08 November 2011

Today's Read: Fante by Dan Fante

MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Here's how it works: Grab your current read; let the book fall open to a random page; and share 2 "teaser" sentences from that page. For more teasers, click on through to MizB's blog.

Today's tease comes from a hard-hitting, emotional memoir. To learn more about "a family's legacy of writing, drinking, and surviving," stop back for this week's Imprint Friday feature.

The night I was born my father was boozing at a club in Hollywood. The next day he played golf. It took forty-eight hours before he finally made an appearance at the hospital. By that time Mom had named me Daniel Smart (her maiden name) Fante, and John Fante had no say in the matter. (p. 40)
—From Fante: A Memoir by Dan Fante (HarperCollins / HarperPerennial, 2011)

18 comments:

bermudaonion 11/8/11, 5:36 AM  

Wow, 48 hours! Fante's mom was much more tolerant than I would be. You know I love memoirs - this is going on my list.

Sandy Nawrot 11/8/11, 5:58 AM  

I can already tell this one would push my buttons. I can't wait to hear about it, because I love memoirs, even if the parents are self-absorbed buttheads.

hilarygraham 11/8/11, 6:28 AM  

Sounds like a Father of the Year candidate. ;) Here's my Teaser Tues:

http://hilarywgraham.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/teaser-tuesday-when-it-happens-by-susane-colasanti/

Julie P. 11/8/11, 7:37 AM  

What a teaser. As a woman, I think that's unforgivable!

Beth Hoffman 11/8/11, 8:20 AM  

Powerful teaser! I don't read many memoirs, but this one is going on my list.

Zibilee 11/8/11, 8:36 AM  

I have a thing for well written memoirs, and I love the tone of the quote above. I think I would really like this one, and will be eager to hear your full report on it! Great teaser today!

Zibilee 11/8/11, 8:36 AM  

I have a thing for well written memoirs, and I love the tone of the quote above. I think I would really like this one, and will be eager to hear your full report on it! Great teaser today!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow 11/8/11, 9:14 AM  

Wow, that man doesn't even deserve any consideration! What a jerk!

Thanks for sharing...and now I'm really intrigued about this book. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Daryl 11/8/11, 9:39 AM  

I think I like the memoir teasers better than the whole enchilada

Alice Audrey 11/8/11, 10:00 AM  

That is certainly not an auspicious start to life.

JLS Hall 11/8/11, 10:07 AM  

Dear old Dad -- what a guy! This does sound like a very emotional read. Probably a little too intense for me, but a great teaser.

Barbara 11/8/11, 10:10 AM  

And I thought my father was disconnected and cold. At least he was at the hospital when I was born. I do love memoirs; this is going on my list.

Heather 11/8/11, 12:26 PM  

Sounds like a great father--NOT. My teaser: Silent in the Grave

Dorte H 11/8/11, 2:46 PM  

LOL

That mother sounds as if she lives up to her maiden name :)

Nise' 11/8/11, 6:31 PM  

Sounds like it could be a hard memoir to read.

caite 11/8/11, 7:48 PM  

well, at least he got one picture with him!

Shelley Munro 11/9/11, 4:28 AM  

It doesn't sound as if his father was involved with his upbringing!

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