Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays/America's Queen


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

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!
From:
America's Queen
The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
by Sarah Bradford
page 163 (paperback edition)

Snow fell on Washington in large, soft flakes as Jackie, shimmering in her white satin Cassini gown, the glitter of borrowed Tiffany's emeralds and diamonds on her ears and at her throat, stepped out of the N Street house bound for the Inaugural Concert and Gala on the night of January 20, 1961. The events of the next two days would project her on to the world stage as the wife of the thirty-fifth President of the United States, an international celebrity at the age of thirty-one.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the teaser. I love you header photo.

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  2. I wouldn't insult anyone's intelligence with a quote from my current bedside read. It's a thriller that is so badly written I've continued to read just to pick holes in the grammar, syntax etc. He's even given 2 of his characters (one a good guy, one a bad guy) the same first name. Doh!
    So bad it's good? Love your quote. She was such an icon of the time. Classy...

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  3. from The Pyramid by Henning Mankell - page 104:

    There is a time to live, and a time to dieThese words would become his personal incantation from now on.

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  4. Thanks Carol, they are plum blossoms, and have the best smell.

    Rattling On, well I'm completely intrigued. What is it? :<)

    Janice, Just the best show! I can't wait to begin reading the Mankell books. I found a listing of them in order:
    http://brighamcitylibrary.blogspot.com/2009/04/kurt-wallander-mysteries-to-air-on.html

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  5. Two gals in my book club read this book recently - that month we had a Jackie O theme and members could read any book about her that interested them. On the whole, those two gals liked the book but didn't love it. Hope YOU are enjoying it though!

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  6. Heather, I remember well the post on her! And I have One Special Summer waiting for me on the shelf, on your recommendation. She died 15 years ago today, and after watching a program on PBS yesterday, it seemed like a good time to finally begin her biography.

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  7. 'Don't expect much to eat. I'm no better in the kitchen than when we last met.'

    from Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes

    The story takes us back to the Season if 1968 and the lavish balls and parties, to the debutantes, to the eligible young men who accompanied them..... thus speaks the back cover blurb. I am enjoying the wonderful snobbery of the whole thing.

    I enjoyed Sarah Bradford's Jacky book when I read it. I am a sucker for anything Kennedy.

    Carole

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  8. "From the little footbridge he walked on slowly, as if against his will, into the forest. There, where the rays of moonlight made shining patches here and there in the the thick black darkness, where he was aware of nothing except his own thoughts, he felt a passionate desire to have back what he had lost."

    - Anton Chekhov, Late-Blooming Flowers and other stories (this story was "Verochka")

    I never read Chekhov before - actually inspired by Raymond Carver to give him a shot...and so it begins...

    - J.

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  9. I know so little about her, but this echoes what I do know - she was glamorous.

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  10. Carole, I keep meaning to read Fellowes' books. I loved his acting in Monarch of the Glen, and I know he wrote the screenplay for Gosford Park which I also enjoyed. I was pleased to hear you liked the Bradford book.

    Jeff, what an evocative passage. Not so cheery always, Mr C, but what a good writer.

    Margaret, this is a fascinating and in-depth look at her life. I did a report on another book which looked at her life in three stages with horses as the link:
    http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2007/06/book-reportthe-private-passion-of.html

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  11. "My face was burning and I felt dirty - I felt like my whole body was a soiled, sweaty T-shirt that had to be cast off. That was when the idea of this game came to me: I decided to make my body invisible."

    from "Reading Lolita in Iran: A Memoir in Books" by Azar Nafisi, p. 168

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  12. Silphium, that passage certainly draws one into the book! Wow.

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