Maybe it is just something I think about to keep the momentum going? Even as I am reading, and getting near the end of a story, I am thinking about the next book and it is often is just a little extra incentive to stay on track and finish a book in a timely manner. So, while I read and anticipate the next book(s) I may pick up, here are a few teasers from those stories.
Five books, four teasers And why not add a little spice to this post? Below are the titles of five books that are on the top of my bedside TBR pile. I am not quite sure which I will pick up next, or when that 'next' is going to occur (I hope in just a day or two for at least one of them), but a little taste of prose seems to be in order.
- The Free World by David Bezmogis -- 1978, an extended family of Russian Jews emigrates to the West.
- To Begin Again by MFK Fisher -- Reminiscences of Fisher's growing up on the West Coast before her French cooking adventures.
- Delicious by Nicky Pellegrino -- 1960s Italy, a coming of age story told against the backdrop of a warm and aromatic kitchen.
- Lillian Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney -- Lillian's walk to a party is really a love song to the ever-changing and tumultuous history of the city of New York.
- The Extra by A.B. Yehoshua -- Upon the death of her father 40-something Noga must return to Jerusalem to help settle family affairs.
And now, four teasers. In random order!
"Alec bent into the remaining pile of suitcases and duffel bags on the platform. Each seemed heavier than the last. For six adults they had twenty articles of luggage crammed with goods destined for the bazaars of Rome: linens, toys, samovars, ballet shoes, nesting dolls, leather Latvian handicrafts, nylon stockings, lacquer boxes, pocket-knives, camera equipment, picture books, and opera glasses. One particularly heavy suitcase held Alec's big commercial investment, dozens of symphonic records."
"There once was a girl named Phoebe Snow. She wore only white and held tight to a violet corsage, an emblem of modesty. She was not retiring, though, and her life spun out as a series of journeys through mountain tunnels carved from poetry. I never saw her doing anything besides boarding, riding, or disembarking a train, immaculate always, captivating conductors, enchanting other passengers."
"When she was a child, her father told her to look for that planet before sunrise or sunset. 'Even if you don't find yourself in the sky,' he said, 'it's important to look up now and then, at least at the moon, which is smaller than your planet, just as your brother is smaller than you, but seems bigger to us because it's closer'."
"I don't know why I've always felt embarrassed when I have to admit that I'm not a native Californian. People tell me that I'm silly, and really I cannot say why I feel the way I do about this apparently delicate question of where I was born."
"The truth is that I was born in Albion, Michigan, on July 3, 1908."
And now, match the quote with the title. Any guesses on which teaser belongs to which book?