Even if you don’t see this on Tues., please leave us your teaser.  Open the book you’re reading to a random page and copy a couple of lines or sentences to tempt us to read the same book.  Give the title and author, so we can add it to our TBR (To Be Read) pile, list, shelf, as the case may be.

My book came in the mail yesterday, Swans of Fifth Avenue, a novel by Melanie Benjamin, published earlier this year.  It is the story of the society matrons and Truman Capote, their darling and their nemesis. I only read to page 15 last night before getting sleepy, but here is where I left off:

“I had the most marvelous childhood!”  Truman exclaimed to Slim, to Gloria, to C.Z., at their parties , where they would surround their new discovery, these glamorous wives of glamorous men, while their husbands looked on in confusion, for they’d never seen a Truman Capote before, and hoped, at first, never to see once again. This tiny effeminate creature dressed in velvet suits, red socks, an absurdly long scarf wrapped around his throat, trailing after him like a coronation robe, who pronounced after dinner, “I’m going to sit over here with the rest of the girls and gossip!” This pixie who might suddenly leap in the air ,kicking one foot out behind him, exclaiming, “Oh what fun, fun, fun, it is to be me! I’m beside myself!”


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 28th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

7 thoughts on “TUESDAY TEASER”

  1. “He was increasingly aware these days of how much he owned, of the ongoing effort his life required. The thousands of trips to the grocery store he had made, all the heaping bags of food, first paper, then plastic, now canvas sacks brought from home, unloaded from the trunk of the car and unpacked and stored in cupboards, all to sustain a single body. The pills he swallowed every morning. The cinnamon sticks he pried out of a tin to flavor the oil for a pot of curry of dal…Already his brain had stopped holding on to directions he would never have to follow again, the names of people he would speak to only once. So much of what occupied his mind was negligible. There was only one thing that he wanted to lay bare.” From “The Lowlands” by Jhumpa Lahiri. I adored her novel “The Namesake” (made into a marvelous movie) and her short stories which won the Pulitzer, “Interpreter of Maladies.” This book published in 2013 was a National Book Award finalist. Wonderful. I only have a few pages left. Rae, if you haven’t read it, it’s all yours!

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      1. Stayed up late and finished last night. It will be all yours next time I see you. And then yours to pass along to another. Much too thoughtful a book to stay on a shelf.


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