TUESDAY TEASER

THE PURPLE BOOKER asks us to copy a few lines from a current read to “tease” others into adding our book to their TBR pile. Here’s mine for 6/8/21, a memoir by Mary Karr.

After their parents broke up, Mary, the author, and her sister move with their mother to Antelope, Colorado:

“By daylight the landscape was capital-B Beautiful. But something grim and Gothic hung over the place. The mountains seemed to lurch over the town. Plus, that fall the sky stayed gray, not unlike the skies I’d read about in Dracula, vaulted over by the Carpathian Mountains with their bare trees clawing out.”

This does not bode well, considering the author’s mother’s fragile mental state.

READ ANY GOOD MEMOIRS LATELY? This one is as harrowing and horrible as anything you can imagine, but un-putdownable!

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TUESDAY TEASER is a meme started by The Purple Booker. Thank you to that blog for the image above.

Tuesday Teaser’s originator, The Purple Booker, encourages readers to copy a couple of sentences at random from one’s current read to “tease ” others into reading the same book. My Tuesday Teaser is from John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down:

Davis and Noah’s billionaire father has disappeared and Aza, the protagonist is trying to get a lead on him to collect the reward money for giving information to his whereabouts. Noah speaks of his fears and concerns for his non-involved parent: “Nobody wants to find him…It’s like I can’t think of anything else. I…it’s…Do you think he would really disappear and not even text us? Do you think maybe he’s trying and we just haven’t figured out how to listen?”

I am at the point where Aza and her best friend, Daisy, are getting clues and have received a large sum of money from Davis and his lawyer NOT to give those clues to the police.

What are you reading currently? What is happening? Copy a few sentences to “tease” us into wanting to read the book. What? You have no blog to post on? That’s ok. Use the reply box to post your “teaser.” Be sure to mention the title and author, and PLEASE, no spoiler alerts to the plot.

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The Purple Booker created the Tuesday Teaser for bloggers to “tease” someone into reading their current read by quoting a few lines.

My teaser for today comes from Matthew Dick’s Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, a library book I finished last night. Here are a few lines from page 235 three fourths of the way through the story. Three imaginary friends are talking here:

” ‘ How did you know my name?’ Oswald asks…[This] might be the fairy’s chance to turn things around.

‘Baldo is my friend,’ the fairy says,’ I don’t want you to hurt him…Baldo needs your help, Oswald.’

I will not let him hurt the fairy like he has hurt me. But as I reach over to grab him…she shakes her head ever so gently. She is telling me to stop. Or to wait at least.

I obey.”

Max Delaney is an autistic little boy who has made up an imaginary friend named Baldo, from whose point to view the tale is told. As readers we see the physical/real world of Max, but we also see the world of imaginary friends Baldo comes to know as he aids Max in the perils of everyday life. This is definitely a unique story.

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THE AIM OF THIS MEME IS TO TEASE SOMEONE INTO READING SOMETHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING. (Header courtesy of the Purple Booker.)

Copy a few lines from your current read into the reply box below. I often get great ideas for my TBR list from this source.

I am about halfway through.

Casey, a wannabe writer and currently a waitress at a popular, upscale restaurant is telling a co-worker about her recent date:

“I tell Harry about the date at lunch the next day.

‘Good heavens,’ he says, ‘Is that what it’s like with you writers? [He uses] the word ‘snug ‘ and you’re mad in love?

‘I’m not in love.’

‘The man is in his forties with two bloody children…’ “

Yes, this is a romance, but it is so much more. Struggling writers, loss of parent, mother-daughter relationships–it’s all there laid out by the author for the reader’s perusal. The writing is lovely, the dialog witty, and it has the potential to be a “darned good read.”

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Hosted originally by The Purple Booker, this little meme advises us to copy a sentence or two from our current read to see if we can “tease” others into wanting to read it too. Here’s where I left off in Pachinko:

A wonderful story, a wonderful novel

“Haruki Totoyama married Ayame, the foreman of his mother’s uniform shop, because his mother had wanted him to do so. It turned out to be a wise decision.”

Can’t you just hear with your “mind’s ear” the precision of the Japanese language and culture. This story of Koreans living in Japan, recipients of racial hatred and discrimination, is a fascinating story of refugees living in an alien country. It is already a “darned good read” a little over half-way through the book.

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Today’s Tuesday Teaser comes from Tanya Maria Barrientos’ Frontera Street:

I am just a couple of chapters into this book and have already been surprised.

“I was seven months into my pregnancy, and my legs and ankles were perpetually swollen. The baby kicked whenever I stretched my arms over my head to reach the uppermost button drawers.”

This is said by Dee, a Gringa, who arrived at the fabric shop on Frontera Street in the Barrio one day and promptly fainted. Strangely enough, she stayed, and her story unfolds along with that of Alma, who already works there. This is a story of “friendship and forgiveness,” a story of women being there for each other, one which I am sure I am going to enjoy.

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Tuesday Teaser, hosted by The Purple Booker, asks that the reader choose a random few sentences in a current read to “tease” someone else into reading the book. My Tuesday Teaser for 12/29/2020 comes from Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project.

“One conclusion was blatantly clear from my happiness research: everyone from contemporary scientists to ancient philosophers agrees that having strong social bonds is probably the most meaningful contributor to happiness.”

This has been an interesting and enlightening read.

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The Purple Booker thought up a popular meme, the Tuesday Teaser. In it one is asked to turn to wherever she is reading in a current book and copy two or so sentences in order to “tease” someone into reading the book.

My Tuesday Teaser for today is from Rick Riordan’s The Devil Went Down to Austin. I am currently on page 219. Detective Lopez is talking to the murder suspect’s brother, Tres Navarro, a private eye. The local police are looking for the body of a woman whose boat has been found drifting.

“I’ll see you later,” Lopez told me. “Go teach your class.” (Tres teaches a history class at UT in Austin to get his mind off the seamier side of PI life.)

“He met my eyes, and just for that moment I saw the anger behind his smile–the offense I’d done him by digging too deep…He was giving me fair warning.”

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“There are ninety-six reasons why thirteen-year-old Genesis dislikes herself.”

My Tuesday Teaser is from the book I am reading this week for Saturday Mornings for Kids. The following comes from first gym class, first day at a new school:

“Basketball is not my sport of choice. Still, I grab a ball and go to a less occupied net at the far end of the court, hoping not to be checked out as I check out everybody else… I immediately throw my ball, which clearly doesn’t fly anywhere near the net. I chase after it, ignoring the chuckles that are surely happening.”

This YA novel has won The Newberry Honor Book, Coretta Scott King New Talent Award, and the William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist.

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This game, hosted by The Purple Booker, instructs one to find a “teaser” at random from a current read, and copy it in hopes someone else will read the same book. Mine for 9/22/2020 is from The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, which is the Common Reader for my university this fall. All freshmen are required to read it, and many others, including faculty like me, do so as well, in order to participate in discussions and events throughout the semester.

This is from the introduction: “This is the story of two boys living in Baltimore with similar histories and an identical name. Wes Moore. One of us is free and has experienced things that he never even knew to dream about as a kid. The other will spend every day until his death behind bars for an armed robbery that left a police officer and father of five dead. The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.”

I am looking forward to this important read and to the film and discussion, panel of professors’ “takes” on the book and other activities which will be virtually available soon.