Monday, April 18, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia at A girl and her books (fka The Printed Page), who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here).

Passages to the Past is hosting in April. Please visit Amy's entertaining and comprehensive blog devoted to historical fiction.

I went to Idaho last week for work and came back with a suitcase full of books.

First, the waiter at my dinner restaurant in Sandpoint turned out to be an author named Sandy Compton who has self-published several books. We had an interesting conversation about self-publishing and he gave me copies of his books:

Side Trips from Cowboy (his most recent book, a collection of personal essays, which looks very interesting)

Archer MacClehan & the Hungry Now (an earlier novel, sort of a contemporary Western adventure)

Jason's Passage: From the Blascomb Family Chronicles (his first book, a collection of three related short stories)

Second, I went to the main library in Coeur d'Alene where they had a great library book store:

The Group by Mary McCarthy (on Erica Jong's list of Top 100 novels by women)

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (on the BBC Big Read list)

Overdrive by William F. Buckley, Jr. (an early memoir)

Corridors of Power by C. P. Snow (one of the Strangers and Brothers series)


  1. I have a habit of talking with waiters too, but haven't met an author yet. Dave thinks I'm crazy but some of them have interesting stories - like the ones in NYC who are trying to make it on Broadway.

  2. Many years ago I picked up The Group started to read it, but got distracted. I would like to get back to it someday, but in the meantime I look forward to your review of this classic!

  3. It's always fun to discover new books in new places.

  4. One of my favorite things to do when I'm on vacation is to visit local bookstores and check out their authors. I always come home with some great books that I probably wouldn't have heard of in any other way. Enjoy!

  5. A vacation that includes books is a good one.

  6. The Golden Compass is wonderful.

  7. The Golden Compass is the only one that's familiar to me. Happy reading!

  8. Jason's Passage sounds intriguing to me, as does The Hungry Now. I am looking forward to reading your thought on them.

    I received 3 books, all historical fiction.

  9. Great mailbox, I remember when every person seemed to be talking about The Group. I haven't read it. Anxious to know what you think about it. Always wanted to read The Golden Compass. Must rewrite it down.

  10. I got a CP Snow recently with a similar cover. And I just finished redaing The Group and watching the 1966 film version.

    And you won an Anita Brookner novel at My Porch. Email me and let me know your address: onmyporch [at] hotmail [com]

  11. What a neat story! Hope you enjoy his books and the others you received.


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