Tuesday Intro

It’s time for another, First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. Thank you to Yvonne, from Socrates’ Book Reviews who hosts this meme. As a reminder this is your chance to post a bit from a book that you are reading or planning to read. My entry comes from a book I’m planning to start this week.

“The flash projected the outline of the hanged man onto the wall. He hung motionless from a light fixture in the center of the room, and as the photographer moved around him, taking pictures, the flashes threw the silhouette onto a succession of paintings, glass cabinets full of porcelain, shelves of books, open curtains framing great windows beyond with the rain was falling.”

The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Translated by Sonia Soto

What is going on right? I know I definitely want to know who this hanged man was

I’ve had this book on my shelves for a long time and thought it was time to check it out. The story is about Lucas Corso, a book detective who is hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy patron. From then sound of this entry, seems like it can be a dangerous job.

This book also happens to be my selection for Spanish Lit Month. I’m a bit late getting started but as the event goes into next month I think I’m good.

Have you read this book? Would you read it after that intro? We watched The Ninth Gate, which is based on this novel, but that was so many years ago that I don’t remember anything about that film.

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New Releases for July

Here we are at the last week of the month and I finally got this post put together. I am trying to continue with a monthly feature where I talk about some of the advance review copes I receive from Netgalley. Here are just some books coming out this month that I’m very excited about:

Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey. Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Sounds like a fun modern romance.

Members Only by Sameer Pandya. First the white members of Raj Bhatt’s posh tennis club call him racist. Then his life falls apart. Along the way, he wonders: where does he, a brown man, belong in America? I think this can be a novel that raises good questions.

Inheritors by Asako Serizawa. Spanning more than 150 years, and set in multiple locations in colonial and postcolonial Asia and the United States, Inheritors paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of its characters as they grapple with the legacies of loss, imperialism, and war. Sounds like a wonderful short story collection.

Want by Lynn Steger Strong. Elizabeth is tired. Years after coming to New York to try to build a life, she has found herself with two kids, a husband, two jobs, a PhD—and now they’re filing for bankruptcy. As she tries to balance her dream and the impossibility of striving toward it while her work and home lives feel poised to fall apart. A story of a modern family.

Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle. Lil and Frank married young, launched into courtship when they bonded over how they both—suddenly, tragically— lost a parent when they were children. Over time, their marriage grew and strengthened, with each still wishing for so much more understanding of the parents they’d lost prematurely. I have read a couple of Jill McCorkle books and have always enjoyed them so I look forward to this one.

Have you heard about these new books? Any one you are most interested or already have on your list?

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Almost Normal

I hope you all had a great weekend. It was a busy one for me but I was able to do a few things that brought me a lot of joy and made me feel like life was almost normal. In March I had signed up for a class at the Austin Book Arts Center but then things started to get cancelled due to the pandemic. Well, they finally were able to host a virtual over zoom. They mailed out kits and some background info ahead of time and honestly even if I hadn’t received my kit, being that I do bookbinding I have a lot of stuff on hand.

The class was only a few hours but it was a lot of fun. I learned to make book cloth which basically just opens up a whole new way to decorate your book covers. The reason you want to back the cloth before you use it on the book board is so the glue doesn’t seep through and it makes it more sturdy and easier to work with when covering your boards.

I used a fat quarter for my trial run but you can use all kinds of fabrics. The sky is the limit. Granted if you are using silk or a very thin fabric the method we used might not be the best because it required an iron but there are other ways to get around that.

The other exciting part about the weekend is that my husband and I “attended” another Austin Classical Guitar concert and it was a performance by two musicians, Duo Sonidos, a guitarist and violinist. Lovely music by Handel, Manuel de Falla and others. Have I ever mentioned that my husband plays guitar and I used to play the violin? Maybe you’ll see us touring when we’re in retirement. Haha…

How about you, how was your weekend? Let me know if you did something different or what did you do that brought you joy?

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