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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox - September 27, 2010

"Mailbox Monday" is the brainchild of Marcia at The Printed Page

Mailbox Monday is now on a blog tour.  I will be hosting starting next week throughout the month of October.  I'm going to be giving away some books for participation each week, too, so be certain to join in!  Click here to see the tour schedule!

This month's host is Bermuda Onion Weblog, Visit her blog to see links to the latest and greatest books arriving in mailboxes!  Be aware, though, visiting can lead to book envy and toppling TBR piles!

"In My Mailbox" is hosted by The Story Siren.

Every week we'll post about what books we have that week (via your mailbox/library/store bought)! Everyone that agrees to participate will try to visit each other's list and leave comments!  Everyone is welcome to join! You can join at anytime and you DO NOT have to participate every week.


Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Through GoodReads Bookswap
Allende expands her geographical boundaries in this sprawling, engrossing historical novel flavored by four cultures: English, Chilean, Chinese and American, and set during the 1849 California Gold Rush. The alluring tale begins in Valpara!so, Chile, with young Eliza Sommers, who was left as a baby on the doorstep of wealthy British importers Miss Rose Sommers and her prim brother, Jeremy. Now a 16-year-old, and newly pregnant, Eliza decides to follow her lover, fiery clerk Joaquin Andieta, when he leaves for California to make his fortune in the gold rush. Enlisting the unlikely aid of Tao Chi'en, a Chinese shipboard cook, she stows away on a ship bound for San Francisco. Tao Chi'en's own story, richly textured and expansively told, begins when he is born into a peasant family and sold into slavery, where it is his good fortune to be trained as a master of acupuncture. Years later, while tending to a sailor in colonial Hong Kong, he is shanghaied and forced into service at sea. During the voyage with Eliza, Tao nurses her through a miscarriage. When they disembark, Eliza is disguised as a boy, and she spends the next four years in male attire so she may travel freely and safely. Eliza's search for Joaquin (rumored to have become an outlaw) is disappointing, but through an eye-opening stint as a pianist in a traveling brothel and through her charged friendship with Tao, now a sought-after healer and champion of enslaved Chinese prostitutes, Eliza finds freedom, fulfillment and maturity. - Publisher's Weekly

Phone Home, Persephone by Kate McMullan
Through GoodReads bookswap
What a myth-o-maniac! Zeus's version of the myth is completely wrong. The story about Hades kidnapping Persephone when she was picking flowers? Poppycock! Persephone wasn't picking flowers. She was plotting a way to escape her overprotective mother, Demeter, and she hitched a ride to the Underworld. It's time to set the record straight. For the first time ever, Hades, King of the Underworld, reveals the true story behind the myths.



Belly of the Whale by Linda Merlino
Through GoodReads bookswap
Hudson Catalina has given up—having lost both breasts to cancer, she is emotionally and physically exhausted, no longer willing to endure the nausea and crushing weakness of her grueling treatment. Nothing in her life—not even her beloved husband and children, her best friend, or her passion for teaching high school—will sway her decision to terminate her treatment. On the eve of her daughter's fifth birthday celebration, a troubled former student confronts her, hell-bent on violent revenge and then suicide. Facing certain peril, Hudson vows to do whatever she must in order to survive and see her husband and children once again.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Through GoodReads bookswap
"On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century - in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night. Norah henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own." The Memory Keeper's Daughter articulates a silent fear close to the heart of every mother: What would happen if you lost your child, and she grew up without you?

A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
Through GoodReads bookswap
This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."
Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son. 

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Through GoodReads bookswap
Is this new land a place where magics really happen?
From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale.
In the lives of children, pumpkins can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... When we grow up, we learn that it's far more common for human beings to turn into rats....
We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes.But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty . . . and what curses accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks?
Extreme beauty is an affliction
Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister.
Clara was the prettiest child, but was her life the prettiest tale?
While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, burning all memories of her past, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household--and the treacherous truth of her former life.
God and Satan snarling at each other like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmotbers trying to undo each other's work. How we try to pin the world between opposite extremes!
Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the most unexpected of places.

Saints in Limbo by River Jordan
Through GoodReads bookswap
Ever since her husband Joe died, Velma True’s world has been limited to what she can see while clinging to one of the multicolored threads tied to the porch railing of her home outside Echo, Florida.
When a mysterious stranger appears at her door on her birthday and presents Velma with a special gift, she is rattled by the object’s ability to take her into her memories–a place where Joe still lives, her son Rudy is still young, unaffected by the world’s hardness, and the beginning is closer than the end. As secrets old and new come to light, Velma wonders if it’s possible to be unmoored from the past’s deep roots and find a reason to hope again.   



 
A little bit of everything, including some for Bebe Boy James' Christmas reading box!  How about you?  Leave the link to your mailbox or include your received list of books in the comments!  I'll be certain to hop over and visit you!






8 comments:

  1. What an eclectic selection of books you have-I enjoyed The Memory Keepers Daughter.

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  2. I want to read Daughter of Fortune! I've heard In the Belly of Jonah is fabulous!

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  3. I loved The Memory keepers Daughter. They made it into a movie but I think I liked the book a bit better.

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  4. I keep reading good things about The Memory Keepers Daughter. I almost picked that one up at the Library Sale.

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  5. I really enjoyed Daughter of Fortune. I have a couple of the other books you got (Memory Keeper's Daughter and Saints in Limbo), but I haven't read them yet. Enjoy!

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  6. Loved Allende's Daughter of Fortune and have Memory Keeper's Daughter on the shelf too. Yet to read the latter and will do so soon.... Too many books too little time.


    How's Mockingjay??? Get with it! We need to jabber wocky talkee soon!

    Enjoy the reads girlfriend :)

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