24 November 2009

Today's Read: The House on Tradd Street by Karen White

My name is Melanie Middleton, and my army brat childhood didn't exactly prepare me for my chosen profession. Who knew that I'd specialize in selling old houses, the kind in which generations of a single family lived and died. I don't even like the things, they are smelly and dusty and I have to talk to old people who are admitting that they don't have much future left. Okay, maybe that's not the real reason I hate old houses, it's probably because I can often see the ghosts of former occupants . . . not in some sentimental way, but quite literally.

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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.

As was my habit, I avoided looking at the historic buildings along King Street. . . . I supposed the buildings were beautiful in their own antique, money-sucking way, but it was what I saw sometimes peering out at me from old shop windows that kept my eyes focused straight ahead. It was the same with hospitals. I had to wear earphones just to block out the sounds of the voices from people only I could see. (p. 14)
—From The House on Tradd Street by Karen White (Source: Review, see review policy)


Shona 11/24/09, 7:05 AM  

That teaser is really good. I have been hearing so much about Karen White's books that I guess I need to find them soon and start reading .

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 11/24/09, 7:16 AM  

"money-sucking" Ha! Melanie's attitude toward the old houses cracked me up.

Julie P. 11/24/09, 7:31 AM  

Great teaser. I need to move these books up on my TBR pile because the buzz is just so good.

Yvonne 11/24/09, 8:00 AM  

I have this one in my TBR. It sounds so good.

Sandy Nawrot 11/24/09, 8:30 AM  

I want this book. Methinks I will be impulsively buying on my Kindle soon!

Laurel-Rain Snow 11/24/09, 8:54 AM  

I like the language in this teaser! Very descriptive, pulling the reader right in.

The book cover is great, too.

My teaser is here:


Lori L. Clark Art 11/24/09, 8:59 AM  

This one looks good! Mine are posted here!

Alayne 11/24/09, 9:09 AM  

This is an excellent teaser, I really want to look into getting this book now! Here's mine: http://thecrowdedleaf.wordpress.com/

Marce 11/24/09, 9:26 AM  

I first heard of this book from the TT and added it to my TBR list, I enjoy every teaser I read, I think it will be read before the year is out.

Here is mine.

Lisa 11/24/09, 9:28 AM  

>their own antique, money-sucking way

That is a terrific phrase. I'll be adding this one to the TBR list.

Here's my very seasonal teaser!

Andrea 11/24/09, 9:41 AM  

Ghosts? I'm guessing.
Great teaser! Here's mine.

Leya 11/24/09, 9:52 AM  

Great teaser! I've been meaning to read Karen White...

My teaser is here.

Margot 11/24/09, 9:53 AM  

I'm not normally one for ghost stories but this one has me very interested.

Zia 11/24/09, 10:15 AM  

Wow I am curious now. Great teaser!

Jennifer 11/24/09, 10:41 AM  

Excellent teaser! Intriguing and witty, I like it. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2009/11/lonesome-teaser-tuesdays.html

christine (booktumbling) 11/24/09, 11:22 AM  

What a fantastic teaser. I am hooked! Thanks for a new book/author to look into.

Dorte H 11/24/09, 11:27 AM  

You have certainly made me curious - I love old houses, though.

Serena 11/24/09, 11:39 AM  

I remember these lines fondly and am now reading book 2 in this series.

Beth 11/24/09, 1:03 PM  

This sounds very interesting, plus I love the book cover! Here is my teaser for this week.

Marg 11/24/09, 2:42 PM  

There's been a lot in blogland about this book recently! Now I want it!

Anonymous,  11/24/09, 2:57 PM  

Really great teaser! It has me guessing what's going on here.

Here's my Teaser.

jlshall 11/24/09, 3:46 PM  

Great teaser! I love a good spooky read, but this one sounds really sad, too.

Allison 11/24/09, 4:23 PM  

So either she's seeing ghosts or maybe a bit schizo?

Melody 11/24/09, 6:43 PM  

Great teaser!
Can't wait to hear what you'll think of it!

Veens 11/24/09, 7:28 PM  

That's definitely spooky! I so badly want this one!

Alice 11/24/09, 10:42 PM  

Great teaser, Beth. I've been reading about this book everywhere I go visit in the blogosphere. I must be missing something really good here...

nat @book, line, and sinker 11/24/09, 11:02 PM  

like alice, i've seen this book all over the blogs. guess it means i'll be picking it up sooner rather than later! :)

enjoy the holiday. i have a post for your saturday cooking challenge, if it's on this week. :) i was inspired to bake after reading 'confections of a master baker'. my husband was a happy man--cranberry scones!

Veens 11/25/09, 1:43 AM  

Hello Candace! :D Now I know your REAL name. heard you on Blog Talk Radio just now :)
It was so fun knowing so much about you! It was awesome!

I was at Linus's blog and thought about fnding out how you really sound :) :)

Have a good Thanksgiving!

And oh my!! You have SO MANY Cookbooks :) LOL!

Dot 11/25/09, 5:46 AM  

Thanks for this great teaser! I love books that feature old houses, I am going to add this one to my TBR pile!

Liz 11/25/09, 10:25 AM  

I love the sounds of this book. Not heard of this before (that's why I so love surfing through blogs; I get such good suggestions! Looking for this at my library as soon as I'm done. My teaser is from "Love Tag," by Peter Shianna, which reminds me somewhat of Ordinary People in that it's about families and issues and trouble, etc. Enjoyable read -- puts a different spin on the mix of pride, revenge and ambition.

From page 139: [[Would David’s birth mother cause trouble? Would she want to see him again and maybe get involved with his life? The maternal instinct was unpredictable. David didn’t need any more complications and could certainly do without torn loyalties.]]

Liz 11/25/09, 10:27 AM  

Put it on hold! Thanks for the suggestion. And happy Turkey day everyone.

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