk, plunked herself down on the edge, and said, "Vix..." it came out sounding like the name of a beautiful flower, vlevety and smooth no like a decongestant."

Life as I Blow It by Sarah Colonna :: "I'm sitting alone in my apartment with a big glass of vodka next to me."

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah :: "They used to be called the Firefly Lane girls."

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography By Rob Lowe :: "I had always had and affinity for him, ad admiration for his ease, grace, his natural charisma, despite the fact that for the better part of a decade my then girlfriend kept a picture of him running shirtless through Central Park on her refrigerator door."

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel By Beth Hoffman :: "Momma left her red satin shoes in the middle of the road."

First day of the Rest of My Life By Cathy Lamb :: "The Gunshot Anniversary is coming up."

Rules of Civility: A Novel By Amor Towles :: "It was the last night of 1937."

The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald :: "Mountains are strange and awful things."

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder :: "Locked in darkness that surrounded me like a coffin, I had nothing to distract me from my memories."

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addision Allen :: " It took a moment for Emily to realize the car had come to a stop."

Don't Breathe a Word, by Jennifer McMahon :: "Hotter than hot, no air-conditioning, sweat pouring down in rivers, the Magic Fingers motel bed vibrating beneath her, Mr. Ice Cream doing his thing above."

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern :: "The Circus arrives without warning."
(so far my favorite this year)

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin :: "The Rutherford Girl had been missing for eight days when Larry Ott returned home and found a monster waiting in his house."

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, by Mindy Kaling : "I don't remember a time when I wasn't chubby"

Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese : "Sister Mary Joseph Praise had come to Missing hospital from India, seven years before our birth."

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