Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday Mailbox

Spoiled again this past week! A girl could get used to this (if she isn't smothered under stacks of falling books, that is). This past week's mailbox arrivals:

The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew came from Kensington.
Being compared to The Help, I, of course, need to read this and see for myself.

The Civilized World by Susi Wyss came from Holt Paperbacks.
Novels of interconnected stories always fascinate me and this one set in Africa promises to be a goodie.

When Did I Get Like This? by Amy Wilson came from Gallery Books thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for a blog tour.
Humorous tales of life as a mom, especially one who compromises on her pre-kid conceptions of how to parent? Sign me right up please!

The Moment by Douglas Kennedy came from Atria.
A love affair amidst the intrigue of divided Berlin, I am fascinated by the walls, literal and figurative, that seperate us.

The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly came from Touchstone.
Descendants of Alcott's Little Women? Would skipping and clapping and doing cartwheels be undignified? Completely enticing!

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova came from Gallery Books.
I enjoyed her first book and am curious to see what this one is like.

Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum came from Gallery Books.
A family with four daughter goes to West Africa as missionaries in hopes of repairing their own lives but things spiral out of control in Africa. This one had me just at the gorgeous blue cover.

Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney came from Syracuse University Press.
Family secrets and tensions always make for a good, engrossing story.

Anthropology of an American Girl? by Hilary Thayer Hamann came from Spiegel & Grau thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for a blog tour.
A chunkster of a coming of age story, I do so love this sub-genre.

Skinny by Diana Spechler came from Harper Perennial thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for a blog tour.
A counselor at a teen weight-loss camp who is trying to connect with a girl she thinks is her stepsister. I'm curious to see how these girls and their self-images are portrayed.

The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore came from Reagan Arthur Books for a blog tour.
Imagine all your children coming home to live one summer, bringing family with them. The bubbling stew of so many people in one house will certainly provide some wonderful plot lines.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh came from Ballantine Books.
Flowers are another thing, like water, on a cover that immediately grab my attention. Add a main character who uses flowers to change the lives of people around her and you've easily reeled me in.

As always, if you'd like to see the marvelous goodies in other people's mailboxes, make sure to visit Passages to the Past as she is hosting this month's Mailbox Monday and have fun seeing how we are all doing our part to keep the USPS and delivery services viable.


  1. What do you do with all these books Kristen? Do you manage to read them all? And then what do you do with them when you've read them?

  2. You got some great books this week! I have been wanting to read The Little Women Letters.

  3. I've noticed dance lessons and the civilised world popping up in a few blogs, they do sound good.

    You really do have a great selection this week and I LOVE the cover and the title of The language of flowers.

    Happy reading,

  4. What a fabulous bunch of books. I've read LEFT NEGLECTED and it's wonderful. I also got THE CIVILIZED WORLD and several of the others are on my wishlist. Enjoy your great treasures!

  5. So many of those are on my TBR too. Enjoy!

  6. Anthropology of an American Girl has been on my shelves since August. I am glad there will be some reviews of it coming up because I have been meaning to read it!

  7. Looks like a fabulous week for you!

    When did I get Like This looks like a scream!

  8. What a great stack of books. I think many of them will be going on my wish list. I read and reviewed Amaryllis in Blueberry. It's very good.

  9. The first one sounds really good and I love the cover too. Enjoy all your wonderful new reads!

  10. When Did I Get Like This sounds really good. Dance Lessons is on my wish list. Enjoy all your books :)

  11. I read Dance Lessons a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it! Enjoy all of your books!


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