Mailbox Monday: Jan. 7, 2019

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.”

I ordered two books this week. After I purchased this lovely Alice in Wonderland edition from the Macmillan Collector’s Library, I really wanted to add more to my collection. I ended up ordering Frankenstein, and I’m so happy to now have this nice little hardcover edition in my collection. I just love these editions. I think I’ll take the paperback version to the used bookstore and trade it in next time I’m over there, as I don’t see the sense in having two copies of this one (The Last Unicorn is another story; I have a few copies of that one for collector’s purposes). I first read Frankenstein when I was in the fifth grade and loved it, and I’m looking forward to rereading again it now that I have a great excuse to do so.

Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector’s Library is a series of beautifully bound pocket-sized gift editions of much loved classic titles. Bound in real cloth, printed on high quality paper, and featuring ribbon markers and gilt edges, Macmillan Collector’s Library are books to love and treasure.

Frankenstein is the most famous novel by Mary Shelley: a dark Faustian parable of science misused that was an immediate success on its publication in 1818. Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant but wayward scientist, builds a human from dead flesh and then, horrified at what he has done, abandons his creation. The creature, an outcast because of his appearance, learns language and becomes civilized, but when rejected by society seeks revenge on his creator. So begins a cycle of destruction in which Frankenstein and his ‘monster’ lose all vestiges of their humanity in monomaniacal hatred.

With an Afterword by David Pinching.

The second book I purchased is Parker Posey’s book, You’re on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir. I have been a fan of Parker Posey since I saw her in Clockwatchers when I was in high school. I also loved her in Henry Fool, and of course I watched Party Girl back when I was still in library school. I’ve seen more of her films, but those are my favorites. Anyway, I knew I had to read this book when I first saw it at the bookstore. Unfortunately, as much as I love and try to support brick-and-mortar bookstores, it was a bit pricey and I ended up ordering it online. I’m looking forward to reading this one as well. I’ve really been liking nonfiction more lately.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like talk to Parker Posey? On an airplane, with Parker as your seat companion, perhaps? Parker’s irreverent, hilarious, and enchanting memoir gives you the opportunity. Full of personal stories, whimsical how-tos, recipes, and beautiful handmade collages created by the author herself, You’re On an Airplane is a delight in every way.

In her first book, actress and star of movies such as Dazed and Confused, Party Girl, You’ve Got Mail, The House of Yes, and so many more, Posey opens up about the art of acting, life on the set, and the realities of its accompanying fame. A funny and colorful southern childhood prepared Posey for a life of creating and entertaining, which not only extends to acting but to the craft of pottery, sewing, collage, yoga, and cooking, all of which readers will find in this whimsical, hilarious, always entertaining book. Parker takes us into her childhood home, behind the scenes of the indie film revolution in the 90s, the delightful absurdity of the big-budget genre thrillers she’s turned into art in a whole new way, and the creativity that will always be part of both her acting and her personal life.

With Posey’s memorable, hilarious, and poignant voice, her book gives the reader a feeling of traveling through not only a memoir, but an exploration, meditation, and celebration of what it means to be an artist. Buckle up and enjoy the journey.


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