Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Teaser Tuesday, April 19

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

This week's teaser is from the astoundingly awesome The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72 by Molly Peacock.  It's a biography about Mary Granville Delaney, who, at 72 (in 1772) essentially invented collage.  The author's writing style is very intimate and comfortable; this reads like a coffee date with Ms Peacock as she recounts a fascinating topic she's researching.  I'm in swoons.  The excerpt below is from the beginning of the book and perfectly encapsulates the feel of this wonderful book.  (I'll be giving away a copy next week; I'm telling you, you want to win it!)

Her previous seventy-two years in England and Ireland had already spanned the creation of Kew Gardens, the rise of English paper making, Jacobites thrown into the Tower of London, forced marriages, women's floral-embroidered stomachers, and the use of the flintlock musket -- all of which, except for the musket -- she knew very personally.


  1. I hadn't heard of this book yet, but do admit that it sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. i'm curious about the floral-embroidered stomachers. curious article of clothing, eh?

  3. All: It's soooo so sososo good. Squee-tastic review to come on Mon.