Books That Caught Our Eye

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At Mailbox Monday we encourage participants to not only share the books they received, but to check out the books others have received.

Every Wednesday we will each share two books that caught our eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.

We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

VICKI:

Bitter Bronx by Jerome Charyn @ The Busy Mom’s Daily

Brooklyn is dead. Long live the Bronx! In Bitter Bronx, Jerome Charyn returns to his roots and leads the literary renaissance of an oft-overlooked borough in this surprising new collection.

I love short stories and can’t wait to read this collection about the Bronx!

My Mother’s Secret by Sheila O’Flanagan @Sam Still Reading

A romantic holiday in sunny Rome. A happy marriage strong enough to last forty years. Three children, now adults, who’ve grown up secure in the knowledge that they know everything about their mum and dad, and each other.

But they don’t.

On the day of the surprise anniversary party Steffie and her brother and sister have arranged for their parents, there’s a shock in store, for all of them. Especially for Steffie.

With a blurb like that, how could you not want to read it? What is this big secret?

LESLIE:

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman @Bookfan and @The Reading Date

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

Sounds a bit magical and I usually enjoy stories like that.

We Never Asked For Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh @Kimberly’s Bookshelf and @Lori’s Reading Corner.

For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now fifteen, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life.

Navigating this new terrain is challenging for Letty, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex, who is falling in love with a classmate, is unwilling to give his mother a chance. Letty comes up with a plan to help the family escape the dangerous neighborhood and heartbreaking injustice that have marked their lives, but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she’s worked for and her family’s fragile hopes for the future.

I read the author’s first book, Language of Flowers, and really enjoyed it. So I’m expecting this one to be equally enjoyable!

SERENA:

Things You Won’t Say by Sarah Pekkanen @The Reading Date

Every morning, as her husband Mike straps on his SIG Sauer and pulls on his heavy Magnum boots, Jamie Anderson tenses up. Then comes the call she has always dreaded: There’s been a shooting at police headquarters. Mike isn’t hurt, but his long-time partner is grievously injured. As weeks pass and her husband’s insomnia and disconnectedness mount, Jamie realizes he is an invisible casualty of the attack. Then the phone rings again. Another shooting–but this time Mike has pulled the trigger.

But the shooting does more than just alter Jamie’s world. It’s about to change everything for two other women. Christie Simmons, Mike’s flamboyant ex, sees the tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with Mike. And Jamie’s younger sister, Lou, must face her own losses to help the big sister who raised her. As the press descends and public cries of police brutality swell, Jamie tries desperately to hold together her family, no matter what it takes.

I’ve read a couple of her books before, which were feel-good books, but this one seems to be ripped from the headlines and deals with deeper more current issues.

What books caught your eyes this week?

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