Mailbox Monday #197

Mailbox Mondays (click the icon to check out the new blog) has gone on tour since Marcia at A Girl and Her Books, formerly The Printed Page passed the torch. This month’s host is the Mailbox Monday blog.

The meme allows bloggers to share what books they receive in the mail or through other means over the past week.

Just be warned that these posts can increase your TBR piles and wish lists.

Here’s what I received:

1.  The New Arcana by John Amen and Daniel Y. Harris, which I received for review from the poets.

THE NEW ARCANA is a multi-genre extravaganza featuring verse, fiction, mock journalism and academic writing, drama, and art. Both referencing and transcending various literary precedents, the book is a pronouncement for the 21st Century, an exploration of and commentary on the fast-paced and mercurial nature of life in the 2000s. Co-written by poets John Amen and Daniel Y. Harris, the book presents a compelling, jazz-like, and satirical style, a third voice born from the mingling of two distinct individual voices. THE NEW ARCANA is a memorable literary statement—a manifesto for our time—as well as a proclamation regarding the transformative qualities of true collaboration.

2.  Judging a Book by its Lover by Lauren Leto, which I received for review from HarperCollins.

Want to impress the hot stranger at the bar who asks for your take on Infinite Jest? Dying to shut up the blowhard in front of you who’s pontificating on Cormac McCarthy’s “recurring road narratives”? Having difficulty keeping Francine Prose and Annie Proulx straight?

For all those overwhelmed readers who need to get a firm grip on the relentless onslaught of must-read books to stay on top of the inevitable conversations that swirl around them, Lauren Leto’s Judging a Book by Its Lover is manna from literary heaven! A hilarious send-up of—and inspired homage to—the passionate and peculiar world of book culture, this guide to literary debate leaves no reader or author unscathed, at once adoring and skewering everyone from Jonathan Franzen to Ayn Rand to Dostoyevsky and the people who read them.

3.  When All My Disappointments Came at Once by Todd Swift for review from Tightrope Books.

This poetry collection explores the journey of recovery from depression after a man’s diagnosis for extreme male infertility. Dreams are destroyed and slowly rebuilt with the help of a loving wife and the healing force of the poetic art. As it touches on the topics of childlessness and mental health from a male perspective, this compilation will appeal to a wide readership.

What did you receive?


  1. I am not familiar with any of these titles. I hope you enjoy them!

  2. Looks like you’ll be doing a lot of poetry reading.

  3. Judging a Book by Its Lover sounds like fun.

  4. Judging a Book By Its Lover sounds very interesting – look forward to your thoughts!

  5. Enjoy! your mailbox.

  6. That Book by it’s cover one looks and sounds interesting (& funny)! Enjoy your books! Here is my Monday post.

  7. Judging a Book By Its Lover sounds like a book for me! Happy reading!

  8. I like the look and sound of Judging a Book By Its Cover…hope you enjoy all your reads.


  9. I’m curious about the poetry books, and Judging a Book sounds really fun. Enjoy!

  10. Judging a Book sounds so cute. Hope you enjoy all your new reads.

  11. You got some good reads.

    Here is mine

  12. Judging A Book sounds good!

  13. ENJOY your books.

    Silver’s Reviews

  14. The cover of Judging a Book by its Lover makes me laugh – the book sounds good too. Enjoy your new reads!

  15. I appreciate your warning at the beginning of your post – you are so right! 🙂 My tbr pile is now tottering in various ‘tenements’ leaning on eachother for support…