Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox - November 22, 2010

11/21/2010 03:30:00 PM

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

Mailbox Monday is now on a blog tour. Click here to see the tour schedule!

This month's host is ME!   Visit every week this month 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!

December's host will be Lady Q at Let Them Read Books!  So be certain to stop by her blog and show her some love! I will also be offering a different giveaway every week throughout November to encourage participation!

Last week's winner: winner pick
mailbox monday winner
Look for an email from me, Brooke!

This week's giveaway:

ANY book (or book set) of your choice (up to a $25 value on Amazon or Book Depository)
Already won?  Enter again! (I have no control of how picks winners).  How to enter?  Simply link up YOUR Mailbox Monday post and then add a comment stating that you'd like to enter (if you have the URL for your book of choice, enter that in your comments too)!  If you don't have a blog, leave a comment letting me know what you got in your mailbox and that you'd like to enter!   You have until the following Monday to link up and enter!

In My Mailbox
"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.

So, on to my mailbox!  This is the week that I really really have decided that I will NOT request any review books AT ALL until I have my own review book pile down to under 10!  I may still accept a book or two for review, but my delegated spot for review books has now overflowed to a non-designated spot.  Until I catch up and make it more manageable, I really need to have a few weeks or so with no review books coming in.  That doesn't mean you won't see any; as some previous requests may still be coming in.


Two unbound full-color galleys of the following books from The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses - For Review from Goosebottom Books

Isabella of Castile
Isabella of Castile by Shirim Yim Bridges -  In a twist on the classic fairy tale, a princess in 15th century Spain refused to wait to be rescued by a prince but instead chose one for herself. Even then, she would not marry him until theyd reached an agreement that was revolutionary for her time. The partnership she made was a happy and successful one. Her name was Isabella, and without her, both Spain and America would not exist as we know them.

Richly illustrated and narrated with touches of irreverent humor, this book brings to life the story of a real and remarkable princess who insisted on the equal partnership captured in the motto: To stand as high, as high to stand, Isabella and Ferdinand.

Sorgaghtani of Mongolia
Sorgaghtani of Mongolia by Shirim Yim Bridges - On the wind-swept steppes of Mongolia in the 13th century, a princess was given the chance to rule. She took lands that had been ruined by war and made them wealthy again, brought mutual respect and cooperation to a down-trodden and distrustful people, and in a battle of wits that was like a giant chess game, won for her sons the imperial throne. Her name was Sorghaghtani.

Richly illustrated and narrated with touches of irreverent humor, this book brings to life the story of a real and remarkable princess who handed her sons the largest empire in the world


Through GoodReads Bookswap:

Curious George Goes to a Movie

Curious George Goes to a Movie by Margaret & H. A. Rey - for the Grandbebes' Christmas book box!

Good Harbor by Anita Diamant

Good Harbor by Anita Diamant - Given the breadth of Anita Diamant's bestselling biblical epic, The Red Tent, it seems natural that her second novel has a much closer focus. Set in the small Massachusetts fishing town of Gloucester, Good Harbor is a slow-paced study of female friendship. Here Diamant can luxuriate in the development of just two principal characters: 59-year-old Kathleen Levine, a children's librarian who is undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer, and a 42-year-old romance novelist, Joyce Tabachnik, who has bought a summer retreat in Gloucester in the hope of finally writing a "serious" book. The two meet at temple after a service presided over by a newly hired female rabbi. (What joy it must have been for Diamant, who chronicled so much oppression of Hebrew women in The Red Tent, to casually include the presence of female clergy.) Kathleen has no real confidante aside from her husband, Buddy; Joyce is facing estrangement from both her business-minded husband, Frank, and her soccer-obsessed daughter, Nina. What the women are lacking, they find in each other. As their intimacy grows, Diamant sometimes tells us what we already know, breaking into a conversation, for example, to announce how well things are going ("They smiled at each other. They were going to be okay."). This is a moving story nonetheless--short on incident, but with carefully drawn characters and fluid, matter-of-fact prose. --Regina Marler

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated". Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Corrections
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen - The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century-a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes.
After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married man - or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.
Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibitions into violent collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare, and globalized greed. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

For Review:

The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor
The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor - ARC sent from the publisher through Shelf Awareness - They say Jerusalem is haunted by Mrs Whichcote's ghost. Frank Oldershaw claims he saw her in the garden, where she drowned. Now he's under the care of a physician.

Desperate to salvage her son's reputation and restore him to health, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs her own agent - John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts, a controversial attack on the existence of ghostly phenomena. But his arrival in Cambridge disrupts the uneasy status quo. He glimpses a world of privilege and abuse, where the sinister Holy Ghost Club governs life at Jerusalem more effectively than the Master, Dr Carbury, ever could.

But Holdsworth's powers of reason and natural philosophy have other challenges. He dreams of his dead wife, Maria, who roams the borders of death. And now there's Elinor, the very-much-alive Master's wife, to haunt him in life. And at the heart of it all is the mystery of what really happened to Sylvia Whichcote in the claustrophobic confines of Jerusalem.

Why was Sylvia found lying dead in the Long Pond just before a February dawn? Why was she in Jerusalem at all? And how did she die?

A Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates

A Widow's Story:  A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates - ARC from the publisher  - In 2008 Joyce Carol Oates lost the husband—Raymond Smith—to whom she’d been married for 48 years. Her recollections of those harrowing early days of widowhood provide a glimpse of Oates as a teacher of writers and as caretaker of the literary magazine she and her husband kept in print for so long. 


Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman
Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman - For Review from Harper Teen through Shelf Awareness - For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman. 

Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential. Kevin's never been in any serious trouble . . . until the night he ends up in jail. Enter Sergeant Brown, a cop assigned to be Kevin's mentor. If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around before it's too late.

The Next Ten Minutes by Andrew Peterson

The Next Ten Minutes: 51 Absurdly Simple Ways to Seize the Moment by Andrew Peterson, EdD - For Review from Beyond Words Publishing - The Next Ten Minutes provides practical and entertaining ways to rethink the everyday and experience the transformative power of the present moment.

Thunder and Ashes by Z. A. Recht
Thunder and Ashes by Z. A. Recht - For Review/Blog Tour from Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster - A lot can change in three months: wars can be decided, nations can be forged...or entire species can be brought to the brink of annihilation. The Morningstar Virus, an incredibly virulent disease, has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. Its hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected. Even death can’t stop the virus—its victims as cannibalistic shamblers. Scattered across the world, embattled groups have persevered. For some, surviving is the pinnacle of achievement. Others hoard goods and weapons. And still others leverage power over the remnants of humanity in the form of a mysterious cure for Morningstar. Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio want only a vaccine—but to find it, they must cross a countryside in ruins, dodging not only the infected, but also the lawless living. The bulk of the storm has passed over the world, leaving echoing thunder and softly drifting ashes. But for the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure is just beginning....

sounds like crazy by Shana Mahaffey
sounds like crazy: a novel by Shana Mahaffey - For Review/Giveaway through Pump Up Your Book - when I saw that they were doing a tour for this book that had been waiting for me in my TBR pile, I asked if I could review MY copy and offer up a new copy to my readers for a giveaway!  Win/win, right? MY TBR pile goes down by a book, and one of you gets a great book too! - Though she doesn't remember the trauma that caused it, Holly Miller has Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her personality has fractured into five different identities, together known as The Committee. And as much as they make Holly's life hell, she can't live without them.

Then one of those identities, the flirtatious, southern Betty Jane, lands Holly a voiceover job. Betty Jane wants nothing more than to be in the spotlight. The rest of The Committee wants Betty Jane to shut up. Holly's therapist wants to get to the bottom of her broken psyche. And Holly? She's just along for the ride...

Beat by Stephen Jay Schwartz
Beat by Stephen Jay Schwartz - Won from Coffee and a Book Chick - THANKS, Natalie!  -  LAPD Robbery-Homicide Detective Hayden Glass has always had trouble controlling his urges.  No longer trolling the streets looking for working girls, he has a new obsession—the Internet.  Infatuated with a woman he finds on a website, Hayden Glass's sex addiction drags him to San Francisco and into a web of corruption and crime.  
Glass’s search for this woman leads him to a massive sex slave trade, run by the Russian mafia and protected by a group of powerful and corrupt San Francisco cops.  Glass gets co-opted by the FBI to aid in their investigation...but his presence is doing much more harm than good


Through GoodReads bookswap:

Black by Ted Dekker
Black by Ted Dekker - Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. Now Thomas wakes from a deep sleep, remembering the vivid dream he just had of being chased. Incredibly real. His head is even bleeding – but he's fallen on a rock. He's in a green forest, waiting to meet Rachelle, the woman he's falling madly in love with.
That night, Thomas tumbles into bed and falls into a fitful sleep. He dreams. But here comes the real mind bender. Every time Thomas falls asleep in one reality, he awakes in the other. He truly no longer knows which reality is real. Each reality has dramatic impact on the other, each proves to be real, each presents huge stakes, and the fate of each will depend on one man: Thomas Hunter.
This groundbreaking trilogy will be the fiction publishing event of 2004. Black is unleashed in February, followed by Red this May, and concluding with White in September 2004. Each new Dekker book has surpassed the prior one...but never before has he created such an unforgettable multi-layered epic as Black, Red, and White.

Provinces of Night by William Gay
Provinces of Night by William Gay -  In the rich Southern tradition that includes Cormac McCarthy, Provinces of Night is a mesmerizing novel of violence and redemption set in the hills of Tennessee from the award-winning author of The Long Home.

It’s 1952. Thirty years before, E.F. Bloodworth gunned down a deputy and commenced a vagrant’s life of itinerant banjo picking, but he’s finally coming home. Two of his sons live brutal alcoholic lives elsewhere, and the third is bent on keeping E.F. from seeing the wife he abandoned. Only Fleming, E.F.’s grandson, is pleased to have the old man home, but Fleming’s own life is about to be dismantled by the dangerously beautiful Raven Lee Halfacre.

New Knits on the Block by Vickie Howell
New Knits on the Block by Vickie Howell - Vickie Howell--the popular host of DIY network's Knitty Gritty--plus a dozen contributing designers have stepped out of the box with 25 super-original, funky playtime projects that are as much fun for parents to knit as they are for children to receive.

Not another boring sweater! Vickie Howell, and her group of talented contributors, will make you the most popular parent on the block with the coolest projects for kids' stuff ever. These knits are gifts children will go nuts over, because they include a playful range of costumes and toys. Crafty moms and dads can create such enchanting items as a wizard's hat and princess crown; a super kid cape, mermaid dress up, pirate bath set, alien tooth fairy pillows, bowling ball and pins, and a tool set with pouch. Vickie includes estimations of how long each project will take to complete, along with tips for busy knitters and advice on special techniques, such as felting, tassel making, and edgings. Many of the designers have appeared on her show--but every item is a never-before-seen original.

Children's Pack WON from Debbie's World of Books (thank you, Debbie!!):

The Present by Bob Gill
The Present by Bob Gill - The carefully wrapped present was perched half-hidden on his parents' closet shelf. Arthur, a little boy with a very large imagination, feverishly tried to guess what it might contain. A pet? A shiny trumpet? A new computer? The possibilities were almost endless. All for him and him alone—until the doorbell interrupted his reverie. What happened next is a remarkable and soul-satisfying reminder that the act of sharing is perhaps the greatest present of all. A simple and timeless tale of spontaneous generosity, told with understated humor, a great warmth and a brilliantly direct graphic style which go to the very heart of the human experience. With the gentle insight of A Cup of Christmas Tea and the resonant innocence of The Giving Tree, Bob Gill's book is destined to become a best-loved gift about gift-giving.
Shadow by Suzy Lee
Shadow by Suzy Lee - A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book for 2010
A dark attic. A light bulb. An imaginative little girl.
Internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee uses these simple elements to create a visual tour de force that perfectly captures the joy of creative play and celebrates the power of imagination. Stunning in their simplicity, Lee's illustrations, in just two shades of color, present an adventure that begins and ends with the click of a light bulb.

Other Goose by J.otto Seibold
Other Goose:  Re-Nurseried and Re-Rhymed Classics by J.otto Seibold - It's Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Jack Be Nimble, Miss Muffet, Little Boy Blue, and more, like you've never seen them before! Renowned artist J.otto Seibold re-nursuries and re-rhymes over the Mother Goose classics in this must-have collection. Featuring recurring characters and an ending that brings everyone back for a showstopping finale, this book is the most fun dear old Mother Goose has ever had!

For Review through Pump Up Your Book:

This Side of Crazy by Kimmie Thomas
This Side of Crazy by Kimmie Thomas - Maxine Payne's poor self-esteem lead her to marry the first man that showed any interest in her. After five years of marriage and misery she has nothing to show for it. Her sham of a marriage is falling apart and her dream of having a child is fading away each day. To make matters worst, she discovers that the people in her life are not there to love and help her as she has always believed.
She struggles to come to terms with her failing marriage and her sick mother as she watches her chance at a happy home with children slip away. Her two childhood girlfriends offer help and support but they have their own personal struggles. The old saying, "what's done in the dark will eventually comes to light" has never been more true.
When tragedy strikes, Maxine will have to make the most important decision of her life. But will the lies and secrets her husband and friends harbor bring Maxine's life crashing down around her?


Coffee and Fate by R. J. Erbacher
Coffee and Fate by R. J. Erbacher - WON from Coffee and a Book Chick!  (Thanks, Natalie!!!) - A college girl that can move things without touch and an old man who can see certain peoples future, form a friendship that will save each other and possibly mankind.

What did YOU get this week?  Link up YOUR mailbox!


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  1. Wow, what a mailbox list! I remember when my kids read Number the Stars in school. Have a great week!

  2. Those are a lot of books! Wow.

    I hope you enjoy them! :)

  3. Lots and lots of books, I hope you enjoy them all! Have a great week.

  4. "Sounds Like Crazy" looks like a good one!

    I'd love to be eneterd in this weeks giveaway. If I win I would love "The Transformation of Things", which I believe is by Jillian Cantor.

  5. wOW, WHAT A GREAT HAUL!I have those Dekker books (Green, White, Black) in my TBR pile. Sounds Like Crazy sounds like a book for me!

    Thanks for the chance to win a book. I would love to Read Rose in a Storm: A Novel by Jon Katz. You can read about it here:

  6. I did a double take when I saw tha Sogaghtani of Mongolia. The title had an Indian Sanskrit feel and the girl has an outfit that resembles my own Tibetan dress.

    Going to look up this one.

    Girl did you hit a lotto win?? That's a humongous list! WOW!

  7. I like the Thinking Princesses. Great concept.

    I'd definitely like to win, especially with Christmas coming up!

    (My book blog is 5 Minutes for Books, linked up above)

  8. Sounds like Crazy is a spectacular read!!! I hope you enjoy your books!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. I have also made it a point not to request any more books until I can lower my TBR pile and also read books that I choose. But, it is easier said than done!

  10. thanks for hosting!

    what a great mailbox. i have the corrections sitting on my shelf too, but i haven't gotten around to reading it yet. hopefully we'll both enjoy it.

  11. Thanks for hosting. I have linked (for the first time) and I hope I have got it right. I am not very good at the technical aspects of blogging!

    I would love to read Kate Morton's The Distant Hours

    Thanks for sharing such a huge mailbox.

  12. You got a great pile of books this past week! Thanks for hosting and I'd love a chance to win this week!

  13. Wow....that's all I can! Fantastic mailbox this week, there are so many of them I would love to read.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Wow, you got a ton of books! I also picked up the Andrew Taylor book and Joyce Carol Oates' memoir.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. What a great mailbox. Though I can see why you are putting review copies on hold! I got Anatomy of Ghosts too and that's pushing my to review stack towards 10 so probably time for me to stop too.

  16. I'm just about finished the graphic novel of the Circle series by Ted Dekker and it is so awesome. I'm definately going to make the novels my next priority to read from his backlist. Hope you enjoy Black!

  17. You had lot of books! Isabella of Castile sounds interesting. Enjoy!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Sense & Sensibility sounds wonderful! I had Wuthering Heights last week and I'm so glad I took time to read a classic to kick start the holidays!

  19. I am still amazed at the number of books you get every week! Both of those Real Princess books look really cool! Pleasse enter me this week in the contest! Thanks for hosting!

  20. What a great week! It looks like you got books from every source possible! Enjoy!

  21. Wow, what a week for you! Number the Stars is really good, and it's been a long time since I read Sense and Sensibility but I liked it. Happy reading!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and for hosting MM.

  22. WOW - Now that's alot of books in the mail! It's nice to see a wide variety to read.

    I haven't read any of these titles (or heard of them).... all I can say it enjoy! :)

    Have a wonderful week and happy Thanksgiving.

  23. had quite a busy week and such an eclectic mix. Am interested in your thoughts of the Dekker book..will be watching for that review.

  24. Wow, what a great list. I love the first two about real princesses.

  25. That is a great stack of books! Good Harbor looks like it might be a book I might enjoy. I'll keep a eye out for your review of it.

    Thanks for hosting MM and for offering the giveaway. I would love to enter and if I won I would love to read The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore.

  26. So many books you got! But it's a great range of different books so there will always be something to match your mood.

    Happpy reading!

  27. That is a great stack of books! Good Harbor looks like it might be a book I might enjoy. I'll keep a eye out for your review of it.

    Thanks for hosting MM and for offering the giveaway. I would love to enter and if I won I would love to read The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore.

  28. had quite a busy week and such an eclectic mix. Am interested in your thoughts of the Dekker book..will be watching for that review.

  29. Wow....that's all I can! Fantastic mailbox this week, there are so many of them I would love to read.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Sounds like Crazy is a spectacular read!!! I hope you enjoy your books!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  31. I did a double take when I saw tha Sogaghtani of Mongolia. The title had an Indian Sanskrit feel and the girl has an outfit that resembles my own Tibetan dress.

    Going to look up this one.

    Girl did you hit a lotto win?? That's a humongous list! WOW!

  32. Lots and lots of books, I hope you enjoy them all! Have a great week.

  33. Wow, what a mailbox list! I remember when my kids read Number the Stars in school. Have a great week!

  34. I linked my books and would love to enter the giveaway. Thanks!


  35. Wow, what an interesting selection you've got there! Very nice post & thanks so much for that lovely little comment on ze blog! Much appreciated!


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