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Early Bird Books: 10 of Our Favorite First Lines in Literature

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From Melville to Didion, these first sentences created lasting and notable impressions. Some of literature’s most iconic lines come to us within the first paragraphs of our favorite novels. They are the hooks onto which we latch, and the springboards that launch us further into the narrative. There’s a reason these words make up some of the most quotable lines in literature—readers simply can’t get them out of their heads. Take a look below to see some of our favorite opening lines. While first impressions can be tough, they won us over in just a single sentence. “You better not never tell nobody but God.”  The Color Purple By Alice Walker Set in the 1930s, The Color Purple details the…

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Just the Right Book Podcast: Suzanne’s Children, A True Story of Heroism in Nazi-Occupied Paris

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The heroic story of Suzanne Spaak, who risked everything and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi-occupied Paris to Auschwitz is one of many untold stories of the Holocaust. This week’s episode of Just the Right Book welcomes author Anne Nelson who tells Spaak’s story in her latest book, Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris. The Yale University alum consults with many of the leading US foundations including Gates, Rockefeller, and Carnegie on international media conflict and human rights, was a war correspondent in Latin America and reported from Eastern Europe and Asia for the New York Times, LA Times, BBC, NPR, and PBS. Nelson has now set her considerable wide-ranging skills…

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Rock on with an accidental novelist

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by Daniel Palmer. I consider myself an accidental novelist. Of course, this accident took ten dedicated years of my life, rejections too numerous to count, and a tremendous sense of purpose plus commitment to make happen. But the younger version of me never envisioned he would one day write books; he assumed he’d grow up to be a rock ‘n roll star. Here’s the beautiful upside: Several years and various rock bands later, I find the lessons I learned from songwriting have, in a rearview mirror sort of way, greatly informed my approach to writing suspense novels. I started writing fiction six years after I played my last live show. I had just read High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, and…

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