Mailbox Monday #257

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has gone through a few incarnations from a permanent home with Marcia to a tour of other blogs.

Now, it has its own permanent home at its own blog.

To check out what everyone has received over the last week, visit the blog and check out the links.  Leave yours too.

Also, each week, Leslie, Vicki, and I will share the Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

Here’s what I received:

1.  William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher from Quirk Books for review.

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

2.  The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith from TLC Book Tours and Random House for a tour in March.

A beautiful young woman appears fully dressed in an overflowing bathtub at the Frangipani Hotel in Hanoi. A jaded teenage girl in Houston befriends an older Vietnamese gentleman she discovers naked behind a dumpster. A trucker in Saigon is asked to drive a dying young man home to his village. A plump Vietnamese-American teenager is sent to her elderly grandmother in Ho Chi Minh City to lose weight, only to be lured out of the house by the wafting aroma of freshly baked bread. In these evocative and always surprising stories, the supernatural coexists with the mundane lives of characters who struggle against the burdens of the past.

Based on traditional Vietnamese folk tales told to Kupersmith by her grandmother, these fantastical, chilling, and thoroughly contemporary stories are a boldly original exploration of Vietnamese culture, addressing both the immigrant experience and the lives of those who remained behind. Lurking in the background of them all is a larger ghost—that of the Vietnam War, whose legacy continues to haunt us.

3.  Nothing Personal by Mike Offit, unexpectedly from Meryl Moss Media, which I donated to the library sale.

Warren Hament is a bright young man who wanders into a career in finance in the early 1980s. Nothing Personal is the extraordinary story of his rapid ascent toward success, painted against a landscape of temptation and personal discovery. Introduced to the seductive, elite bastions of wealth and privilege, and joined by his gorgeous and ambitious girlfriend, he gets a career boost when his mentor is found dead.

Warren soon finds himself at the center of two murder investigations as a crime spree seemingly focused on powerful finance wizards plagues Wall Street. The blood-soaked trail leads to vast wealth and limitless risk as Warren uncovers unexpected opportunity and unknown dangers at every turn and must face moral dilemmas for which he is wholly unprepared.

4. Bosley Builds a Tree House: Portuguese-English by Tim Johnson for review.

Bosley Bear teams up with his forest friends on this heart-warming adventure of helping each other build an incredible tree house. Encourage themes of teamwork, success and friendship as you teach your child new Portuguese words and phrases and enjoy a beautifully illustrated, fun, wholesome bedtime story with characters that any child will love.

5. Words Are Fun A to I (Sesame Street), which we got from the library sale.

6.  The Tale of Peter Rabbit board book, which we got from the library sale.

7.  What’s up There? (Muppet Babies), which we got from the library sale.

8.  Picture Perfect (Disney Fairies), which we got from the library sale.

What did you receive?


  1. I had my eye on Nothing Personal. Too bad I wasn’t at your library sale!
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  2. Enjoy your books!
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  3. The Frangipani Hotel looks good. Love the cover.

    ENJOY your reading week.

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  4. The Frangipani Hotel looks really good! Happy reading!

  5. I’m on the The Frangipani Hotel tour too. Quirk Books does come out with some fun titles.
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  6. Nothing Personal sounds amazing. I was working in banking in 80s, so that’s probably part of why it’s attractive to me.

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  7. I like the sound of The Frangipani Hotel. Gorgeous cover too! Quirk books is always coming up with something interesting, aren’t they?
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  8. I am very interested to hear about the Shakespeare’s Star Wars book. Sounds interesting. 🙂
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  9. Frangipani Hotel looks awesome!

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  10. I’ve seen The Frangipani Hotel everywhere, how did I miss that one! These stories sound wonderful! I will have to write it down now for the TBR pile! that Star Wars Shakespeare must be a fun read too!

    Enjoy your week!

  11. You received awesome books! Happy reading!!

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  12. I’ve been noticing The Frangipani Hotel…what a lovely cover. Enjoy all your books! And thanks for visiting my blog.
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  13. The William Shakespeare Star Wars books are so much fun! The Frangipani Hotel catches my eye too. Enjoy!
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  14. The Frangipani Hotel looks so good!
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  15. Enjoy your new books!
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  16. Beautiful cover on The Frangipani Hotel. Hope you love it!