Monday, May 26, 2014

Monday Mailbox

This week's mailbox arrivals:

The New Me by Mary Marcus came from The Story Plant for a blog tour.

I've already reviewed this one here.

Betty's (little basement) Garden by Laurel Dewey came from The Story Plant for a blog tour.

An elegant widow whose business has gone bust, who still grieves for her late son, whose house is falling apart, and who is known for her lush and beautiful garden turns to something a lot more unconventional (growing marijuana) and changes her life beyond all recognition. This one reminds me, at first glance, of the movie Saving Grace, which was hilarious.

My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle by Marcel Pagnol came from me to myself (because sometimes you just have to give yourself a gift).

All about Pagnol's Provencal childhood, this memoir looks charming and lovely.

Losing Touch by Sandra Hunter came from Oneworld and TLC Book Tours for a blog tour.

I am always attracted to books about the challenges facing immigrant families so this book about an Indian family living in London and torn between their old world and their new one really appeals to me.

Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok came from Riverhead Books.

This novel about a young woman who grew up in Manhattan's Chinatown and discovers ballroom dancing causing her to open her mind to the things about the Western world of which her widowed father is so suspicious sounds fascinating as two cultures and their very different philosophies come together.

Ruby by Cynthia Bond came from Hogarth.

The South and the way it shapes people is of endless fascination to me so I am looking forward to this novel about a woman deeply damaged by her past but who must go home and live among it again and the man who has loved her since she was a girl, wanting nothing more than to save her now in the present.

If you'd like 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.


  1. Looks like some good books. Enjoy!

  2. Losing Touch is catching my eye. Love the cover too.

    Nice mailbox.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  3. Nice assortment of books! Ruby caught my eye.

  4. They all look good but Mambo in Chinatown looks especially good.

  5. There's several of these I think I'd enjoy, but Losing Touch is probably the top of that list. Hope you enjoy it as well as all the others. Happy reading!

  6. What interesting books! I'll watch for your reviews.

  7. I'm choosing the Dewey book as one of my picks for Books That Caught Our Eye for Wednesday.

  8. Oh, interesting shelf! I absolutely love the cover for Ruby. Happy reading!


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