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 over the past couple of weeks:
Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg — from Henry Holt
Mallory Ortberg, cocreator of the cult-favorite Web site The Toast, presents this hysterical collection of text message conversations from your favorite literary characters. Everyone has a friend who likes to relay enormously significant, life-altering news in a careless, passive-aggressive way: Did I not mention that I broke up with him?; Oh, I quit that job!; You know, I pierced my nipple; I know I told you about that. In Texts From Jane Eyre, various well-loved literary figures reveal themselves to be that secretly terrible friend. If Scarlett O’Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she’d be constantly trying to sext Ashley away from Melanie. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she’d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car. Based on the popular Web feature, Texts From Jane Eyre is a witty, irreverent mash-up that channels characters like Captain Ahab, Jessica Wakefield, and Emma Woodhouse at their silliest, most manipulative, and most bizarre. (publisher’s summary)
Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust by E. Thomas Wood and Stanisław M. Jankowski — from Gihon River Press
A young Polish diplomat turned cavalry officer, Jan Karski joined the Polish underground movement in 1939. He became a courier for the underground, crossing enemy lines to serve as a liaison between occupied Poland and the free world.
In 1942, Jewish leaders asked him to carry a desperate message to Allied leaders: the news of Hitler’s effort to exterminate the Jews of Europe. To be able to deliver an authentic report, Karski twice toured the Warsaw Ghetto in disguise and later volunteered to be smuggled into a camp that was part of the Nazi murder machine.
Carrying sealed tales of inhumanity, Karski set out to alert the world to the emerging Holocaust, meeting with top Allied officials and later President Roosevelt, to deliver his descriptions of genocide.
Part spy thriller and part compelling story of moral courage against all odds, Karski is the first definitive account of perhaps the most significant warning of the impending Holocaust to reach the free world. (publisher’s summary)
Women of Valor: Polish Resisters to the Third Reich by Joanne D. Gilbert — from Gihon River Press
Women of Valor: Polish Resisters to the Third Reich provides a unique and inspiring perspective on the extraordinary Jewish and non- Jewish women who risked everything to defy the Nazis. In this highly readable and educational collection of true stories, educator, public-speaker and author Joanne D. Gilbert celebrates the heroines of World War II who not only fought the horrors of the Holocaust, but survived well into their 80s and 90s—living lives of commitment to the human spirit and human rights. (publisher’s summary)
Liesl’s Ocean Rescue by Barbara Krasner, illustrated by Avi Katz — from Gihon River Press
**I reviewed this one already, click here.**
Liesl’s Ocean Rescue, by noted children’s author Barbara Krasner, recounts the story of Liesl Joseph, a 10-year-old girl aboard the ill-fated MS St. Louis. On May 13, 1939, together with her parents and nearly 1,000 other Jewish refugees, they left Hamburg on the German luxury ocean liner, attempting to seek temporary asylum in Cuba. (publisher’s summary)
The Beautiful American by Jeanne Mackin — from the author
As recovery from World War II begins, expat American Nora Tours travels from her home in southern France to London in search of her missing sixteen-year-old daughter. There, she unexpectedly meets up with an old acquaintance, famous model-turned-photographer Lee Miller. Neither has emerged from the war unscathed. Nora is racked with the fear that her efforts to survive under the Vichy regime may have cost her daughter’s life. Lee suffers from what she witnessed as a war correspondent photographing the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.
Nora and Lee knew each other in the heady days of late 1920s Paris: when Nora was giddy with love for her childhood sweetheart, Lee became the celebrated mistress of the artist Man Ray, and Lee’s magnetic beauty drew them all into the glamorous lives of famous artists and their wealthy patrons. But Lee fails to realize that her friendship with Nora is even older, that it goes back to their days as children in Poughkeepsie, New York, when a devastating trauma marked Lee forever. Will Nora’s reunion with Lee give them a chance to forgive past betrayals…and break years of silence to forge a meaningful connection as women who have shared the best and the worst that life can offer?
A novel of freedom and frailty, desire and daring, The Beautiful American portrays the extraordinary relationships between two passionate, unconventional women. (publisher’s summary)
A Tender Moment by P.O. Dixon — from the author
What if two weeks after the Meryton assembly Darcy no longer wishes to deny his increasing fascination with the bewitching Miss Elizabeth Bennet and her amazing eyes? What if he’s the last man in the world she wishes to spend time with owing to his tendency of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time? Will he persuade her to give him another chance to earn her good opinion? (publisher’s summary)
Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S.military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides’ Ghost Soldiers, Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor, and David Grann’s The Lost City of Z will be captivated by Zuckoff’s masterfully recounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery in jungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII. (publisher’s summary)
What books did you add to your shelves recently?
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