First Chapter, First Paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. I picked up this book from one of my favourite Canadian stores, Giant Tiger. I really enjoyed it. Here’s the opening from Diane Keaton‘s memoir, Then Again:
Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK. In a notebook she wrote, I’m reading Tom Robbin’s book Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. The passage about marriage ties in with women’s struggle for accomplishment. I’m writing this down for future THINKING . . . She followed with a Robbins quote: “For most poor dumb brainwashed women marriage is the climactic experience. For men, marriage is a matter of efficient logistics: the male gets his food, bed, laundry, TV. . . . offspring and creature comforts all under one roof. . . . But for a woman, marriage is surrender. Marriage is when a girl gives up the fight. . . . and from then on leaves the truly interesting and significant actions to her husband who has bargained to ‘take care’ of her. . . . Women live longer than men because they haven’t been living.” Mom liked to THINK about life, especially the experience of being a woman. She liked to write about it, too.
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here’s mine from the same book:
The process of learning how to explore her own unanswered questions came from the action of moving a pen across paper. How had she found time? Not while preparing the endless tuna casseroles and cheese enchiladas that became leftovers for four lunch boxes five days a week; not at the kitchen counter, with wilting Kellogg’s Corn Flakes sprinkled with wheat germ waiting to be cleared. p.57
I wonder how many readers also write in order to process how to explore their own unanswered questions. Do you? Would you keep reading?