I received a package last week from Canada Post. It was wrapped in plastic and in bold black text said, 'Apology from Canada Post Corporation'. It goes on in letter format with 'Dear Customer' and explains that they 'sincerely regret that your mail item is damaged. It was found in this condition in the mailstream.' ARGHHH! Well, I know things like this happen. But did it have to happen to a book? I undid the plastic and the book was in a large envelope that had been ripped open along the top and then taped over again. It looked as if someone stuck their finger into the envelope and tore it open. Perhaps this happened at the border and they're checking packages for drugs or other illegal paraphernalia. Don't they have ex-ray machines for this sort of thing? Did they really have to rip it open? The cover of the book was bent and some of the pages inside were folded over. It looked like it had been well-read! In any case, I will not let this stop me from enjoying the book! The Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith is a LibraryThing early reviewer book that I won in March. I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing it, damaged or not!