Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach was a gift to me from myself.
This book about the famed Parisian bookshop (the original one) has been on my wishlist for more than 6 years. So when I needed to add something to my Christmas present order to qualify for free shipping, I decided it had been on the list for long enough. Heaven only knows when I'll get around to reading it, but I am just pleased to finally own it!
Solar by Ian McEwan came from Doubleday Books.
The brilliant McEwan takes on an academic who has coasted on his reputation for years and who goes to New Mexico in order to repair all that has gone wrong in his own life and to try and save humanity from itself. Not too ambitious a premise, hey?
An Assembly Such As This by Pamela Aidan came from Emily at Emily's Reading Room who was my partner in the Book Blogger's Holiday Swap.
Obviously it is completely and totally obvious to anyone who spends even one nanosecond on the blog that I am an Austen fan and happily read any of the Pride and Prejudice sequels, continuations, prequels, etc. This looks like a good series and I'll have to make time to read it soon.
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick came from Algonquin Books.
This has been very highly lauded this past year and although the fact that people have used the words thriller and psychological when describing it (words that generally scare me off quickly), it's always good to try and stretch your reading horizons a bit, right? Besides, a duplicitous mail-order wife has to make for stirring reading.
As always, if you'd like to see the marvelous goodies in other people's mailboxes, make sure to visit Marcia at The Printed Page and enjoy seeing how we are all doing our part to keep the USPS and delivery services viable.