Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: A Curious Man by Neal Thompson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of  Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate. 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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

Published May 7, 2013
by Three Rivers Press
A Curious Man - The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert Believe It or Not Ripley by Neal Thompson is so far an interesting biography of Robert Ripley. It also has other facts from the eras thrown in for good measure such as the origin of such phrases as "for crying out loud"(p.31). There is a nice pictorial section that runs 8 pages front and back with pictures of Ripley at various points in his career and on his travels.

(p.166) Ripley was given office space at the New York American in Manhattan, but he often chose to work from home.

(p.167) On his Central America trip he had picked up a foulmouthed parrot that he taught to say "Hello, Rip" and "Goodbye, Rip." From its previous owners, the birds had learned more colorful words. Ripley's pet was capable of as "sulfurous a flow of potent language as ever horrified delicate ears."

So, telecommuting existed even back in the 1920's it seems. According to the book he was very productive at home and worked very hard. 

So, what are your teasers this week? Leave them or a link in the comments please. Thanks for reading!


  1. Wow! I used to watch this show with my mom when I was young. I bet this book is full of adventure, I would certainly read this. Thanks for sharing, hope you enjoy it!

    Here's mine:
    The Book Thief | Markus Zusak

    1. Someone told me I would like The Book Thief, but I'm not too sure. Your teaser is good though. Thanks for coming by and sharing!

  2. This sounds fascinating! I'm guessing Ripley was a quirky character.
    Here's the link to my Tuesday post: Retirement Can Be Murder.

    1. Sounds entertaining. Glad you're enjoying it and got such a wonderful response to your post.

  3. I think I'd enjoy this. And I can only imagine what words came out of that parrot's mouth. LOL
    Here is my tease - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/09/09/teaser-tuesdays-80-unbroken-ties-by-m-latimer-ridley/

    1. Nice teasers. Added that author, M Latimer-Ridley, to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Fascinating!

    My excerpt today from a soon-to-be-published young adult novel:


    1. Strong image to start with in that teaser. And the blurb makes you want to find out what happens to him. Thanks for coming by and sharing!

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks, it is. Ripley led an interesting life. But, the book is also peppered with facts like who coined the term Jazz. It's interesting. The book you featured Tuesday, The Sending, also looks good.