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Teaser Tuesday

Written by Kirsten on June 9th, 2009


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

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser for today:

“I was always seeking such moments, clinging to them feverishly when they arrived, never fully embracing an accomplishment unless it had been acknowledged and appreciated by him first. I suppose most people seek out parental approval, but I often think that a performer’s thirst for this praise is even more heightened – perhaps unquenchable.”

From Take your Shirt Off and Cry, Nancy Balbirer (ARC)


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. kaye says:

    That title certainly gives nothing away. What is this book actually about?

  2. Kirsten says:

    It’s touted as a “memoir of near-fame experiences,” following a young woman through her college theater experience and the hunt for comedic acting opportunities in the real world. The title comes from a quote she attributes to David Mamet, who told her when she took a class of his that all women are ever asked to do in “the business” is take off their shirt and cry.

  3. Margot says:

    The title intrigues me also. I’ve not familiar with the book. I like the way you’ve used the LibraryThing widget as your header. Very clever.

  4. Kirsten says:

    Thanks, Margot! My eventual goal (especially now that collections are live and I can customize the widget to reflect selected collections) is to update the widget as I post reviews and currently reading selections, so the selection is specifically relevant to the blog.
    I got this ARC through the LT ER program; in a lot of ways, it makes me glad I abandoned my theater ambitions before I went to college!

  5. I want to start reading more memoirs. Maybe I’ll look this one up. Can’t wait to hear what you think. Here’s my first teaser and here’s the other.

  6. Kirsten says:

    Welcome, Jaqueline :) It’s decent so far, and I’m pretty picky about nonfiction. The prologue wasn’t a great representation of the voice for the rest; she must have had a good editor, or else the whole thing might feel a little like she was pitching you, the reader, for a comedy gig. The only problem with memoirs around showbiz on any level is that the name-dropping can get a bit thick.

    I’m loving the lyrical prose of your teaser for of Bees and Mist; I’ll be interested to see the review when you’ve finished!

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