Thursday, June 23, 2011
Books with amazing first lines really stick with me. And it's so often that an amazing first line is the entry into an extraordinary book.
So it is with this year's Orange Prize winner, The Tiger's Wife, by Téa Obreht. It reads,
"In my earliest memory, my grandfather is bald as a stone and he takes me to see the tigers."
I was pulled in immediately and wish the other parts of my life would go away so I can focus on reading this wonderful book without interruption.
Nancy Pearl also loves first lines and gives some more great famous first words reading ideas on NPR, including these:
"The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there." The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last." Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
Summer is a perfect time to sink into books old and new. Sno-Isle Libraries offers some great summer reading lists, and we're always here in person and on-line to provide reading suggestions made just for you!