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Mailbox Monday – August 25, 2008

What books arrived in your mailbox this past week? Here’s what I found:

Fire in the Blood, by Irene Nemirovsky was sent to me by a dear, bookie friend who remembered my birthday.  I am very excited about this book because I read Suite Francaise in February 2007 and loved it (read my review). I have had Fire in the Blood on my wish list ever since – and now I no longer have to wish for it … Thank you, Jill!

The Grift, by Debra Ginsberg arrived from Shaye Areheart Books – a beautiful hard cover review copy. This one is about a psuedo-psychic who doesn’t believe in psychic abilities until she finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery…and suddenly is able to see the future. Ginsberg has written one other novel: Blind Submission.

Landour Days: A Writer’s Journal, by Ruskin Bond came all the way from India thanks to A Reader From India. I won this charming little book in a give-away and it looks fabulous. I’m looking forward to reading it!

Good-Bye and Amen, by Beth Gutcheon arrived on Saturday from Nicole at Authors on the Web (thank you, Nicole!). This is the sequel to Leeway Cottage which I have sitting patiently on my TBR mountain (and now it will get moved up and read sooner rather than later so that I can throw myself into this latest book). It is set on the coast of Maine, so how could I resist? Good-Bye and Amen was just released in July – have any of your read it yet?

What gems arrived at your home this week? Check out today’s Mailbox Monday post at Marcia’s blog and leave a comment!


  1. August 25, 2008    

    Yes, *Landour Days* looks beautiful; tell us more about it after you’ve read it!

  2. August 25, 2008    

    Dawn: I’ll definitely blog about it once I’ve read it 🙂

  3. August 25, 2008    

    So glad that you enjoyed my present – you are so welcome! =) Enjoy!

  4. August 25, 2008    

    Actually I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society first then 84 Charing Cross Road. I will def. be checking some of Helene Hanff’s books out of the library. 🙂

  5. August 25, 2008    

    I received The Grift, too – and it looks good. I loved her non-fiction memoir About My Sisters.

  6. August 26, 2008    

    Jill: Of COURSE I enjoyed it 🙂 Thanks again 🙂

    Brittanie: I need to check out Hanff’s books as well.

    Carrie: I have not read anything by this author yet (The Grift will be the first). Nice to know you’ve enjoyed her writing in the past.

  7. August 26, 2008    

    I will be very interested in reading your review of Nemirovsky’s newest book. I read “Suite Francaise” last year and enjoyed it. That said, i am always rather hesitant about reading books whose authors died so long before publication. (VC Andrews anyone?) Is this truly Nemirovsky’s book or merely her vision?

  8. August 29, 2008    

    Typo: Well, Suite Francaise could arguably have been her vision since it was uncompleted due to her early death at the hands of the Nazis. But, my understanding about most of her other books is that they were all published in France BEFORE her death and are now being translated for an American audience.

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