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book beginnings on Friday: Dispatches from Pluto by Richard Grant

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.

dispatches from pluto

The subtitle, “Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta,” is what got me. And then there are the first lines:

I was living in New York City when I decided to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. It was out in the cotton fields and cypress swamps of Holmes County, the poorest county in America’s poorest state.

Got me: I’m intrigued. The Deep South is an increasingly appealing and intriguing place to me, filled with contradictions and complications. Tell me more!

This quotation comes from an uncorrected advance proof and is subject to change.

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