Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: Play It As It Lays

This week my teaser lines come from Joan Didion's 1970 novel Play It As It Lays. This one has been on my TBR list for many years now - don't know why I haven't gotten around to it before now, since Didion is one of my favorite writers. I've just read the first few pages, so I'm not really sure how any of these characters relate to one another, but here's the snippet:
"The food was unspeakable, my clothes mildewed in the closet, you can have Cozumel," BZ's mother said. She was playing solitaire and Maria sat transfixed by the light striking off the diamond bracelets on her thin tanned wrists. [p.57]
Well, BZ's mother may not have been impressed with her visit to the tropics, but after the frigid temperatures we've had the last few weeks, I'd definitely be willing to brave a little mildew for a lot of sun and surf, and margaritas on the beach. I'm ready to go right now!


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizb17 at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or do a little teasing yourself, head on over to her blog. And these are the rules: Grab your current read; Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. You also need to share the title of the book that you're getting your "teaser" from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given! Please avoid spoilers!

40 comments:

  1. The only experience I've had with Didion was with her non-fiction Year of Magical Thinking that I didn't like - at all, however I would like to give one of her novels a try. I hope you enjoy your book.

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  2. I love love looooove Play It As It Lays. I don't know how many times I've read it over the years.

    Can't wait to hear what you think of it.

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  3. I've not heard of this book or author before. But I tend to agree with you. I would be willing to do with bad food and a bit of mildew for some warmth and lack of snow. :)

    Here's my teaser...http://westietherapy.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesday-these-three-remain.html

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  4. Now that is strange. Joan Didion doesn't seem to have much of a profile here in the UK, but what I hear makes me want to investigate her work one of these days.

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  5. I LOVED this book when I read it several years ago, I've actually had it on my re-read list for ages. Nice teaser! Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  6. Sounds like another one for "the list". I think everyone is sick of winter already. Have a freat week and happy reading.

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  7. Have a Great week,not a freat one. sheesh I think even my fingers are frozen .

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  8. This sounds like an intriguing novel and I look forward to hearing your thoughts. My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesdays-corrigans-pool.html

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  9. I loved this book, and read it several years ago. I think it's time for a reread!

    I love the cover of this one.

    My teaser:

    http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesdays_12.html

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  10. I loved this book, and read it several years ago. I think it's time for a reread!

    I love the cover of this one.

    My teaser:

    http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesdays_12.html

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  11. The only Didion I've read is nonfiction (Year of Magical Thinking), but it sounds like I should give her novels a try!

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  12. The diamond bracelets, the tan, and Cozumel don't sound all that bad. Nice tease.

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  13. Sounds like a good read. Great teaser.
    Here's mine.

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  14. You know, I've heard of Didion (and heard her interviewed) a gazillion times, but still haven't yet read any of her books. It sounds like time!

    Great teaser!

    And here's mine, at Bookishgal.

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  15. I've not heard of this book before but it sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out.

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  16. Sounds good.

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesday_11.html

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  17. I can do without all the snow.

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  18. I have always heard about Joan Didion's fiction, but I have yet to read any of it. I wonder whether this would be a good novel to start with?

    Great teaser! I love the contrast between the awful food and mildewed clothes and the diamond bracelet.

    Mine is here.

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  19. I'm another one who hadn't heard of the book or the author, but it's gone on my TBR list now! Second Hollywood book teaser I've read today, the other one was Laurel Rain-Snow's.

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  20. I love Joan Didion; we read Slouching Towards Bethleham in college.

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  21. Don't know the book though the author's name rings a bell. Nice to read a teaser from an older book!

    Thanks for stopping in earlier! :)

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  22. me too!!! I read Year of Magical Thinking...felt a little bit blah about it...hope you're enjoying this one!

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  23. I have never read this author, must give a try.
    Thnaks for visiting me.

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  24. Sounds interesting. I´ve been meaning to try Didion for a while.

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  25. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your teaser sounds interesting. Will have to look into it!

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  26. She does not sound like a fun person to travel with!

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  27. intriguing teaser!

    here's mine!
    http://myflutteringheart.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesday-13.html

    -Aimee
    http:myflutteringheart.blogspot.com

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  28. Great Teaser! Never heard of this one!

    My Teaser is Here
    http://jensbooktalk.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesdays_12.html

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  29. That is such a great idea to share little teasers! I like the one you have shared here-so evocative!

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  30. I could go for some tropics right about now, too! Great teaser :)

    Here's my Teaser.

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  31. Interesting teaser. I haven't heard of the book. Thank you for stopping by my post.

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  32. Lack of cold and snow would be really nice here too, and apparently it's going to get into the 40s for a little this week which should be really nice.

    My entire experience with Joan Didion was trying to listen to the audio book of The Year of Magical Thinking, which I got about halfway through. I'd like to try again with a bound book sometime, although maybe trying one of her novels would be a better next step with Didion.

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  33. I've read several book by Didion and loved them all but not this one. I should look around for a copy on the book swaps. I've never done this meme but I enjoy reading them. Great choice.

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  34. I've been meaning to read Didion for years and haven't gotten around to it yet. I like her voice in this one!

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  35. I have to admit that Ive never heard of that author or that book, but so many people like it i think that i will have to keep it in mind!

    My teaser was Wuthering Heights and Capricornia. You can read it here http://pageturnersbooks.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesday.html

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  36. Intriguing! This is a new author to me.

    Greetings,
    Tiina

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  37. We read excerpts of her writing in college, but I've never read a full work of hers. I'm with you, though--margaritas on the beach really sound good right now.

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