Monday, October 3, 2011

Mailbox Monday October 3

It's Monday again! Time for another Mailbox Monday post. Mailbox Monday is the creation of Marcia from Mailbox Monday. The meme is on tour and this month's host is Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit. Thank you Serena for hosting this month!

Can you believe it is October! This year has flown by! This week's mailbox is mostly purchases and one unsolicited audiobook. I purchased a few books that I have been dying for after reading reviews for them on other blogs! Some I purchased used. I also ran into Barnes and Noble because I was in the area and hadn't been there in a very long time. I was surprised at how empty the store was. It used to be a hopping joint. It is the only book store in our area for miles and miles now. It's sad to see it void of shoppers. They did have some clearance tables out so I perused them and found one cookbook and I also picked up a magazine from the U.K. that I have been looking for. The audiobook I received may not be of my taste. I am still thinking about it.

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Audio CD
Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (October 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1427213089
ISBN-13: 978-1427213082


It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the caf├ęs on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

As Madeleine tries to understand why “it became laughable to read writers like Cheever and Updike, who wrote about the suburbia Madeleine and most of her friends had grown up in, in favor of reading the Marquis de Sade, who wrote about deflowering virgins in eighteenth-century France,” real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead—charismatic loner, college Darwinist, and lost Portland boy—suddenly turns up in a semiotics seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old “friend” Mitchell Grammaticus—who’s been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange—resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate.

Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this amazing, spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they learned in school. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology Laboratory on Cape Cod, but can’t escape the secret responsible for Leonard’s seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.

Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the Novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.

Received courtesy of Macmillan Audio

Wildflower Hill by Kimberly Freeman

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Cross Currents by John Shors
The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax
The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain

Mollie Makes

This is the cutest craft magazine ever! However be sure to look at the price before you hit the checkout should you decide to buy it! It was $11.99! However, it did come with the neatest little MP3 player case kit. There are some cool patterns inside the magazine along with some very cool retro decorating ideas. I am not sure if I will purchase this magazine again but I ma enjoying this copy.

The Soup Bible

I picked this up on the clearance table at B&N. It was $4.98! We are big soup eaters in our home in the winter, so this will be a handy book to have. I have found quite a few recipes in it to try once the cold weather hits. Spring Pea & Mint Soup and Cheesy Spinach Soup are just two that I hope to try. This book will get a lot of use!

So that is what came into my home last week. I think it is time for a book buying ban for me. I do have one coming in this week. I needed a creepy read for October. Not my usual fare of book but I have been feeling like I need one spooky read for the month. It won't be too scarey! I am a huge chicken!

What wonderful reads made their way into your home?


  1. Cross Currents is one of my best reads from this year! LOVED IT! happy reading.

  2. What a beautiful selection of reads!

  3. I received a hard copy of The Marriage Plot, and I can't wait to read it. Great mailbox!

  4. The Soup Bible sounds good! We eat a lot of soup this time of year at my house!

  5. The Marriage Plot sounds wonderful. I'm going to have to read it.

  6. Ack! You got The Marriage Plot! And I'm wondering where is my unsolicited copy? I loved Middlesex so much, that at this point I would read (or listen to) anything by Eugenides.

  7. I'm with Sandy - I want an unsolicited copy of The Marriage Plot! lol The Soup Bible is calling my name.

  8. The Marriage Plot looks good! And I LOVED The Midwife's Confession.

    Hope you enjoy your books...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. I hope you enjoy The Midwife's Confession as much as I did. Great mailbox!!

  10. Great mailbox, The Marriage Plot sounds interesting.

  11. The Wendy Wax book is great! I hope you enjoy that one as much as I did. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

  12. Great Mailbox! I loved Shiver and Linger, but was very dissatisfied with Forever. Wildflower Hill is one of my favorite reads this year! Hope you enjoy it!

  13. It looks like you got some good ones. Enjoy!

  14. Those sound like wonderful reads. Have a great week :)

  15. It's crazy how you can spend as much (or more) on a magazine as on a book! Enjoy all your new reads!

  16. I have Wildflower Hill, too, but not in audio. I'm not the best listener in the world! :) The soup cookbook sounds just perfect for this season and the one to come. YUM!

  17. I envy your soup book because I simply LOVE soups especially as the weather starts getting colder. Enjoy your books!

  18. I'm really curious about The Marriage Plot. Hope you like it. The Wendy Wax book is on my TBR list - I've enjoyed a couple of her books already.

  19. Wow, you got lots of good stuff! Not sure about the audio either but Cross Currents and The Midwives Confession are fantastic. I'd love that cookbook for soups too. Soup is one of my favorite things. Enjoy!

  20. Nice selection of books this week. I think I'd like The Marriage Plot, I may give the audio a try.

  21. I am drooling over your audio book of Marriage Plot. Middlesex by this author has been a favorite book of mine.

  22. Hi Beth,

    What a great selection of books and from such a wide variety of genres, something for everyone there.

    My mother-in-law has recently discovered Diane Chamberlain and has been busily downloading all her books to kindle. As we have a shared kindle facility, everything she downloads I can also read on my machine, so I am looking forward to a Diane Chamberlain overdose in the very near furure.

    Enjoy your fantastic collection,


  23. I can't believe the year is winding down already!!

    I've heard great things about Cross Currents. Happy reading!

  24. Nice books! I was hoping to get The Marriage Plot on audio but I think I missed out on that one...darn! lol

  25. I dearly loved Wildflower Hill. It's probably my favorite book read this year. Great mailbox! Thank you for visiting my mailbox post. :)
    Diana @ Book of Secrets

  26. Lots of great books this week.

    The Soup Bible looks like a great find. We eat soup alot around here, often for dinner with a loaf of homemade bread and a salad.

  27. WILDFLOWER HILL is cropping up all over and I just love the cover. Enjoy your books.

  28. Yes, I know I am behind my blogs but what a loot! Can't wait to see what you get next!


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