Aug 2, 2016

Broadway, Schrafft's and Seeded Rye by Lyla Blake Ward : First Paragraph

A memoir about "growing up slightly Jewish on the Upper West Side" of NYC
Broadway, Schrafft's and Seeded Rye, a memoir by Lyla Blake Ward, published February 1, 2016

First paragraph, first chapter:
Born Yesterday...or the day before
I think the neighborhood we now know as the Upper West Side came into being at around the same time I did -- 1928. High-rise apartment buildings were beginning to crop up along Riverside Drive by then, before the great renovation of the park was even a twinkle in Robert Moses's eye. 
My mother gave birth to me at home, 375 Riverside Drive, so she would not have to be separated from her two older children: my brother George (ten) and my sister June (five). She was a very protective mother. Very. This meant I didn't start school until first grade because my mother thought too many germs lurked in kindergarten classrooms. And when I did go to school at six years old - the city of New York had the final say here - I trotted off to P.S. 54, one block on Amsterdam Avenue, bundled up to the chin like Nanook of the North, from September to June. I didn't know what cold ari felt like until I was in high school. 
 Book description: Through essays and poems, histories and vintage photos, Lyla Blake Ward makes this unique neighborhood-- 72nd street to 110th-- east and west of Broadway, come alive. (publisher)

Meme: Every Tuesday First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros are hosted by Bibliophile By the Sea. Share the first paragraph sometimes two, of a book you are reading or plan to read soon

Based on the first paragraphs of the book, would you keep reading? 


  1. Love that neighborhood... the book sounds great!

  2. Oh WOW, this one sounds awesome. I need to see if I can a get a copy from my library.

  3. I like the tone set by the first paragraph. I'd like to keep going.

  4. Sounds like a well-written memoir. I like the humor: "I didn't know what cold air felt like until I was in high school." His mother sounds like quite a character!
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  5. This sounds like an interesting read. I would continue reading.

  6. I don't often read memoirs, admittedly, but this sounds like it will be good. I like the author's writing voice.

  7. I love a good memoir and think this sounds great.

  8. Nostalgia--keep reading. Enjoy.

  9. I love memoirs and this sounds upbeat.


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