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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 201!

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.


Both of my parents grew up during the Depression and felt the pangs of not having food on the table. Security meant the world to them, which meant that I was going to be a teacher, engineer, civil service worker--anything that offered abundant job opportunities. In our house, the word "entertainer" was a surefire, E-ticket ride out the door. When I told them I wanted to be a performer, they opened the front door of our home wide. "Come back when you get some sense," were their last spoken words as my butt hit the street.

Book Beginnings

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  1. Ouch, that was harsh of his parents. Good choice of a quote!

  2. I really like the beginning. Also, I've always been fascinated with testimonies and stories during the Great Depression. Thanks for hosting for us and have a lovely weekend :)

  3. That sounds like a sad time for him. I used to love Happy Days.

  4. Relating... Great snippet!! Happy weekend, Freda!

  5. Wow...that would hurt to hear those words.

    I hope you are enjoying the book. Love the cover.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  6. I can relate to his parents! I'm not a risk taker so I would prefer my children go towards more reliable careers than performing or entertaining!

  7. Wow. Poor Anson! I hope they made/make up at some point!

  8. Wow, that sounds pretty harsh, but not uncommon from parents of that era with those experiences. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Wow, what a great quote! I really like celebrity biographies that are well written. How do you feel about this one?

  10. Obviously, those harsh words from Anson's parents didn't deter him! Sounds like he has an interesting story.

  11. I had not heard of this book till now. But I had to go add it to the wish list for me to buy for the school library where I work. Sounds like such a great biography!

  12. I loved Happy Days. It is odd to think that the actor's life wasn't.

  13. Great opening...and I like that it brought back memories of Happy Days.

  14. Excellent "56", Freda! I didn't know that Anson Williams had a memoir out!

  15. Wow, I wonder if they ever took those words back after Happy Days became a huge hit? Great choice of quote.
    Happy weekend.

  16. Great quote! My parents would probably have reacted the same way. Hope you enjoy this one. Happy reading this week!


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