First Line, Last Line

The Bookends To Your Favorite Books (Spoiler Alert)

Wayward, by Blake Crouch

First Line:  Mustin had been watching the creature through the Schmidt & Bender telescopic sight for the better part of an hour.

Last Line:  And he began to run.

Roots: The Saga of an American Family, by Alex Haley

First Line:  Early in the spring of 1750, in the village of Juffure, four days upriver from the coast of The Gambia, West Africa, a man-child was born to Omoro and Binta Kinte.

Last Line:  I feel that they *do* watch and guide, and I also feel that they join me in the hope that this story of our people can help to alleviate the legacies of the fact that preponderantly the histories have been written by the winners.


Boardwalk Empire, by Nelson Johnson

First Line:  Luxury hotels weren’t something she knew about firsthand.

Last Line:  Working together, the experiment will succeed.


The Goldfinch: A Novel, by Donna Tartt

First Line:  While I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years.

Last Line:  And I add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful things, and looked out for them, and pulled them from the fire, and sought them when they were lost, and tried to preserve them and save them while passing them along literally from hand to hand, singing out brilliantly from the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers, and the next.


The Dead Key, by D.M. Pulley

First Line:  Midnight fell at the First Bank of Cleveland with the lonely clang of the great clock in the lobby.

Last Line:  On the bottom of the candle, a faded label read:  Guide and protect us, O Lord, from our setting out until our journey’s end.  Guide us to our heavenly home.




Outlander: A Novel, by Diana Gabaldon

First Line:  It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.

Last Line:  And the world was all around us, new with possibility.


Pines, by Blake Crouch

First Line:  He came to lying on his back with sunlight pouring down into his face and the murmur of running water close by.

Last Line:  It is the sound of a cricket chirping.


The Majesty of the Law, by Sandra Day O’Connor

First Line:  What is it like working at the Supreme Court?

Last Line:  There is reason to hope the results will draw us closer together as a national community and that we will play a leading role in finding better means of resolving issues and common concerns with the other nations of the world.


The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough

First Line:  In as strong a photograph as any taken of the brothers together, they sit side by side on the back porch steps of the Wright family home on a small side street on the west end of Dayton, Ohio.

Last Line:  they took off, soaring over Huffman Prairie at about 350 feet for a good six minutes, during which the Bishop’s only words were, “Higher Orville, higher!”


Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

First Line:  In seventh grade I started at a new school.

Last Line:  For everything.