Find the nearest book

January 26, 2008 | Original NSS


On some of the blogs I frequent, there is something going around called a “Book Meme.” Here are the rules:

  1. 1.Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).

  2. 2.Open to page 123.

  3. 3.Find the fifth sentence.

  4. 4.Post the next three sentences.

  5. 5.Tag five people.

OK, let’s play. I’m not going to tag five other bloggers, however. I want to know what you guys out there have sitting on your nightstands or coffee tables. Post your own book memes in the comment section. Here’s mine:

The nearest book to me now is Born Standing Up by Steve Martin. (My husband, Dennis, is reading this one.) I haven’t read it yet, but I will say that just about anything Steve Martin writes is genius. Here’s the required passage, which does not demonstrate above-stated genius. You’ll have to read more:

“One night, from my dressing room, I saw a vision in white gliding down the hall — a tall, striking woman, moving like an apparition along the backstage corridor. It turned out to be Priscilla Presley, coming to visit Ann-Margaret backstage after having seen the show. When she turned the corner, she revealed an even more indelible presence walking behind her. Elvis.”


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