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Yet another week has gone by with no end in sight for the pandemic. Being able to distinguish weeks became a challenge months ago, so no surprises there. But the weather is getting colder and winter is coming (hopefully not Martin's winter - we had enough of that this year already). I used to love winter, I used to look forward to it. But for the past few years, it has tended to be a very gloomy season. I'm usually just looking forward to it ending. So, this year, it's going to be harder to get through the season, especially since we are all still mostly at home. Mind you, I don't mind the restrictions as they do have a useful purpose, but wish more people followed them well and that we had done a better job when the weather was warmer to keep the virus at bay so that it didn't have to last this long. But that argument probably won't stick anyways, as many countries are now facing second waves. At the end of the day, we really need a vaccine but I hope that isn…

Look at what just arrived! - October 18, 2010

mailboxmonday This meme was originally hosted by Marcia @ The Printed Page. It went on tour beginning August '10 and is hosted this month by She Reads and Reads. It 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 week I received two books for review, both courtesy TLC Book Tours.

Doesn't that cover look to be straight out of a possible sequel Paranormal Activity 3? I thought it was horror fiction when I first came across it, but it's actually a memoir. Everything I Never Wanted to be by Dina Kucera is a true account of her family's battle with alcoholism and drug addiction. Dina's father and grandfather were alcoholics. Her grandmother was a drug addict. Dina, herself, got the worst of both - she is both an alcoholic and a drug addict. Her three daughters also struggle with both vices. My - that is one helluva-gone-wrong family. I haven't ever known an alcoholic personally. I haven't read a book either whose central focus was on either of these themes (other than some passing references). I know how destructive they can be, but it will be a different thing reading about it and its sordid effects.

The other book that came in was A Secret Gift by Ted Gup. I actually love this cover a lot - you should see the real product, it's serene and feels very last-century-ish! This is another nonfiction about a Depression-era man, who offered $10 each to 75 families, if they wrote to him letters describing their hardships. This book talks about those letters, and the people behind the letters. During Ted Gup's research about the letters and the families, he also comes across interesting information about the benefactor himself - Sam Stone. I am actually itching to read this book right away, but my review isn't until December, so it's going to be a while.

Have you read any of these books?



Comments

Lisa said…
Everything I Never Wanted To Be arrived in my mailbox, too. Is it wrong that I was really excited to see that it's not long?!
Both of these are new to me titles and sound great --enjoy
Mary (Bookfan) said…
I'm looking forward to reviews of A Secret Gift!
bermudaonion said…
They both look good to me!!
I haven't heard of either one, but they both sound so good, but intense. When a good book shows up in the mail it's so hard not to put everything else aside and dive right in
Alayne said…
Everthing certainly does have a creepy cover. Hope you enjoy it! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.
I have not heard of either of these books. I hope they are both good reads!
Tales of Whimsy said…
The second one looks and sounds profound. I look forward to your review.
Cathy said…
A Secret Gift sounds really good. Enjoy your books!
avisannschild said…
I considered both of these tours, but declined them in the end because I have so many other books to read. I look forward to your reviews!
Elizabeth said…
Secret Gift sounds good.

Looking forward to reviews.

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