Monday, July 5, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday - July 6

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday.


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Welcome back to Monday. I hope my United States friends enjoyed their holiday weekend. I've been working from the Outer Banks, but still enjoying some down time. We went to the fireworks last night on the Manteo waterfront. 

Vacation is always good for reading. I'm reading through a middle grade manuscript for a client right now. As far as books go, I finished this book before we left for vacation. Look for my review today.

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I am reading these three now:

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

I've stayed away from ordering new books since I bought some before vacation. I did, however, find a book warehouse in Nags Head where I picked up this hardcover for a little over $8.

Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson's Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women's history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women - and how their struggle to define themselves reflects both the possibilities and the limitations that resulted from the American Revolution.

Although the three women shared a father, the similarities end there. Martha and Maria received a fine convent school education while they lived with their father during his diplomatic posting in Paris - a hothouse of intellectual ferment whose celebrated salonnières are vividly brought to life in Kerrison's narrative. Once they returned home, however, the sisters found their options limited by the laws and customs of early America.

Harriet Hemings followed a different path. She escaped slavery - apparently with the assistance of Jefferson himself. Leaving Monticello behind, she boarded a coach and set off for a decidedly uncertain future.

For this groundbreaking triple biography, Kerrison has uncovered never-before-published documents written by the Jefferson sisters when they were in their teens, as well as letters written by members of the Jefferson and Hemings families. She has interviewed Hemings family descendants (and, with their cooperation, initiating DNA testing) and searched for possible descendants of Harriet Hemings.

The eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson's daughters provide a unique vantage point from which to examine the complicated patrimony of the American Revolution itself. The richly interwoven story of these three strong women and their fight to shape their own destinies sheds new light on the ongoing movement toward human rights in America - and on the personal and political legacy of one of our most controversial Founding Fathers.

My reading slowed down a bit this weekend, because I was working. I hope to finish the Rocky Bluff P.D. series and the two children's books I'm reading.

What are you reading right now? What has been your favorite read lately?


shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

I’m glad you’ve had some downtime, it can be hard to go back to work after a vacation.

Wishing you a great reading week

Elizabeth said...


Have a great week of reading.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

These look good for any reading mood. I need to pull a cozy off my shelves. I don't think to read one often but always enjoy.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like the look of Wedding Day and Foul Play. Have a great week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

Juli Rahel said...

I love the cover treatment for Impermanence, it is so eye-catching! And I can't wait to pop into a bookstore in advance of my upcoming traintrip/holiday! Enjoy the rest of your holiday and have a lovely week :)
- Juli @ A Universe in Words

RAnn said...

This sounds great

Yvonne said...

I have the Duffy Brown book to read. I love this series. Have a great week!

Kathy Martin said...

Down time sounds good! Nice assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Book of Secrets said...

Jefferson's Daughters sounds intriguing! Have a wonderful week.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. So nice to see you here.

Shelleyrae, I really don't want to go back at all.

Elizabeth, Duffy's latest was definitely fun. Her characters are funny and some are a bit outrageous.

Mary, I hope you read a cozy or two soon.

Laurel, hope you get to read Duffy's latest.

Juli, hope you find some neat bookstores on your vacation.

RAnn, it is great to have a chance to catch up on reading.

Yvonne, hope you get to Duffy's latest soon. I know you love a good cozy.

Kathy, hope your schedule allows for some down time, too.

Book of Secrets, I think so, too. Hope to make room to read it soon.

Thanks again for the visit!

vvb32 reads said...

Ooo, that arm on Wedding Day and Foul Play. Have a good week.

Martha Eskuchen said...

Wedding Day and Foul Play looks like fun and the Rocky Bluff series sounds good.
I hope you enjoy Jefferson's Daughters and all your other reading.
Have a good week!

Savvy Verse & Wit said...

I usually don't have time to read on vacation. I'm glad you have the time and are taking advantage of it.