Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week. It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.
Here’s what I added to the shelves:
Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway — from Howard Books
This hilarious retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice tells the story of two hardheaded Civil War historians who find that first impressions can be deceiving.
Shelby Roswell, a Civil War historian and professor, is on the fast track to tenure — that is, until her new book is roasted by the famous historian Ransom Fielding in a national review. With her career stalled by a man she’s never met, Shelby struggles to maintain her composure when she discovers that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her small Southern college.
Ransom Fielding is still struggling with his role in his wife’s accidental death six years ago and is hoping that a year at Shelby’s small college near his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, will be a reprise from the pressures of Ivy League academia. He never bargained for falling in love with the one woman whose career — and pride — he injured, and who would do anything to make him leave.
When these two hotheaded Southerners find themselves fighting over the centuries-old history of local battles and antebellum mansions, their small college is about to become a battlefield of Civil War proportions.
With familiar and relatable characters and wit to spare, this book shows you that love can conquer all…especially when price, prejudice, love and cheese grits are involved! (publisher’s summary)
The Sweetness by Sande Bortiz Berger — from Susannah Greenberg Public Relations
Vilna, 1941. When her family is forced from their ghetto by the invading Nazis, Rosha Kaninsky, a curious child, asks her grandmother why she is carrying nothing but a jug of lemons and water. “Something to remind me of the sweetness,” the wise woman tells her. Brooklyn, 1941. Rosha’s cousin, Mira Kane, a gifted teen with dreams of escaping to Hollywood to become a designer, finds her plans abruptly thwarted when her father — traumatized by the fate of his Vilna relatives — becomes intent on safeguarding those he loves from a brutal world. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to her American family, Rosha is alive, saved when her father thrusts her into the arms of a Polish Catholic candle maker. Inspired by true events, The Sweetness is a tale of heartbreak and hope at a most tragic time in history. (publisher’s summary)
Northern Lights by Tim O’Brien — from Broadway Books
Originally published in 1975, Tim O’Brien’s debut novel demonstrates the emotional complexity and enthralling narrative tension that later earned him the National Book Award. At its core is the relationship between two brothers: one who went to Vietnam and one who stayed at home. As the two brothers struggle against an unexpected blizzard in Minnesota’s remote north woods, what they discover about themselves and each other will change both of them forever. (publisher’s summary)
What books did you add to your shelves recently?
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