Tuesday Teaser, brought to you by the Purple Booker asks that you grab a book you are reading and copy a few lines in order to “tease” someone else into looking into that book for further reads. Here is my teaser for Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come, a non-fiction look at an introvert exploring extrovert territory, by Jessica Pan.
Summing up the results of her one year experiment, Pan writes, “It was more than I ever could have hoped for when I started. I feel more in control of my life because I can extrovert.” She goes on to describe the many new things she can “handle” which she couldn’t before as a result of saying “yes” to things that were definitely out of her comfort zone before as a dyed-in-the-wool introvert.
This has been the best non-fiction read of 2020 for me. I highly recommend it.
Have I got a Tuesday Teaser for you! It is from the series of road trips Otto takes with his guru-priest friend, the world-renowned Rinpoche, translated “The Precious One.” In Breakfast with Buddha, we meet Otto and his family, his sister, Cecelia, who has always been a hippie-flower child, and her boyfriend, Rinpoche, who discusses for mile after mile Buddhist teachings as Otto tries to show him the “real America.” In Lunch with Buddha, Rinpoche and Ceilia are married and have a daughter. Finally, Dinner with Buddha , the book I am currently reading
brings in Rinpoche and Celia’s six-year-old-daughter, Otto’s niece ,with whom he feels he shares a destiny. My Teaser takes place somewhere in the Dakotas just before Ceciluia and Shelsha leave Otto and Rinpoche, returning home while the men travel towards enlightenment and what their mission in life is. Otto thinks about the America he is about to show Rinpoche:
“I worried that with our demonizing, our knee-jerk anger, we were moving too close to 1920s Germany, too many of us marching under a righteous banner, too much hatred for each other, too much divisiveness, a craziness loosed upon our world. I looked at Shelsa. I remembed what Seese (his nickname for his sister) said about her (that she was a special child with a destiny to save mankind from itself). I wondered what it would take to save us.”
The idea is to copy a sentence or two from a book you are reading and “tease” other readers into reading the same book. My book this Tuesday is one that was donated to my Little Free Library, The Mouse of Amherst by Elizabeth Spires and illustrated by Claire A. Nivola. It tells of a mouse who lives in Emily Dickinson’s house and “helps” her write her poetry.
“I am a mouse, a white mouse. My name is Emmaline. Before I met Emily, the great poet of Amherst, I was nothing more than a cheese nibbler, a mouse-of-little-purpose. There was an emptiness in my life that nothing seemed to fill.”
This may be classified as a children’s book (recommended by a local private school for ages 9+), but its delightful text and special illustrations make it a must for a lit major like me. One of the poems “inspired” by Emmaline when Emily introduces herself starts like this:
Grab the book you’re currently reading and type in a few lines to give us the “flavor” of your book. You may need a few lines to explain the context of those lines, but no spoilers, please. Here’s my “teaser” for 4/21/2020:
After the first huge attack on London, “Beaverbrook saw grave warning in the September 7 attack. Upon his return to London, he convened an emergency meeting of his top men, his council, and ordered a tectonic change in the structure of the nation’s [England’s] aircraft industry… [he] grew concerned about how his newly built aircraft were stored before being transferred to combat squadrons.”
Prior to this time, the RAF planes had been stored in private barns, large storage buildings and anywhere they would fit. At this point in WWII Churchill and his cabinet are frantically scurrying making changes and assuming power/measures never before seen to make an effort to win the war in the air.
This is from Erik Larson’s The Splendid and the Vile, a non-fiction look at the Blitz that reads like a detailed novel. I must say I have not been bored at any point.
TUESDAY TEASER, a meme hosted by The Purple Booker allows all readers to copy a line or several lines from what you are currently reading in order to “tease” another reader/blogger into reading the same book.
Since my March trip to NYC was cancelled, I returned to Elizabeth Gilbert’s (The “G” of my alphabet challenge) to copy a few lines from where I am reading now. The protagonist is describing to a young relative the scene where she, her mother, and her father received news of her brother’s death during WWIII.
“Walter’s death utterly shocked me.
I swear to you, Angela, I’d never considered for a minute that my brother could be harmed or killed in the war…He’d always been so competent, so powerful…What harm could ever befall him?”
The novel is a fascinating one that begins after WWI and now, on page 346, a great deal has happened to “our girl”, and she is ready to return to New York with her eccentric Aunt Peg, a sadder and hopefully wiser woman.
This meme, hosted by The Purple Booker, asks that participants copy a line or two from where they are currently reading in hopes of teasing someone else into putting that book on their TBR list.
Here’s mine for 3/24/2020 from Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint:
“The conjure man rode a red, old-fashioned bicycle with fat tires and only one, fixed gear. A wicker basket in front contained a small dog that seemed mostly terrier. Behind the seat, tied to the carrier, was a battered brown satchel that hid from prying eyes the sum total of all his worldly possessions.”
This has been a fantasy full of hobgoblins, ghosts and other things that go bump in the night. What is special is that all the characters in these related short stories find within themselves the belief in white magic that allows them protection from evil things .
Tuesday Teaser, which I first found on Sarah’s “Brainfluff” is a meme that asks the blogger to copy a few sentences at random from his/her current read in order to tease readers into reading the same book. Read mine and let me know if you think you might read it, then place your own tease (or your blogging address where you have posted yours) in the reply box below.
Today’s Tease is from Erik Larson’s bestseller, The Splendid and the Vile. Larson writes history/non-fiction that read like a novel. Splendid & Vile is about “Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz” (WWII) I am ready to start chapter three which begins:
“America loomed large in Churchill’s thinking about the war and its ultimate outcome. Hitler seemed poised to overwhelm Europe. Germany’s Air Force, the Luftwaffe, was far larger and more powerful than Britain’s Royal Air Force, the RAF, and its submarines and surface raiders were by now severely impeding the flow of food, arms, and raw materials that were so vital to the island nation.”
Isn’t his writing style simply lovely? Just see how his sentences flow and keep his readers turning pages. I am enjoying this one!
Tuesday Teaser is hosted by The Purple Booker and asks participants to copy a sentence or two from where they are currently reading in hopes of teasing other readers to read the same book.
My teaser today is from one of my Books about Books challenge, Charlie Lovett’s The Bookman’s Tale.
“In a box in the dusty back room of a local antique shop, Peter discovered an early edition of George McDonald’s fantasy novel, At the Back of the North Wind. The book was illustrated by the Pre-Raphaelite follower, Arthur Hughes…This would be the first book Peter would give Amanda…a perfect candidate for rebinding.”
I am following Peter, an introverted book collector and binder who meets the love of his life, Amanda, only to lose her later in the book. There is mystery, romance, and bibliophilic devotion involved in this 2013 novel.
Elizabeth Gilbert has been known as a writer of non-fiction for some time, but this novel she has written is one I am really enjoying. I am choosing to copy some sentences from the part I am currently reading on page 55. Vivian, a Vassar graduate without “prospects,” is brand new to New York and to the Lily Playhouse, a small theater that provided rooms on the upper floors for struggling actors and models run by her eccentric Aunt Peg. Celia is the show-stopping chorus girl, jaded and gorgeous, whom Vivian has never seen the likes of and greatly admires. Vivian speaks:
“Well, then, I guess I had a roommate now. (That was fine with me, though. I was just honored that she’d chosen me.) I wanted this strange, exotic moment to last as long as possible, so I dared to make conversation…Celia settled back into the bed, lit a smoke, and told me all about her night.”
Since I will be seeing NYC in all its glory this coming March, I am sure I’m going to enjoy this tale from its past.