Oct 042015


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.

Last week was another very sad one for me. I lost my baby dog Patches who I was Blessed to have for 17 1/2 years. I wasn’t sure I was going to start posting again, but keeping busy is very important. Idle hands make for a busy mind. If you want to read Patches story, you can find it here. I know many of you have also lost beloved pets, and love the support we get from each other is a big part of helping us heal. Thanks to everyone for your comments and prayers.

I didn’t post last week since Patches was sick and I was taking her back and forth to the vet, so these are books from the last few weeks:

From Audible:

Yes, Please
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Eileen Poehler, William Poehler, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:10-28-14
Publisher: Harper Audio

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you’re invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents – Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

Also included? A one-night-only live performance at Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Hear Amy read a chapter live in front of a young and attractive Los Angeles audience.

While listening to Yes Please, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll become convinced that your phone is trying to kill you. Don’t miss this collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers. Offering Amy’s thoughts on everything from her “too safe” childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and “the biz”, the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a “face for wigs” – Yes Please is chock-full of words, and wisdom, to live by.


The Perfect Comeback Of Caroline Jacobs
The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dicks

Narrated by: Cynthia Hopkins
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:09-08-15
Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Caroline Jacobs is a wimp, someone who specializes in the suffering of tiny indignities in silence. And the big ones, too. But when the twinset wearing president of the local Parent Teacher Organization steps out of line one too many times, Caroline musters the courage to assert herself. With a four-letter word, no less. Caroline’s outburst has awakened something in her. Not just gumption, but a realization that the roots of her tirade can be traced back to something that happened to her as a teenager, when her best friend very publicly betrayed her. So, with a little bit of bravery, Caroline decides to go back to her home town and tell off her childhood friend. She busts her daughter out of school, and the two set off to deliver the perfect comeback…some 25 years later. But nothing goes as planned. Long buried secrets rise to the surface, and Caroline finds she has to face much more than one old, bad best friend.

The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs is an enchanting novel about the ways in which our childhood experiences reverberate through our lives. It’s the story of a woman looking to fix her life through an act of bravery, and of a mother and daughter learning to understand one another. Deceptively simple and highly engaging, this latest novel by Matthew Dicks is perfect for those of us who were last to be picked at sports, and for everyone who is thrilled not to be in high school anymore. The audio book includes an interview with the author.


The Admissions

The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore

Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:08-18-15
Publisher: Random House Audio

The Admissions brilliantly captures the frazzled pressure cooker of modern life as a seemingly perfect family comes undone by a few desperate measures, long-buried secrets – and college applications!

The Hawthorne family has it all. Great jobs, a beautiful house in one of the most affluent areas of Northern California, and three charming kids with perfectly straight teeth. And then comes their eldest daughter’s senior year of high school….

Firstborn Angela Hawthorne is a straight-A student and star athlete with extracurricular activities coming out of her ears and a college application that’s not going to write itself. She’s set her sights on Harvard, her father’s alma mater, and, like a dog with a chew toy, Angela won’t let up until she’s basking in crimson-colored glory. Except her class rank as valedictorian is under attack, she’s suddenly losing her edge at cross country, and she can’t help but daydream about the cute baseball player in English class. Of course Angela knows the time put into her schoolgirl crush would be better spent coming up with a subject for her term paper – which, along with her college essay and community service hours, has a rapidly approaching deadline.

Angela’s mother, Nora, is similarly stretched to the limit, juggling parent-teacher meetings, carpool, and a real estate career where she caters to the mega-rich and super-picky buyers and sellers of the Bay Area.

The youngest daughter, Maya, still can’t read at the age of eight; the middle child, Cecily, is no longer the happy-go-lucky kid she once was; and the dad, Gabe, seems oblivious to the mounting pressures at home because a devastating secret of his own might be exposed. A few ill-advised moves put the Hawthorne family on a heedless collision course that’s equal parts achingly real and delightfully screwball.

From Amazon for my Kindle

In Search Of Jessica
In Search of Jessica by Declan Conner

File Size: 4041 KB
Print Length: 323 pages
Publication Date: September 18, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Jesse and Jessica shared almost everything as children, except the same birthday. One other thing they couldn’t share was the love of their dad. He had his favorite for reasons best not mentioned.

The family is torn apart when their dad is found murdered with all the traits of a particular twisted MO. A robbery gone wrong, jealous partner in a love triangle, warring neighbors, or someone closer to home? For Logan, the lead detective at the time and now head of LAPD homicide, the answer was and is simple. Jessica was guilty. That’s
despite the case having never gone to trial, now gathering dust after fifteen years as his only cold case file of an otherwise illustrious career.

When a murder takes place with a similar MO, detective Jason Stone is allocated the case. He’s a young man on a one–man mission to make a name for himself, and one who will break the rules to get there. Stone believes a mysterious person he dubs the Night Girl holds the key to unraveling the case. But just as he is close to cracking the
case, his suspect list grows.

Taken off the case, he goes undercover to continue his investigation. Infatuated, he places his Jessica under surveillance to get close. Too close. Someone should tell him to stop chasing a dream, or could end up end up as the serial killer’s next target.


The Big Guy Upstairs

The Big Guy Upstairs by Mary Vine (Author), Brenna Tedesco (Illustrator)

File Size: 2645 KB
Print Length: 26 pages
Publisher: Melland Publishing (August 17, 2015)
Publication Date: August 17, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

A young boy named Johnny overhears his grandmother saying that she will pray to the Big Guy Upstairs and he wonders who that is. His grandma tells him that it is an expression meaning God. While Grandma cooks soup, Johnny tries to find God in the attic. Grandma asks Johnny to help make brownies for dessert, and then he is off
searching for God again. She finds him in the attic and explains who God is and that He lives in his heart. Johnny asks about helping others and they prepare to take some soup and brownies to their sick neighbor.

For Review: iRead Book Tours

Unlocking Worlds

Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen

Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Griffins Wharf (September 2, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983644616
ISBN-13: 978-0983644613

Award-winning writer and teacher Sally Allen knows that good books don’t just draw us in; they talk to us, shape us, and transport us to times, places, and minds different from our own. In Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, Allen deftly weaves personal stories with fifteen thematized, annotated, and illustrated reading lists for what to read next.

By sharing some of the treasures in her library and the secret lives they reveal, she gives us permission to embrace the shameless book lover inside each of us. Unlocking Worlds is a testament to how reading passionately—and compassionately—can unlock the world beyond our back yard. Celebrating books and those who read
them, Allen shows how the solitary act of reading can be a powerful thread that creates community and connection.

Thought-provoking and eloquent, Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers is a must-have for anyone who can’t leave the house without a book in hand.

Bought At An Estate Sale

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The Pioneer Florida Museum Cook Book

The cookbook pictured on the Pioneer Museaum site is the 3rd printing. I have the original 1982 edition that is spiral bound.

The first Pioneer Florida Museum cookbook was printed in 1982 from a collection of family recipes provided by our members and community friends. Each recipe included in the cookbook was contributed by a pioneer or by a member of a pioneer family, many of which still reside in the Dade City area. This unique collection of home cooking ideas served as a fundraising effort to aid the Museum in its daily operations.

The demand for the cookbook was so high that a second printing was required in 1992. Since that time, the cookbook has contributed to many projects and functions at the museum.

In the years since the second printing, several changes have taken place at the Museum and another generation of pioneers are ready to experience tastes from their past.

This third printing of the Pioneer Florida Museum Cookbook has undergone a few changes. Though the recipes have remained the same, the cookbook boasts a new title and a new look.

The Museum is proud to present this third edition as a dedication to those who contributed to the success of the cookbook in years past and to those who continue to contribute to the success of the Museum.

Paula Deen & Friends by Paula H. Deen, Martha Nesbit

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 4, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0743267222
ISBN-13: 978-0743267229

A comprehensive and delicious collection of crowd-pleasing recipes that will bring family and friends together for all kinds of occasions.

Sharing a delicious meal is everyone’s favorite way of bringing together friends and loved ones. In her new cookbook, Paula Deen & Friends: Living It Up, Southern Style, Paula Deen—author, restaurateur, and Food Network star—turns to her friends to share their stories, ideas for entertaining Southern style, and, most important, more than 150 of the prized recipes they serve to their family and friends.

With the trademark Southern charm that has made her beloved by fans everywhere, Paula’s new book features delicious, down-home entertaining menus, with recipes that are guaranteed to be instant crowd-pleasers. Whether you’re planning an intimate family dinner, hosting an elegant cocktail party, or feeding a hungry crowd for lunch, these mouthwatering meals are the perfect way to share any occasion with good friends—and have fun doing it! From a tailgate picnic to a bridge supper, a christening to a camping trip, and a family dinner to an ice cream social, there are recipes to delight any gathering.

Throw a down-home Birthday Bash with Beer-in-the-Rear Chicken, Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Corn on the Cob, and Buttermilk Pound Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream. Or host a casual Cookie Swap with friends and watch those Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes and Rolled Oatmeal Cookies disappear! An outdoor lunch wouldn’t be complete without real Southern Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Corn Bread. And comfort foods like Quick Crab Stew, Shrimp and Wild Rice Casserole, and Black Bottom Pie are soul-satisfying dishes that warm the heart and soothe the spirit. There are also recipes for refreshing cocktails and beverages, from the Southern traditional favorites, like Plantation Iced Tea and Mint Juleps, to Lemonade and Hot Cranberry Cider.

Entertaining Southern style is about much more than the food; it’s about spending time with the people you care about. Paula and her friends are the experts when it comes to creating delightful meals that are easy to prepare, so you, too, can relax and enjoy the fun with your guests. Each chapter is filled with helpful tips and time-saving techniques, as well as the memorable cooking stories that inspired Paula and her friends to create these recipes. You’ll be inspired to share memorable meals and occasions with family and friends, as Paula Deen & Friends invites you to live it up, Southern style.

Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook by Publications International Ltd.

Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Publications International; 1st Edition (Collector’s Edition) edition (January 1993)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0785361804
ISBN-13: 978-0785361800

Over 900 recipes from Dole, Nestle, Toll House, Libby’s, Philadelphia brand, etc.

Put imaginative, fresh ideas at your fingertips with this comprehensive collection of exceptional recipes from America’s favorite brand name companies!

Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook: Collector’s Edition makes serving magnificent meals a snap. Clipping recipes from food labels has become an American tradition and now you can collect all your favorites in this marvelous compilation¾without your scissors. Jam-packed with over 1600 kitchen-tested recipes, you’ll discover innovative ways to prepare tempting appetizers, refreshing salads, savory soups, elegant entrees, homemade breads, decadent desserts and much more.

Special chapters feature ever-popular pasta, glorious brunch dished and family-pleasing pizza. With over 500 full-color photographs, you’ll be inspired to create delectable dished for family and friends that are sure to win rave reviews!

Favorite book bought at the sale:
I also bought the personal recipe book of the woman who lived there, who was a teacher. It’s full of all kinds of different recipes and I’ll be making some of them and some from the other cookbooks soon. I love love love this recipe book. I’ve always wished I had my moms.

  17 Responses to “Mailbox Monday”

  1. Nice mailbox. I hope your books help you forget your sadness.

  2. So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved dog Patches. Sending positive thoughts and hugs. Hope that some of your new books will give you some comfort.

  3. Oh, my goodness! It’s like Christmas with all these wonderful books! I think you have a lot of great reading to look forward to. Enjoy, Vicki!

  4. Always so tough losing a loyal friend – lots of great titles, the Matthew Dick’s audio sounds particularly enjoyable, hope it brightens your days.

  5. Lots of great books here. Can’t wait til you read them and tell me about them 🙂

  6. Great selection! I want to listen to Amy Poehler’s book too, I’ve heard such great things about it. Happy reading!

  7. I’m sorry for your loss Vicki. I hope you find some comfort with your new books.

  8. Just wanted to let you know that the Yes, Chef roundup for Cook the Books is now up. Thanks for sending over your post.

  9. So sorry about Patches….

    Your book haul is awesome, however, and I see several I want to read, like The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs and The Admissions. The Amy Poehler looks like fun, too. Enjoy!


  10. Love the cover on THE ADMISSIONS and UNLOCKING WORLDS.

    UNLOCKING WORLDS definitely sounds like something I would like and definitely sounds like me. I ALWAYS have a book with me when I leave the house. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, and ENJOY your reading week.

    A giveaway for A CURIOUS BEGINNING IS happening on my blog until October 7, then a giveaway for THE SILENT SISTER and also EVERYTHING SHE FORGOT beginning October 6.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  11. I’m so sorry to hear about Patches and you’re right – keeping busy is definitely the way to go. I listened to Yes Please and loved it. Hope you enjoy your new books!

  12. Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers by Sally Allen sounds good

  13. You got some great books last week. I like old cookbooks and recipes, except those that call for “crisco” LOL When my mom passed away I was happy to have her recipe box. I still get teary-eyed when I browse and see her handwriting.

  14. I am so sorry on the loss of Patches.
    In Search of Jessica and Unlocking Worlds look good. And The Big Guy Upstairs sounds lovely! I’ve heard good things about Yes Please. That Florida Cook Book looks like a great find along with the others.
    I hope you enjoy your reading and that your painful loss begins to ease.

  15. Hi Vicki,

    Keeping busy is often the best panacea for loss and sorrow, so Thank You for deciding to conduct business as usual this week despite your pain.

    You have an amazing selection of books to share this week ..

    Best cover art has to go to ‘The Admissions’ and is one that I might consider reading myself.

    The one which really caught my eye though was ‘In Search Of Jessica’ – Looks like I’ve found another great author for my list 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy all your new finds 🙂


  16. Hope you enjoy Yes Please!

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