Time for another episode of "Read That Book"! E.R. started this challenge on his blog tonight, so I'm passing it along. (Check out his blog at Erudite Redneck. )
The idea is to take the closest book, and write the second (full) sentence on page 23. Cite the book, publication date and author as well. Then repeat this on your own blog. The notion is that we'll get a snapshot of what each of us is currently reading (or what's handy in the closest bookcase.)
"Against the background of the two Indian criminals secured in the St. Louis jail, Lieutenant Governor Cruzat sent a surgeon to conduct an inquest."
--Slavery and Crime in Missouri, 1773-1865 (2001) by Harriet C. Frazier.
Be glad. Last time we had this challenge, I embarrassed E.R. and other guys with a citation from a book on menopause. I've moved them away from the computer so I won't do that again by accident.