Mailbox Monday

Apr 192015


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Every Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye, Serena, Leslie and I will each share 2 books that grabbed our attention from today’s Mailbox Monday post. We hope you’ll join us by posting a comment letting us know the books that caught your eye.

From the library:
1325047Widow To Widow by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg
(this was the book most recommended to me by other widows)
In this remarkably useful guide, widow, author, and therapist Genevieve Davis Ginsburg offers fellow widows-as well as their family and friends-sage advice for coping with the loss of a husband. From learning to travel and eat alone to creating new routines to surviving the holidays and anniversaries that reopen emotional wounds, Widow to Widow walks readers through the challenges of widowhood and encourages them on their path to building a new life.


22635858The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
(one of the She Reads books of spring picks)
A provocative and hauntingly powerful debut novel reminiscent of Sliding Doors, The Bookseller follows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams

Nothing is as permanent as it appears . . .

Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day-to-day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn’t quite work out the way Kitty had hoped.

Then the dreams begin.

Denver, 1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They have beautiful children, an elegant home, and good friends. It’s everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted—but it only exists when she sleeps.

Convinced that these dreams are simply due to her overactive imagination, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. But with each visit, the more irresistibly real Katharyn’s life becomes. Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn?

As the lines between her worlds begin to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined. And how do we know where that boundary lies in our own lives?


For Review:
24585815The Joy Of Ballpark Food by Bennett Jacobstein
(my BIL took me, my brother and nephews to many Cincinnati Reds games when we were kids & seeing this book brought back lots of memories)
Baseball is a game that is identified with food. We even sing about it at every ballpark during the seventh inning stretch: “….buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…” The famous song was written by Jack Norworth in 1908.

From the early part of the twentieth century until the 1980s, classic baseball fare consisted mostly of hot dogs, ice cream, peanuts, and Cracker Jack. Then ballparks slowly began to sell new items. A proliferation of new food offerings during the 1990s was fueled by the opening of twelve new major league ballparks.

Now, teams around the country sell a variety of exotic food as well as wide variety of hot dogs.

The Joy of Ballpark Food: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine begins with the history of the first hot dog at a ball game and concludes with a culinary tour of all 30 major league ballparks.


25316393Calming the Chaos: A Soulful Guide to Managing Your Energy Rather Than Your Time by Jackie Woodside
(not a lot of chaos in my life, but hopefully this book will help me go through my husbands things with less stress)
In Calming the Chaos, you will learn the step-by-step skills and thought processes that lead to increased productivity and peace of mind. Jackie’s approach stems from the new frontier of human performance called energetic consciousness. Part philosophy, part psychology, fully practical application, you will learn:
– Why there is no such thing as time management and what to do instead.- How to manage your energy instead of your time and stress.- The three-step formula for managing every component of your life for the rest of your life!- Why “to-do lists” are a set up for failure and what really works.- “The Three Strikes Rule” that will end procrastination for good!- How to always know that you have the time for what you want and need to do!
Many books promise to change your life. Applying these principles will make this a reality!


25287611Kidnap, Part 1. of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia
(not my usual read, but I feel like it’s time for something different)
An Action Adventure set a long time ago on a planet far far away…

I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?

13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do – into the Dome.
13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy – at the heart of the Dome.
Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?

  25 Responses to “Mailbox Monday”

  1. I hope Widow to Widow gives you some much needed comfort.

  2. You’ve gotten some unusual books. wish I lived closer, I’d like to give you a big hug, just to let you know I care, not that that helps you …

  3. Sending hugs, Vicki. Hope Widow to Widow brings you comfort. Your other reads look quite interesting as well. I’ve been meaning to start The Bookseller.

  4. I hope you find strength from Widow to Widow. I’m sending virtual hugs too.
    Kidnap caught my eye – I like action adventure and space…
    Enjoy your reading!

  5. *hugs* I hope Widow to Widow is a comfort and strength for you. I do like the look of The Bookseller too, She Reads has some great books.

  6. I do hope you find some comfort from Widow to Widow…and for a nice distraction, The Bookseller is a good one. It engaged me immediately.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  7. ENJOY your new books and reading week.

    The Bookseller is one I would like to read.

    I hope Widow to Widow helps give you some peace and comfort. HUGS.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  8. Hi Vicki,

    I can only reiterate what others have said and sincerely hope that you manage to find some solace and peace from reading ‘Widow to Widow’.

    The other one of your selection which intrigues and interests me, although it may be one which takes me out of my reading comfort zone, is ‘The Bookseller’. it sounds a bit like the book I am featuring this week, where the question of which reality is the correct one, is explored. I have seen this book on several sites just lately, so I guess it is about time I added it to my ‘Want To Read’ list!

    Thanks for sharing and have a good week.


  9. Did you know that I was widowed, too? Sometimes, the only thing to do is to “keep marching on” as my grandmother would say when things were hard. The healing comes, and after seven years I remarried. But, that doesn’t mean I forget my first husband, or don’t wish things had been different. xoxo

  10. I am sorry that Widow to Widow is a book that you have, but hope it offers hope, comfort and help.

  11. Thanks for telling us about Widow to Widow. I hope it’s helpful. I liked The Bookseller. It’s not perfect but, like Laurel, it engaged me. Have a good week, Vicki.

  12. Believe it or not that ballpark food book sounds so interesting to me!

  13. Ooh, The Bookseller looks really good!

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