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August 15, 2011 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ August 15th

Mailbox 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 August host is Staci at Life in the Thumb.

This was an eclectic week for me with a variety of books …

Two audiobooks for review from the publisher:

Domestic Violets
by Matthew Norman

Tom Violet always thought that by the time he turned thirty-five, he’d have everything going for him. Fame. Fortune. A beautiful wife. A satisfying career as a successful novelist. A happy dog to greet him at the end of the day.

The reality, though, is far different. He’s got a wife, but their problems are bigger than he can even imagine. Tom’s life is crushing his soul, but he’s decided to do something about it. (Really.) Domestic Violets is the brilliant and beguiling story of a man finally taking control of his own happiness—even if it means making a complete idiot of himself along the way.

The Lantern
by Deborah Lawrenson

A modern gothic novel of love, secrets, and murder – set against thelush backdrop of Provence. When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom in Switzerland, their whirlwind relationship leads them to Les GenÉvriers, an abandoned house set among the fragrant lavender fields of the South of France. Each enchanting day delivers happy discoveries: hidden chambers, secret vaults, a beautiful wrought-iron lantern. Deeply in love and surrounded by music, books, and the heady summer scents of the French countryside, Eve has never felt more alive.

A win from Holly at 2 Kids and Tired Books:

Ellis Island
by Kate Kerrigan

Rural Irish girl Ellie loves living in New York, working as a lady’s maid for a wealthy socialite. She tries to persuade her husband, John, to join her but he is embroiled in his affairs in Ireland, and caught up in the civil war. Nevertheless Ellie is extremely happy and fully embraces her sophisticated new life. When her father dies she must return home, but she intends to sort her affairs quickly and then return to her beloved America. But once home her sense of duty kicks in and she decides, painfully, that she must stay to look after her mother and resume her marriage.

A win from Kathy at Bermudaonion’s Weblog:

Grammar Girl’s 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know
by Mignon Fogarty

Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 30 million times. Now she’s turning her attention to improving our vocabulary—one word at a time.

Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from luminaries such as J.D. Salinger and Susan B. Anthony, to characters such as Marge and Homer Simpson, this highly-useable guidebook gives you the confidence to succeed and sets you up for a lifetime of success.

A new bird book that I purchased on my farewell visit to Borders:

The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds
by Richard Crossley

This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes birding by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide will vastly improve your ability to identify birds.



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  1. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / Aug 15 2011 5:41 am

    The Lantern and Easter Island have my attention. Hope you enjoy them all Leslie.


  2. Beth F / Aug 15 2011 5:48 am

    Some great listening and reading ahead of you!


  3. gautami tripathy / Aug 15 2011 6:57 am

    Wonderful mailbox. Have a great reading week. Come check my mailbox!!


  4. Anne / Aug 15 2011 7:32 am

    I read Domestic Violets and The Lantern and I thougth they were both great- hope you enjoy them too!


  5. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Aug 15 2011 7:55 am

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of Ellis Island. I have that one, too. Happy reading!


  6. Leeswammes / Aug 15 2011 9:41 am

    Great books, Leslie. Well, you’ve probably seen my reviews of Domestic Violets and The Lantern already. Have fun with these new acquisitions!


  7. BermudaOnion / Aug 15 2011 9:44 am

    I have a feeling you could write a book on birds. You had a great week – I’m hearing lots of great things about Domestic Violets. I hope you enjoy the Grammar Girl book.


  8. Holly / Aug 15 2011 10:25 am

    The Lantern and Ellis Island sound really good. I think I’ll have to put both of these on my WL. Happy reading 🙂


  9. kaye / Aug 15 2011 11:40 am

    Ellis Island sounds wonderful! I hope you enjoy it and all your other new books.


  10. mary Ann Langan / Aug 15 2011 12:11 pm

    Some great titles there, enjoy!


  11. Beth(bookaholicmom) / Aug 15 2011 12:15 pm

    I has started Ellis Island from the library and didn’t get it finished before I had to return it so I purchased it so I could finish it. It is a pretty good read. I hope you enjoy it.


  12. Mary / Aug 15 2011 7:54 pm

    Nice mailbox, Leslie. I’m curious about the Domestic Violets audiobook. I’ve had the title on my tbr list but now I’m thinking about listening. Hope you enjoy it!


  13. Suko / Aug 16 2011 12:36 pm

    Congrats on your wins and the other books. Enjoy them all!


  14. Kim V / Aug 19 2011 8:21 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of great buzz on Domestic Violets. I hope you enjoy it!


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