Page of the Day: Days 73 through 79

Welcome back to Page of the Day! For 100 Days, we are sharing 100 pages of 100 books – page by page, in order on our Instagram page. With each different day, a different book is featured. From advanced reader copies of upcoming releases to new paperback editions, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse – and read a short passage – from books perfect for summer reading. Here are those short passages from Days 73 through 79:

Day 73: Burning Down the Haus by Tim Mohr

“On January 27, 1982, a punk who had been at Major’s trial back in 1981, was arrested, subjected to multiple strip searches and body cavity searches, and placed in pretrial detention for five weeks. The charge, according to the arrest warrant: she had distributed a total of twenty hand-typed statements saying, among other things, that she lived in a ‘mousetrap’ where ‘no freedom of opinion existed’

The statements, it turned out, were from her diary.

She was sixteen.”

Day 74: The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst

“ ‘I don’t know, honey,’ Kea signed. ‘She wasn’t acting right apparently, and they had to bring her to the police. Troy just said they lost hold of her after that. Couldn’t find her anywhere.’

Anthony was coming out of the house. He closed the door firmly, his eyes to the ground, and shuffled down the steps, holding his hands away from his body.

‘We’re not going to tell Cora,’ Del said. ‘She doesn’t need to know about this.’ ”

Day 75: Southernmost by Silas House

“ ‘When those two men came into this church to be part of a congregation,’ Asher continued, ‘after a flood took everything they had, you refused to speak to them. All their lives, people have told them they’re no good, that they’re abominations, that they don’t deserve God’s love. They came here seeking it. But you couldn’t find the decency in yourself to be good to them. So I don’t want to be your pastor. You had your meeting and you fired me, but I’m here to tell you I had already quit you.’ ”

Day 76: The Leavers by Lisa Ko

“Back to China? Proceedings? Who were Jim and Elaine? If his mother had gone anywhere, it was Florida, not China. In his bedroom, in the dark, Deming held his breath, wondering if they would say more about her, if they knew things about her that he didn’t. They were hiding things from him. He’d been right not to trust them.”

Day 77: Savage Country by Robert Olmstead

“The boys dipped their heads as their mother told how her husband was digging a well for a neighbor and injured himself and never fully recovered. But it seemed more than that. His heartiness was gone. There was a trouble in his mind, a weakness, an eccentricity. She did not know.”

Day 78: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

“Abstinence, Healayas knew, was the last thing most Americans wanted to experience. Discomfort too. Much better if someone else was feeling it for you. Even better if you could laugh at it. Reality TV. The Jackass phenomenon. Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze had tapped into the powerful urge to use pain as a device. Mass market it may be, buffoonery for boys, but it was hard core and she understood that.”

Day 79: Elmet by Fiona Mozley

“ ‘I’m sure you wouldn’t have turned me away, John. We go back a long way, you and I. I thought you’d greet me like an old friend.’ Mr. Price smiled. ‘And besides, we certainly had something very real in common once.’ He now laughed. He had cut glass teeth and scarlet gums.”

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