Mailbox Monday #260

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.  Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost edited by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by Henri Sorensen for review from Sterling Children’s Books in April.

Whether he’s capturing a cold New England winter or the simple beauty of an old abandoned house, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost creates magic. This stunning celebration of his best-loved work includes over 25 poems, including “Mending Wall,” “Birches” and, of course, “The Road Not Taken.” Henri Sorensen’s gorgeous images perfectly complement each verse.

2.  Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes edited by David Roessel and Arnold Rampersad, illustrated by Benny Andrews for review from Sterling Children’s Books in April.

A fresh design and appealing new cover enliven this award-winning collection in the acclaimed Poetry for Young People series. Showcasing the extraordinary Langston Hughes, it’s edited by two leading poetry experts and features gallery-quality art by Benny Andrews that adds rich dimension to the words. Hughes’s magnificent, powerful words still resonate today, and the anthologized poems in this splendid volume include his best-loved works: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”; “My People”; “Words Like Freedom”; “Harlem”; and “I, Too”–his sharp, pointed response to Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing.”

3.  Poetry for Young People: African American Poetry edited by Arnold Rampersad and Marcellus Blount, illustrated by Karen Barbour for review from Sterling Children’s Books in April.

The newest addition to the acclaimed Poetry for Young People series shines a light on the power and beauty of African-American verse. Co-editors Arnold Rampersad and Marcellus Blount—both towering figures in literary criticism—have put together an impressive anthology that will open up a world of wonderful word images for children. The classic poems come from some of the most influential and celebrated African-American writers in history, including Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Countee Cullen, Lucille Clifton, and James Baldwin. Helpful and generous annotations, a lively introduction, and beautiful illustrations by Karen Barbour make this the ideal book to introduce young readers to the marvels of poetry.

4. Ode to Childhood: Poetry to Celebrate the Child edited by Lucy Gray for review in April from the publisher Batsford.

Celebrate children! Featuring work by some of the world’s great poets, this beautifully illustrated anthology captures all the charms, beauty, and love of childhood. The selections include William Blake’s gentle “A Cradle Song,” Walt Whitman’s “There Was a Child Went Forth,” and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Children’s Hour,” as well as verses by Milton, Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti, and more.

5.  Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross from It Books for review in March.

Charles R. Cross, author of the highly regarded, bestselling Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven, examines the legacy of the Nirvana frontman and takes on the question: why does Kurt Cobain still matter so much, 20 years after his death?


6.  Black Lake by Johanna Lane from Little, Brown and Company for review in May.

A debut novel about a family losing grip of its legacy: a majestic house on the cliffs of Ireland.

For generations, the Campbells have lived happily at Dulough, an idyllic, rambling estate on the windswept coast of Ireland. But upkeep has drained the family coffers. Faced with the heartbreaking possibility of having to sell, John Campbell makes a very difficult decision; to keep Dulough he will turn the estate into a tourist attraction. He and his wife, daughter and son will move from the luxury of the big house to a small, damp caretaker’s cottage. The upheaval strains the already tenuous threads that bind the family, and when a tragic accident befalls them, long-simmering resentments and unanswered yearnings are forced to the surface. As each character is given a turn to speak, their voices tell a complex and fascinating story about what happens when the upstairs becomes the downstairs, and the legacy that remains when family secrets are revealed.

7.  The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston, which came unexpectedly from St. Martin’s Press.

Lilith is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor. She is also a witch.

When her father dies, her hapless brother Freddie takes the title. But it is Lilith, instructed in the art of necromancy, who inherits their father’s role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. And it is Lilith who must face the threat of the Sentinels, a powerful group of sorcerers intent on reclaiming the Elixir from the coven’s guardianship for their own dark purposes. Lilith knows the Lazarus creed: secrecy and silence. To abandon either would put both the coven and all she holds dear in grave danger. She has spent her life honoring it, right down to her charming fiancé and fellow witch, Viscount Louis Harcourt.

What did you receive?


  1. I can’t wait to see what you think of the poetry books! They look like a perfect start to Wiggles’ poetry collection!
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  2. That’s great that you’ve received poetry books – perfect as Poetry month is right around the corner. All of these sound great but that last one is really intriguing. Enjoy your new books, Serena!
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  3. Very nice mailbox. The Midnight Witch is catching my attention. I LOVE the cover.

    ENJOY all your books.

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  4. So many interesting titles! That Kurt Cobain book interests me. Have a great week 🙂
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  5. Hi Serena,

    Whilst I don’t read poetry on a regular basis, I do like to have poetry books on my shelf, to browse when I get the urge. I love the look and sound of the Robert Frost and Langton Hughes books and I wouldn’t mind them in my own collection. I guess the first introduction to poetry, as a child, are nursery rhymes and limericks, however I tend to think that an introduction to more serious poetry could perhaps be introduced into the school curriculum at an earlier age than it currently is.

    My book of the week from your selection is ‘Black Lake’, although the reviews and ratings have been very mixed.

    Enjoy all your new finds and have a good week.

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  6. Here We Are Now (wow, it’s been 20 years?) and Black Lake sound especially good!
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  7. I love Robert Frost’s poetry, but I’m not too big on Langston Hughes! ‘The Midnight Witch’ sounds like it could be a lot of fun, but ‘Black Lake’ is the one drawing my attention. It looks like it could have a lot of potential, but it might be one of those that’ll make me cry!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great week!
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  8. Looks like some good ones. I have to say I wish I had read more poetry to Amber when she was young.
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  9. Looks good. I need to start reading poetry with Gage. Happy reading 🙂
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  10. Lovely books! I am a big fan of Robert Frost…especially love Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening….the “miles to go before I sleep” part is my signature quote on a couple of my blogs.

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  11. Beth Hoffman says:

    Nice mix of books. Happy reading, Serena!

  12. You had a great week! I suspect Wiggles will be into poetry soon!
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  13. Looks like a great collection of books. Enjoy!

  14. I do love the sound of Black Lake. Can’t wait to read it!