Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. 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.
The Richest Woman in America: The Life and Times of Hetty Green
by Janet Wallach
Of course reporters swarmed around her--she was the richest woman in the country and was suing people, and the same things we see in tabloids today weren't unfamiliar to tabloids in 1896.