Mailbox Monday #306

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.  Bullied Kids Speak Out by Jodee Blanco from Anna.

Have you ever felt alone, as if no one understands what you’re going through, and that no matter how hard you try, you’re scared things may never get better? Do you wish your classmates would give you a break? I felt that way often in school. I was bullied and excluded for the same reason maybe you or someone you know has been–simply for being different. There were days when all I wanted was to stay in my room. Back then, I would have given almost anything to meet the kids you’re going to meet here.

2. Vessel by Parneshia Jones, a surprise from Milkweed Editions.

The imagination of a girl, the retelling of family stories, and the unfolding of a rich and often painful history: Parneshia Jones’ debut collection explores the intersections of these elements of experience with refreshing candor and metaphorical purpose. A child of the South speaking in the rhythms of Chicago, Jones knits “a human quilt” with herself at the center. She relates everything from the awkward trip to Marshall Fields with her mother to buy her first bra to the late whiskey-infused nights of her father’s world. In the South, “lard sizzles a sermon from the stove”; in Chicago, we feast on an “opera of peppers and pimento.” Jones intertwines the stories of her own family with those of historical Black figures, including Marvin Gaye and Josephine Baker. Affectionate, dynamic, and uncommonly observant, these poems mine the richness of history to create a map of identity and influence.

What did you receive?


  1. Vessel’s cover is so unique, love it. Enjoy your new books! 🙂

  2. Bullied Kids Speak Out sounds really interesting. Can’t wait to see what you think of it.

  3. The bullied book looks good. I think it would be a fascinating read!

  4. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says

    I think you’re missing some free books I persuaded you to download…LOL. Happy reading!

  5. Fiction-Books says

    Hi Serena,
    Whilst neither of these books are probably for me, I was intrigued by the cover of ‘Vessel’, so thanks for including the synopsis, which made it all make perfect sense. The concept is so innovative, I love it!
    Enjoy the rest of your week,

  6. Laurel-Rain Snow says

    The book on bullied kids looks good. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  7. Thanks everyone!

  8. I hope Bullied Kids Speak Out is a great resource book.

  9. Beth Hoffman says

    I have the feeling that I’m going to enjoy “Vessel” – it’s definitely going on my list!

  10. bermudaonion(Kathy) says

    The cover of Vessel is gorgeous!

  11. Great cover on Vessel, enjoy!

  12. Enjoy the books and have a good week.