22 September 2010

One Liner Challenge

While we are temped to reveal
the one liner of a last line
from It's a Book --we'll
wait until more of you get
to read it!
This week while reading It's a Book, by Lane Smith, the Four of Us realized that sometimes one line from a book can unmistakably, identify the book.

We challenge you to share one of these unmistakably identifiable lines from a favorite book --whether fiction, non-fiction, picture book-- just share a good line!

Here is a twist: Do not share the title and the author. We'll leave it up to other readers to guess.

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  1. "We came from Bethlehem, Georgia, bearing Betty Crocker cake mixes into the Jungle."

  2. "Kindred spirits are not as scarce as I used to think."

  3. "My Grandfather was known as Aldrid the Wise, my father was Limelyn the Courageous, and yet the man I might marry one day could be called Eadric the Flatulent."

  4. "Every morning Pa took his gun and his traps and was gone all day in the Big Woods, setting the small traps for muskrats and mink along the creeks, the middle-sized traps for foxes and wolves in the woods."

    Had to post this as it is the first day of Autumn and hunting season is around the corner -Big Sister says, "our "Pa" would is happy."

  5. "I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong hills."

    Is the first line posted by The Mom from Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver?

  6. Here's one: "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times...

  7. Thanks Kathy! For me that was the only "unmistakably identifiable" line among those listed. Hooray for the classics! I'd like to submit 3:

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

    "Call me Ishmael."

    "I do not like them, Sam I Am!"

  8. Little Sister replies to The Teacher (jolynbarrett), "Green Eggs and Ham! I love that one, too."

    The Mom to The Writer (Tracey) Yup, you got it, The Poisonwood Bible!

  9. Anonymous9:27 PM

    "Rose could hear birds singing their hearts out, but clearer than them all was the sound of Mama's whistling."

  10. "I was now in my twenty-third year of residence in this island and was so naturalized to the place and to the manner of living that could I have but enjoyed the certainty that no savages would come to the place to disturb me, I could have been content to have capitulated for spending the rest of my time there, even to the last moment, till I had laid me down and died, like the old goat in the cave."

  11. Amelia8:30 AM

    Amelia to The Mom-That is waaaay too easy.

    I have two books:

    "What my mother bore him was girls, twin girls. I was the elder by a few minutes. I always treasured the thought of those minutes. They represented the only time in my life when I was the center of everyone's attention. From the moment Caroline was born, she snatched it all for herself."

    "What a queer smell! It's like burned feathers"

  12. Good for you, Little Sister! I use that line often in a variety of situations, hoping that the person I'm saying it to will recognize it and know why I'm saying it.

  13. Yes, to the Teacher!

    The book from which the "It was the best of times: it was the worst of times" quote is taken, is going to highlighted on Diane Rehm's Oct. 20th radio show. Listen then if someone will give this classic's name! :-)

    Kathy aka The Bean

    PS Is the first quote from jolynbarrett from The Little Prince (French: Le Petit Prince), published in 1943, by the French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's? Loved that book!

  14. Here's another one:

    "By the hair on your chinny-chin-chin, I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!"

  15. Oh, I am temped to give a few of them a try --

    Amelia "What a queer smell! It's like burned feathers" --is that from Little Women? and not feathers, but Meg's burned hair? :) I cannot find my copy of the book!!

    Okay here is one from me:

    "This of course is the way to talk to dragons, if you don't want to reveal your proper name (which is wise), and don't want to infuriate them by a flat refusal (which is also very wise)."

  16. Anonymous5:56 PM

    "Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

    Heh, heh. I love this one.