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December 17, 2012 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday

NoelMailboxMailbox Monday was created by The Printed Page. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their home last week.

Mailbox Monday is currently on tour, hosted by a different blog each month. The December host is Susan at Suko’s Notebook .

Another Monday already. Here’s what I received last week:

For review from Crown Books:

Saturday Night WidowsSaturday Night Widows
by Becky Aikman

In her forties – a widow, too young, too modern to accept the role – Becky Aikman struggled to make sense of her place in an altered world. In this transcendent and infectiously wise memoir, she explores surprising new discoveries about how people experience grief and transcend loss and, following her own remarriage, forms a group with five other young widows to test these unconventional ideas. Together, these friends summon the humor, resilience, and striving spirit essential for anyone overcoming adversity.
 

For review from Random House:

The Burgess BoysThe Burgess Boys
by Elizabeth Stroud

Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan—the Burgess sibling who stayed behind—urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help.

For review from Penguin Audio:

The World Until YesterdayThe World Until Yesterday
by Jared Diamond

Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence. Societies like those of the New Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday—in evolutionary time—when everything changed and that we moderns still possess bodies and social practices often better adapted to traditional than to modern conditions.

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15 Comments

  1. Mystica / Dec 17 2012 3:05 am

    Enjoy your new reads.

  2. sagustocox / Dec 17 2012 5:20 am

    The World Until Yesterday sounds intriguing. Happy reading.

  3. Mary / Dec 17 2012 5:45 am

    Can’t wait for reviews to start posting about Saturday Night Widows!

  4. samstillreading / Dec 17 2012 6:37 am

    I like the sound of both of those. I’m hoping to finish my current read tonight, but not sure what to start next (but must be finished by Christmas Day to start new bookish gifts)!

  5. Leeswammes / Dec 17 2012 7:53 am

    These books look good! Hope you’ll have fun reading them. I’m reading A Christmas Carol. :-)

  6. laurelrainsnow / Dec 17 2012 8:27 am

    Wow! These all look so good. I don’t know which I’d pick first….all of them? I think each has something unique to offer. Enjoy!

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  7. mrsqbookaddict01 / Dec 17 2012 8:55 am

    Saturday Night Widows sounds interesting. Happy reading!

  8. Pat @ Post For Now / Dec 17 2012 9:59 am

    Enjoy your new books. I like your holiday mailbox image! Happy Holidays!

  9. Lucy / Dec 17 2012 10:44 am

    Your Noel mailbox is so pretty! I like the sound of Saturday Night Widows. Enjoy!

  10. Tribute Books Mama / Dec 17 2012 11:20 am
  11. kaye / Dec 17 2012 11:50 am

    Saturday Night Widows sounds good. It showed up at my house too. Have a good week and happy holidays to you and yours.

  12. Suko / Dec 17 2012 12:52 pm

    I like your Noel mailbox! I’m seeing Saturday Night Widows and The Burgess Boys on a few blogs. Enjoy your new books, Leslie!

  13. Elizabeth / Dec 17 2012 3:48 pm

    I received Saturday Night Widows too. I wanted the Burgess Boys…maybe it will be here or maybe it won’t. :)

    ENJOY all your books.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  14. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Dec 17 2012 8:05 pm

    These are all new to me, and they look really good!

  15. Holly (2 Kids and Tired) / Dec 18 2012 10:08 am

    I keep seeing Saturday Night Widows popping up on MM posts. It’s looking really good. Enjoy!2 Kids and Tired Books MM

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