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First Lines

First Lines

You can tell a lot by a book’s cover, but what about its first lines? We flipped the script on the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and collected a list of great first lines for you to judge. If one of them captures your interest, follow the link to the eBook copy on Libby. For more of our “First Line” picks, check out our November display at the library!


“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.”


“Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu.”


“Nellie couldn’t say what woke her. But when she opened her eyes, a woman wearing her white, lacy wedding gown stood by the foot of her bed, looking down at her.”


“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”


“When the blind man arrived in the city, he claimed that he had traveled across a desert of living sand.” 


“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend.”

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