Book Beginnings: Home, a Memoir of my Early Years

I am told that the first comprehensible word I uttered as a child was ‘home.’
My father was driving his secondhand Austin 7; my mother was in the passenger seat beside him holding me on her lap. As we approached our modest house, Dad braked the car to turn into the pocket-handkerchief square of concrete by the gate and apparently I quietly, tentatively, said the word.
‘Home.’
My mother told me there was a slight upward inflection in my voice, not a question so much as a trying of the word on the tongue, with perhaps the delicious discovery of connection…the word to the place. My parents wanted to be sure they had heard me correctly, so Dad drove around the lanes once again, and as we returned, it seems I repeated the word.

~Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews

I love this beginning! It explains right off the meaning behind the title.

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Book Beginnings is a weekly meme, hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages.
How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday.

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5 thoughts on “Book Beginnings: Home, a Memoir of my Early Years

  1. Phaedosia says:

    I love Julie Andrews! Don’t know how I missed her autobiography. I definitely need to give it a read.

  2. Sandra says:

    A very appealing start to a story. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book.And thanks for visiting Fresh Ink Books.

  3. Jenna says:

    I actually really like the beginning of this book. It flowed well and I could see myself easily diving into the first chapter or two. Hope you enjoy!

  4. TBM says:

    Great start to a book!

  5. I didn’t realise Julie Andrews had an autobiography! She has been able to put the simplest and most mundane of things into a beautiful piece of writing. Thanks for sharing!

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