Monday: Books in the Mail

Only two books came to stay with me this week. But that is okay because it gave/gives me time to lower my stacks!

From Candlewick Press:

In Iowa circa 1929, spunky twelve-year-old Tugs vows to turn her family s luck around, with the help of a Brownie camera and a small-town mystery.

Tugs Esther Button was born to a luckless family. Buttons don t presume to be singers or dancers. They aren't athletes or artists, good listeners, or model citizens. The one time a Button ever made the late Goodhue Gazette - before Harvey Moore came along with his talk of launching a new paper - was when Great Grandaddy Ike accidentally set Town Hall ablaze. Tomboy Tugs looks at her hapless family and sees her own reflection looking back until she befriends popular Aggie Millhouse, wins a new camera in the Independence Day raffle, and stumbles into a mystery only she can solve. Suddenly this is a summer of change - and by its end, being a Button may just turn out to be what one clumsy, funny, spirited, and very observant young heroine decides to make of it.

From Henry Holt:

A rich and luminous novel about three generations of women in one family: the love they share, the dreams they refuse to surrender, and the secrets they hold

Samantha is lost in the joys of new motherhood—the softness of her eight-month-old daughter's skin, the lovely weight of her child in her arms—but in trading her artistic dreams to care for her child, Sam worries she's lost something of herself. And she is still mourning another loss: her mother, Iris, died just one year ago.

When a box of Iris's belongings arrives on Sam's doorstep, she discovers links to pieces of her family history but is puzzled by much of the information the box contains. She learns that her grandmother Violet left New York City as an eleven-year-old girl, traveling by herself to the Midwest in search of a better life. But what was Violet's real reason for leaving? And how could she have made that trip alone at such a tender age?

In confronting secrets from her family's past, Sam comes to terms with deep secrets from her own. Moving back and forth in time between the stories of Sam, Violet, and Iris, Mothers and Daughters is the spellbinding tale of three remarkable women connected across a century by the complex wonder of motherhood.


  1. I see we have Mothers & Daughters in common. Hope we both enjoy it!

  2. The Luck of the Buttons is new to me and it really intrigues me. Enjoy!

  3. I finished Mothers and Daughters a week or so ago.

  4. I have a copy of MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS and think it looks very promising. I love the look of THE LUCK OF THE BUTTONS. Such a cute cover. I'll have to watch for it.

  5. The luck Of The Buttons has a wonderful cover! Enjoy your books :)

  6. Luck of the Buttons sounds great -- can't wait to see what you think of it!

  7. Luck of the Buttons sounds interesting! Enjoy your week and your new reads!

  8. I hope you enjoy both books!

  9. I hope you enjoy your books.

  10. Both sound and look good. Enjoy!Have a great week and happy reading. My MM is here

  11. The Luck of the Buttons sounds like something I would like. ENJOY!!!

    Stopping by from the linky on Passages To The Past.


  12. The Luck of the Buttons is a new to me title. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it. It looks very good.

  13. I got THE LUCK OF THE BUTTONS, too. It looks fun and I really like the cover. It will be interesting to see what we both think of it!


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