Saturday, May 2, 2009

News Flash: McDreamy Mail Carrier Seduced by Chocolate Jaguar

Okay, I didn't seduced anybody but I am feisty, chocolate and when I learned what Jaguar meant on an episode of "Bones" earlier this week, the term remained firmly planted in the brain and amused me all week. Sometimes you should give into your craziness. lol Anyhoo, I had a very good week. Contest prizes and lots of goodies from Paperback Swap. In My Maibox is hosted weekly by Kristi at The Story Siren and Marcia hosts Monday Mailbox. On to the kitty:

First, thanks to Don Tate, illustrator and team member at The Brown Bookshelf. I won a book illustrated Don's, Ron's Big Mission by Corinne Nadine. Do read the review at Muddy Puddle Musings. Don was gracious enough to also send The Legend of the Valentine by Katherine Grace Bond which he illustrated. The former is an early look at the life of Ron McNair. If you're not familiar with BBS, I strongly encouraged you to check those folks out. They do a fantastic job connecting all readers with books by African Americans.

Last week during LLM, author Beth Fehlbaum came by. We clicked and she sent me her book, Courage In Patience. From the text:
Sometimes I think I miss living in a place where there are things to do on Friday nights besides cruise the aisles of the Wal-Mart in Six Shooter City (yes, that's the name of a real place), or see one of the two movies showing in Cedar Points. There’s even less to do in Patience, although pasture parties, where a bunch of underage, redneck, high-school kids bring illegally obtained beer to somebody’s pasture and see how shit-faced and stupid they can get before they run out of beer, are a common occurrence.

Others may feel differently but I feel humbled when an author trusts me to review her book. I'm pushing this up my tbr. Stay tuned.

If you haven't visited Doret at the HappyNappy Bookseller, you are denying yourself a great resource for children and YA reviews. I picked up two of Doret's previously reviewed titles: The Making of Dr. Truelove by Derrick Barnes, a 2006 ALA quick pick for reluctant readers which describes the majority of community of readers, and Rattlebone by Maxine Claire. Doret writes, Rattlebone is 1950’s Kansas City. It’s 11 interrelated short stories about the Wilson family and their neighbors.

From Paperback Swap, I got A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith, The Other Side, a collection of poems by Angela Johnson and iCarly:I Wanna Stay! a huge request title for our library. I got a brand new, hardcover edition of The Prisoner's Wife by Asha Bandele. This book has been on my wish list and tbr forever. This memoir according to one reviewer, is [a] new, fresh perspective has been presented by Asha Bandele. It is the poetic voice of a spouse, a companion of the prison sentence and of the offender.

16 comments:

susan said...

What? Do I have cooties? lol

Adele said...

No you don't. I think people are just not in commenting moods at present.

I regret to say that I have never read 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' but have always wanted to. I am adding it to my list on my phone so I'll remember to seek it out on the shelves. Again, Susan you challenge me as a reader to expand the parameters of what I read. Thank you.

susan said...

Hi Adele,
I appreciate you commenting. I haven't read the classic either. I didn't just get for the library. Thanks. :-)

Lenore said...

Looks like you got some interesting reads! I did not get anything in my mailbox this week :(

MarjoleinBookBlog said...

Really like the books you've got, hope you enjoy them and love to read your reviews! : )
best,
Marjoline

susan said...

Hi Marjoline, thanks for coming by. Hope to hear from you again.

Fantastic Book Review said...

These sound like great reads! Happy Reading!!

Cat said...

Ever since I heard about Courage in Patience last year some time it's been on my "I want this" list. However my stores don't seem to have it in stock EVER. So I shall keep waiting. Next time I am gifted with gift cards for online shopping I think I might just pop this one in the cart. ;)

Shalonda said...

Courage in Patience is a book I've been wanting to read.

And I am so sad that my library no longer carries The Making of Dr. Truelove. Guess I'll have to order it.

Callie said...

A tree grows in Brooklyn is really good and I hope you like it!

Rebecca said...

Looks like you got a good stash of books this week, enjoy them.

vvb32 reads said...

The Prisoner's Wife sounds like an interesting memoir. Look forward to your review on this one.

fyi: i have something lovely for you here:
http://vvb32reads.blogspot.com/2009/05/one-lovely-blog-award.html

bermudaonion said...

Courage and Patience & The Prisoner's Wife both caught my eye. I hope you enjoy them.

Serena said...

ooo the collection of poems sounds intriguing...I look forward to your thoughts.

here's my mailbox: http://www.savvyverseandwit.com/2009/05/mailbox-monday-28.html

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

:) Looks like you received some really great books Susan - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one I've wanted to read for a while, but I always seem to forget to pick it up. LOL

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

floreta said...

would love to read your review of Courage in Patience!! it's one of my favorite books now. i read it as well and blogged about it here:

http://floretacui.blogspot.com/2009/02/courage-in-patience.html