The Bread of Angels by Stephanie Saldana came from Doubleday Books.
I don't remember asking for this one but I would never look a gift book in the mouth! And this one looks fantastic anyway so perhaps my unconscious requested it for me! A memoir of a woman who travels to the Middle East to study the role of Jesus as a prophet, this twines Christianity and Islam, American and Syrian, and religious life and secular life. Overarching it all is love and all its possibilties. I can't begin to imagine how this can't be riveting reading!
A Rainbow in the Night: The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa by Dominique Lapierre came from Da Capo Press.
My oldest son is learning about the African continent this year in school. He likes to come home and tell me tidbits of trivia since he knows how much I like trivia. So when this book about South Africa came along, my interest in African countries had already been piqued. And besides, I figure if I read it, he won't be able to stump me with any of his questions on at least one country in Africa. ;-)
And not books but book related, I found this fantastic box of Bag Ladies Novel Teas in my mailbox. I do love tea and having fun literary sayings on the tea bag tags makes me smile. I can't wait to brew up a cup as I finish up my last minute wrapping!
As always, if you'd like to see the marvelous goodies in other people's mailboxes, make sure to visit Marcia at The Printed Page and enjoy seeing how we are all doing our part to keep the USPS and delivery services viable.