Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday Memes: The Boston Girls

Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Today I am spotlighting The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable coming-of-age novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.

Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love.

Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today." She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.

Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant's previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.


Nobody told you?

    Ava, sweetheart, if you ask me to talk about how I got to be the woman I am today, what do you think I’m going to say? I’m flattered you want to interview me. And when Did I ever say no to my favorite grandchild?
    I know I say that to all of my grandchildren and I mean it every single time. That sounds ridiculous or like I’m losing my marbles, but it’s true. When you’re a grandmother you’ll understand.
    And why not? Look at the five of you: a doctor, a social worker, two teachers, and now you.
    Of course they’re going to accept you into that program. Don’t be silly. My father is probably rolling over in his grave, but I think it’s wonderful.
    Don’t tell the rest of them, but you really are my favorite and not only because you’re the youngest. Did you know you are named after me?
    It’s a good story.

My Teaser

    Ha! Those old ladies were probably in their fifties. Being eighty-five gives you perspective. It also gives you arthritis. Maybe you should stitch those pearls of wisdom on a sampler. Do you even know what a sampler is?
page 185

So...what do you think? Is this one you would pick up? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Not one I would have picked up off of the shelf, but it sounds interesting.

    My teaser this week from an upcoming young adult book: http://pdworkman.com/pre-release-excerpt-from-june-and-justin/

  2. Nice choice. I've been wanting to read the new Anita Diamant for a while. Hope you enjoy it.

    My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/04/first-chapter-first-paragraph-101-blog.html

  3. I've read some very positive things about this book, so, yes, I'd continue. And I know what a sampler is. LOL

  4. I probably wouldn't have noticed this, but your teaser and the opening are lovely. Wonderfully written.

    My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/04/07/teaser-tuesdays-109-the-publicist-by-christina-george/

  5. it's really an interesting teaser! Since reading Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, historical fiction is one of my favorite genres! I'd check it out on the net! Thanks for sharing, Anita!

  6. Great opening! This book is already on my wish list. Hope you like it.

  7. I love Anita Diamant and have been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it.

  8. I had looked forward to this one, but ended up thinking it was pretty blah.

  9. The narrator has such a strong voice. Still, I'm not sure. I can be sad seeing a character grow so old.

  10. I'm not sure if this one is for me... but saying that your teaser is brilliant!

  11. I do like the sound of this one - I do love a good historical novel - thank you so much for sharing and visiting my Tuesday post https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/first-chapter-first-paragraph-april-7/

  12. I like the teaser. Sounds feisty. My TT is from a memoir this week Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes

  13. I like the intro and have been meaning to try this one. Thanks for joining in this week Kim.

  14. This book looks really interesting. I like the intro, and I'd keep reading!

  15. Not sure it's my kind of genre but it might be good.

  16. I love the grandmother's voice in this opener. I'd like to read this book.

  17. I listened to this on audio and enjoyed it.