Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Mailbox

It has been quite a long time since I did one of these posts and I've gotten some great looking books in the mail that should have their own shot at being highlighted. So I'm going to go ahead and list them all, despite this being far more than a week's worth of arrivals. This past several month's mailbox arrivals:

All the Flowers in Shanghai by Duncan Jepson came from William Morrow for a book tour.
In 1930's Shanghai, Feng must be a dutiful daughter and marry the wealthy man her parents have chosen even though she will lead a life of misery and unhappiness, leading to an act of revenge that will resonate throughout her entire life. Set during major upheavals in 20th century China, this looks fascinating.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes came from Katya at Penguin.
A woman about to lose her job and a man whose will to live was crushed by his motorcycle accident come together and change each other forever. I suspect I'm going to need tissues with this one.

Queen Elizabeth in the Garden by Trea Martyn came from Meryl Zegarek Public Relations.
A look at the way that the two most important men in Queen Elizabeth I's life, Dudley and Cecil, used their elaborate gardens to appeal to their Queen. A completely different angle on history, despite my less than green thumb, I am looking forward to this one.

Little Princes by Conor Grennan came from William Morrow for a book tour.
The account of an American who worked in an orphanage in Nepal and ultimately vowed to save these little boys, this should be a lovely and inspirational book.

More Than Words Can Say by Robert Barclay came from William Morrow for a book tour.
My review can be found here.

A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer DuBois came from The Dial Press for a book tour.
Combining a former Russian world chess champion turned politician with a young woman facing a diagnosis of Huntington's Disease, the same fatal disease that claimed her father's life, this double stranded narrative sounds very different and enticing.

You're (Not) the One by Alexandra Potter came from Plume.
A woman who once wished to be with her boyfriend forever and sealed that wish with a kiss under the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, is now unable to be shed of him no matter how much she might want it. Looks like frothy fun.

Camp Nine by Vivienne Schiffer came from University of Arkansas Press for a book tour.
My review can be found here.

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott came from Doubleday.
A young woman hired to be Lady Duff Gordon's dressmaker on the Titanic who survives the sinking is caught up in the media frenzy after the accident. Aside from the fact that the cover is delectable, it sounds riveting.

The Rescuer's Path by Paula Friedman came from Meryl Zegarek Public Relations.
A fantasy set in Nixon-era DC and highlighting a fight against injustice, this is quite a bit outside my comfort zone.

Proof of Heaven by Mary Curran Hackett came from William Morrow for a book tour.
My review can be found here.

A Watershed Year by Susan Schoenberger came from Guidepost Books.
My review can be found here.

MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche came from Random House.
Bertsche spends one year looking for a best friend like the ones she left behind when she moved from New York to Chicago.

Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley came from Penguin.
A woman reeling from a miscarriage comes back to her family in rural Ireland, befriends a lonely little girl in the big house on the cliff, and uncovers a family secret that changes the course of her life.

As always, if you'd like to see the marvelous goodies in other people's mailboxes, make sure to visit At Home With Books 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. So many pretty covers! I loved both the Little Princes book and MWF seeking BFF. I hope you do too!

  2. I bought MWF seeking BFF for my daughter who moved from Chicago to a small coastal Maine town. I want her to review on my blog.

  3. Wow, that is one full mailbox! I see quite a few books to add to my wish list!

  4. A belated Happy New Year!

    Wow you had an amazing week! I loved MWF seeking BFF and hope you do too!

  5. Wow, what a week! I just read a great review of All the Flowers in Shanghai. Enjoy!

  6. Hi there,

    I keep on checking on your blog and finally i decided to post a comment about how much I love ur Monday Mailbox.

    I just bought the Alexandra Potter - You are (not) the one and I missed out the Jojo Moyes book.

    Oh, I love everything abt books.


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