Mailbox Monday #198

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.  Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey, which I bought at Novel Places.

Through elegiac verse that honors her mother and tells of her own fraught childhood, Natasha Trethewey confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South — where one of the first black regiments, the Louisiana Native Guards, was called into service during the Civil War. Trethewey’s resonant and beguiling collection is a haunting conversation between personal experience and national history.

2.  Thrall by Natasha Trethewey, which I bought at Novel Places.

Natasha Trethewey’s poems are at once deeply personal and historical—exploring her own interracial and complicated roots—and utterly American, connecting them to ours. The daughter of a black mother and white father, a student of history and of the Deep South, she is inspired by everything from colonial paintings of mulattos and mestizos to the stories of people forgotten by history. Meditations on captivity, knowledge, and inheritance permeate Thrall, as she reflects on a series of small estrangements from her poet father and comes to an understanding of how, as father and daughter, they are part of the ongoing history of race in America.

What did you receive?


  1. Based on the blurb I am curious about Thrall.

  2. These are both new titles to me. I look forward to hearing about the second book based on the fact that they come from deep within the author’s soul.

  3. Both titles are new to me and sound interesting. Enjoy them both!
    Beth(bookaholicmom)´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday October 15

  4. I haven’t heard of either of these but they both sound like books you will love.
    Leslie´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday

  5. Can’t wait to take a peek at these!
    Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday — October 15

  6. They look like the perfect books for you.
    bermudaonion(Kathy)´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday

  7. Not familiar to me but it sounds like you have some interesting reads there.
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  8. Enjoy! I have not heard of these books or author. I will have to look them up.
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