03 May 2011

Today's Read: The Bird House by Kelly Simmons

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.

All we did, after all, was pay attention. You should try it sometime. Watch a woman's face as she fingers her antique locket. Hear the jangle of charm bracelets covering up an ancestor's cries. Feel the ring handed down from grandmother to mother to daughter, how the gold is worn down at the back by everything they'd done while wearing it—all the games they'd played, all the people they'd touched, all the things they'd held and broken.

It's all there, in every jewelry box and trunk, every photo album and yellowed postcard, every attic and basement. Just look, and you'll see what I mean. You don't have to travel to a lost city to find the artifacts of a mysterious society. Just go ask your grandmother. (p.3)
—From The Bird House by Kelly Simmons (Washington Square Press, 2011)

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Confuzzled Shannon 5/3/11, 6:08 AM  

Interesting ...makes me think of my family gems that have been passed down. Wish I knew more about them.. Thank you for sharing. :-)

Sandy Nawrot 5/3/11, 6:38 AM  

That is a very insightful little teaser. And of course it is spot on. I've got a few things from my grandmothers, and they represent everything they were about.

Kelly Simmons 5/3/11, 8:04 AM  

thanks for teasin' my tome! Happy to connect with your blog readers! All best -- Kelly Simmons

Lauren B 5/3/11, 8:38 AM  

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I love your teaser - it is really insightful.

Gigi Ann 5/3/11, 9:19 AM  

I love the cover on this book. It sounds like a very interesting book. I will have to add it to my TBR library list.

Thanks for visiting My Reading Corner today.

Zibilee 5/3/11, 10:00 AM  

I loved this teaser. It makes me want to go ask my grandmother to let me look through her jewelry box and steamer trunk.

Laurel-Rain Snow 5/3/11, 10:10 AM  

Sounds intriguing...and charming. I've been drawn, lately, to books with "bird" in the title. Adding this one to my list.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Martha@Hey, I want to read that 5/3/11, 10:11 AM  

Very good tease, plus I love the cover. Here's mine: http://heyiwanttoreadthat.com/

Beth Hoffman 5/3/11, 10:33 AM  

Good teaser! I read this book last month.

Madeline Mora-Summonte 5/3/11, 10:57 AM  

Oh, this teaser made me want to read the book! I love the language and the imagery. It's going on my list right now. :)

Nise' 5/3/11, 11:34 AM  

Great descriptive teaser. I want to wear my charm bracelet today!

Anonymous,  5/3/11, 12:10 PM  

Yep. But not everyone is lucky enough to have a grandmother with something to pass down.

- Alice

Sally 5/3/11, 12:22 PM  

Lovely teaser. Makes me think of my Nan and all the stuff she's got.

Barbara 5/3/11, 1:27 PM  

Reminds me of my mother's first wedding ring which I have in my jewelry box. It's completely worn through. I'm the end of the family line so everyone's jewelry has come to me.

kayerj 5/3/11, 1:30 PM  

I love the sound of this book. It's nice to be reminded there are treasures and adventures right under our noses. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Margot 5/3/11, 1:48 PM  

Your teaser is so true. I have a few of those special gems that truly reflect the people who've worn them. Can't wait to hear about the story that goes with this teaser.

bermudaonion 5/3/11, 2:42 PM  

I can't wait to see what you think of the book! It sounds awesome!

Anonymous,  5/3/11, 2:55 PM  

This teaser makes me really want to read this book.

Here's mine:http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com

Dorte H 5/3/11, 4:00 PM  

Wow, that is a great teaser!

Cat 5/3/11, 4:58 PM  

That's a beautiful teaser and so true.

Shelley Munro 5/3/11, 5:01 PM  

Wow, what a great teaser. I really liked it. Thanks for visiting my teaser.

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) 5/3/11, 6:52 PM  

I adored this book. It was sassy and sweet and incredibly emotional for me. I'm not sure why it struck such a chord but it hot home for ways in which I didn't expect, especially since the primary character was nowhere near my age. Beautiful teaser. thanks for this!

caite 5/3/11, 7:16 PM  

like the cover..I am a sucker for an Adirondack chair.

Marg 5/4/11, 12:43 AM  

Lovely teaser. Sounds like a book to get lost in!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 5/4/11, 6:51 AM  

This is one that I hope to get to soon. Love that teaser.

Debbie 5/4/11, 5:23 PM  

I love that teaser! It makes me want to read the book.
Hope it's as good as it sounds.

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