Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here goes! My Teaser Tuesday:

“The Henderson residents whom Alves interviewed characterized Audubon as ‘a man of scrupulous honesty’ who ‘placed the highest value possible upon his word, holding it in all things the equal of his bond.’ He was ‘somewhat of a connoisseur in his tastes,’ they thought, and ‘men took advantage of him’ because ‘he would go his whole length doing for others while his own was left undone.'” – pg. 115, John James Audubon: The Making of an American, by Richard Rhodes

Yup, besides changing ornithological painting and observation forever, Audubon was pretty baller.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your 2 ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!


11 Responses to “Teaser Tuesday”

  1. 1 kaye February 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Sounds like a good read. Audubon was certainly a talented man.

    Here’s my teaser

  2. 3 The Literary Omnivore February 9, 2010 at 10:00 am

    He sounds like a wonderful man, and I feel a bit bad for having no idea who he is! I hope you enjoy it.

    • 4 tarynwanderer February 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      Haha, no worries–I’m a bit of a birding nerd! Audubon was a French-American birder in the 19th centry, who was the first naturalist/illustrator to draw lifelike birds, instead of specimens. He also left behind in-depth observations of bird behavior, and revolutionized how we draw and study birds.

      You can see some of his illustrations here: http://www.jjaudubongallery.com/Gallery_MainFrameset.htm

      And The National Audubon Society, a bird and environmental conservation group, was started in his honor!

      …sorry for length. Like I said, I’m a bird nerd!

  3. 7 diane February 9, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Audubon is one that I have only read about on one occasion, but this book sounds like it might be a good follow up for me; thanks

    • 8 tarynwanderer February 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      He is pretty fascinating! And yes, this book is great–not dry at all, like I was worried about, just very readable!

  4. 9 Tweezle February 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I love his artwork, but have no idea about Audubon as a person. Great teaser!!!

    Here’s mine for this week:

    • 10 tarynwanderer February 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      It’s amazing how after all this time, Audubon’s illustrations still elicit such strong reactions from people. I have so many favorite prints!

      Thanks for dropping by, Tweezle!

  5. 11 Sassy Brit (Alternative-Read.com) February 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I’ve never heard of Audubon, but your tease does intrigue me a lot!


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