Tuesday, July 14, 2015

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #112

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .


First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring the opening from a book I'm listening to (it's read by the author), which I borrowed from the library . . .

Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, #1)  

Chapter One

This will be a good weekend for reading. I picked up a dozen of Vernie Crabtree’s killer chocolate chip cookies at the French Club bake sale yesterday. (I don’t know what she puts in them, but they’re chewy and crispy at the same time.) Those, a pot of coffee, and a good book are all I will need for the rainy weekend rolling in. It’s early September in our mountains, so it’s warm during the day, but tonight will bring a cool mist to remind us that fall is right around the corner.

The Wise County Bookmobile is one of the most beautiful sights in the world to me. When I see it lumbering down the mountain road like a tank, then turning wide and easing onto Shawnee Avenue, I flag it down like an old friend. I’ve waited on this corner every Friday since I can remember. The Bookmobile is just a government truck, but to me it’s a glittering royal coach delivering stories and knowledge and life itself. I even love the smell of books. People have often told me that one of their strongest childhood memories is the scent of their grandmother’s house. I never knew my grandmothers, but I could always count on the Bookmobile.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The narrator's love of books, coffee, and baked goods drew me right in.  Her main character's name (Ave Maria Mulligan) and description of Iva Lou Wade, the bookmobile librarian, sealed the deal.  This is a fun-filled, entertaining yarn.

A movie based on this novel and directed by author Adriana Trigiani is coming out in October, and will star Judith Ivey, Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jane Krakowski.  Can't wait!

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph #112 was originally published by Catherine for bookclublibrarian.com.  This post cannot be republished without attribution. Retweeting and sharing on Google+ encouraged.


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