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Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday: Stumbling on Happiness




Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Katy from A Few More Pages. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

"Priests vow to remain celibate, physicians vow to do no harm, and letter carriers vow to swiftly complete their appointed rounds despite snow, sleet, and split infinitives. Few people realize that psychologists also take a vow, promising that at some point in their professional lives they will publish a book, a chapter, or at least an article that contains this sentence: 'The human being is the only animal that....'"

Sorry, one sentence just didn't work here. It's promising, I think, that the book starts off with a joke. And it's good that the author has a lack of reverence for his profession. I like people who can have a sense of humor about themselves.

2 comments:

elspeth said...

I think this sounds really good. I love that beginning.

Katy said...

Humor is good, but this beginning just doesn't grab me. Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!