Jun 6, 2014

Margarita Wednesdays by Deborah Rodriguez

Friday 56 Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. *Post it. *Add your (url) post in Linky at Freda's Voice.
Also Book Beginnings by Rose City Reader.

Title: Margarita Wednesdays by Deborah Rodriguez
To be published June 10, 2014; Gallery Books
Genre: memoir, travel

page 56:
"Yes. I mean, no. Oh, Mom. I just don't know what's wrong with me. I'm miserable, and I have no right to be."
Book beginning:
The explosions seemed to have come out of nowhere, their familiar pop-pop-pop catapulting me from under the covers and onto my feet in a flash. I instinctively dropped down and covered my head with my arms, through knotted wool of the Afghan rug scraping my bare knees as I slid to the floor. The cool air from the open window did little to calm my racing heart. I tried to breathe, but couldn't. I tried to call out, but nothing came from my mouth My eyes were sealed shut against the flash of light still visible through the lids. 
Deborah Rodriguez is remembering in her dreams the drama of Afghanistan, where she had opened a beauty school for the local Afghan women, a story she told in her 2007 memoir, Kabul Beauty School: An American Goes Behind the Veil. But now she opens her eyes in Mexico, where she is attempting a new life after being forced to leave Afghanistan and her school behind.

Book description:
After returning from Afghanistan, Rodriguez finally packs her life and her cat into her Mini Cooper and moves to a seaside town in Mexico. Despite having no plan, no friends, and no Spanish, a determined Rodriguez soon finds herself swept up in a world where the music never stops and a new life can begin. Her adventures and misadventures among the expats and locals help lead the way to new love, new family, and a new sense of herself. (goodreads)

I haven't read Kabul School of Beauty but I think I can read Margarita Wednesdays without having read it. Her Mexican adventure sounds like a good alternative after the danger of her former life.
What do you think?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review/feature.


gautami tripathy said...

This sounds really good! I love travelogues!!

Great 56!!

Here is my Friday 56 post!!


Here is my Book Beginning post!!

Juli Rahel said...

This sounds like an amazing read. The Beginning really gets to you. It is described so visually and intensely. The F56 makes me a bit sad because a lot of people feel like they're not allowed to be sad if they are doing well in general! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
Juli @ Universe in Words

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I enjoy reading stories that are set in places I've never been. It's so much fun learning about them through the pages of a novel! I'm wondering where those pop-pop-pops are coming from. Gunfire? This sounds like a good story.
My Friday post is here: WALLS FOR THE WIND.

Katherine P said...

This sounds interesting. I've heard of the first book but never read it and was unaware that there was a new one. I'm definitely intrigued and will have to look this one up.

Unknown said...

The intro is interesting. I hope you enjoy it!

Vicki said...

I like both the 56 and the intro. It sounds interesting!

fredamans said...

I'm intrigued. That beginning is pretty exciting. Was the po-po-pop gunshots I wonder?!

Happy weekend!

Tea said...

I've had that feeling in nightmares. I want to call out for help, but nothing will come out of my mouth. I like the title of this one.

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