Mailbox Monday #264

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. The Bambino and Me by Zachary Hyman, illustrator Zachary Pullen, and narrator Jason Alexander for review from Tundra Books.

A picture book that perfectly conjures 1920s New York for fans of baseball and Babe Ruth. This book also includes a CD narrated by Jason Alexander!

George Henry Alexander is a huge fan of baseball. His favorite team is the New York Yankees and his favorite player is Babe Ruth. George plays baseball during his free time and he listens to the games on the radio with his dad. Everywhere he goes, he carries his Babe Ruth baseball card.

On his birthday, George’s parents surprise him with two tickets to watch the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees–his first real game! But his presents don’t stop there. Uncle Alvin has sent him a baseball jersey and cap, but it’s for the Boston Red Sox! Filled with horror, George tosses them aside, but his mother will not have any of that. He will wear them to the baseball game with his dad!

2.  Any Anxious Body by Chrissy Kolaya from the poet for review.

It may seem counter-intuitive – even morbid – to take comfort in the inevitability of our mortality; but that is merely one of many truths confronted with both honesty and eloquence in this compelling first collection of poetry by Chrissy Kolaya. Another is the dark underbelly of the American dream of upward mobility the disconnect that occurs across the generations as the gulf of education and economic opportunity increasingly separates the experiences, values and interests of the young from their forebears, making each of us a stranger in the strange land of our families and “A World Familiar/Unfamiliar” (the title of one section.

3.  China Dolls by Lisa See from the publisher for review.

In 1938, Ruby, Helen and Grace, three girls from very different backgrounds, find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco’s exclusive “Oriental” nightclub, the Forbidden City. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family who have deep roots in San Francisco’s Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. At times their differences are pronounced, but the girls grow to depend on one another in order to fulfill their individual dreams. Then, everything changes in a heartbeat with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Suddenly the government is sending innocent Japanese to internment camps under suspicion, and Ruby is one of them. But which of her friends betrayed her?

4. My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer, which came unexpectedly from Algonquin.

Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world.But on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail. He was passionate and sincere and he loved adventure as much as she did. From acquaintances to lovers to a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story of two people a middle-class American raised in California and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village who made a commitment to each other without forsaking their own identities.

What did you receive?


  1. I’ll have to borrow China Dolls at some point. Enjoy!
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  2. I’m looking forward to reading China Dolls.
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  3. Very interesting and diverse books!
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  4. Bambino is the perfect book for opening day of baseball season here in Pittsburgh. 🙂

    China Dolls and Any Anxious Body look good.

    ENJOY your reading week and all your books.

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  5. Enjoy your books!
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  6. A nice mix in your mailbox, China Dolls caught my eye.
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  7. China Dolls looks fab! Enjoy all your new books!
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  8. China Dolls looks lovely…enjoy all of your books!

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  9. The Bambino and Me and China Dolls look fantastic. Hope you have a great week.
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  10. The Accidental Jihad looks very interesting. I must get round to reading Lisa See one day!
    Have a lovely reading week 🙂

  11. Looks like an interesting collection of books. Enjoy!

  12. I’m curious about the Krista Bremer book. Enjoy your new reads!
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  13. Such interesting books! I love the book cover of The Bambino and Me. How fun that it comes with a CD too. Enjoy your reading week!
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  14. You received some great books!
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  15. I’ve loved every Lisa See book I’ve read, so I’d be most excited about China Dolls. Although I am really intrigued by the description of My Accidental Jihad. It ‘s one I haven’t seen before, but it gets me quite curious. Happy reading!
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  16. How nice y0u got a copy of China Dolls! A book I’d love to read. Enjoy!
    Book Dilettante

  17. I am hoping to see the new Lisa See on my library catalogue soon! Very excited for it.