Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday started by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Anna at Diary of an Eccentric. Stop by there to check out everyone else's mailboxes.

From Goodreads: In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation, what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood--and for the woman who means the world to her. . .
On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation.

This was a win from Kathy at Bermudaonion's Weblog. I have already started it and I am loving it! What the description above doesn't mention but is on the back of the book is that a tragedy occurs so every minute is that combination of enjoyment and dread anticipating the how and when of that tragedy. I love Southern fiction and this one, thus far, is a treat!

From Goodreads: From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold rush in 1849, America's Manifest Destiny comes to life in Morgan 's skilled hands. Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the U.S. would stretch across the continent. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries.

This was a win from the Library Thing early reviewer program. Awhile back,  I had high hopes that I would improve myself (become a smarty pants) by reading my way through the presidents with the  U.S. Presidents Reading Project. Well that was 2008 and now, four years later, I am still on our third president (Thomas Jefferson for those of you who are even less smarty pants than me) so that goal has not exactly panned out. This book would seem to fall into that category of books that would make me a better person so I am just hoping it is also enjoyable!


bermudaonion said...

I'm glad to know The Dry Grass of August made it to your house! I can't wait to read your final thoughts on it.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

NIce wins! I hope you enjoy both books.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

The Dry Grass looks like a book I might enjoy. I hope you enjoy both books!

Anna said...

The Dry Grass of August looks really good. Happy reading!