Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday Mailbox

If I keep hitting the jackpot in my mailbox, I'm going to have to buy a lottery ticket too and see if I am equally as lucky there! This past week's mailbox arrivals:

A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez came from Algonquin Books.
Alvarez is a lovely writer and this examination of family and promises and the poverty plaguing Haiti, even before the earthquake devastated it, has already proven to be a wonderful read.

The Innocents by Francesca Segal came from Voice.
Practically anything inspired by Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence is sure to have my vote of approval and I'm looking forward to this tale of a tightly knit Jewish community and the love triangle that could change everything.

You Came Back by Christopher Coake came from Grand Central Publishing.
I don't know how you ever get past the death of a child but as a parent, if someone tells you that their home, your old home, is haunted by the ghost of your child, do you believe? And how much does all of this impact your future life? This book sounds completely engrossing.

The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair came from Grand Central Publishing.
I do love books set in India and this one about a young woman on the verge of marriage who uncovers her mother's past sounds completely delicious.

History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason came from Knopf.
A novel about a young tutor who has a gift for seeking and finding pleasure and the impact he has on the lives around him, I am intrigued by the whole concept of hedonism.

The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje came from Knopf.
Centered on a young boy traveling alone on a ship who eats at the table farthest from the captain's, this tale of his life and some of his fellow "cat's table" inhabitants looks amazing.

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones came from Algonquin Books.
One father, two daughters, two marriages, only one acknowledged, only one aware of the other. Quite appealing, no?

Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron came from Algonquin Books.
A gifted runner, a Rwandan boy runs for his life both literally and figuratively as he keeps his eye on the Olympics while his country devolves into a terrible bloodbath between the Hutus and the Tutsis. Personal and political both, this won the Bellwether Prize for Fiction.

Goodbye For Now by Laurie Frankel came from Doubleday.
A tale of love and loss and computer programs, this looks sweet and fun and I can't wait to see how the cold logic of computers meshes with the never objective domain of the heart.

The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure came from Riverhead Books.
How many little girls grew up with Laura Ingalls Wilder's books? How appealing is to to hear about a book where the author is trying to live a Laura life, searching out all the places and experiences from the books? Can't wait!

As always, if you'd like to see the marvelous goodies in other people's mailboxes, make sure to visit Cindy's Love of 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. Lots of good looking books in your mailbox. I hope you enjoy them all, Kristen!

  2. Definitely buy that lotto ticket! Lol - loving the peek into your mailbox this week - that's an awesome cover for Silver Sparrow - I like it much better than the original hardcover one.


  3. I read The History Of A Pleasure seeker, a nice mailbox.

  4. I have been seeing several of the books you got in different peoples boxes this week. I hope you enjoy them :)

  5. I love the new Silver Sparrow cover too! And The Wilder Life is great, I can vouch for that one. I ripped right through it - couldn't put it down!

  6. I really enjoyed The Girl in the Garden. You got some great books - enjoy!

  7. Enjoy all of your books! Silver Sparrow is one of my favorite reads this year, and I also loved Running the Rift. Happy reading!


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