In My Mailbox is hosted Sundays at The Story Siren. Mailbox Monday's host for November is Julie at Knitting and Sundries. Please visit these posts and take a look at what packages everybody else got this week!
by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Scottoline Serritella
The incomparable Lisa Scottoline, along with daughter Francesca, is back with more wild and wonderful wit and wisdom.
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline struck a chord with readers, book clubs, and critics with her smash-hit essay collection, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. This time, Lisa teams up with daughter Francesca to give their mother-daughter perspective on everything from blind dates to empty calories, as well as life with the feistiest octogenarian on the planet, Mother Mary, who won't part with her thirty-year-old bra. Three generations of women, triple the laughts -- and the love.
Inspired by their weekly "Chick Wit" column for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lisa and Francesca spill all their family secrets -- which will sound a lot like yours. And you'll have to put this book down, just to stop laughing.
Lisa on dieting: I'm backsliding with carbohydrates, which is the food version of ex-sex.
Francesca on cutting the cord: I thought I said, "I am going to see my cousin's new apartment," but in Mom-speak that translates to: "I am going to meet certain death in New York City subway tunnels that are soon to be my tomb."
Lisa on Mother Mary: Most people have a list of Things To Do, but Mother Mary has a list of Things Not To Do. At the top is Don't Go To The Movies. Other entries include Don't Eat Outside With The Bugs and Don't Walk All Over This Cockamamie Mall.
Francesca on being single: I'm addicted to the wedding announcements. Worse, I find myself subtracting my age from the bride's. I thought I was a modern woman, turns out I'm a Cathy cartoon.
Lisa on aging gracefully: Today I noticed my first gray hair. On my chin.
And so much more!
by Warren W. Wiersbe
Offering insight and encouragement, this devotional touches on real-life themes that include contentment, integrity, patience, joy, hope, ministry, love, and peace. Each day's devotional includes a brief Bible passage, an excerpt about that particular passage from Wiersbe's BE commentaries, and questions for personal reflection. A brief prayer ends each day's scripture meditation and purposefully commits the reader's heart and mind to God's direction.
Pause for Power is a comprehensive update of Wiersbe's original devotional and includes three additional books of the Bible as well as updated reflections and prayers. This year-long study includes thoughtful examination of the Old Testament books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Isaiah, as well as the New Testament books of Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, and 1 John. Wiersbe's trademark voice remains the same throughout the book, and he continues to encourage readers to make personal application of God's Word to every situation of their lives.
Developing an intimate relationship with Christ is a life-long process, and the study of His Word is one of the primary avenues through which we learn and draw closer to Him. Wiersbe's ability to explore and explain the Bible serves as a foundational resource for this year-long devotional that offers bite-sized pieces of wisdom that will carry readers through a great deal of Scripture in a single year. Pause for Power will make the perfect gift for friends and family who look forward to a new devotional to strengthen their daily walks during 2011.
by Joyce Meyer
Based on Joyce Meyer's #1 New York Times bestseller The Confident Woman, this 365-day devotional addresses challenges women commonly face, from confidence and self-image to building strong relationships.
In her loving yet straightforward style, Joyce provides encouragement and tools to help confront and resolve problems in the areas of life that women struggle with most.
It's easy to get caught up in the ongoing demands and responsibilities of day-to-day life. But these powerful daily inspirations can help you make progress on your journey toward a confident life filled with love, laughter, and God's acceptance, one day at a time.
How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond
by John Powell
Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry?
In How Music Works, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don't break it first), why anyone can learn to play a musical instrument, what the absurdly complicated names of classical music pieces actually mean, how musical notes came to be (hint: you can thank a group of stodgy men in 1939 London for that one), how to make an oboe from a drinking straw, and much more. With wit and charm, and in the simplest terms, Powell explains the science and psychology of music.
Clever, informative, and deeply engaging, How Music Works takes the secrets of music from the world of badly dressed academics and gives every one of us -- whether we love to sing or play air guitar -- the means to enhance our listening pleasure.
by Matt Dunn
"It's not me ~ it's you."
After 10 years, Jane's had enough of Edward Middleton, "You've let yourself go," she tells him. "So I'm letting you go too."
Determined to get her back, Edward realizes he must learn how to make women want him again. But right now, he's the kind of man who puts the "ex" in "sexy."
One thing is certain: if he's going to be Jane's Mr. Right, he needs to turn himself around. From Atkins to Waxing, Edward begins working his way through the makeover alphabet.
But is a change in appearance what Jane really wants? Can cuddly Teddy really become sexy Eddie? Or is there more to the dating game than meets the eye?
by Joyce Carol Oates
On a February morning in 2008, Joyce Carol Oates drove her ailing husband Raymond Smith, to the emergency room of the Princeton Medical Center where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Both Joyce and Ray expected him to be released in a day or two. But in less than a week, even as Joyce was preparing for his discharge, Ray was dead from a hospital-acquired virulent infection, and Joyce was suddenly faced -- totally unprepared -- with the stunning reality of widowhood.
A Widow's Story illuminates one woman's struggle to comprehend a life absent of the partnership that had sustained and defined her for nearly half a century. As never before, Joyce Carol Oates shares the derangement of denial, the anguish of loss, the disorientation of the survivor amid a nightmare of "death duties," and the solace of friendship. She writes unflinchingly of the experience of grief -- the almost unbearable suspense of the hospital vigil, the treacherous "pools" of memory that surround us, the vocabulary of illness, the absurdities of commercialized forms of mourning. Here is a frank acknowledgment of the widow's desperation -- only gradually yielding to the recognition that "this is my life now."
Enlivened by the piercing vision, acute perception, and mordant humor that are the hallmarks of the work of Joyce Carol Oates, this moving tale of life and death, love and grief, offers a candid, never-before-glimpsed view of this acclaimed author and fiercely private woman.
by Starr Ambrose
Her ex stole the jewels, but this bad boy just stole her heart. . .
After ditching the ruthless Banner Westfield, aka "the world's worst husband," sexy and fiercely guarded Janet Aims thinks the least she deserves for surviving attempted murder is a chance to cash in on her losses. Step one is hocking the wedding ring and ridiculously tacky necklace given to her by her conniving ex.
But just when Janet thinks she's buried the past, the police claim that the necklace is part of the stolen Pellinni Jewel collection. Which means that even prison can't stop Banner from dumping her smack in the middle of his evil schemes again.
With Colombian gangsters and jewel thieves hot on her trail, Janet has no choice but to turn to smoldering ex-con Rocky Hernandez, the one man who can make her fragile heart pound. Partnering up with a certified hottie who knows the ins and outs of Detroit's seedy underbelly as well as he does a woman's body might have its perks if Janet's life -- and her heart -- weren't on the line. . .
What great stuff did you get in your mailbox last week?