Sunday, December 20, 2009
Mailbox Monday-- Christmas, Christmas Time Is Here!
A big Thank You to Marcia of The Printed Page for hosting my favorite meme. I love seeing what books arrived in other book bloggers' mailboxes! If you'd like to check out other mailboxes, click on that redhead to the left. She'll take you right to Marcia's blog!
I've now reached the time of year when I'm more concerned with that last gift for Denis that hasn't arrived; for once I'm not wanting to pull out an armload of books. (Bet you thought you'd never hear me say that!)
I sent 4 books to new Paperback Swap (PBS) foster homes, and I received 3. Here's the scoop on what arrived in my mailbox:
--The House on Tradd Street by Karen White (Alibris). "Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she’s going to have to accept it. An old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog—and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets."
--Paddle to the Amazon by Don Starkell (PBS). "In 1980, the author and his two teenage sons embarked on a canoe trip from Winnipeg to Belem, Brazil, where the Amazon meets the Atlantic. One son, discouraged, returned to Canada from Mexico, but Starkell and his other son went on, completing the trip in two years. Traveling 12,000 miles on rivers and open seas in their 21-foot canoe, they encountered every conceivable obstacle--wild animals, hostile natives, near-starvation, terrifying ocean weather, arrest, robbery, illness and despair. They also met many sympathetic people who encouraged them and helped them survive."
--The Lady Was a Gambler by Chris Enss (PBS). "From the muddy cowtowns of Montana to the posh parlors of Deadwood and Tombstone, past a succession of swinging batwing doors to the smoke-filled rooms in the back, some of the most colorful ladies in the Wild West also happened to be some of the shrewdest gamblers.With her inimitable instinct for a good story, Chris Enss points her pen toward fifteen of the most fascinating characters to ever flip a hole card or lace a corset. 'Poker' Alice Ivers, for instance, checked and raised her way through some of the roughest mining towns in the West, while Lottie Deno, the prettiest faro dealer to ever turn a card, 'bucked the tiger' all the way from Texas to Alaska. And who could ever bet against Eleanora Dumont, a twenty-one dealer known far and wide as 'Madam Moustache'?"
Looks to me like I have some good reading ahead of me!
Here's hoping that Santa brings each and every one of you all the bookish things that were on your lists! See you next Monday for a new edition of Mailbox Monday.
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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