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Boy is the weather wacky here in the Washington, D.C., area. For a few days it was hot like summer would never end (just the way I like it) and then it was cold for a week, and this weekend is hot again.  The fall here is never consistent, but it’s ok with us as long as it is sunny and we can be outside.  October is my family’s favorite month, and its right around the corner, with my daughter ready to be a Ninja Turtle or Spiderman this year (she’s still deciding) and my husband always up for costumes.  Me, I wait for Christmas!  I hope everyone is enjoying fall.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

How was everyone’s week? Any goodies in your mailbox? Let us know what you received by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky:

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday when I will be posting Books That Caught Our Eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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Here at Mailbox Monday, we want to encourage participants to not only share the books they received, but to check out the books others have received. We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

Here are the books that caught our eyes this week:

VICKI:

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain @Stacy’s Books

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her new found reality.

I can’t imagine finding out that my sister, who I thought had committed suicide years before, was very much alive!!

My Prairie Cookbook by Melissa Gilbert @The Busy Mom’s Daily

In My Prairie Cookbook, Melissa Gilbert, star of Little House on the Prairie, offers fans comforting family recipes and childhood favorites. From prairie breakfasts and picnic lunches to treats inspired by Nellie’s restaurant, the 80 simple and delicious dishes—crispy fried chicken, pot roasts, corn bread, apple pie, and more—present Bonnet Heads (die-hard Little House fans) with the chance to eat like the Ingalls family.

Gilbert’s personal recollections and memorabilia, including behind-the-scenes stories, anecdotes, and more than 75 treasured scrapbook images, accompany the recipes. With answers to the most-asked questions from fans—on topics including the biggest bloopers, on-set romances, and what Michael Landon was really like—My Prairie Cookbook is a cherished memento for Little House fans and fans of simple prairie cooking alike.

This sounds like a book any Little House fan should read.

LESLIE:

The Figures of Beauty by David MacFarlane @Book Dilettante.

Moving from Paris to Italy to North America, a sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty, star-crossed lovers, and the choices that define our lives, from the award winning author of Summer Gone.

A love story, the beauty of Italy, and a new author to discover. Plus a beautiful cover.

Bend Your Brain: 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind by Lindsay Gaskins @I’d Rather Be At The Beach.

Want to get your frontal cortex breaking a sweat? Make your blood pump to your cerebellum? Stretch your occipital lobe to its limits? Then you need to bend your brain!

My brain can use all the help it can get! This sounds like a fun way to perk up the mind.

SERENA:

Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen @The Reading Date

I love literary mysteries, and this one is about a Vietnamese American family’s relationship with Laura Ingalls Wilder via a gold-leaf brooch. How can you pass that up??

“… when her brother disappears, he leaves behind an
object from their mother’s Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood dream: a gold-leaf brooch, abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon back in 1965, that might be an heirloom belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder. As Lee explores the tenuous facts of this connection, she unearths more than expected—a trail of clues and enticements that lead her from the dusty stacks of library archives to hilarious prairie life reenactments and ultimately to San Francisco, where her findings will transform strangers’ lives as well as her own.

Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead @Silver’s Reviews

What is not to like about learning new things about history, especially WWII.

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in the mountains of the Ardèche, one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Eastern France. During the Second World War, the inhabitants of this tiny mountain village and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, communists, OSS and SOE agents, and Jews. Many of those they protected were orphaned children and babies whose parents had been deported to concentration camps.

What books caught your eye this week?

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

How was everyone’s week? Any goodies in your mailbox? Let us know what you received by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky:

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday when I will be posting Books That Caught Our Eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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Here at Mailbox Monday, we want to encourage participants to not only share the books they received, but to check out the books others have received. We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

Here are the books that caught our eyes this week:

VICKI:

A Good Marriage by Stephen King @Under My Apple Tree and Bermudaonion

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kristen Connelly, Joan Allen, and Anthony La Paglia, Stephen King’s short story, “A Good Marriage” from Full Dark, No Stars is now available as a stand-alone audio edition!

Bob Anderson, Darcy’s husband of more than twenty years, is away on one of his business trips, when his unsuspecting wife looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers she doesn’t know her husband at all, but rather has been living with a stranger. This horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, could be the end of what Darcy though was a good marriage…

It’s King! Gotta read it!

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins @Bakey’s Book Blog

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and every night. Every day she rattles over the same track junctions, flashes past the same stretch of cozy suburban homes. And every day she stops at the same signal and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof deck, living the perfect life that Rachel craves for herself—a lifestyle she recently lost. She looks forward to observing this household every morning, even makes up names and narratives for its residents. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden, and soon after, the woman who lived there disappears.

Unable to keep this information to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and in the process is drawn into the lives of the couple she thought of as Jason and Jess but whose names—she has learned from the news—are really Megan and Scott Hipwell.

But the police accuse Rachel of being unreliable, and it’s true that her memories can’t always be trusted. Plus there are the stories that her ex-husband’s new wife has been spreading about her. By the time Megan’s body is found, Rachel is in over her head, intricately entangled in the details of the investigation, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she put others in danger? Has she done more harm than good?

Doesn’t that sound like a really good mystery? Yeeess!

LESLIE:

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain @Posting For Now and Luxury Reading.

Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity.

I always like a good mystery and this one sounds inviting.

Business in Blue Jeans by Susan Baroncini-Moe @Library of Clean Reads.

…whether you want to work from home, you’re looking for business ideas, or you want to start a business or grow one, no matter where you are in your process, there’s something here for you.

This definitely caught the eye of the business woman in me. The days of a long, leisure retirement are not going to happen for many of us. The extra income from a freelance or home-based business, preferably something I enjoy, is one solution. Now, how do I do that?

SERENA:

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas: Being a Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron @Luxury Reading

Most people who know me, know I love Jane Austen.  I’ve read so many spin-offs and re-imaginings, but I can’t seem to get enough, even if some are not as well done as others.  This one is about Jane Austen and her Christmastime festivities that are one day interrupted by a mysterious death.  Of course the guests are snowbound with a killer, and Jane is determined to uncover who the murderer is.  I love mysteries that are well done, and if you throw in Jane Austen, I’m bound to love it, if its done well.

 

 

Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them by Isaac Fitzgerald, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton, introduced by Cheryl Strayed. @Under My Apple Tree

I love checking out what other people have selected for tattoos, and they often have great stories behind them.  I know this from experience, but I cannot wait to see what stories these authors have collected and what the corresponding tattoos are.  It’s interesting to see what the motivation behind tattoos is for some people, and there are a wide spectrum of answers you’ll get if you ask.  Plus my husband and I have tattoos of our own — not too many — but enough to have a story or two.

What books caught your eyes this week?

Mailbox Monday

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September is nearly half over already and I’ve got tons of tomatoes pouring in from my garden … STILL.  The squash decided that this was the month to begin flowering, so I hope the weather holds out so we can see some veggies from that plant.  I hope everyone is enjoying their September.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

How was everyone’s week? Any goodies in your mailbox? Let us know what you received by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky:

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday when I will be posting Books That Caught Our Eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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Here at Mailbox Monday, we want to encourage participants to not only share the books they received, but to check out the books others have received. We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

While Bones Never Die by Kathy Reichs did not make my list this week, I was jealous of the packaging @Beauty in Ruins.

Here are the books that caught our eyes this week:

VICKI:

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James @Bermudaonion

On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.

Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters—assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts—A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the ‘70s, to the crack wars in ‘80s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the ‘90s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James’ place among the great literary talents of his generation.

As a fan of Bob Marley, this book really interests me.

The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer @Bermudaonion

When the greatest female mathematician in history passes away, her son, Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch, just wants to mourn his mother in peace. But rumor has it the notoriously eccentric Polish émigré has solved one of the most difficult problems in all of mathematics, and has spitefully taken the solution to her grave. As a ragtag group of mathematicians from around the world descends upon Rachela’s shiva, determined to find the proof or solve it for themselves—even if it means prying up the floorboards for notes or desperately scrutinizing the mutterings of her African Grey parrot—Sasha must come to terms with his mother’s outsized influence on his life.

Spanning decades and continents, from a crowded living room in Madison, Wisconsin, to the windswept beach on the Barents Sea where a young Rachela had her first mathematical breakthrough, The Mathematician’s Shiva is an unexpectedly moving and uproariously funny novel that captures humanity’s drive not just to survive, but to achieve the impossible.

I love math. I love funny. This book has both…and more.

LESLIE:

Lost and Found by Brooke Davis @Sam Still Reading

Millie wants to find her mum. Karl wants to find out how to be a man. And Agatha just wants everything to go back to how it was. They will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself experience sadness just might be the key to life.

The twitter treasure hunt for the book by the publisher was a very clever idea – and got me to read more about the book, which sounds like a good story. Unfortunately it’s not available in the US at this time, but that didn’t stop me from putting it on my ‘to-read-someday’ list.

Ballroom by Alice Simpson @I’d Rather Be At The Beach.

Told in interconnecting stories, Ballroom is a beautifully crafted debut novel—reminiscent of the works of Elizabeth Strout and Jennifer Haigh—about a group of strangers united by a desire to escape their complicated lives, if only for a few hours each week, in a faded New York City dance hall.

I like short stories that are intertwined into what is almost a novel (as opposed to unrelated short stories with no obvious beginning or ending).

SERENA:

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman @The Reading Date

This one is about Hitler’s niece Gretchen and how she falls for a young Jewish reporter. I like reading about WWII, particularly the nuances of relationships between Germans and Jews during that time, especially given the Reich’s laws.

 

The Bunny Rabbit Show! by Sandra Boynton @Bermudaonion

This is just another in a long series of fun books for kids with sing-song text.  This book stars a cast of high-kicking bunnies performing in perfect unison to a lively song all about . . . them.  My daughter loves Boynton books, and what kid doesn’t, really?  I know that she loves rabbits to, so this one is right up her alley!

 

What books caught your eyes this week?

Mailbox Monday

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It’s hard for me to believe that it’s already September and that the Fall rush to back to school is over for most people, and the holidays are approaching quicker than I want them to.  I hope everyone has had a great summer and read some great books.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

How was everyone’s week? Any goodies in your mailbox? Let us know what you received by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky:

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday when I will be posting Books That Caught Our Eye.