Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #54

It's Friday . . . time to share excerpts from one of my current reads with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring:
The Signature of All Things 
This is my current read, which is this month's selection for one of my book clubs.
Alma Whittaker, born with the century, slid into our world on the fifth of January, 1800.
Swiftly--nearly immediately--opinions began to form around her.
Part One
The Tree of Fevers
Chapter 1 
For the first five years of her life, Alma Whittaker was indeed a mere passenger in the world--as we all are passengers in such early youth--and so her story was not yet noble, nor was it particularly interesting, beyond the fact that this homely toddler passed her days without illness or incident, surrounded by a degree of wealth nearly unknown in the America of that time, even within elegant Philadelphia.
Page 56:  "On her father's lap, Alma learned that Henry had sailed the world with a great man named Captain Cook.  These were the best stories of all."

Which book are you reading now or about to start?

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings #54 was originally published by Catherine for This post cannot be republished without attribution.    

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