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IN THE BEGINNING

OPENING LINES FROM RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOKS

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”I must write very quickly for I am dyeing my hair with L’Oreal’s Extra Light Ash Blonde. The fumes are so goddamn strong that I am beginning to have a mystical experience as I form each new bleached-blonde thought.” From DISH! A SINGLE WOMAN’S CONFESSIONS ON FOOD AND SEX, by Juli I. Huss (Plume/Penguin, $10.95)

”Late in the last year of his life, my grandfather made a pilgrimage to the city of his youth, where he set a house on fire in the middle of the night.” From CLOSER TO THE SUN, by Peter Gadol (Picador, $22)