TUESDAY TEASER

This “bookish”meme is hosted by The Purple Booker. It asks the reader to type a few sentences from a book currently being read in order to “tease” someone else into reading it. Place yours below in the reply box. Be sure to mention title and author.

Today’s Tuesday Teaser comes from the middle of Susan Vreeland’s Luncheon of the Boating Party. The opening sentences of Chapter Nineteen:

“Alphonse stayed close to the bank where the current was slow but would still take her words downstream and pour them into the sea. She rested the oars across the gunwales and let the boat drift.” This kind of lovely writing infuses this artistic book about an artist, Renoir, and his painting, “Luncheon of the Boating Party” in a way that elevates the prose into poetic phrasings and descriptions. ¬†Beautiful? You bet!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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