Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at the Printed Page. This is a peek at the books that have come into my house this week, and the various ways they’ve arrived:
My neighbor, Debbie, and I had a yard sale to raise money for our Breast Cancer 3-Day walk. All the neighbors donated goods to be sold, and we did heavy advertising in the local newspaper, Craigslist, and signs posted around town. The sale was a success, and I picked up two books from the book table! One was Elizabeth Berg’s Say When; I haven’t read anything by this author, but I recognize her name from various blogs I read. My second yard sale find was Tracy Chevalier’s The Virgin Blue. I loved The Girl with a Pearl Earring, and have high hopes for this other novel.
PaperBack Swap came through with a copy of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief! I thought this was a YA book, but based on the font and number of pages, it looks like regular adult fiction to me. Am I way off base, or is this a successful crossover book, a la Harry Potter?
I won a few books in the past week, which is always a very fun and exciting way to add to my reading lists! W. W. Norton and Co. publishers and the Poems Out Loud ran a giveaway for a signed (by Robert Pinsky, Sharon Olds, Philip Schultz, Mark Strand, and C. K. Williams) copy of the new Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud. The book contains a CD with a selection of poems read by Robert Pinsky. I am so excited about this book, especially since one of my goals for the next year or so is to read and familiarize myself with more poetry.
Another win came from the Read Street blog of the Baltimore Sun. I won an adorable picture book called First Dog; it’s about an un-named dog who comes to live at a certain address on Pennsylvania Avenue. The second book in the giveaway was Bastard Tonguesby Derek Bickerton. Bickerton was a professor of linguistics; this book discusses “what language is, how it works, and how it passes from generation to generation, even where historical accidents have made normal transmission almost impossible.”
Lastly, I’m pleased to share the title of a book written by my neighbor, Gwen Acton. The Bluffer’s Guide to Genetics promises to give me enough information about DNA, genomes and cloning to talk my way through any cocktail party. The Bluffer’s Guides are a series from the UK, similar to the Dummies series. I’m finding it quite readable for a non-scientist, and look forward to my first attempt at bluffing!
I love this mix of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s picture book … never a dull moment on my bookcase! What’s new on your shelf this week?