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.
BOOKS THAT CAME IN THE MAIL
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?
BOOKS FROM BOOKTIQUE
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.
BOOKS FROM POWELL'S
Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin (for Book Club)
The Choir by Joanna Trollope