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January 02, 2008



Hard to believe "It was a dark and stormy night ..." didn't make the Top 100 list.


I have a few favorites, but for some reason I always remember this one:

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." from Anna Karenina


I think my autobiography will start with something like this:

"Unfortunately, this book will not teach you how to raise your child to be a world-famous genius extraordinaire and attempting to do so will likely result in the derangement of said child, The Genius was special and no one should attempt to replicate the events described in this totally factual story."


I love first lines, too.

"The problem is credibility."

"Bigfoot Stole My Wife" by Ron Carlson


"Then we came to the end of another dull and lurid year."

Americana by Don DeLillo (clipped and borrowed for Joshua Ferris' novel)


"It was now lunch time and they were all sitting under the double green fly of the dining tent pretending that nothing had happened."

"The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" by Ernest Hemingway

I have more.

Adorable Girlfriend

Hmmm... I am going to have think about this one.


I have better examples of Best First Pages than Best First Lines.


Cool. What are they? You don't have to copy them all, but which books?

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