The Printed Page. Martha has closed The Printed Page effective December 18th and set up Mailbox Monday on it's own blog here: http://mailboxmonday.wordpress.com/
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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.
I guarantee that you will add to your reading list by visiting the participating blogs in both of these memes!
These are the latest books that I've received through the mail:
Jerry B. Jenkins - ARC for review from the author - Releases September 1, 2012 - (The Book Depository / Amazon) - having enjoyed both The Brotherhood and The Last Operative, I was thrilled to see this latest release come into my mailbox - they seem to get better each time!
As the youngest bureau chief and head of the Chicago Police Department's Major Case Squad, Boone Drake seems to have it all under control. Only those closest to him know that just a few short years ago, he lost everything that mattered to him in a tragic accident. After years of healing, his life is back on track. He recently married a wonderful woman named Haeley, adopted her son, bought a beautiful home, and rediscovered his faith. But Boone can't fight the feeling that something is about to go terribly wrong . . . again.
When an all-too-personal case takes Boone to Beijing at a time when Haeley can least afford to let him go, Boone is forced to make a difficult choice. There he becomes enmeshed in a dangerous human-trafficking ring that takes him through the famed Hutong District's narrow streets, alleys, and hovels. Teamed with a former Liberation Army officer, Boone has one chance to pull off an elaborate sting and rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.
The Divorce of Henry VII by Catherine Fletcher - ARC for review from the publisher - Releases June 19, 2012 - (The Book Depository / Amazon)
In 1533 the English monarch Henry VIII decided to divorce his wife of twenty years Catherine of Aragon in pursuit of a male heir to ensure the Tudor line. He was also head over heels in love with his wife’s lady in waiting Anne Boleyn, the future mother of Elizabeth I. But getting his freedom involved a terrific web of intrigue through the enshrined halls of the Vatican that resulted in a religious schism and the formation of the Church of England. Henry’s man in Rome was a wily Italian diplomat named Gregorio Casali who drew no limits on skullduggery including kidnapping, bribery and theft to make his king a free man. In this absorbing narrative, winner of the Rome Fellowship prize and University of Durham historian Catherine Fletcher draws on hundreds of previously-unknown Italian archive documents to tell the colorful tale from the inside story inside the Vatican.
For review from the author - (The Book Depository / Amazon) - I so enjoyed the author's last title The Book of Eli, smart satire that made me smile in so many places! This one also promises to be a fun piece of writing!
This novel is a carefully woven escapade that brings together the elite Russian spy squad of Mr. Zavert, Boris Gila, Alexei Aleksandra and Ivan Viznapu as they start on a dangerous mission that brings them into contact with the gangsters Mickey Cohen and Johnny Stompanato, the billionaire Howard Hughes, the producer/director Dick Powell, the actress Susan Hayward, countless others, and of course the big man himself - John Wayne. It is Moffie's most ambitious novel to date. An unusual aspect is that one of the worst films ever made "The Conqueror," and the sand it was filmed on, play prominent roles in the book. Shot near St. George, Utah, the cast and crew were unaware of the life-and-death risks involved in filming on ground laden with radioactivity from the nuclear tests downwind in Nevada. In addition, Howard Hughes had 60 tons of the uniquely colored sand send back to RKO for post-production shots, and to this day no one knows exactly what happened to it. At least 91 of the 220 cast and crew members developed cancer after filming. Forty-six died, including John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendariz (who shot himself soon after learning he had terminal cancer), Agnes Moorehead, John Hoyt and director Dick Powell. "The topic of why so many people died of cancer filming "The Conqueror" has always been something I wanted to tackle, because I wanted to expose the horror's of the 50's Red Scare," said Moffie. "Having the ultimate symbol of America-John Wayne- as an ironic victim of his own overzealous patriotism was the perfect way to write about it." Moffie is no stranger in poking fun at The Establishment, His last novel, The Book of Eli reimagined a Heaven that would make Rick Santourm cry. God sounds like Orson Welles and atheists like Madelyn Murray O'Hare are there, along with Groucho Marx and of course Ayn Rand and Freud!
Alice on the Outside by Phyllis Reynold Naylor - For review from the publisher - (The Book Depository / Amazon)
In this charming repackage from a beloved series, Alice doesn’t feel like fitting in.
Alice McKinley likes her life, but she senses things are changing. She gets a little bored by her best friends Elizabeth’s and Pamela’s obsession with clothes and makeup. She’s just not that interested. And though she is very interested in her boyfriend, Patrick, she’s not entirely sure how to keep their relationship going. Alice is struggling to figure out how she feels about things—and then how her feelings fits into what other people think she should be feeling. Getting older is even trickier than Alice thought—is she ready for the challenge? As Alice stumbles her way through the minefield of early adolescence, there are plenty of bumps, giggles, and surprises along the way. Every girl should grow up with Alice, and with this irresistible new look, a whole new generation will want to.
"What Are You Reading?" is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Click over to see what other readers are into this week and add to your TBR pile!
Well, I have NOT been keeping great track of the books I've read, so I will just start with what I'm currently reading and what's upcoming!
(Click on the cover for the Goodreads page)
Stop by tomorrow when I participate in a blog tour for The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr by Sandra Byrd. One of you will have a chance to win a copy for yourself!
The 25 Favorite Novels II is a Nook book, with over 15,000 pages - so far, I've re-read The Three Musketeers, Little Women, and Oliver Twist. I've also read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (what a great book - no wonder it's a classic! Currently I'm re-reading A Tale of Two Cities. You'll be seeing THIS one on my "Currently Reading" list for some time to come!
Next to be read on the personal pile (click cover for Goodreads page):
Next to be read on the hard copy review pile (click cover for Goodreads page):
The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr by Sandra Byrd
How was YOUR reading week? Please leave a link to YOUR "What Are You Reading/In My Mailbox/Mailbox Monday" post(s) in the comments (I'd love to come visit) or simply comment with what your reading week was like!