A selection of first sentences from new books, Sept. 24

This is how I heard the story.

“Moonglow,” a novel, now in paperback, by Michael Chabon



Where was that nugget of old, dried-up s— weed I bought on the Venice boardwalk two years ago from a vagrant dealer who may or may not have sold me a thimble full of dirt mixed with oregano?

“Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind,” by Jaime Lowe



When I was eleven years old, I went looking for my grandfather in William Manchester’s book “The Death of a President.”

“Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film,” now in paperback, by Alexandra Zapruder

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