Just released yesterday from Simon & Schuster is the newest book by Nina Sankovitch entitled Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing. They were kind enough to send us a couple of copies to review (which they sent via USPS appropriately), and I will come right out and say that they did so with ample time for me to read it. I opened up the package, read the forward and then put it on top of the "To Be Reviewed" pile. (My system of organization is a pile system.) And it stayed there until last night. (I am honest when it comes to reviews, I must say.)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered tells the story of how Nina finds a trunk of old letters in a house and how those letters, almost a century later, still have an effect on her. She then looks to why that is and attempts to work out what makes letters so magical. The book wanders in and out of memory and information in a delightful way. It feels very effortless, to dance back and forth between the letters of past and the life of Nina Sankovitch. Some of the letters she cites are personal, others are historical, and some are both.
This is one of the best books on letters and the love of letters that I have read in a while. It's not just a dry listing or a facsimile. It really makes letters live. It's a great book. It's so great a book that I don't want to give it away... But I am! Leave a comment with what letters you save and why, and if you don't save them leave that too. I'll pick a winner at random in about a week. Standard Letter Writers Alliance contest rules apply. You'll be asked to give your member number to claim your prize and if you're International, you'll have to cover the shipping. (Contest has ended, thank you!) Honestly, you should really just go buy one. It's that good.
P.S. There's a Hallmark Channel show of the same name. It's not related.