Monday, January 27, 2014

Mailbox Monday - January 27

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

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

This isn't book related, but I have to ask: is anyone else out there getting magazines they didn't order? My daughter has had magazine fundraisers at school the last two years, so I ordered a couple of magazines. Suddenly, I'm getting regular issues of magazines I've never ordered, and they are increasing in number. First it was Shape. Next came ESPN The Magazine, which I have no use for. I have even less of a use for Maxim. Even my hubby isn't interested in them. What a waste of time and materials.

Okay, I'm officially off my soapbox now. Here's what arrived this week in the way of books. This first one is another used title I bought for research.

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Bancroft Prize, the Parkman Prize, the Avery O. Craven Prize, and the Trilling Prize, and finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award This "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" (The New Republic) made history when it was originally published in 1988. It redefined how Reconstruction was viewed by historians and people everywhere in its chronicling of the way in which Americans -- black and white -- responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery. This "smart book of enormous strengths" (Boston Globe) has since gone on to become the classic work on the wrenching post -- Civil War period -- an era whose legacy still reverberates in the United States today.

The following books came unsolicited:

Everyone who lives around Duckling’s pool is in a tizzy: Beaver hasn’t put on his hat, and now the sun’s burning his head; Squirrel has lost her nuts, and now she’s hungry; and Bear has knocked over his jar of water, and now he’s thirsty. So it’s just as well that Duckling’s around, ready to help out the rest of the animals with his gifts!

It’s a Gift! is a tender tale about the solidarity and generosity that’s so necessary in modern life. This moving story will encourage the youngest members of the family to share without expecting anything in return.

The boy with the feather headdress told stories without saying a word. The boy whose legs formed the shape of a heart communicated with that special language that comes from within. With his hands, his face, his smile and his eyes, he could communicate everything his listeners needed to hear. Walking Eagle's tales awoke deep emotions, conveyed a sense of solidarity, and created bonds between hands and hearts of different tribes that lasted forever.

Walking Eagle: The Little Comanche Boy is a magical tale about nature and harmony between the different peoples of the world, reminding us of the power of stories to bring out our very best from within the deepest part of the human soul.

Andrea’s mom doesn’t understand how an old box full of holes can be of any use, but her daughter is just over the moon about her latest acquisition—and rightly so! When she takes off the lid, the little girl pulls out holes in all shapes and sizes that lead her to discover remarkable characters who fill her room with amazing stories.

The Box of Holes is a bewitching tale that shows us how our imaginations can fill in many gaps in our lives, bringing smiles to our faces that we should never, ever give up as lost.

The Sparkling Elves loved the Things in the Air, those things that nobody can see, but which are there all the same. With their brightly colored clothes and their bright, gleaming smiles, they’d spend the whole day fluttering around, looking for flying surprises. And when they found them, the elves held them tightly until the Things tickled them inside. But one day, the Snouty Witches appeared, gray and gloomy, to take the Things away!

The Things in the Air is a tale that will fill your air with surprises and fill your child’s face with a huge smile that no one will be able to wipe off — not even the Snouty Witches!

Kindle freebies this week are:

Could They Fulfill Their Dreams in this Untamed Land?

Driven by desperation, Grace Hawkins must forsake the affluent comfort of her upbringing to save herself from an arranged marriage. Disillusioned by her father's insistence, she forges a daring plan to escape the sinister hand of her intended.

Peter Colton sees the Alaskan gold rush as an opportunity to establish his family's fledgling shipping business. An unexpected partnership enables him to pursue those dreams and opens the door to an aquaintance with Grace, who has purchased passage north.

Drawn together by need and circumstance, Grace and Peter form a faltering friendship. But when her deserted fiance continues to manipulate her loved ones, can she find peace in the wake of his wrath?

Blogger's note: I've read the first chapter of Peterson's novel and it intrigued me. 

The Kingdom of Soron bustled with activity as preparations for the Fall Festival began. Lively merchants, hardworking farmers, and musicians eagerly awaited this event of harvest and joy. This year’s festival was even more important, as they celebrated Princess Madeline’s betrothal to her knight champion, Daniel
Celebration quickly turns to disaster as Prince Paulsen returns with curious demands, either Princess Madeline will be his, or no ones. Rejection turns to obsession and battle is declared.

In a tense struggle to decide her future, Princess Madeline must choose where to put her trust… in the king’s tried and true plan, the wizard’s cryptic messages and maps, or her own sense of bravery. Follow Princess Madeline on this adventure as she battles evil in an attempt to create a future of love and magic.

Blogger's note: I already have the other two books in this series. Now, I just need to make time to read them.

What is something that arrived in your mailbox this week?


Serena said...

Looks like you got some great Children's books. happy reading. I have gotten Spanish-language mags lately...which I did not sign up for.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

Nice mix of books and all new to me.

About those magazines - that happened to my Father-in-law. He didn't order them but somehow he got signed up for a 'free' month of magazines. Probably part of the fine print with something he mailed ordered. After the 'free' month charges began appearing on his Visa card. We were unable to cancel it and ended up contesting them. Visa canc the card and issued a new number. You may want to check your credit cards for weird charges you can't identify.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I hope you can clear up the magazines issue. How annoying. Looks like good advice from Leslie.
I love the covers of the children's books. Adorable.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Cheryl,

I haven't personally experienced the suffering of receiving goods I haven't ordered or paid for, however we do have the same problems here in the UK and I guess that whilst we all continue to accept these breeches of our privacy and keep ordering online, then these issues will continue to dominate. I do hope that you can get it sorted in a satisfactory and timely manner.

I love the cover images of all your children's books and can only look at them with envy, when I think back to the books of my own childhood and their almost utilitarian appearance.

I like the sound of 'Trasures Of the North', although I am hesitating about adding it to my list, as several reviews have described it as 'rather preachy'. Reviews though, are by their very nature subjective, so I am very tempted to give it a try.

Thanks for sharing and have a great week,


Elizabeth said...

Great Children's Books.

Love the looks of Treasures of the North.

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Vicki said...

What a good book week you had! I'm going to check out those children books!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

We are definitely keeping an eye on our credit card statement, Leslie. You never know what can happen these days.

Yvonne, I've read the first chapter of Treasures of the North, but haven't made it any further. I've enjoyed it so far, but we'll see if that continues.

Thanks again for the comments.

Diana Leigh said...

The children's books look great, especially The Box of Holes!

gautami tripathy said...

You have got some interesting books. Hope you like those.

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Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Lovely books! I hope you enjoy them...and no, I haven't received magazines I didn't order. I already get too many, so that would freak me out! LOL