Opening lines from recently published books

”Elizabeth Middleton, twenty-nine years old and unmarried, overly educated and excessively rational, knowing right from wrong and fancy from fact, woke in a nest of marten and fox pelts to the sight of an eagle circling overhead, and saw at once that it could not be far to Paradise.” From SARA DONATI‘s historical romance Into the Wilderness (Bantam, $22.95)

”America’s war on drugs is reminiscent of the Russian princess who sat weeping profusely at the death of the hero in a performance at the opera while, at the curb, her waiting carriage driver froze to death in a Moscow ice storm.” From Ending the War on Drugs: A Solution for America, by DIRK CHASE ELDREDGE (Bridge Works, $22.95)