Opening lines from recently published books

”I think. I am a humble thinker. I am a man. I am a humble man. I am an industrial filmmaker. Once I was good, and now I am shamed. I have turned bad. I heed your call. I need help. I am looking for salvation. I am looking for the quick buck. I’ve sold out.” From Pink, by GUS VAN SANT (Nan A. Talese, $21.95)

”I am a cheerful man, even in the dark, and it’s all thanks to a good Lutheran mother.” From Wobegon Boy, by GARRISON KEILLOR (Viking, $24.95)