Monday, January 18, 2010

Mailbox Monday (or Thrift Shop Saturday)

Maybe I should call this post Thrift Shop Saturday, because I found these books at a new thrift store that my daughters and I walked to on Saturday afternoon. While I often receive books in the mail, this is only my third official Mailbox Monday, which is hosted by Marcia from The Printed Page. I've decided to catch up on my reading a bit before I receive more books in the mail, or find them elsewhere, although obviously this is by no means a hard and fast rule. And who can resist browsing through books at a thrift shop, and making discoveries?

Here's what I brought home:

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff--and it's all small stuff, by Richard Carlson, first edition, published in 1997, which I got because we all sweat the small stuff, too much of the time. I've been enjoying these short essays; the very act of reading them makes me feel calmer, instantly.

Interpreter of Maladies, a collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, published in 1999, was my second find. How could I ignore a book that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and The New Yorker Debut of the Year? The New York Times Book Review said that Lahiri "breathes unpredictable life into the page", and as a fan of short fiction, I'm quite excited about reading these stories.

What books arrived in your home recently, by mail or from elsewhere?


  1. I have Interpreter of Maladies on my nightstand at the moment, reading one story at a time. It's turning out to be a very good book. Great find! =)

  2. I listened to Interpreter of Maladies on audio and liked it. I look forward to your thoughts on it. Happy Reading.

  3. Michelle, thanks for stopping by and letting me know that the book is very good. I can't wait to start it!

    Dar, I think this would be interesting to listen to as an audiobook. Thanks for your comment.

    More comments welcomed.

  4. Interpreter of Maladies was a great thrift shop find! I can't wait to see what you think of it.

  5. I thought Interpreter of Maladies was beautifully written. The first story, A Temporary Matter, was my favorite, and Sexy has some memories wrapped up in it for me.

  6. The Interpreter of Maladies is a great read! Enjoy.

  7. I've been wanting to read Interpreter of Maladies for awhile now. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it!

  8. Ooh, Interpreter of Maladies is supposed to be excellent!

  9. Interpreter of maladies was excellent. Well, IMO, you can't go wrong with ANY books by Lahari; I've read them all and enjoyed them.

  10. Great books Suko, happy reading :)
    They both sound good!
    I recently gought The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.

  11. I've read Don't Sweat The Small Stuff. Good book! I've found some of my best reads at the thrift store.

  12. I love Richard Carlson's books, he really makes you feel better. I am a thrift shop book queen, I get so many from there. Though we call them charity shops over here in England.

  13. Su, Dar, Bermudaonion, Charley, Jennifer, Samantha, Amanda, and Diane, last night, because of all your positive comments here about Interpreter of Maladies, I read the first story, A Temporary Matter, and found it quite touching. I wanted to read another story but it was already late at night. (I'm not sure if I'll read them in order.)

    Naida, Beth, Guatami Tripathy, Vivienne, and Anna, this morning I read your additional comments--it's great to know that both books are worth reading. Thank you all for taking the time to read and comment.

    Vivienne, how interesting that you call them charity shops in England. By either name, they are great places to find books and other treasures without spending a fortune. Serendipity often takes over during excursions to these shops.

    More comments welcomed.

  14. I saw that same editon of Interpreter of Maladies yesterday at the bookstore and I sooooo wanted to pick it up. But I restrained myself since I already had two books in my hand. Hehe. But I'll definitely pick it up one time :)

  15. Interpreter of Maladies is one of my favorite books and a great, great read. I really hope you enjoy it! I love thrift stores for books, you can sometimes find some really great things there!


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