Mailbox Monday #231

Mailbox Monday (click the icon to check out the new blog) has gone on tour since Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page passed the torch.  August’s host is Bermudaonion The Reading Fever.

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/bought:

1.  Lake Como by Anita Hughes from the author for review this month.

Hallie Elliot has a perfect life. She is an up-and-coming interior designer in one of San Francisco’s most sought after firms, and has just recently become engaged to Peter, a brilliant young journalist. But when she stumbles upon Peter and her boss in what seems to be a compromising position, her trust in her perfect life is shaken.

So Hallie escapes to Lake Como, Italy to spend time with her half-sister, Portia Tesoro, an Italian blueblood dealing with the scandal of a public estrangement from her cheating husband. While staying in the Tesoro villa, Hallie falls in love with the splendor and beauty of Lake Como, and finds work designing the lakeside estate of a reclusive American tech mogul. The caretaker of this beautiful estate is a handsome man named Angus, and Hallie finds herself drawn to his charm and kindness, despite hints of a dark secret in his past.

2.  Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River by Beth Kephart, which I purchased from an Amazon third-party.

From acclaimed writer Beth Kephart, author of A Slant of Sun, comes a short, imaginative telling of the life of the Schuylkill River, which has served as the source of Philadelphia’s water, power, industry, and beauty for the city’s entire life.  Before that, it fed the indigenous people who preceded William Penn, and has since time immemorial shape our region.

3.  The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, which I purchased at the library.

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

4.  Joyland by Stephen King, which I purchased from the library.

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

What did you receive?


  1. Looks like a good mailbox to me. I don’t like Stephen King books, though. Too scary.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  2. Lake Como caught my eye, nice cover.

  3. I’ve been wanting to read Joyland, and hope to find the time for it this fall. I’m not a big King fan, not really liking horror, but this sounds good and I do think he is a good writer.

    Flow sounds fantastic–I love books like this, and it’s about a part of the country I know so little about.

    Enjoy your books!

  4. Wow! All your books look good, especially the last 3.
    Here’s My MM

  5. These all sound good. I’ll definitely be reading the new Stephen King. I was going to save it for the RIP event in October but I don’t know if I can wait!

  6. The library already had a copy of Joyland for sale? Wow! That was quite a score. Enjoy your new books!

  7. Enjoy the reading! Lake Como looks interesting

  8. Lake Como looks good, and I’m curious about Joyland. Happy reading!

  9. Love the look of the Lake Como book and also the House on Mango Street. Even the title is enticing!

  10. Looks like some great books. Enjoy!

  11. Lake Como looks lovely – what a beautiful cover. Enjoy!