Monday, June 28, 2010
Mailbox Monday...a day late but such tasty morsels
Posted by JaneGS
I have been utilizing Paperbackswap.com a lot lately and have a lot of new books on my shelf.
You're on Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, by Marjorie Savage
My oldest child leaves for college in August, and the sheer logistics are keeping me from obsessing on how much I'm going to miss her. I'm a reader and so when I face an issue I often turn to help from books. This one was recommended on the college's web site section for parents. This is now a must-read with everything else taking a backseat.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See
The same friend who recommended Kathryn Stockett's The Help, also recommended this book in the next breath. Since I loved The Help, I'm going to give this a try. I haven't read about China since the last Amy Tan that I read, which was years ago, so this is definitely outside my normal range.
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewycka
I've been hearing good things about this book, so got it and started it right away--it's about a woman who must reconcile with her estranged sister in order to keep their aged father from going off the deep end when he falls for a younger woman in search of a green card.
Perdita: The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson, by Paula Byrne
I loved Paula Byrne's wonderful book Jane Austen and the Theatre, and found this when I was Googling on that. If Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is outside my usual reading, Perdita is smack dab in the middle of it--regency, biography, theater. It's a hat trick! Here's what Amazon hooked me with: "...darling of the London stage, mistress to the most powerful men in England, feminist thinker, and bestselling author."
March, by Geraldine Brooks
I loved Brooks' Year of Wonders until the ending, which I considered a train wreck of an ending, but since I am finally going to read Little Women this year, I thought I would follow that up with a reading of March, which chronicles the girls' father's adventures during the Civil War.