Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56D and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists! What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is one of my new books:  Rachel to the Rescue, by Elinor Lipman.


Book Beginning:  (The Bad News First)

Unless I amend it, my resume confirms that I truly did work for the forty-fifth president of the United States, if you can call my daily torture-task a job.  Even when I hide behind my formal title (Assistant, White House Office of Records Management aka WHORM) I eventually confess that I spent my days taping back together every piece of paper that passed through the hands of Donald J. Trump.


Friday 56:  “How ya doin’?” the wine shop clerk asked.  And though I knew it was his standard, meaningless auto-greeting, I said, “Great!  I just got a new job!”


Synopsis:  Rachel Klein is sacked from her job at the White House after she sends an email criticizing Donald Trump. As she is escorted off the premises she is hit by a speeding car, driven by what the press will discreetly cal “a personal friend of the President.” Does that explain the flowers, the get-well wishes at a press briefing, the hush money offered by a lawyer at her hospital bedside? Rachel’s recovery is soothed by comically doting parents, matchmaking room-mates, a new job as aide to a journalist whose books aim to defame the President, and unexpected love at the local wine store. But secrets leak, and Rachel’s new-found happiness has to make room for more than a little chaos. Will she bring down the President? Or will he manage to do that all by himself? Rachel to the Rescue is a mischievous political satire, with a delightful cast of characters, from one of America’s funniest novelists.


Would you keep reading?  I am feeling myself smile just from the excerpts, so I will definitely keep reading.



  1. I like how the title on the cover resembles an eye chart. On the other hand, I’m not fond of books that mix real contemporary people with fictitious ones. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld comes to mind. The writing was lovely, but the blurred line between fact and fiction left me feeling disgruntled. I’ll be interested to see what you think of it.

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