Books That Caught Our Eye


Books That Caught Our Eye

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 eye this week:


deadwifeI saw this one on Book Dilettante: The Dead Wife’s Handbook by Hannah Beckerman and it’s the title that first caught my attention. I’ve always wondered how you move on after someone in the family or a friend dies. This ones seems to also explore the flipside of that, what the deceased person thinks and feels about being separate from the family and those she loves.

My second pick this week is from Musings from Sri Lanka: A Jane Austen Daydream by Scott D. Southard because I really love Jane Austen fiction that’s well done, and there are not too many of them told from the point of view of the author, answering those mysteries we all long to be answered (i.e. Did she find love?)


TwoSistersTwo Sisters by Mary Hogan is about a girl who doesn’t feel she fits in with her sister and mother, and the secrets about them she keeps. Now she is an adult, and she gets devastating news from her sister that “will force her to come to terms with the past and help her see her life and her family in unexpected new ways.”
I love books about family, especially about mothers, daughters and sisters. I saw this at Tribute Books Mama.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris is about a man who discovers that someone has created a Facebook & Twitter account, plus a website in his name. “As Paul’s quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.” I found this @ Bookfan.


termsconditions-ausTerms & Conditions by Robert Glancy from Sam Still Reading.
A lawyer that specializes in fine print (I hate that stuff) thinks he’s losing his mind when his memories aren’t what they used to be after a car accident. What made this stand out for me is that as he narrates his story, all he remembers is his job, and he applies this expertise in “fine print” in the form of footnotes.*

[Goodreads is having a giveaway for US readers through 2/22, so if this one caught your eye, click on the title for the goodreads page. Different cover, same book.]

PoliticsOfWashingThe Politics of Washing: Real Life in Venice by Polly Coles from Luxury Reading.
Described as “a fascinating window into the world of ordinary Venetians and the strange and unique place they call home” was enough to interest me. If you’ve ever been to Venice you had to wonder what it is like for the people who there year-round.

*Just like this, very clever.


13 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

    • I’ve been to Venice and it was a hectic, crowded, and most unique place. After one day I was exhausted. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live there day in and day out and am curious how the residents cope, or perhaps embrace it.

      • Hi Leslie,

        We went on a day trip to Venice, as part of another holiday, and I have to say that was enough for me as well!

        I like to be kept busy on vacation, sitting around on a beach holiday definitely isn’t for me, however I do like to be able to escape to a place of peace and quiet from time to time.

        I did enjoy watching the waterfront artists at work though … fascinating, I am so jealous of their skill.


  1. Hi to the MM gang,

    Thanks for hosting this week and for making such a great selection of ‘ones to watch’.

    This time, both my choices are the same as Vicki’s, being among those I have already added to my own list this week.

    The Joshua Ferris story is particularly relevant in these days of prolififc identity theft and cyber crime, although my favourite line from the synopsis is “… the possibility that the online “Paul” might be a better version of the real thing.” That really makes you think, doesn’t it?

    See you next week,


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