Friday, August 15, 2014

Book Beginnings - 8/15/14



*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page.

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This week's book beginnings is taken from THE STORY HOUR by Thrity Umrigar.
"I BEGINS.

Dear Shilpa--I writes.  Belief me when I say not single day passing six years that I not thought of you.  How are you, my dearest? Then I takes the paper, roll it like a ball of dough and throws it across from the room."

I am halfway through THE STORY  HOUR, and Ms. Umrigar has written another thought-provoking book for us.

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Books finished and too good to not share.

THE HOUSE WE GREW UP IN by Lisa Jewell.

Wonderful book.  Review is in the book's title.



I enjoyed this book.  This family had a fun, different childhood and an eccentric mother.

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What are you reading that you can't keep to yourself?  :)

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21 comments:

  1. I have been noticing The Story Hour...thanks for sharing, and I have added it to my list.

    I downloaded The House We Grew Up In a few days ago...my kind of read! Thanks for the review.

    Here's mine: “SAVE THE DATE”

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  2. I have wanted to read something by Ms. Umbera (spelling)and now I want to even more. Thank you for sharing it with us. Anne's Friday Memes

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  3. I must add "The Story Hour" to my list!

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  4. Both books sound like stories I'd enjoy, especially The House We Grew Up In. Good choices for your Friday post.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: MADE FOR TWO.

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  5. I'm curious about The Story Hour but I'm not sure I could handle the writing style for a whole book. I'm dying to read The House We Grew Up in. It's definitely on my wishlist

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  6. You are welcome, Anne.

    The book was wonderful...I finished it last night.

    Thanks for stopping.

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  7. You will love both books, Laurel.

    ENJOY, and thanks for stopping.

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  8. Oh...Beth...you will enjoy it.

    The broken English was tricky at first, but it added to the authenticity of the character.

    Thanks for stopping.

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  9. Sandra...The House We Grew Up In was really good.

    I hope you get to read both books.

    Thanks for stopping.

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  10. The broken English is only the one character. It isn't every character in the book.

    I think you would like it, Katherine.

    Thanks for stopping.

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  12. I hadn't heard of The Story Hour before! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my Friday Finds

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  13. Hi Elizabeth,

    You have two very similar books in this post, in respect of their deep and very intensely emotional storylines.

    I am wavering more towards 'The House We Grew Up In', but I may be biased as I know The Cotswold area so well, having lived there for a number of years.

    On the other hand, the opening lines of 'The Story Hour' are very intriguing and had me hooked straight away. I think I would be okay with the broken English, as I would rather the writing was authentic, than made falsely palatable for all readers!

    What to do? ... I know! I am adding both to my 'Want To Read List'

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend,

    Yvonne.

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  14. The broken English messed with me a bit. But it sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a great rest of the weekend as well!

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  15. You will love The House We Grew Up In, Yvonne, especially since you are familiar with the area.

    Perhaps you will recognize a few places. I love when I know where the place is in a book. :)

    You will like The Story Hour too. I agree that the authenticity is maintained when the character is portrayed true to life.

    Great you are going to add both of them to your TBR list. :)

    Let me know what you think.

    Thanks for stopping.

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  16. Have you read any of her other books?

    She is an excellent author.

    Thanks for stopping, Sofia.

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  17. Yes...the broken English was difficult to get used to, but the book is really good and it does become easier as you continue to read.

    Thanks for stopping Lisa K.

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  18. I hadn't heard of The Story Hour before but now I'm intrigued about this book. The broken English threw off a bit as I thought wasn't intentional.

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  19. I'd love to read The Story Hour. I was mentally editing the excerpt when I realized it was part of the character.

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  20. Tash...so glad you stopped by.

    Yes...the broken English was intentional for authenticity of the character.

    The book is excellent. If you have read any of her other books, you know what a wonderful "storyteller" Ms. Umrigar is.

    ENJOY the book if you read it.

    Thanks for stopping.

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  21. Thanks for stopping, guiltless reader.

    Yes...it is the character.

    The book is wonderful.

    I hope you get to read it.

    ENJOY if you do.

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