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Mailbox Monday – December 26, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday.

This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Jenny Q at Let Them Read Books. Check out her blog today to get links to other readers’ mailboxes.

Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the left hand sidebar.

Here is what came into my home this week:

Lindsay at Penguin sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli (due for release March 2012). This debut novel sounds wonderful. “When Amelia J. McGee, an outspoken pamphleteer for the NAACP, hastily sends her daughter, Ella, alone on a bus home to Georgia in the middle of the night in 1941—a desperate action that is met with dire consequences when the child encounters two drifters and is left for dead on the side of the road. Ella awakens to find herself in the homestead of Willie Mae Cotton, a hoodoo practitioner and former slave, and her partner, Mary-Mary Freeborn, tucked away in the fertile Takatoka Forest. As Ella begins to heal, the legacies of her lineage are revealed.” The novel moves from Washington, D.C., on the brink of World War II to 1836 and into the mountain coves of Hopewell County, Georgia and illuminates “the tragedy of human frailty, the power of friendship and hope, and the fiercest of all human bonds—mother-love.

Jessica Maria Tuccelli is a graduate of MIT. She currently lives in New York City. This is her first novel. Learn more about Tuccelli and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Aurora at Picador sent me a finished copy of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer (due for release January 2012). Dederer’s memoir is being lauded as “powerfully honest” and “ruefully funny.” Ten years ago, while breastfeeding her daughter, Dederer put her back out and in so doing, discovered the healing power of yoga. At the same time, she is confronting the mistakes of her generation: “Daughters of women who ran away to find themselves and made a few messes along the way…” and the “determination to be good, good, good – even if this meant feeling hemmed in by the smugness of their organic-buying, attachment-parenting, anxiously conscientious little world.” What Dederer did not anticipate was how the yoga poses tested her most basic ideas of what makes a good mother, daughter, friend, and wife.

Claire Dederer is a longtime contributor to The New York Times. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Real Simple, The Nation, New York, Yoga Journal, on Slate and Salon, and in newspapers across the country. Her writing has encompassed criticism, reporting, and the personal essay. Dederer’s essays have appeared in the anthologies Money Changes Everything and Heavy Rotation. Before becoming a freelance journalist, she was the chief film critic at Seattle Weekly. She has co-taught writing at the University of Washington and currently works with private students. She lives on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound with her family. Learn more about Dederer and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR house this week?


  1. December 26, 2011    

    I really want to read Glow. Happy reading!

  2. December 26, 2011    

    Both of these books sound very good.

  3. December 26, 2011    

    After reading several memoirs by yoga practitioners, I’m hooked on beginner’s yoga myself. Poser is a book I’d love to add to my list of reads! Nice books in the mail this week.

  4. December 26, 2011    

    Glow looks like a good one! Thanks for sharing your reads…



  5. December 26, 2011    

    Poser sounds good!

  6. December 26, 2011    

    Tuccelli was on a panel at SIBA and, I swear, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room after she spoke. I have a feeling that book’s full of emotion.

  7. December 26, 2011    

    Have never heard of those two books. I always learn something new here on your blog. Thanks!

    Enjoy your books. 🙂

  8. December 27, 2011    

    I’ve read Poser…it’s a great book!

  9. December 27, 2011    

    Wow! Glow sounds excellent. I’ll be keeping my eyes out for that one. Enjoy!

  10. December 28, 2011    

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone! I agree that both of these sound wonderful – but I am especially looking forward to Glow (especially after Kathy’s comment above!)

  11. December 28, 2011    

    Enjoy your new books!

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