Daily Archives: September 7, 2008

Mailbox Monday – September 8, 2008

My mailbox this week has been bulging with new books. Below are the treasures which arrived.

From Lindsey at Algonquin Books:

Tomato Girl, by Jayne Pupek (Advance Readers Edition). This novel is receiving excellent early reviews. It is Pupek’s first novel (she has a published book of poems already) and is described by the publisher as “a powerful and deeply emotional debut novel in the classic Southern tradition of Carson McCullers and Kaye Gibbons.

My Father’s Paradise, by Ariel Sabar (Advance Readers Edition). Sabar is an award winning journalist. This book is about him and his father. The blurb on the back of the book reads: ‘Populated by Kurdish chieftains, trailblazing linguists, Arab nomads, devout believers – marvelous characters all – this intimate yet powerful book uncovers the vanished history of a place that is now at the very center of the world’s attention.‘ You may remember from previous posts that I love reading work by journalists – they all seem to be able to concisely capture the flavor of foreign lands and situations. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

From Caitlin at Unbridled Books:

In Hovering Flight, by Joyce Hinnefeld (hardcover, expected publication is September 16th). This debut novel is being dubbed the “Indi Pick for September” and is garnering great early reviews. The blurb on the back of the book reads: ‘The natural world, an artist’s vision, the intensity of long-lasting love, and the flight of a fragile bird all work to shape the plot of this extraordinary novel.‘ Does that pique your curiousity like it did mine?

From a very dear friend and fellow book lover (thank you again, Paola!):

Everything She Thought She Wanted, by Elizabeth Buchan (published 2005 by Viking Penguin). I read Buchan’s Revenge of the Midde-Aged Woman and loved it. Buchan is sardonic and funny and I look forward to reading another novel by her.

From author Christopher Meeks (who read my Friday Finds on August 29th and offered to send me a copy of his book):

Months and Seasons, by Christopher Meeks (Published June 2008 by White Whisker Books). I read a wonderful review of this book on Adventures in Reading and knew I had to read it. This collection of short stories has been getting five star reviews everywhere, by the way. Imagine my surprise and delight when the book arrived and I discovered it was also autographed. Thank you, Chris!

Visit Marcia’s Mailbox Monday post today to see what other people got in their mailboxes and to leave a comment.

Sunday Salon – September 7, 2008

September 7, 2008


I woke up very early this morning and lay in bed listening to the birds while a cool breeze blew in through the windows. I love that time of day, before the sun is fully up and before there is any pressure to get things done.

Since my last Salon posting, I posted my review of Maus I and Maus II and then read Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay which was an Advance Reader’s Edition I got from the Library Thing Early Reviewers program (read my review). I liked this novel, but thought it lacked a little something which would have made it great.

Yesterday I finished reading House and Home, by Kathleen McCleary. I’m waiting to post a review of that book until September 17th which is the day I will be hosting the blog tour through TLC Book Tours. Ms. McCleary will be featured that day here on Caribousmom and will be providing a guest post. I hope you’ll all come back then to read my thoughts on this warm novel and read thoughts from the author.

After I fed the animals and checked my email, I climbed back into bed with my coffee and read some more from The View From Castle Rock, by Alice Munro. I’ve been enjoying this collection of short stories which mine the real life of Munro while exploring such themes as wealth vs. poverty and the connections between families. This morning I read the story titled Home – which is full of rich descriptions of a family farm and the people who populate a small town in Ontario.

I’ve also started reading The Heretic’s Daughter, by Kathleen Kent. This novel is set in Salem, Massachusetts during the time of the Salem witch trials. I’m only 25 pages into the book but am already hooked. Kent has a compelling “voice” which draws the reader immediately into her story. I received a hard cover first edition of this book from the publisher which I will be giving away here on my blog during Book Blogger Appreciation Week (September 15 -19). Come back then to learn how you can win this book. Speaking of Book Blogger Appreciation Week…

I was thrilled to be not only nominated, but to be named as a finalist in the category of Best Literary Fiction Blog. To see the list of all finalists in all categories, visit this post on My Friend Amy’s blog. To vote for your favorites, visit the Voting Booth by September 12th. The week of this event should be really fun with give-aways planned and a variety of other blogging events taking place. Be sure to check My Friend Amy’s blog frequently to get the most updated information!

In other news, I have been honored over the last two weeks on 3 different blogs! Both Twiga at Journey to the End of the TBR Pile and Aloi Reads bestowed the honor of the Brilliante Award on me. I love reading both of their blogs too! Thank you ladies!

Then Teddy from So Many Precious Books, So Little Time awarded me a Super Commenter. Really, I should have given Teddy the award – she is one of my most loyal commenters. Thanks, Teddy!

Now the rules are that I am supposed to nominate other bloggers for these awards – I’ve played along in the past. But I have to be honest – I find it very stressful just picking a few of the almost 300 blogs I read and enjoy on a daily basis. Most of you know who you are – I love you all! So I’m copping out this time.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday filled with fabulous books!