Tag: First Line Friday

First Line Friday #31

I picked up today’s First Line Friday at my local county library’s semi-annual book sale.  The title caught my attention. I read the description and picked it up.  It definitely looks to be controversial with the whole abortion debate the focus of the novel.  Once I catch up on reviews, I hope to pick this one up to read!  There is this shocking first line to grab you and pull you into this one:

The problem was, Megan had just taken the second half of the ecstasy when her father called with the news.

Two weeks before Christmas, Diana Duprey, an outspoken abortion doctor, is found dead in her swimming pool. A national figure, Diana inspired passion and ignited tempers, but never more so than the day of her death. Her husband Frank, a longtime attorney in the DA’s office; her daughter Megan, a freshman in college; the Reverend Stephen O’Connell, founder of the town’s pro-life coalition: all of them quarreled with Diana that day and each one has something to lose in revealing the truth. Meanwhile the detective on the case struggles for the answers — and finds himself more intimately involved than he ever could have imagined.

First Line Friday #30

I became a fan of Sex and the City through the TBS reruns when they first started airing it. Yes, I knew it was edited since it was first on HBO. I since bought the dvds. I was in my local used bookstore and saw a copy of the book, so I grabbed it. I hope to read it sometime  and discover Carrie and the gang the way they were first introduced.

Here’s a Valentine’s Day Tale.

Enter a world where the sometimes shocking and often hilarious mating habits of the privileged are exposed by a true insider. In essays drawn from her witty and sometimes brutally candid column in the New York Observer, Candace Bushnell introduces us to the young and beautiful who travel in packs from parties to bars to clubs. Meet “Carrie,” the quintessential young writer looking for love in all the wrong places…”Mr. Big,” the business tycoon who drifts from one relationship to another…”Samantha Jones,” the fortyish, successful, “testosterone woman” who uses sex like a man…not to mention “Psycho Moms,” “Bicycle Boys,” “International Crazy Girls,” and the rest of the New Yorkers who have inspired one of the most watched TV series of our time. You’ve seen them on HBO, now read the book that started it all…

If you ever watched the show, which of the ladies is your favorite? I always identified with Miranda. I’m sure most would have thought I identified with Charlotte.  She annoyed me with always focusing on getting married!

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First Line Friday #29

Today’s First Line Friday is one I read when the movie first came out.  Thought it’s been years since I read it, I remember the anguish that Holly feels as she is recovering from her husband Gerry’s death.  I need to pick it up again, I feel that I will have a different reading experience now than when I first read it since I am married now and will identify with Holly more.

Holly held the blue cotton sweater to her face and the familiar smell immediately struck her, an overwhelming grief knotting her stomach and pulling at her heart.

Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!

 

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