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Below are first lines from 5 books on my bookshelf.

“Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature.”


Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein






“Jordan,” Seeley said gently.


Wickedly They Come by Cathrina Constantine






“The landing was perfect, a word I rarely use for my flying.”


Illusions II: The Adventures of a Reluctant Student
by Richard Bach





“Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby.”


Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh





“An old pro told me that originality does not consist of saying what has never been said before; it consists of saying what you have to say that you know to be the truth.”


Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf by Harvey Penick with Bud Shrake





NOTE: Someday I will run out of first lines of books I have read (or will soon read.) If you would like to include your book’s first line for consideration in 5 First Lines Friday, send me a cover jpg, the first line (not from intro or prologue), your name and a link to buy your book (Amazon or other.)