Mailbox Monday – December 15, 2008

What arrived in your mailbox this week? Between the US Postal Service and the UPS man (who is now my best friend), this is what I got:

An Advance Reader’s Edition of American Rust, by Philipp Meyer arrived from Spiegel & Grau. Due for release February 24, 2009 this debut novel is about  “friendship, loyalty, and love, centering on a murder in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

A review copy of the recently released Family Planning by Karan Mahajan arrived from Harper Perennial. Mahajan’s first novel is set in New Delhi, India and is billed as a family saga. Reviewers have commented on its sharp humor and haunting insights.

The Book of Night Women came to me from Riverhead Books through a Shelf Awareness request. The back of this Advance Reader’s Edition reads: ‘…[James] spins a magical web of humanity, race, and love, fully inhabiting the wonderfully rich nineteenth-century Jamaican patois, which rings with a distinctly contemporary energy.‘ Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

Firmin, by Sam Savage (illustrated by Fernando Krahn) arrived via Library Thing’s Early Reviewer Program. I was delighted to see my edition has rat-sized “bite” out of it! This edition will be released December 30, 2008. Publisher’s Weekly writes: ‘An alternately whimsical and earnest paean to the joys of literature.” I can’t wait to read it!

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    • Kathy on December 15, 2008 at 07:29

    Oh my gosh, I see why you love your UPS man! Family Planning and The Book of Night Women both look great.

    • Wendy on December 15, 2008 at 08:31

    Kathy: LOL! My UPS man always says “Happy reading” when he drops off my packages 🙂

  1. Those are some good reads. Happy reading to you!

    Here is what I got in my mailbox!

    • Wendi on December 15, 2008 at 10:10

    I also received American Rust and The Book of Night Women. Both sound interesting, and both came from Shelf Awareness I think!

    Here’s my Mailbox!

    🙂 Wendi

    • Cathy on December 15, 2008 at 10:50

    Oh, I was hoping for a copy of Firmin! I’ll be on the lookout for your review.

    • Nicola on December 15, 2008 at 11:52

    You got some cool stuff last week! I only got 1 review book for a change and it was {snicker} American Rust.

  2. American Rust sounds intriguing!

    My Mailbox Monday post is here.

  3. What a nice list! I loved the rat bite taken out of Firmin.

    • Dawn on December 16, 2008 at 18:54

    Wendy, I’ve got many of the same books as you over the past week or so. One I don’t have, and am interested in, is *Firmin*. I’ll look for your review.

    • Tara on December 18, 2008 at 11:35

    Nice books! Family Planning sounds especially good to me!

    • Anna on December 19, 2008 at 06:34

    Family Planning sounds good. I love family sagas.

    • Marcia on December 19, 2008 at 15:16

    Thank you for stopping by the ‘mailbox’ this week. The ‘Book of Night Women’ is now my MM wish list.

    Happy Holidays!

    • Wendy on December 21, 2008 at 09:43

    Gautami: Thanks 🙂

    Wendi: thanks for stopping by…I know a lot of people who got American Rust!

    Cathy: I should be reading Firmin soon…it is a short one!

    Nicola: How coincidental that you got American Rust as well *giggles*

    Avisannschild: thanks for sharing your link with me 🙂

    Ms. Bookish: I loved that rat bite too!

    Dawn: I’ve been wanting to read Firmin for awhile!

    Tara and Anna: I agree – Family Planning looks good.

    Marcia: As always I love this event 🙂

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