#BookBeginnings The Tony Hillerman Memoir, Seldom Disappointed

I’m reading a book a friend gave me last week, Seldom Disappointed:  A Memoir by Tony Hillerman for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Seldom Disappointed:  A Memoir* by Tony Hillerman

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My husband and I are both fans of Tony Hillerman.  However, because I started this blog after we had read his books, I’ve never featured them here. I’m looking forward to reading this because always curious about the lives of my favorite authors.

Summary blurb:  Tony Hillerman looks at seventy-six years spent getting from hard-times farm boy to bestselling author.


First Sentence:

Outside on this New Mexico morning the dandelions add festive color to our yard while I sit inside casting back in my memory for autobiographically useful material. I intend this to be a recitation of good luck and happy outcomes but my mind turns up only fiascos and misfortunes.


I’ve been meaning to join The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice forever. Perhaps it is time to catch up.

The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.


I had learned in my first tenure on the A&M campus that starved-out civilian freshman boys were simply invisible to coeds looking for more promising males. Now we were visible, but were looked upon with scorn.


He seems to be channeling his younger self pretty well, but I’m not sure this was quite what I expected. I’ll be interested to see how his voice and perspective changes as he writes about his older self.

What do you think? Would you keep reading? Would you read a memoir by one of your favorite authors?



  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I’ve never read this author, but now I’m intrigued. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  2. Freda Mans-Labianca

    I love a good memoir!!! Happy weekend!

  3. Karen M Gibson

    It sounds like an interesting book! Have you finished it? If so, what did you think?

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