Mailbox Monday #209

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 Lori’s Reading Corner.

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 receive:

1.  Survival Skills by Jean Ryan, which I received for review from the author.

The characters who inhabit Jean Ryan’s graceful, imaginative collection of stories are survivors of accidents and acts of nature, of injuries both physical and emotional. Ryan writes of beauty and aging, of love won and lost—with characters enveloped in the mysteries of the natural world and the animal kingdom.

In “Greyhound,” a woman brings home a rescued dog for her troubled partner in hopes that they might heal one another—while the dog in “What Gretel Knows” is the keeper of her owner’s deepest secrets. In “Migration,” a recently divorced woman retreats to a lakefront cabin where she is befriended by a mysterious Canada goose just as autumn begins to turn to winter. As a tornado ravages three towns in “The Spider in the Sink,” a storm chaser’s wife spares the life of a spider as she anxiously waits for her husband to return. And in “A Sea Change,” a relationship falls victim to a woman’s obsession with the world below the waves.

What did you receive?


  1. I’m not familiar with this one. Enjoy!
    2 Kids and Tired Books MM

  2. Haven’t heard of this book…ENJOY!!!

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  3. You know how I’m picky about short stories, so I can’t wait to see what you think!
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  4. Survival Skills sounds like a good collection. I hope you enjoy it!
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  5. Sounds different. I like a good collection of stories.

  6. I’ve been reading more books like this lately. Hope you enjoy it! Here’s My MMt
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  7. Seems like a good collection.

  8. I hope it’s as good as it sounds.

  9. New to me. Enjoy the reads.

  10. Interesting, I’ve never heard of Survival Skills but I’ll certainly check it out now. Thanks for sharing!