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!

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  1. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of IN HOVERING FLIGHT a few months ago. It’s a beautifully written novel. Here’s my review if you are interested:

    • Wendy on September 8, 2008 at 07:55

    Julie: Excellent review! I’m looking forward to reading In Hovering Flight!

  2. I just finished up Months and Seasons last week. I’m hoping to write my review this week. It was easy to read and enjoyable, but I’m not a big fan of short stories. I always want more. 🙂

    • Dawn on September 8, 2008 at 14:30

    Ooh, I’m jealous! *Tomato Girl* and *In Hovering Flight* are on my wish lists based on seeing them pop up in other blogs. I really enjoyed *Months and Seasons* (review is here: sorry, I’ve been posting bad links today, so I won’t even attemp the “pretty” code!)

    I’ll look forward to your reviews.

    • Wendy on September 9, 2008 at 07:42

    Jennifer: I’ll look forward to reading your review. I think short stories can be very challenging which is why I belong to a couple of yahoo groups which read and discuss them. Almost always I find the discussion helps me appreciate them more!

    Dawn: Great review of Months and Seasons! Unbridled Books (In Hovering Flight) has a media tab on their site where you can request books…which is how I got that one 🙂

    • jill on September 10, 2008 at 04:54

    I’ve had Tomato Girl on my list, and I just picked it up at the library…I’m trying to rush through what I’m reading right not to get to it! Looking forward to your review…

    • Wendy on September 11, 2008 at 07:21

    Jill: I’ll look forward to your review of Tomato Girl. It seems to be getting good reviews everywhere.

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