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Boxwalla August 2020 Book Box Full Spoilers!

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We have full spoilers for the August 2020 Boxwalla Book box! August 10th is the last day to subscribe.

Each August Boxwalla Book box includes:

Dearest people,

How have you been? (Feel free to reply and tell me how you are doing!)

I am really excited to tell you about EVERYTHING’s that in the August Book Box! And there *is*  something BIG in it other than the wonderful books. You’ll see (below!).

The theme of this box is ‘Not Just One Story’ as we find more ways to understand the nuances in different cultures that cannot be limited to ‘just one’ story, or one stereoptype that society might choose to further.

Hope you are able to snatch a bit of time to take a break, breathe, read and just be

 

 

This August, we showcase two extraordinary writers : African American writer Percival Everett (U.S.A) & Catalan writer Mercè Rodoreda (Spain)  along with a wonderful gift from Third Man Records that furthers the stories we are trying to tell. Each August Book Box will contain:

  • Percival Everett’s brilliant, moving novel Erasure ($16.00)
  • Mercè Rodoreda’s evocative, beautiful novel Garden by the Sea ($15.95)
  • A special musical gift – see below ($20)

Cost: $29.95;
Retail Value : $51.95

The first book in the August Book box is the incredible writer Percival Everett’s brilliant novelErasure.  It is part satire, part skillfully restrained family saga, absurd & profound, hilarious & moving. You just HAVE to read it. The protagonist, who is also the narrator, is named Thelonious Ellison (nicknamed Monk), a nod to both jazz musician Thelonious Monk & to writer Ralph Ellison (‘Invisible Man’). NPR called Percival Everett “America’s most under-recognized literary master” and we couldn’t agree more!

The second book is the wonderful writer Mercé Rodoreda’s beautiful novelGarden by the Sea. Rodoreda is regarded as the most important Catalan writer of the twentieth century. We could describe this novel as Great Gatsby meets Wuthering Heights meets Downton Abbey. And yet, this book is more than than what those comparisons might convey. As Gabriel Garcia Márquez once said, “Rodoreda had bedazzled me by the sensuality with which she reveals things within the atmosphere of her novels.”

12″ Vinyl: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt (American Epic Series)

In our book box themed, Not Just One Story, this unique Blues Musician adds another voice to Percival Everett’s, in the story of U.S.A.

Mississipi John Hurt was a Blues fingerpicking guitarist, singer and sharecropper. He was born in Toec, Mississippi in 1893, and raised in Avalon. He first recorded his music in 1928 with Okeh talents scout. According to the John Hurt Foundation, his music sold moderately well, their greater success stalled by the Depression and a refusal on Okeh’s part to market John’s music outside of traditional “race record” categorization. John returned to Avalon to await further work from Okeh. The call would never come, and John was relegated once again to seeming obscurity”. He was ‘re-discovered’ in the 1960s owing to a fan & record collector who went to Avalon on a hunch (based on the song ‘Avalon Blues that he had recorded in 1928). From Third Man Records: “His moving renditions of “Frankie” and “Spike Driver Blues” were included in Harry Smith’s American Anthology of Folk Music in 1952 and were vitally influential on the Greenwich Village folk music revival of the 1960s….” He passed away in 1966.

This set contains compilation of 13 songs, and was restored from the original 1928 Okeh recording using new sound restoration techniques including reverse engineering. It was released as a vinyl record by Third Man Records, as an accompaniment to the American Epic documentary film series made in 2017  based on the first recordings of roots music in the U.S during the 1920s. Our favorites include ‘Spike Driver Blues’ and Candy Man Blues’. We can’t wait to find out your favorites.

The Subscription Box: BoxWalla Book

The Cost: $29.95 every other month with free shipping to the US.

The Products: Thoughtfully curated literature by prospective Nobel laureates from around the world.

Ships to: U.S. (for free) and international locations.

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Comments (3)

  1. So I would have liked if you actually told us what the books were about, the plot.
    So that I know if I want to buy this or not.

    • The post includes a synopsis for both books. If you’re looking for more detail, like I often am, a quick google search or even Amazon would be a good place to start. Hope that helps!

  2. I don’t really understand putting a vinyl in a book box, but I appreciate the thought behind it. I don’t have a record player so hopefully I can find someone to pass this along to.

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