Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Famous Last Words

My father once shared some profound words of wisdom with my husband. "I always have the last word (with my mom) and you'll be smart to remember this - it's always "yes, dear!" So far, Richard has done well honoring such sound advice from his father-in-law.

Famous last words ... in thinking about books you've read, do these lines sound familiar? Name novels with the following last lines?

  1. "I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth."
  2. All was well.
  3. Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper.
  4. Are there any questions?
  5. In thirty minutes my whole life's ....done. Maybe I ought to keep writing, not just for the paper, but something else, about all the people I know and the things I seen and done. Maybe I ain't too old to start over, I think and I laugh and cry at the same time at this. Cause just last night I thought I was finished with everything new.
  6. After today, he thought, the world will never be quite the same.
  7. After all, tomorrow is another day.
  8. You are afraid that you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember. Think of the vine that curls from the small square plot that was once my heart. That is the only marker you need. Move on. Walk forward into the light.
What other favorite last lines do you remember?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Beat the Heat In the Stacks

With summer vacation just beginning next week, I’ve decided to gather my To Be Read list. Here is what I have so far and if you'd like to help me prioritize them, please post the book you recommend for starting out the summer. Or, tell us what you're reading.

Early From the Dance by David Payne

Gravesend Light by David Payne

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Iron House by John Hart released in July

The Litigators by John Grisham released in July