Monday, March 30, 2009

Mailbox Monday - 3/30/09

I am so glad to be back participating in Mailbox Monday this week.  The mailbox hasn't been as full this week, thank goodness, because I need some time to catch up on reading and reviews.  Here is what came into my house via the mailbox last week:

the Diamonds by Ted Michael - from Knopf Delacorte Dell: Young Readers Group
At Long Islands’s private Bennington School, the Diamonds rule supreme. They’re the girls all the boys want to date and all the girls want to be. And fortunately for Marni, she’s right in the middle of them. Best friends with the ringleader, Clarissa, Marni enjoys all the spoils of the ultrapopular: boys, power, and respect. But then Marni gets a little too close to Clarissa’s ex-boyfriend, Anderson.
Wrong move. The Diamonds don’t touch each other’s exes.
And just like that, Marni is jettisoned from Diamond to lower than Cubic Zirconia.
But Marni isn’t about to take her ouster lying down. She has dirt on the Diamonds, and she’s not about to go down without a fight. Everyone knows, the only thing strong enough to cut a Diamond is another Diamond.

The Light, The Dark, & Ember Between (ARC) by J.W. Nicklaus - from author for a Pump Up Your Book Promotions blog tour
A collection of short stories, each a splinter's reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love.
Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope.

Mischief Maker's Manual (ARC) by Sir John Hargrave - from Penguin 

The Long Fall by Walter Mosley - from Riverhead Books
His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It’s a name that takes a little explaining, but he’s used to it. “Daddy was a communist and great-great- Granddaddy was a slave master from Scotland. You know, the black man’s family tree is mostly root. Whatever you see aboveground is only a hint at the real story.”
Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill’s an old-school P.I. working a city that’s gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by—keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side—mostly because he’s never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck. But like the city itself, McGill is turning over a new leaf, “decided to go from crooked to slightly bent.”

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - from Amazon for an online book club
With unsettling beauty and intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of World War II.
The nurse Hana, exhausted by death, obsessively tends to her last surviving patient. Caravaggio, the thief, tries to reimagine who he is, now that his hands are hopelessly maimed. The Indian sapper Kip searches for hidden bombs in a landscape where nothing is safe but himself. And at the center of his labyrinth lies the English patient, nameless and hideously burned, a man who is both a riddle and a provocation to his companions—and whose memories of suffering, rescue, and betrayal illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning.

Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher - from Amazon for an online book club
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

The Midwife by Jennifer Worth - from FSB Associates
The author became a midwife at age 22, learning her trade in the 1950s from the nun midwives at the convent of St. Raymund Nonnatus and working among impoverished women in the slums of the London Docklands. Her frank, sometimes graphic memoir describes scores of births, from near-catastrophes to Christmas miracles, and details her burgeoning understanding of the world and the people in it. It’s stocked with charming characters: loopy sister Monica Joan, the convent’s near-mystic cake-gobbler and mischief-maker; Father Joseph Williamson, focused on delivering prostitutes rather than babies; handyman/poultry salesman/drain cleaner/toffee-apple pusher Frank; and posh Camilla Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne (“Chummy”), an outrageously warm-hearted debutante who devoted her life to midwifery and missionary work.

The Cradle by - from Hachette
Early one summer morning, Matthew Bishop kisses his still-sleeping wife Marissa, gets dressed and eases his truck through Milwaukee, bound for the highway. His wife, pregnant with their first child, has asked him to find the antique cradle taken years before by her mother Caroline when she abandoned Marissa, never to contact her daughter again. Soon to be a mother herself, Marissa now dreams of nothing else but bringing her baby home to the cradle she herself slept in. His wife does not know-does not want to know-where her mother lives, but Matt has an address for Caroline's sister near by and with any luck, he will be home in time for dinner.

The Lost Hours (ARC) by Karen White - from Penguin for a Pump Up Your Book Promotions blog tour
Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather’s death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn’t exist—or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace—and a newspaper article from 1929 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace’s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1920s— each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.

Mailbox Monday is hosted every week by Marcia at The Printed Page.  See what everyone else got in their mailbox last week.  What was in yours?


Blodeuedd said...

Very nice week for you :D
The Lost hours sounds interesting

Kaye said...

That book The Lost Hours sounds really good. Here ismy mailbox

susan said...

Thirteen Reasons Why is on my tbr and Mosley is an author whose work I keep collecting and telling myself I'm going to read. I love his essays but I don't normally read mysteries so he sits on my shelf.

Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher is one of the best books I've ever read! It had such a strong plot and I came out with so much. I recommend this book for anyone of all ages, especially the pre-teen age kids.

Serena said...

I love the english patient, such a great book and movie. Karen White is a great author...I can't wait to see what you think about that one.

here's mine:

Vasilly said...

You have a great haul! I can't wait to read your thoughts on them. Happy reading.

Wendy said...

Wow, awesome week for you! I also have some of these same books...they look so good :)

Unknown said...

Wow - you had a great week - I love the cover of The Lost Hours. :)

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

bermudaonion said...

You got a lot of great books. I can't wait to see what you think of Thirteen Reasons Why - I finished it yesterday.

wisteria said...

Hi Shel...You still got great books. Enjoy your reading. You have a couple I would like to read some day.

Mrs. Magoo said...

I absolutely loved Thirteen Reasons Why!!!!! Are you planning on reading it?

Marcia said...

Thank you for stopping by the mailbox this week. A nice book week for you. Enjoy!

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