Mailbox Monday #325

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.  The Essential Ginsberg edited by Michael Schumacher for review from Harper.

Featuring the legendary and groundbreaking poem “Howl,” this remarkable volume showcases a selection of Allen Ginsberg’s poems, songs, essays, letters, journals, and interviews and contains sixteen pages of his personal photographs.

One of the Beat Generation’s most renowned poets and writers, Allen Ginsberg became internationally famous not only for his published works but for his actions as a human rights activist who championed the sexual revolution, human rights, gay liberation, Buddhism and eastern religion, and the confrontation of societal norms–all before it became fashionable to do so. He was also the dynamic leader of war protesters, artists, Flower Power hippies, musicians, punks, and political radicals.

The Essential Ginsberg collects a mosaic of materials that displays the full range of Ginsberg’s mental landscape. His most important poems, songs, essays, letters, journals, and interviews are displayed in chronological order. His poetic masterpieces, “Howl” and “Kaddish,” are presented here along with lesser-known and difficult to find songs and prose. Personal correspondence with William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac is included as well as photographs–shot and captioned by Ginsberg himself–of his friends and fellow rogues William Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and more.

2. A Week at the Lake by Wendy Wax for review.

Twenty years ago, Emma Michaels, Mackenzie Hayes, and Serena Stockton bonded over their New York City dreams. Then, each summer, they solidified their friendship by spending one week at the lake together, solving their problems over bottles of wine and gallons of ice cream. They kept the tradition for years, until jealousy, lies, and life’s disappointments made them drift apart.

It’s been five years since Emma has seen her friends, an absence designed to keep them from discovering a long-ago betrayal. Now she’s in desperate need of their support. The time has come to reveal her secrets—and hopefully rekindle their connection.

But when a terrible accident keeps Emma from saying her piece, Serena and Mackenzie begin to learn about the past on their own. Now, to heal their friendship and their broken lives, the three women will have to return to the lake that once united them, and discover which relationships are worth holding on to.

What did you receive?


  1. I can’t wait for Wendy’s newest and I love that cover. Wish I was there!

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow says

    Enjoy your new books! The Ginsberg looks fascinating, and I love Wendy Wax.

  3. Kimberly's Bookshelf says

    The Ginsberg title certainly has my attention…I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on this one! ~Enjoy

  4. The Wax books sounds so good. I love books about friendships, family etc.

  5. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says

    The Wendy Wax book looks perfect for summer reading!

  6. I’m starting A Week at the Lake next. Enjoy both books!

  7. bermudaonion(Kathy) says

    The Essential Ginsberg looks interesting. I’ll be watching for your review.

  8. The Wendy Wax book has caught my eye!

  9. I hope you will enjoy the Ginsberg book, and the book by Wendy Wax (which features a character with your name). I look forward to hearing more about both of these books.