Welcome to another Monday from the Interior, in which we share about the books we received in the mail (or bought), and talk about our bookish week, past and future.

For May, Mailbox Monday is hosted by Martha’s Bookshelf.

Sheila, at Book Journey, brings us What Are You Reading?




This week, I received only ONE book…a purchase from Amazon.

1.  My Extraordinary Ordinary Life (memoir), by Sissy Spacek with Maryanne Vollers

In her delightful and moving memoir, Sissy Spacek writes about her idyllic, barefoot childhood in a small East Texas town, with the clarity and wisdom that comes from never losing sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging along with two older brothers and absorbing grace and grit from her remarkable parents, who taught her that she could do anything. She also learned fearlessness in the wake of a family tragedy, the grief propelling her “like rocket fuel” to follow her dreams of becoming a performer.

With a keen sense of humor and a big-hearted voice, she describes how she arrived in New York City one star-struck summer as a seventeen-year-old carrying a suitcase and two guitars; and how she built a career that has spanned four decades with films such as Carrie, Coal Miner’s Daughter, 3 Women, and The Help. She details working with some of the great directors of our time, including Terrence Malick, Robert Altman, David Lynch, and Brian De Palma—who thought of her as a no-talent set decorator until he cast her as the lead in Carrie. She also reveals why, at the height of her fame, she and her family moved away from Los Angeles to a farm in rural Virginia.

Whether she’s describing the terrors and joys of raising two talented, independent daughters, taking readers behind the scenes on Oscar night, or meditating on the thrill of watching a pair of otters frolicking in her pond, Sissy Spacek’s memoir is poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, plainspoken and utterly honest. My Extraordinary Ordinary Life is about what matters most: the exquisite worth of ordinary things, the simple pleasures of home and family, and the honest job of being right with the world. “If I get hit by a truck tomorrow,” she writes, “I want to know I’ve returned my neighbor’s cake pan.”



Welcome to our weekly event that helps us examine our reading, past and present.  It’s a unique way to share our choices and to visit other blogs to find more books for the weeks ahead!  Our stacks will be huge, but that’s okay.  Bookish people find ways to deal with those!

This was a week of bookish adventures, some better than others.  I finally finished the last book of the week this afternoon.   And as for my blogging, in addition to memes, it was all over the map, from Monday Potpourri:  Featuring a Unique Village and my April Reading Wrap-Up to a few others.

I also wrote about Showcasing Favorite Books, Blogoversary Winners, and Reflections on This Blog’s Life.  Or how about Design Details:  Spiffing Up the Blog & Excerpting, or Searching for Clues in the Past.

Review:    Big City Eyes, by Nora Ephron (Another one off the TBR stacks!)

Review:    HRH, by Danielle Steel (off the stacks!)

Review:    Dead Witness (e-book), by Joylene Nowell Butler (a brisk, suspenseful thriller!)

Review:    The Guy Not Taken (short story collection), by Jennifer Weiner (another one from the stacks!)


WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Click Titles/Covers for More Info):

1.  The World Without You, by Joshua Henkin (Amazon Vine)

2.  Reel Life, by Jackie Townsend (Review-Author)

3.  The Tender Bar, by J. R. Moehringer (From the TBR Stacks)

4.  The Good Father (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain


And that’s my week!  I hope you all can come on by and chat a bit about what you’ve been reading, and what’s coming up next.




    1. I picked the Danielle Steel up awhile ago….and still have a couple more on the stacks. I actually don’t enjoy her books much anymore, but I guess I was hoping…since I once did. lol

      Diane Chamberlain’s books are awesome, and I’m looking forward to reading The Good Father. Thanks for stopping by, Marce.


    1. I’ve admired Spacek’s work, so I’ll be eager to read this one. Not this week, though, as that is all planned out!

      I am looking forward to The Good Father this week. Thanks for stopping by, Mystica, and enjoy your week.


    1. I have enjoyed DMD’s books, so I should grab The Cereal Murders. I’m not usually a fan of short story collections…and I’m not sure why. But I did like Weiner’s book.

      Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your week, Sarah.


  1. I’ve enjoyed both Diane Chamberlain books I’ve read. The World Without You and The Tender Bar caught my eye … I’ll have to find out more about them.
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂


    1. I read Matrimony by the author of The World Without You and really enjoyed it, so when this one came up on Amazon Vine, I grabbed it.

      I’ve had The Tender Bar on my stacks for a long time, but it looks good to me. It got lost in the shuffle!

      Thanks for stopping by, Teddyree, and have a great week.


    1. How intriguing, Deb. I do love hearing bits of backstory…I enjoy Sissy’s eclectic choices in movie roles, and how she can play all kinds of characters.

      Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your week.


  2. I’ve seen a few reviews of The Good Father but the others are new to me. I generally don’t like to read memoirs, but I find I enjoy them in audio. Not sure why that is!


  3. Not sure why it didn’t want to save my comment but I’ll try again 🙂 I’ve read a lot of great comments about the Good Father so I think I need to check that one out. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, I’m enjoying my visit here a lot!


    1. Thanks for visiting, smkelly8; I saw it on several blogs; I also got an e-mail from Amazon, since I’ve purchased other books by this author.

      I am excited about the Sissy Spacek book, too.


    1. Mary, I don’t know why The Tender Bar sat for so long on my stacks! My only excuse…my stacks were very disorganized for a long time…lol

      I’m looking forward to it, now, though; thanks for stopping by.

      I think the Spacek memoir will be fascinating, too.


  4. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)

    I won’t embarrass myself by admitting how very little I know about Sissy Spacek, but her memoir looks very good! Enjoy your week!


    1. I remember one of the first movies I saw her in…it was a Robert Altman film, and she played a very weird character! lol

      Then over the years, I saw what diversity she had in the roles she chose and how she inhabited each of them. She can play good and evil or somewhere in between with equal skill.

      Hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some of what she’s done.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jen, and have a great week.


    1. I’ll bet she has, Teddy…I’ve “known” her mostly through her roles and little bits and pieces I’ve read over the years; I’m looking forward to her “take” on her life. Thanks for stopping by…enjoy your week!


  5. Sissy Spacek – saw her in Carrie so long ago – along with Coal Miner’s Daughter. She’s a good actress. I haven’t seen The Help yet – looking forward to it.

    A lot of the books you listed sound interesting (looked up some of them) Have a fun week reading!


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