Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
It used to be that if you wanted something to wear on your feet, your only option was expensive handcrafted leather.
The sub-title of this fun book might give you a better hint of its subject: "How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk, a Visual Guide". Using many colorful maps of the United States, the author delves into regional differences in the terms we use in everyday American English. The opening sentence begins a discussion about canvas shoes with rubber soles. Tennis shoes? Sneakers? Gym shoes? Or my friend Don's term, Tenniebops? (And in England they're trainers.)