Monday, May 7, 2018

Monday Mailbox

This is a couple of weeks' worth of arrivals because I've been so busy reading that I haven't posted much of anything. This past week's mailbox arrivals:

The Wandering Vine by Nina Caplan came from Bloomsbury.

A travel narrative, a history of wine, and the stories of different vintners all across Europe, this looks completely and totally fascinating.

Swell by Jenny Landreth came from Bloomsbury.

A "Waterbiography?" Oh please yes! I can't wait to dive into this story about swimming suffragettes.

My European Family by Karin Bojs came from Bloomsbury Sigma.

Since I'm intrigued by DNA and the ways in which we can uncover so much these days (although there's still so much we don't know), this story of a woman who uses her own DNA to look at the European family all the way back to the Neolithic will feed my interest for sure.

The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin came from Bloomsbury Reader.

How can you beat an Oxford don solving mysteries? I am slowly edging my way into the mystery genre and it seems that combining that with my love of novels set in academia will give me a good foothold.

All the Colors We Will See by Patrice Gopo came from the author for a review.

This collection of auto-biographical essays addressing Gopo's varied and various experiences as an immigrant, a black woman, a wife, and more was recommended to me by a mutual friend and I am very interested to delve into experiences both far and near to my own.

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland came from me just because.

A woman must learn to live again after a heart transplant in this life-affirming looking novel.

Sail Away by Celia Imrie came from Bloomsbury.

Two women, one an aging actress, one a suddenly homeless stressed out mother meet on a cruise ship in what looks to be a fun romp of a book.

Not Tonight, Josephine by George Mahood came from me just because.

I cannot resist travel narratives written by foreigners facing small town America so this is catastrophe ridden trip by two Brits should be right up my street.

A Year of Marvelous Ways by Sarah Winman came from me just because.

Magic and grief, a heart-broken soldier and an elderly woman named Marvelous Ways, this looks like it embodies "uplifting literature" and I am looking forward to it for sure.

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi came from St. Martin's Griffin.

After a vibrant wife and mother dies, she watches her family from the afterlife and tries to find them a perfect replacement. This could be hilarious or heartbreaking or both.

Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson came from Lake Union and TLC Book Tours for a blog tour.

Tell me you wouldn't pick up a book with such an adorable cover! That the story looks sweet and charming is just icing on the cake!

The Wine Lover's Daughter by Anne Fadiman came from FSG.

Anne Fadiman is great and I am curious to read this tribute to her father coming from a daughter who never liked wine but adored her father.

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz came from St. Martin's Press.

I am always on board for Pride and Prejudice tributes and retellings. Add in a Christmas twist and I'm swooning.

Ask Me No Questions by Shelley Noble came from Forge.

Old New York, murder, and scandals? Sounds delicious, right?

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott came from FSG.

McDermott is amazing and although I know that this one touches on a subject I'll find hard (the suicide of a young Irish immigrant and the way it reverberates through the generations), I expect to be blown away

Murder at the Mill by M.B. Shaw came from Minotaur Books.

I do love books set in small English villages so this one with an artist solving a murder should help with my entre into the mystery genre.

Mr. Nice Guy by Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer came from St. Martin's Griffin.

For when I need a guaranteed laugh, this one about a guy who gets a job at a magazine, meets and sleeps with a woman who turns out to be the sex columnist there, setting off dueling columns about their sexual escapades should be aces.

Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn came from FSG.

I am completely intrigued by the idea of a novel that takes place entirely within the confines of a marriage counselor's office.

Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky came from Bloomsbury.

I am not even sure how to describe this but it looks bananas and fun as it takes on marketing, new age spirituality, and leadership.

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston came from St. Martin's Press.

An antique shop, time travel, and a love interest in the past? Outlander broke me in for these sorts of books and I'm happy to go along for the ride each and every time now.

A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss came from Bloomsbury.

This had me at Lynne Truss. Word play in a mystery? I'm dying!

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes came from Minotaur Books.

I am drawn to the Mitford sisters so this mystery incorporating Nancy Mitford, oldest of the sisters, appeals to me greatly.

If you want to see the marvelous goodies in other people's mailboxes, make sure to visit Mailbox Monday and have fun seeing how we are all doing our part to keep the USPS and delivery services viable.

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