Mailbox Monday #301

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has a 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.  Island Fog by John Vanderslice for a TLC Book Tour.

The eleven stories of Island Fog are connected by both geography and theme. Every story is set on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, and together they span a period of Nantucket history from 1795 to 2005, with four different centuries represented. Some of the characters the reader meets along the way include an 18th century wigmaker accused of a notorious bank robbery, a 19th century “whaling widow” who has newly awakened to important aspects of her sexual nature, a former whale ship captain who once had to resort to cannibalism to survive an extended period at sea, a 20th century plumber whose wife jumped off the Hyannis to Nantucket ferry with her infant child in her arms, and a 21st century ghost tour leader who is being metaphorically haunted by a former lover.

2. The Antigone Poems by Marie Slaight, illustrated by Terrence Tasker from Altaire Productions & Publications for review.

Passionate, brutal, and infused with extraordinary lyricism, The Antigone Poems provides a special expedition into the depths of the ancient Sophocles tragedy. The work’s obsessive, ritualistic and ultimately mysterious force brings into sharp focus the heroic, tragic figure at the center of the primordial compact between gods and humans.

3.  Pictograph: Poems by Melissa Kwasny from Milkweed Editions for review.

The poems in this collection emerge from these visits and capture the natural world she encounters around the sacred art, filling it with new, personal meaning: brief glimpses of starlight through the trees become a reminder of the impermanence of life, the controlled burn of a forest a sign of the changes associated with aging. Unlike traditional nature poets, however, Kwasny acknowledges the active spirit of each place, agreeing that, “we make a sign and we receive.” Not only do we give meaning to nature, Kwasny suggests, but nature gives meaning to us. As the collection closes, the poems begin to coalesce into a singular pictograph, creating “a fading language that might be a bridge to our existence here.”

4.  The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson for review.

Regina Robichard works for Thurgood Marshall, who receives an unusual letter asking the NAACP to investigate the murder of a returning black war hero. It is signed by M. P. Calhoun, the most reclusive author in the country.  As a child, Regina was captivated by Calhoun’s The Secret of Magic, a novel in which white and black children played together in a magical forest.  Once down in Mississippi, Regina finds that nothing in the South is as it seems. She must navigate the muddy waters of racism, relationships, and her own tragic past. The Secret of Magic brilliantly explores the power of stories and those who tell them.

What did you receive?


  1. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says

    Island Fog and The Secret of Magic look especially good to me. Happy reading!

  2. The Secret of Magic has been tempting me.

  3. The Antigone Poems has quite a cover! Enjoy your books!

  4. Elysium Bookramblings says

    Hope you enjoy your new books!

  5. bermudaonion(Kathy) says

    Island Fog sounds interesting to me!

  6. Island Fog and The Secret of Magic both look so good! Have a great week and happy reading!

  7. Beth Hoffman says

    Nice mix of books. I’m curious about Island Fog. Happy reading, Serena!

  8. Laurel-Rain Snow says

    Island Fog looks intriguing…I love anything set on Nantucket….and I am also drawn to The Secret of Magic…those times and those situations always appeal to me.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your week.

  9. Thanks everyone. Happy Holidays

  10. Enjoy your new books Serena!

  11. All new to me and all looking good

  12. Mary (Bookfan) says

    Enjoy your new books!

  13. Lovely reads, hope you enjoy them!