If my life were a book, which it's not - at least not for the public to view - it would begin with a quote from a famous painter or author or classic poet. It would take the sentimentalities of an already existing being and recite an excerpt of their work, something along the lines of:
"She tells her love while half asleep,
In the dark hours,
With half-words whispered low:
As Earth stirs in her winter sleep
And puts out grass and flowers
Despite the snow,
Despite the falling snow."
- Robert Graves
And then the book would begin. It would ease you in with an introduction.