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Mailbox Monday: October 13, 2008

In my very first Friday Finds post, I mentioned a cookbook I'd seen reviewed that week.  I borrowed it from the library, loved it, and now I own it!  It's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, by Deborah Madison.  I've already made some great recipes from this book, and expect to use it several times a week. 

This week I also received three Virago Modern Classics from a very generous LibraryThing member in Australia:
Last week, my friend raidergirl from An Adventure in Reading left a comment on my Mailbox Monday post, concerning Virago Modern Classics.  She wrote, "The covers are pretty and the books are quite a bit more obscure, but still interesting."  This prompted me to reply about why I collect VMCs.  I thought I'd share it in this week's post, for all the world to see:
I'm really not much of a collector so I'm not sure why I caught the bug. But what keeps me going is a certain level of outrage at how women's voices have been ignored, all throughout history. Many of the Virago Modern Classics are "obscure" simply because these talented women were not given the attention showered on male writers. Yet every one that I've read was well-written, enjoyable, and sometimes provocative. For me, collecting is a way to discover these women novelists, commemorate their work, and keep it alive.
So, there you have it.
What landed in your mailbox this week?  Visit Marcia at The Printed Page to find out what others have received ...


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 13th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your books!
Hope you have another great week of books!

To check out what I got last week, come visit me at: http://wendisbookcorner.blogspot.com/2008/10/mailbox-monday.html

Take care ~ Wendi

Oct. 13th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats on your books!
Thanks for stopping by, Wendi!
Oct. 13th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing why you collect Viragos - I hadn't thought of it in those terms, but you're right...I am trying to resist getting caught in the Virago Collecting bug because I cannot afford to start collecting more books! But, you are tempting me, girlfriend :)
Oct. 13th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Bwah - ha - ha (diabolical laugh). I'll get you, my pretty!
Oct. 13th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
LOL! You evil person, you!
Oct. 13th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Gautami's Comments
I like what you said about VMCs!

Oct. 13th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Gautami's Comments
Thanks Gautami!
Oct. 13th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Mailbox Monday
Very interesing comment about the Viragos. And since I have not heard of these writers, there's truth in what you said. I'm new to Mailbox Mondays and I'm finding it fascinating.
Happy reading. My post is here: http://freshinkbooks.blogspot.com/2008/10/mailbox-monday.html

Oct. 14th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
The cookbook looks great! I love vegetarian meals.
Oct. 14th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Amy(The Sleepy Reader)
I'm not much of a collector of books. I am more of a read-it/swap-it kind of girl.

The vegetarian cookbook looks really good. I am always trying to find new meatless meals that we enjoy.

Oct. 14th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Amy(The Sleepy Reader)
Amy, I mostly read & swap too ... or I use the library. It's unusual for me to keep a book! As for the cookbook, we used to eat occasional meatless meals but then went completely vegetarian about 6 months ago. Suddenly I needed more menu ideas! This one is a great all-purpose cookbook and useful even if you aren't 100% vegetarian.
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for stopping by the 'Mailbox' this week. I also don't collect books, just cats ~ the live, bossy kind. I tend to read and pass my books along. Hey maybe that would be an excuse to not have a kitchen in my house ~ I need the space for my library. The books you collect do have beautiful cover art.
Oct. 15th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Well I said I wasn't much of a collector, but now that you mention it, I guess we do collect animals. At the moment we have 2 dogs, 3 cats, 7 ducks, and 2 geese!
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