Books That Caught Our Eye

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Another big week at work, so I don’t know how much time I’ll have for blogging, commenting, or reading this week.  But I really just need a nap.  The allergy season is just around the corner, and that means my head will be very foggy in the coming months.  I hope you are all feeling well and reading some great books.

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:

Leslie:

Wild Wood by Posie Graeme-Evans @Silver’s Reviews

For fans of Diana Galbaldon’s Outlander series comes a gripping and passionate new historical novel. Intrigue, ancient secrets, fairy tales, and the glorious scenery of the Scottish borders drive the story of a woman who must find out who she really is.

Jesse Marley calls herself a realist; she’s all about the here and now. But in the month before Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981 all her certainties are blown aside by events she cannot control. First she finds out she’s adopted. Then she’s run down by a motor bike. In a London hospital, unable to speak, she must use her left hand to write. But Jesse’s right-handed. And as if her fingers have a will of their own, she begins to draw places she’s never been, people from another time—a castle, a man in armor. And a woman’s face.

Something a little different for me, but I’m an eclectic reader.

The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora @BermudaOnion

In her stunning debut collection, “The Wonder Garden,” Lauren Acampora brings to the page with enchanting realism the myriad lives of a suburban town and lays them bare. These linked stories take a trenchant look at the flawed people of Old Cranbury, incisive tales that reveal at each turn the unseen battles we play out behind drawn blinds, the creeping truths from which we distract ourselves, and the massive dreams we haul quietly with us and hold close.

Short story collections appeal to me when they are linked, or have a common theme. These sound intriguing.

Vicki:

The Cozy Cookbook by a group of mystery writers @Book Dilettante

Great meals don’t have to be a mystery—but they can come from a mystery. Selecting the most delicious recipes from some of the most popular names in crime solving, The Cozy Cookbook serves up mouth-watering appetizers, entrèes, and desserts that will leave your family or book club group asking, “Whodunit?”

In addition to recipes, choose a sleuth du jour from our menu of mystery series and get a taste of each of our authors’ bread and butter—page-turning puzzles and stay-up-all-night suspense in excerpts from their bestselling works.

Whether you like your meals sautéed, roasted, baked, or served cold like revenge, The Cozy Cookbook has something to satisfy every mystery fan.

Cozy Food by Nancy Lynn Jarvis @Fiction Books

What happens when 128 cozy mystery writers get together to do a cookbook? You get more than 220 recipes that are as varied and interesting as an amateur sleuth’s day job. Regional recipes come from every part of the United States and England — a couple find their way from Australia and Italy, too — and from diverse times. There are recipes from people looking to keep gluten out of their lives, eat vegetarian, or make a treat or two for their furry four-legged friends. And yes, there are recipes that appeal to the sweet tooth, lots of them, in fact. There’s no mystery about what happens when cozy writers get together. They bring the wit, inventiveness, and adventure found in their books right along with their recipes. The recipes are introduced by their authors and linked to the writer bios in the back of the book. You can look up your favorite cozy writer and see which recipes are their favorites; they’ll tell you what the recipe means to them. Or you can enjoy a dish and then link to the recipe’s author’s biography and books. Either way you enjoy the cookbook, you’re sure to find great new recipes to make and terrific new cozy authors to read.

Serena:

You Know What I’m Sayin’?: Poetry * Drama by Daniel García Ordaz @Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf

El Zarape Press presents its first collection of poetry by the eclectic Daniel Garcia Ordaz, The Poet Mariachi, “the voice of the Rio Grande Valley” (Texas). You Know What I’m Sayin’? is a celebration of the common experience of language and culture transfiguring time and place and juxtaposing the politics of urban hip-hop America with the lyricism of rural deep South Texas, a retelling of ancient history sung by a contemporary voice. With an introduction by Fulbright Scholar Dr. Debbie Cole, a linguistic anthropologist. Mainly English; some bilingual (English/Spanish) pieces.

I love when I see poetry in other bloggers’ mailboxes, and I cannot resist adding them to my own TBR list.

The Cozy Cookbook by a variety of authors @Book Dilettante

Great meals don’t have to be a mystery—but they can come from a mystery. Selecting the most delicious recipes from some of the most popular names in crime solving, The Cozy Cookbook serves up mouth-watering appetizers, entrèes, and desserts that will leave your family or book club group asking, “Whodunit?”

In addition to recipes, choose a sleuth du jour from our menu of mystery series and get a taste of each of our authors’ bread and butter—page-turning puzzles and stay-up-all-night suspense in excerpts from their bestselling works.

Whether you like your meals sautéed, roasted, baked, or served cold like revenge, The Cozy Cookbook has something to satisfy every mystery fan.

I am loving these cookbooks showing up in people’s mailboxes!  I always like trying out new recipes.

What books caught your eyes this week?

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3 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

  1. Hi Gang,

    Wow! I really didn’t realise just how popular cook books were with everyone.

    Thanks for the mention for ‘Cozy Food’ Vicki, which as you know I featured for a specific reason this week, as it is well outside my normal reading genres. Both Nancy and I appreciate that 🙂

    I am off now to check out the Diana Gabaldon book Leslie mentions. I haven’t read anything by this author for several years now, however this premise sounds very intriguing.

    Enjoy the rest of your week all 🙂

    Yvonne.

  2. I absolutely LOVE the cover of Wild Wood, but I unfortunately wasn’t able to continue reading. I thought it was going to be something I liked, but it turned out not to be a favorite read.

    I am sure others will like it…it must just be me. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

    Here is a link to my Mailbox Monday. I am very late in visiting everyone.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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