Nov 30, 2009

Mailbox Monday #58


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  We had a great time with all the fixings, except for the turkey mishap.  We bought a turkey a couple days before Thanksgiving and the night before we were cleaning it to brine it only to find the inside of the turkey was rotting and smelled like the local dump on a hot summer's day!

I called the store and was told I had to bring the turkey in with its packaging since we didn't have the receipt.  We headed out to the store and to the customer service desk of Safeway.  Imagine a short, young, Asian woman at the customer service counter waving her hands feverishly, trying to prevent my husband from opening the bag to show her the rotting turkey.  She quickly told us to head back to the meat department and get our replacement turkey.  Safeway's customer service was excellent the night before the holiday, and the new turkey was great!

OK, onto the business at hand. . .

Marcia at The Printed Page and Kristi of The Story Siren both sponsor memes in which bloggers share what books they've received in the past week.  I'm going to continue calling these Mailbox Mondays, but The Story Siren also has In My Mailbox.

Anyway, enough of that!  Let's get to the books, shall we?!  These are the books I recently bought over the holiday weekend.  Yes, I know I should be holiday shopping for other people, but I will soon.



1.  Persuasion by Jane Austen because I only have this novel as part of a larger anthology which is very hard to carry around the subway.  And it was only $6 at Borders!



2.  Images of America: Forest Glen by Rich Shaffer and Ric Nelson, which I picked up because my husband and I had an unexplainable experience there in a place that is allegedly haunted by ghosts.



3.  Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons, which is set during WWII!  How could I resist!  And, I ended up getting this at a deep discount thanks to a dopey cashier.



4.  They Dared Return by Patrick O'Donnell, which is an autographed copy and is about Jewish spies behind the lines in Nazi Germany.

And my dear friend, Joanne from Jo-Jo Loves to Read!!!, sent me her ARC of the following book.  Thanks!



5.  The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter

What did you get in your mailbox?!

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18 comments:

Book Chick City said...

I LOVE Jane Austen, I hope you enjoy Persuasion! :)

Sandy Nawrot said...

Hmmm...Dan Simmons...didn't he write "The Terror"? I really loved that book. So that would be all the persuasion I would need to get my hands on this one! Oh, and that turkey story. Ugh. I would have thrown up.

Serena said...

Book Chick City: Persuasion is one of the only novels of Austen's I have not read.

Sandy: Yes, Simmons wrote The Terror. Carrion Comfort is right up my alley and yours I think! I nearly did throw up about the turkey!

reviewsbylola said...

Persuasion is great!

bermudaonion said...

Ugh, that turkey sounds awful. It's a good thing you weren't waiting until Thursday to cook it.

You had a great book week. I'll be interested in seeing what you think of the Dan Simmons book since I loved Drood.

Mary said...

Well, gee, you've got me curious about your "unexplainable experience"!!

Vasilly said...

Love the turkey story! Glad that Safeway was so nice to let you get a replacement turkey.The Financial Lives of Poets is on my TBR list. Happy reading!

Alayne said...

I have Persuasion at home as well but I've had it for years and can never get around to it, though I've always wanted to! Here's
mine.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, sorry to hear about your turkey mishap!

But your books sound great! LOL

My Monday Mailbox is here:

http://laurelrainsnowcreations.blogspot.com/2009/11/mailbox-monday_29.html

Jo-Jo said...

I need to read more Jane Austen as I have only read Pride and Prejudice so far. I'm glad you received the book I sent...that was quick! So did you still brine your turkey? After brining mine last year that is the only way I want to make them now, they are just so moist! Enjoy your new books.

Kristen said...

I totally want to read The Financial Lives of Poets, you lucky girl!

Serena said...

Jo-Jo: We did brine the turkey and it was good. I think it would have been better if we could have brined it longer.

stacybuckeye said...

I received The Financial Lives of Poets last week too :)

J.S. Peyton said...

Big wahoo for your having purchased "Persuasion." It's my favorite Austen book so far, so I'll be very interested to hear what you think of it. I *almost* picked up "Carrion" last week at the bookstore, but I caved at the last minute. We'll see if I regret that decision. :)

Anna said...

Yes, the replacement turkey was yummy!

I can't wait to borrow those WWII books of yours. And "Persuasion." That's the one Austen book I've been dying to read but haven't yet.

Enjoy your new books!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

Thanks for visiting the mailbox everyone.

Blodeuedd said...

I love Persuasion, it's my fav Austen :)

Ti said...

I didn't get anything in the mail this past week except BILLS!! So depressing. Actually, I am taking a break from review copies until February so the break is nice.

Dan Simmons?? I loved The Terror but Drood... that was harder to read. I got excited about his new one until I read the synopsis. Doesn't quite sound like my cup of tea.