Tuesday, October 21, 2008

random bookish-ness

It's Tuesday, Where Are You?:

My main port of call for the day is Liberia (The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper).


Tuesday Teasers:

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
-Grab your current read.
-Let the book fall open to a random page.
-Share with us two “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
-You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from.
-Please avoid spoilers!

The undertow in the ocean was fierce, and we tended to stick closer to the lagoon, which--albeit filled with neegees who sucked you in and took you God-knew-where--at least didn't carry you off to the eaten by sharks. The Americans and French and Lebanese, unburdened by such knowledge, took one look at the miles of white sand along our gorgeous oceanfront and headed straight for the crashing waves. (The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper, p. 58)


The Blame Game:

Two points to hand out this week...

One to Eva for recommending The Fate of Africa by Martin Meredith. I immediately ordered a used copy, which arrived and is in beautiful shape. Thanks, Eva! Can't wait to get to it!

And one point to Chris. Couldn't help ordering The Bat-Poet by Randall Jarrell from the library after reading Chris's wonderful review. Picked it up yesterday, and am hoping to crack it open today.


And finally, I love NPR! Okay, that doesn't seem to have anything to do with books, but really it does. I can't count how many books I've added to my wish list because of NPR! (And it's not just Nancy Pearl either.) Seriously, I can't imagine packing school lunches without Morning Edition or cooking supper without All Things Considered. Anyway, what brought this to mind today, was an interview this very morning on Morning Edition...an interview with Helene Cooper, author of the very book, The House at Sugar Beach, that I happen to reading at the moment. It's really a wonderful book. And if you'd like to hear the interview, it's right here. It's just the fabulous kind of surprise that NPR so often seems to deliver.


gautami tripathy said...

Great post, debi! I loved going through it!

Here is mine!

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reading in Seattle said...

Very interesting teaser! I haven't read that book yet.

:) Wendi

Shana said...
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Shana said...

Debi, I so want to read that book! Isn't it a Starbucks selection?


Bluestocking said...

I haven't heard of this book.

Nymeth said...

I really look forward to hearing more about The House at Sugar Beach!

avisannschild said...

I look forward to reading your review of this book! What the heck are neegees?

Cheryl said...

Yes, what are neegees? Is it another word for currents or undertow?

Chris said...

A point! A point! :) Hope you enjoy The Bat Poet. It's such a lovely book and I know the boys will love it too.

And I'm a huge fan of NPR too. I get on my XM Radio (called XMPR) and it's what I have on almost all the time. LOVE This American Life!

Medbie said...

I read the Bat Poet as a very young child (I still own that copy) and I think it is probably responsible for my love of bats. It's been SO long since I read it, I should probably go read it again!

Trish said...

What a beautiful quote! Sometimes the snippet you find doesn't do the book justice, but I'm really intrigued. Three days ago was Tuesday and i'm still in Wisconsin (I think!?) like I was last week. Not making much progress since the read-a-thon ended (and my reader is out of control!!).