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August 24, 2015 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ August 24th

Sunflower-Butterfly-MailboxWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.

Another busy week, a few new books, and one gardening disaster. No, not the flowers or vegetables, they are all fine. But I managed to get bitten by a swarm of some nasty little insects while weeding (probably no see ums, since I never saw them) that have caused a week’s worth of bumps and itching. It’s extra annoying for me because I’m always so careful to use bug spray and treat my clothes with permethrin when I’m out monitoring birds in the woods, but I never thought they would get me in my own backyard!

Print Books


Mendocino Fire: Stories by Elizabeth Tallent fron Harper.
Tallent returns with a new collection of diverse, thematically linked, and deeply powerful stories that confirm her enduring gift for capturing relationships at their moment of transformation: marriages breaking apart, people haunted by memories of old love and reaching haltingly toward new futures.

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani from Harper.
In this spectacular saga as radiant, thrilling, and beguiling as Hollywood itself, Adriana Trigiani takes us back to Tinsel Town’s golden age—an era as brutal as it was resplendent—and into the complex and glamorous world of a young actress hungry for fame and success.

The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry from Dutton.
The Courtesan is an astonishing tale inspired by the real life of a woman who lived and loved in the extraordinary twilight decades of the Qing dynasty. To this day, Sai Jinhua is a legend in her native land of China, and this is her story, told the way it might have been.

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young from Putnam.
When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte “Charlie” Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children she’s sure that she’s lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent, she soon realizes. They are messages and warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them.

How was your week?

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  1. Nish / Aug 24 2015 2:38 am

    The Courtesan sounds really interesting. Happy reading!


  2. Diane / Aug 24 2015 6:32 am

    So sorry about your bug attack– how awful. About a month ago I got some funky finger bumps and swelling and have no idea what it was. They took 2 cultures but nothing. It was definitely from something in my back yard though .

    Enjoy your new books.


  3. Kimberly's Bookshelf / Aug 24 2015 6:40 am

    I’m currently reading The Courtesan and I’m having a difficult time putting it down! Enjoy!


  4. Mary / Aug 24 2015 7:35 am

    Hope the itching and bumps have subsided. Ouch! I’m interested in the new Trigiani. Her books are always entertaining.


  5. Kay / Aug 24 2015 7:53 am

    I hate being bitten by whatever insect. I have a tendency to get hive-like bumps and then they take forever to go away. Good luck with your anti-itching campaign.

    I’m interested in The Gates Of Evangeline. Hoping that one is as good as it sounds. Have a good week!


    • Leslie / Aug 24 2015 8:03 am

      That’s exactly what happened – hives! Antihistamines help, but it still takes too long for them to go away.


  6. Pat @ Posting For Now / Aug 24 2015 9:14 am

    Sorry to hear about the insect attack. I hope you are feeling better soon. Enjoy your new books, Leslie!


  7. laurelrainsnow / Aug 24 2015 10:25 am

    Yikes! Insect bites? I didn’t see that coming…and I guess you didn’t either. Glad you are better…and enjoy your books. I can’t wait to read the new Trigiani book. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES


  8. Lucy / Aug 24 2015 11:10 am

    Such gorgeous books! I’m drawn to The Gates of Evangeline. Sorry about the bug attack 😦


  9. Silver's Reviews / Aug 24 2015 2:30 pm

    The Courtesan looks good. Ooooo….another Adriana book.

    ENJOY all of your books….they all look so good.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


  10. MarthaE / Aug 24 2015 10:06 pm

    Sorry to hear you got bugged – hope the itching goes away quickly.
    Although you have four good titles, The Gates of Evangeline sounds really interesting to me.
    Happy Reading!


  11. Suko / Aug 24 2015 11:07 pm

    Leslie, sorry the bugs are in your own backyard. Enjoy your new books this week. All the Stars in the Heavens sounds especially appealing.


  12. sagustocox / Aug 25 2015 7:44 am

    Gates of Evangeline looks good. I hope the itching subsides soon


  13. Vicki / Aug 25 2015 11:37 am

    Sorry about your bug attack. Enjoy your books!


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