Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday this holiday weekend! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event (details here).

Tasha at Book Obsessed is hosting in July. Please stop by Tasha's busy blog, where she focuses on romance novels, with some mystery and suspense thrown in.

I was in Idaho last week, filing a new case, and stopped by a couple of local libraries to check out their sale shelves.  The Boise library has a particularly good Friends of the Library store inside the main branch where, along with the usual fiction, mysteries, romance books, and nonfiction selections they have a very nice collection of books by local authors and the local university press.

I ended up hauling home a stack of books:

Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet, edited by Ruth Reichl (this looks great and is perfect for the Foodies Reading Challenge)

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, illustrated by Edward Gorey (these are the poems that inspired the musical Cats)

Adam and Eve and Pinch Me by Ruth Rendell (a stand alone mystery from an author I just started reading)

American Places by Wallace Stegner with photographs by Elliot Porter (a gorgeous coffee table book with text by one of my favorites)

The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty (Southern and perfect for summer)

The Cocktail Party by T. S. Eliot (something more serious than cats)

Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh (she is another new favorite of mine)

Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett (I hated Waiting for Godot, so don't know why I think I can read his novels, but it is on the Observer's Top 100 list)

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney (I already listened to this, which I highly recommend, but wanted the book because Heany's Introduction is worth re-reading)


  1. I used to have a copy of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats growing up. Although by that I really mean my mom had a copy, which made its way to my bookshelf. I'd love to find it again, or even just add a new copy to my collection, especially since Cats is one of the only two plays I've seen on Broadway.

  2. It is a great little book! The pictures are terrific. I've never seen cats, so I didn't know the connection until I looked up the book.

  3. It looks like you found some great treasures!

  4. What a great stack of books! Hope you enjoy them all.


  5. They all look quite good.


    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  6. I'm looking forward to the local book sales so I can find treasures like these. Our library has a blueberry festival in August with thousands of books in their sale. I take my husband along simply so he can help me carry them - and buy tickets for the handmade quilt they always raffle off. It's a great cause and a happy day for me.

  7. You scored at the library sale! Enjoy your new arrivals.

  8. Your stack looks very exciting. My latest ones are:
    Armstrong, Alexander; Osman, Richard "The 100 Most Pointless Things In The World"
    Fowler, Christoper "Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared"
    Hislop, Victoria "Last Dance and Other Stories" and
    Oates, Joyce Carol "Little Bird of Heaven"

    Marianne from Let's Read

  9. Enjoy! your new titles.

  10. I am now experiencing book envy! Your "mailbox" includes many wonderful, tempting books. I'd never heard of the cat book by T.S. Eliot before, but it sounds especially lovely. Enjoy them all!


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