book beginnings on Friday: Almost Somewhere by Suzanne Roberts

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.

Two beginnings for you here. From the Preface:

After college I set off on a hike that I imagined would be a diversion from thinking about my future. The year was 1993, the United States was in a recession, and most college graduates were finding it difficult to secure jobs.

And from the start of the book, Day 1 in diary format:

Going on twenty-three, I fancied myself a self-stylized naturalist, thought I knew about the wilderness, about wildness, because I had been an avid reader of John Muir and Henry David Thoreau.

Suzanne Roberts herself has given you a good idea of what this book is about in those two short selections, but here’s the final element: she did this hike one of three women, which remains unique today but was especially unusual in the early 1990’s, and the relationship between these women is an important part of her story, as well. I’ve only just started but am enjoying this book very much! Happy reading weekend, friends.

These quotations come from an uncorrected advance proof and are subject to change.

12 Responses

  1. The part from Day 1 made me laugh. Even the phrasing…”I fancied myself a self-stylized naturalist..”

    good stuff.

    Here’s my beginning:

    • Yea, there is a touch of redundancy there, isn’t there? But again, it’s an advanced proof, so we don’t look for perfection. There’s definitely some humor here.

  2. Hi!
    Love reading diary books, so interesting. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  3. I fancied myself a self-styled adventurer, I am an avid reader of R L Stevenson and Mark Twain. Loved the beginning!

  4. The opening makes me think of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, though perhaps the hero is a little less idealistic.

    Here’s my Book Beginning.

  5. Her experiences sound as though they would really resonate with college graduates in 2012. I would recommend this to anyone I knew who was looking for a post-college adventure!

    Here’s my beginning:

  6. That sounds great! I love memoirs by ordinary people who do unusual things.

    Thanks for posting on Book Beginnings!

  7. That could be set today. Seems that there are some of the same problems. Here is m post:
    Book Beginnings

  8. Yes, as several of you have said, unfortunately we’ve been through this before.

  9. This sound like an interesting glimpse into an adventure journal!

  10. That beginning sounds reminiscent of the current climate

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