Thanks to Rose City Reader for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.
Today I’m pulling this “book beginning” from the foreword to this biography, by Kris Kristofferson:
Johnny Cash is a true American hero, who rose from a beginning as humble as Abraham Lincoln’s to become a friend and an inspiration to prisoners and presidents – respected and beloved the world over for his courage, his integrity, and his genuine love for his fellow man. Like Muhammad Ali, he was bigger than the profession that brought him to the world’s attention, and his spirit transcended the boundaries of ordinary artistic stardom. But he was wonderfully, charmingly human.
The beginning of the book itself is good (although sad); but this beginning of the foreword, by a friend of the man himself, was too good to pass up. I find it’s both personal and touching, and a grand sweeping expression of Cash, all at once.
I’m super excited about this biography, mostly because I am excited about its subject; it also comes recommended from a friend.
And what are you reading this weekend?