The Literary Phoenix

Funny, the damage a silly little book can do. Especially in the hands of a silly little girl.

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I don’t buy a lot of books anymore, because my bookshelves are at capacity and I live in an apartment building.  Nonetheless, when I realized I had a coupon to Thriftbooks (I love Thriftbooks), I couldn’t resist.  The first of the books came this week!

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I listened to The Help by Kathryn Stockett last fall and fell in love with the power of the story again.  The film is an excellent testament to the tale, but the book is even stronger.  I’m proud to have this one as part of my library.  Each woman featured in this book is a pillar of strength in her own way – even the horrible women.  The story is so rich and important in its discussion of racial roles and tension in the south in the last century.

Just as I write this, I realize – today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and what an appropriate book to be looking at on today of all days.

A bit of a geeky note here – for all the simplicity of its design, I love the cover art on this one.  The three birds – presumably representing the three narrators – and even their spacing is perfectly symbolic.  The colors are cheerful, but sobering, and the gold foil in the lettering is lovely.  What’s more, my copy barely looks used.  I love it.

This was waiting for me in the mailbox when I came home last Wednesday so I am super excited to share it in my first ever Mailbox Monday!

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers

This week I’m moving on to read Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, that book that I picked up in a trade bin while out shopping last week.  So far it’s charming.  The writing style reminds me a bit of Lemony Snicket, and the heroine evokes the best of children’s literature.  It seems somehow unfair that this book didn’t release until I was nineteen and if I hadn’t glanced it out of the corner of my eye, I’d’ve missed out altogether.

I’m about a chapter into Serpents of Chaos, and the author has made quick work of laying out the situation.  And yet, she still had me rustle off to Wikipedia to look up Tawaret, the Egyptian Goddess of Fertility and Protector of Children, because she was familiar (I figured it out – she’s featured as Dinah’s patron goddess in The Red Tent by Anita Diamant).

Overall, January’s been great for books and I look forward to getting the rest of my books in from that order in the coming week!

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7 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday & What’s New

  1. Carol says:

    Enjoy your books! I love The Help, too.

  2. LOVED The Help.

    ENJOY, and such fun about the coupon to The Thriftbooks.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    1. Rhea says:

      Don’t coupons to booksellers just feel like Christmas?

      Thank you for stopping in!

  3. MarthaE says:

    The Help is a nice pick up and, yes, a good choice for today.
    I love the cover of Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. I hope it is a good as it sounds.
    Glad you linked to MM. Happy Reading!

    1. Rhea says:

      Thank you! Thank you for stopping in. 🙂

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