Opening lines from recently published books

”It all happened so quickly. They rounded us up, took us out to the forests. We stood there, shivering, like trees in uneven rows, and one by one we fell. No one was brave enough to turn and look.” From A Blessing on the Moon, by Joseph Skibell (Algonquin, $21.95)

”Thousands of young Americans were flocking to Europe after World War II, and I joined the throng. Late in June 1947, fresh out of college, I went to Paris, planning to stay for the summer. I stayed for ten years.” From Paris in the Fifties, by Stanley Karnow (Times Books, $25)