Monday, August 23, 2010

Mailbox Monday

My mailbox overfloweth last week. Many books really did come in the mail, plus I stopped at one of my favorite library bookstores, the Booktique, when I was in Lake Oswego for a Ladies' Lunch, and I went to Powell's to get my Book Club book. So I have a very long Mailbox Monday list.


Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women by Mary Rechner. This adorable book came from a Portland publisher called Propeller Books. I didn't ask for it. I don't like short stories. But it has moved from my mailbox to the top of my nightstand TBR-immediately stack because it is irresistible. Not only is the cover so vintage sassy, it is also a beautifully-made book, with thick, rough-cut pages and French flaps. French flaps. That is a trend in book binding that I support wholeheartedly.

The I Hate to Cook Cookbook by Peg Bracken. Despite my ever-growing Guilt list, I asked for this because it is a super-cute 50th Anniversary edition of a 1960s classic. And Peg Bracken was an Oregon author, to boot.

The Truth About Obamacare by Sally Pipes. This is an issue on which I need some guidance!

Maps and Shadows by Krysia Jopek. Following my review of The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt, Aquila Polonica sent me two more books and a DVD about the Siege of Warsaw. This novel looks very good -- I'll read this one.

The Ice Road by Stefan Waydenfeld. This is the second book from Aquila Polonica. It is non-fiction and involves an escape from Soviet labor camps. This one definitely has Mr. Rose City Reader's name on it. I wonder if they have to eat the sled dogs?


Sorry, no pictures of these. I'm in a hotel room in Eugene with horrible internet and I'd rather spend the rest of the evening getting a good start on Rebecca than waiting for every picture to load. 

Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd

Parachutes & Kisses by Erica Jong (the third in the Isadora Wing series)

Perfect Happiness by Penelope Lively

The Journals of Lewis and Clark ("Edited and interpreted by Bernard DeVoto")

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown (on the Erica Jong list)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (on several lists, but I can't recall which ones)

The Redhunter by William F. Buckley, Jr.


Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin (for Book Club)

The Choir by Joanna Trollope


  1. Nine Simple Patterns looks so retro (like The I Hate to Cook Book). Can't wait to hear about it!

  2. You can definitely say the Mailbox overfloweth!
    WOW! The Obamacare is something I would be interested in. Heard good things about the I hate to Cook Book. Let me know how both fares.

    Can't wait to see the overflow next week :)

  3. You did have a great week in books! Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women looks like a gem!

  4. I enjoyed Lavinia. It will be interesting to see what you think of it. Several of those book covers are rather tempting.


  5. The only one I've read there is The Unbearable Lightness of Being. It's been several years, but I recall enjoying it.

  6. Nice books for this week.

    I love your graphic of the typist.

    Pretty cool.

  7. I would devour Nine Simple Patterns! I love books with a nostalgic feel! Enjoy all your books!

  8. I loooooved reading Peg Bracken when I was a teen. Isn't that weird?

    She's kind of a high-class Erma Bombeck who will make you laugh out loud. Or maybe a female version of James Thurber. I'm sure you will enjoy her book.

    Totally agree with you on the French flaps and deckle edges!

  9. I lived in Portland for 3 years, and I still miss Powell's. . . . Lucky you!


  10. Thanks for visiting and leaving so many comments! I was stuck in the federal courthouse all day with no internet. It was like being stuck in 1994.

    I'll have to go on a round of visits as soon as I rustle up some dinner.

  11. I read one this week about healthcare; can't say I agree with the author, but it was an interesting read.

  12. Yay for French flaps! Nine Simple Patterns looks wonderful.

    I've always heard of The I Hate To Cook Book, but never read it.

    Quite a Monday! Nice.

  13. Parachutes & Kisses seems like the weakest in the Isadora Wing trilogy. Too much time had gone by since the first and second ones.

  14. When I culled my cookbooks before moving last Spring The I Hate to Cook Cookbook was one of the very few that I kept.

    I really need a primer on the health care situation too, so make sure you review that one will ya?

  15. I have Maps & Shadows and The Ice Road, too. Looking forward to your thoughts.


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