Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lint in Literature: Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day

I just finished reading Lori Rader-Day's novel Little Pretty Things, literally, like 10 minutes ago. I loved this book. And there's a nugget in there, on page 180. A lint nugget!

"My own house is too clean now, you know? I see a piece of lint, and I have to stop and pick it up, and I look at it, try to decide where it came from."

Lint aside, this novel is a mystery that had me stumped till the killer was revealed. Well, I sort of had an idea but it was so good! Read it! With more than 24 5-star reviews on Amazon, it's not just me who likes this one.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Lint in Literature: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I found some lint! I was reading the novel Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng last night and came across this line:

Lydia hugged her knees under the dining table, 
cookbookless; Nath picked lint from the carpet and glowered. 

This book is really good so if you love a good read (and lint), you might want to read it, too.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lint in Literature: After the War is Over and Now Write! Mysteries

I read this lint in literature in After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson:

After the War Is Over: A Novel

His hair, rather charmingly, was standing on end, and his days-old beard had a thread of lint caught up in the hairs.

I've been reading a lot of nonfiction books lately and found lint in one of them. Oh happy day!

The book is titled Now Write! Mysteries. In it Harley Jane Kozak, a funny writer of mysteries, wrote a section called The Telling Detail. A telling detail is one thing a writer says about a character to keep them in the reader's mind. Here's her linty entry:

"Elderly" becomes "She had grandmother hair, so fragile and fine and soft it might have been lint plucked from the clothes dryer and stuck atop her head."

Love it!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lint in Literature: All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

I was thrilled to find a variation of the word lint in All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner on page 8 of this interesting novel:

The magazine was still open to the quiz on the couch beside me. I grabbed it, bending my head to avoid the scrutiny of the ubermommy two seats down whose adorable newborn was cradled against her body in a pristine Moby Wrap; the one who was not wearing linty black leggings from Target and whose eyebrows had enjoyed the recent attention of tweezers.

Then later near the end of the book, there is was again. Lint.

Every year, I was allowed to buy a single souvenir. The summer I was eight years old, I'd saved a few dollars of tooth fairy and allowance money, augmented by the quarters I'd cadged from the sofa cushions and the dollar bills from the lint filter in the dryer.

Do you read Weiner's books? She also wrote In Her Shoes and Little Earthquakes. All so good!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lint in Literature: Mannequin Girl by Ellen Litman

I started reading Mannequin Girl by Ellen Litman last night. What a treat to see the word lint used twice in the first paragraph!

Here's the first time lint is used:

Later she takes the dress off, puts it back on its hanger, 
makes sure there's not a speck of lint on it, 
not a wrinkle on the seat of the skirt.

Then later, this sentence appears, very similar to the first:

Slowly, lovingly, she takes off her dress, 
makes sure there's not a speck of lint of it, 
returns it to the hanger. 

I think I'm really going to like this novel about a Russian girl with scoliosis of the spine.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Lint in Literature: Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

It's been awhile since I posted here on my lint blog. So sorry! I have cleaned my dryer's lint filter since I last posted but that's about all the lint I've had in my life, I guess, until last night!

I was reading my book, Lucky Us by Amy Bloom, and what appeared? Lint! Here's the excerpt:

I did notice that the ladies were very happy for me to use the lint brush on their furniture, make tea, and empty the trash, and would you mind, there's a good girl, just take the dog for walkies while I'm drying.

Lucky Us: A Novel

This novel is a delight! I've read a few of Amy Bloom's other novels and this one is just as good. 


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