Monday, March 15, 2021

New Memoir, Historical Fiction, Mystery, & Coffee Table Book on MAILBOX MONDAY


Several books came into my house last week for one reason or another. How about you? Did you get any books?

Here is my stack:

-- Wife | Daughter | Self: A Memoir in Essays by Beth Kephart, which came out last week from Forest Avenue Press. I featured this one on Book Beginnings on Fridays last week, so you can read more about it here

-- The Bridgetower Sonata: Sonata Mulattica by Emmanuel Dongala (Author),  Marjolijn de Jager (Translator). This one launches April 15 from Schaffner Press and is available for pre-order.

The Bridgetower Sonata is historical fiction about a Black violin prodigy who fled Paris to London on the eve of the French Revolution. He later moved to Vienna where he became a friend and collaborator with Ludwig von Beethoven. What a story!

Emmanuel Dongala is a Congolese author living in Massachusetts. The novel is translated from French.

-- Son of Holmes and Rasputin's Revenge by John T. Lescroart. This omnibus includes two early books by a favorite mystery writer. Before he wrote his long and popular Dismus Hardy series set in San Francisco, Lescroart wrote these two historical mysteries featuring Auguste Lupa, the putative son of Sherlock Holmes. The first is set in WWI France. The second in Russia in the last days of the Czar.

-- John Derian Picture Book by John Derian. Yes, that's the cover! I left the picture big because the book is big, even for a coffee table book it is over-sized. I love it. I splurged on this big beauty as a treat for myself because we successfully settled thee cases we've worked on for the last 2 1/2 years. 

I love coffee table books. One of my coronatime projects has been to actually sit and read them, instead of just leave them stacked on the coffee tables. I love the heft and beauty of them. It's brought me real pleasure to go through several of them this past year and appreciate the pictures and the narrative that accompanies them.


Join other book lovers on Mailbox Monday to share the books that came into your house last week. Or, if you haven't played along in a while, like me, share the books that you have acquired recently.

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

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