Daily Archives: January 12, 2009

Mailbox Monday – January 12, 2009

mailboxmonday It’s that time again when book bloggers share their book acquisitions. Here is what arrived at my house this week:

brightestmoon The Brightest Moon of the Century, by Christopher Meeks came to me as an Advance Reading Copy directly from the author. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know I’ve read both of Meeks’ short story collections (The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea reviewed here; and Months and Seasons reviewed here) and thoroughly enjoyed them. I was thrilled to be added to the list of reviewers who would get an ARC of his first novel. The Brightest Moon of the Century is about Edward, a Minnesota man. It follows his life from age 14 to age 45 over 9 chapters. Meeks creates quirky characters and a sneak peak of the first chapter of this novel made me think of John Irving’s Garp. The book is due for release in March 2009.

delicateediblebirds Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories, by Lauren Groff. This is a finished hard cover which arrived from Hyperion. Isn’t the cover gorgeous? This collection consists of nine stories which ‘offer portraits of smart, daring women who are in search of, in thrall to, or disillusioned by love.‘ I am looking forward to sinking into this book. Thank you to Pamela Peterson from Hyperion & Voice!

I also spent some of my Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Border’s gift certificates which have been adding up in the last few months. Here’s what arrived from the bookstores in the last week.

Collections of Short Stories:

onemoreyear theboat drinkingcoffee

  • One More Year, by Sana Krasikov – winner of the 5 Under 35 Award (2008) and a collection which is getting rave reviews.
  • The Boat, by Nam Le – winner of 5 Under 35 Award (2008) and a collection which has been on my wish list since the first time I became aware of it.
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, by ZZ Packer – winner of the 5 Uner 35 Award (2006) and another collection which I’ve been looking at for a couple of years now.


spectatorbird goldenage senatorswife

  • The Spectator Bird, by Wallace Stegner – winner of the National Book Award (1977)
  • A Golden Age, by Tahmina Anam – on my wish list since I read Teddy’s review
  • The Senator’s Wife, by Sue Miller – just because I love Miller’s writing


flavorbible improvisationalcook

  • The Flavor Bible, by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg – I got tired of waiting to win this one!
  • The Improvisational Cook, by Sally Schneider – which seemed to be a good book to use along with The Flavor Bible.

Visit Marcia at today’s Mailbox Monday Post on The Printed Page to leave a link to your acquistions and see what other people found in THEIR mailboxes!