Monday, May 1, 2023

Five New Books -- MAILBOX MONDAY



Mailbox Monday is a fun, weekly blog event where participants chare the books they recently acquired. What new books came into your house recently? 

Here's my roundup:

The First Lady of World War II: Eleanor Roosevelt's Daring Journey to the Frontlines and Back by Shannon McKenna Schmidt 

I prefer historical biographies to general history books, so this story of Eleanor Roosevelt's personal involvement in the war effort appeals to me. 

In August 1943, Eleanor Roosevelt journeyed to the Pacific Theater, where the United States was at war with Japan. A goodwill tour, diplomatic mission, and fact-finding foray, the 25,000-mile trip was further, longer, and more dangerous than any previously undertaken by the well-traveled First Lady.

The First Lady of World War II follows Eleanor on this daring trek, taken under arduous conditions in a theater of war that sprawled over vast ocean distances. The trip, which demonstrated how dramatically she had transformed the role of First Lady, still stands — in the words of a reporter at the time — as "the most remarkable journey any president’s wife has ever made."

No God Like the Mother by Kesha Ajọsẹ-Fisher

This book of short stories, published by Forest Avenue Press, won the Ken Kesey Award For Best Fiction in the 2020 Oregon Book Awards.

Kesha Ajọsẹ-Fisher's No God Like the Mother follows characters in transition, through tribulation and hope. Set around the world--the bustling streets of Lagos, the arid gardens beside the Red Sea, an apartment in Paris, and the rain-washed suburbs of the Pacific Northwest--this collection of nine stories is a masterful exploration of life's uncertainty.


Blood from a Stone: A Memoir of How Wine Brought Me Back from the Dead by Adam S. McHugh

McHugh's memoir came out last fall from Intervarsity Press. I was fortunate to get a review copy from LibraryThing. It sounds terrific!

"This is the story of how wine brought me back from the dead."

Thus begins Adam McHugh's transition through the ending of one career—as a hospice chaplain and grief counselor—into the discovery of a new life in wine among the grapevines of the Santa Ynez Valley of California.

With warmth and wit, Adam tells the story of what happens when things fall apart and when where you live no longer feels like home. From the south of France to Champagne to the California central coast, the trail winds toward new life and healing through the good gifts of wine, friendship, and a sense of place. Pour a glass and join the adventure.

This new, lyrical memoir comes out next week from Forest Avenue Press

As a neurodivergent child in a hundred-year-old house, Zaji Cox collects grammar books, second-hand toys, and sightings of feral cats. She dances and cartwheels through self-discovery and doubt, guided by her big sister and their devoted single mother. Through short essays that evoke the abundant imagination of childhood, Plums for Months explores the challenges of growing up mixed race and low-income on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon.

He Said He Would Be Late by Justine Sullivan

I got this new domestic thriller (2023, Henry Holt) right before my hip surgery two months ago then forgot I had it. It looks like a good one! 

A fast-paced, twisty psychological debut about the complexities of marriage and new motherhood, told through the frenetic lens of a wife seeking the truth about her husband, at all costs, as the validity of the life she once knew unravels page by page.


Join other book lovers on Mailbox Monday to share the books that came into your house lately. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts. You can also find the hosts' favorites at posts titled Books that Caught Our Eye.

Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf, and Emma of Words and Peace graciously host Mailbox Monday.


  1. Nice looking books. The First Lady and Plums for Months are particularly of interest to me. Enjoy all of your reading!


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