Page of the Day: Days 87 through 93

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 87 through 93:

Day 87: Descent by Tim Johnston

“He lit the cigarette and went on, describing the day as Angela had described it to him one night just before their own daughter was born (long wretched night of no sleep, of fears bursting all at once from his wife’s breast): the two teenage girls on the porch painting their toenails, talking to a boy on the house phone, accustomed to their mother watching the baby. The moment when something splashed they looked at one another — each seeing in the other, in her twin, her own face of immediate comprehension. Immediate fear.”

Day 88: The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone

“I lost my beautiful house years ago. I went broke before it was cool. We moved to a smaller house, which I rent. I got rid of lots of stuff, but I was still putting a bigger-house amount of stuff into a smaller house. I was at that time several years behind finishing my first book, There Is Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say. I decided that in order to complete the book, I would have to put my blinders on, so to speak, and write despite the boxes. I ignored my room and let papers pile up. Christmas gift boxes accumulated. I didn’t pay much attention to the bins of toys that my children were outgrowing.”

Day 89: The Collector’s Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro

“She wants to rip every other painting from the wall, wrench out the ridiculous metal keys and cookie cutters and door knockers, clear away each jug and vase. Music Lesson must be freed, as well as her other six. She can’t allow them to be held hostage by Dr. Bradley’s rigidity, imprisoned within his suffocating ensembles, unavailable to the world. To her. To her father.”

Day 90: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

“Brittika set her alarm to wake her at 8 a.m., giving her time to grab a blueberry muffin before she lined up outside the gallery for day thirty-five. If she was lucky, she’d get to sit again today.”

Day 91: Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener

“In fact, they’d purchased a special antitheft lock for the steering wheel for that very reason and with good results. No one had stolen it in these past eight months. The wallet scam was a quirk. A fluke. Or too new to make it into the travel books. They hadn’t read or heard anything about it.”

Day 92: The Leavers by Lisa Ko

“ ‘Wait.’ Angel kicked her way across the room and Deming watched her carefully. If she was going to tell on him, go fetch Peter and Kay, he was prepared to take her down. It wouldn’t be hard; he was bigger than she was. He bounced up on his ankles, ready, as she rummaged through her closet and pulled out a pair of pink stockings. ‘Daniel,’ she said. ‘Look.’ Inside the stockings was a stack of twenty-dollar bills. Deming sat back on his heels, laughing. ‘I steal them from Jim.’ Angel said. ‘He doesn’t care.’ ”

Day 93: Seaweed Chronicles by Susan Hand Shetterly

“One micronutrient that all humans can access in seaweeds is iodine. This is both a blessing and a caution, because a little is essential, but too much may cause harm. What’s too much? Japanese iodine intake from edible seaweeds is among the highest in the world, and a recent study estimated that the daily average intake of iodine per person in Japan was probably between 1,000 and 3,000 micrograms, whereas in this country the recommended daily allowance for an adult is about 150 to 200 micrograms.”

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