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Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on July 28, 2009

Opening line: “At night I would lie bed and watch the show, how bees squeezed through the cracks of my bedroom wall and flew circles around the room, making that propeller sound, a high-pitched…”

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Bookworm Ballot: What’s your Favorite First Page?

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on July 22, 2008

Novice worms judge books by their covers, but seasoned book-readers often give a prospective tome what’s known as the First Page Test. As the name suggests, a quick scan of the book’s opening prose determines whether it goes in the back or back on the shelf. No wonder novelists agonize over their first page so […]