FIRST LINES FROM NEW BOOKS OUT TODAY: APRIL 16, 2012
"Dear Mr. Field, Alfred’s letters arrived yesterday when, as it happened, I was spending a day at home so I was able to read them straight away; then lie awake most of the night thinking about him. What an old cat among the pigeons of my quiet mind!"
Letters to a Friend by Diana Athill
"On July 18, 1936, on hearing of the military uprising in Morocco, an aristocratic landowner lined up the laborers on his estate to the southwest of Salamanca and shot six of them as a lesson to the others."
The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain by Paul Preston
"In 1918, when young Hemingway passed through New York on his way to the Great War, no one took notice."
Hemingway: The 1930s Through the Final Years by Michael S. Reynolds
"Rebecca Navarro sat in her spacious conservatory and looked out across the bright, fresh garden. Perky was down at the bottom end by the old stone wall, pruning the rose-bushes."
Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance by Irvine Welsh
"Bob and I fell in love, first with each other, and then with France. In both cases it was love at first sight—but there was quite a long time between the sightings."
Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train by Ina Caro