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Find a Month’s Worth of Great Opening Lines in Today’s Vulture Recommends

Critic Dan Kois offers his selections for August's best literary beginnings, including picks from Tom Scocca's China-focused tome Beijing Welcomes You ("The first important fact to know about China is that it has a lot of Chinese people in it"), and Suzanne Morrison's one-woman-show-based Yoga Bitch ("Today I found myself strangely moved by a yoga teacher who spoke like a cross between a phone-sex operator and a poetry slam contestant"). If those don't scare you off, you're sure to love the other three!