Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. You know the rules: grab your current read, open to a random page and share a two sentence teaser with us (no spoilers!). Be sure to tell us about the book, so we can add it to our TBR list!

This week, my teaser is from A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France, a terrific read about a truly terrible period in history. It’s interesting to read the nitty-gritty details of what it was like to be living in Paris under the Nazis, and I hope I would have shown the courage that these young women did. This comes from some of the anecdotes about surviving the coldest winter on record in Paris, under occupation by the Germans:

“Though the integration of France into the Nazi war economy had dramatically cut unemployment, the French were beginning to understand that the shortages were the direct result of the enormous booty of clothing, food and raw materials leaving every day for the Reich. The Parisians were now obsessed with food and warmth, lining their clothing with newspapers, putting mustard in their socks and making muffs out of rabbit and cat skins.”

Mustard? In your socks? I assume they mean dry mustard, but still! Doesn’t sound warm to me.


  8 comments for “Teaser Tuesday!

  1. January 24, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Sounds like an interesting book, but probably a little too intense for me. I know I’d never have been brave enough to survive in that place and time. Great teaser, though!

  2. January 24, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Great teaser!!
    Here’s my TT this week: http://ttoria.blogspot.com


  3. January 24, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Mustard poultices were supposed to be very warming.

  4. January 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

    “Muffs out of rabbit and cat skins” – poor rabbits and cats! Sounds like a fascinating book, though. Thanks for sharing. My teaser is here.

  5. January 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

    This sounds like a very interesting read and something to really give you perspective. Thanks!

  6. January 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Sounds very interesting. I’m putting it on my TBR list.

  7. January 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I think I’d enjoy reading this book — if I was in the right frame of mind at the time! Sounds like it would be a good resource for anyone writing a book that took place in that difficult time and place.
    My teaser is here: Sandy’s Teaser

  8. January 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    A TRAIN IN WINTER is on my wish list – these first person accounts are fascinating! Thanks for the teaser …

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