Category: "Books: Excerpt"

January 31st, 2008
Homer Hickam - Rocket Boys - 1...I didn't know that if a girl broke your heart, another girl, virtuous at least in spirit, could mend it on the same night.

January 2nd, 2008
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 56"And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure."

December 27th, 2007
Arturo Perez-Reverte - The Club Dumas - 239-40

"He's the medieval fool, the joker in a pack of cards, the jester. He symbolizes destiny, chance, the end of everything, the expected or unexpected conclusion. Look at the dice. In the Middle Ages, jokers were privileged beings. They were permitted to do things forbidden to others. Their purpose was to remind their masters that they were mortal, that their end was as inevitable as other men's.

"Here he's stating the opposite," objected Corso. "Fate is not the same for all."

"Of course. He who rebels, exercises his freedom, and takes the risk can earn a different fate. That's what this book is about, hence the joker, paradigm of freedom. The only truly free man, and also the most wise. In occult philosophy the joker is identified with the mercury of the alchemists. Emissary of the gods, he guides souls through the kingdom of shadows..."

November 5th, 2007
Lloyd Jones - Mister Pip - 62-63"Also," she added, waving a finger at us girls in the class, "stay away from boys who abuse silence. Boys who shout have mud in their souls. A man who knows about the wind and sailing a boat also knows about silence and is likely to be more sensitive to the presence of God. Other than that, I don't want to tell you girls where to shop."

October 30th, 2007
Lloyd Jones - Mister Pip - 60-61Gilbert's uncle, a big man, round as an oil drum, black as tar from toiling out at sea, came to speak to us about "broken dreams." He said the best place to find a broken dream is on the wharf. "Look at all those dead fish with their eyes and mouths open. They can't believe they are not in the sea and never will be again."

October 24th, 2007
Sara Gruen - Water for Elephants - 8Sometimes I think that if I had to choose between an ear of corn or making love to a woman, I'd choose the corn. Not that I wouldn't love to have a final roll in the hay -- I am a man yet, and some things never die -- but the thought of those sweet kernels bursting between my teeth sure sets my mouth watering. It's fantasy, I know that. Neither will happen. I just like to weigh the options, as though I were standing in front of Solomon: a final roll in the hay or an ear of corn. What a wonderful dilemma.

October 1st, 2007
Ruth Reichl - Tender at the Bone - 274"At one time I worried that the people who made gin would stop making it, and that I would be left with nothing to drink. To guard against that I hid gin all over the house. Just knowing it was there made me feel a little better."

September 11th, 2007
Mitch Albom - For One More Day - 152It's such a shame to waste time. We always think we have so much of it.

September 7th, 2007
Arturo Perez-Reverte - The Club Dumas - 170"Have you ever noticed yourself smile? You look like an old soldier."
He shifted slightly in his seat, embarrassed. "I don't know how an old soldier smiles."
"Well, I do." The girl's eyes darkened. She was searching in her memory. "Once I knew ten thousand men who were looking for the sea."

July 2nd, 2007
Robert McCammon - Boy's Life - 225-226"The years of a boy's life pass so fast, Cory." She smiled faintly. "Boys want to hurry up and be men, and then comes a day they wish they could be boys again. But I'll tell you a secret, Cory. Want to hear it?"
I nodded.
"No one," Mrs. Neville whispered, "ever grows up... They may look grown-up," she continued, "but it's a disguise. It's just the clay of time. Men and women are still children deep in their hearts. They still would like to jump and play, but that heavy clay won't let them. They'd like to shake off every chain the world's put on them, take off their watches and neckties and Sunday shoes and return naked to the swimming hole, if just for one day."