Mailbox Monday – April 6, 2009

mailboxmonday Welcome to Mailbox Mondays (hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page) where readers share the books which arrived at their home that week. Here’s what I added to my teetering TBR pile:

americanjourneybarack The American Journey of Barack Obama, published by LIFE was a book I won in a giveaway on Amy’s blog. This is a gorgeous, hard cover book with glossy photos and wonderful text. I can’t wait to sit down and browse through its pages. THANK YOU, Amy!

balladofwest10thst The Ballad of West Tenth Street by Marjorie Kernan came to me as a review copy from Danny at Harper Perennial. This book was released at the end of March and is set in Manhattan. The blurb reads: ‘On West 10th Street, near Bleecker, stands a pair of fine old brick townhouses. One has a blue door with a tarnished brass knocker in the shape of a dolphin. The other is empty. A handsome sign declares it FOR SALE. Behind the blue door lives Sadie, the widow of a famous British rocker who died of an overdose, and her two precocious children, Hamish and Deen. The children manage to muddle along as best they can with a loving, but distracted mother. But their whole world will change when the house next door gets a new owner—a mysterious southerner who quickly endears himself to his next door neighbors, taking them and their friends under his protective wing. Read more about this book on the Harper Collins website.

physickbookofdeliverancedane The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe arrived from Barnes and Noble First Look Book Club. The book is due for release from Hyperion in June. Hyperion’s site reads: ‘Written with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the witch trials of the 1690s and a modern woman’s story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation.‘ This is Howe’s first novel. She is a descendant of Elizabeth Proctor, who survived the Salem witch trials, and Elizabeth Howe, who did not.

crazyforstorm Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad came as an Advance Reader’s Edition from Harper Collins through a Shelf Awareness offer. This nonfiction, adventure story is due for release in May. The back of the book reads: ‘Flying to a ski championship ceremony in February 1979, the chartered Cessna carrying Norman, his father, his father’s girlfriend, and the pilot crashed into the San Gabriel Mountains and was suspended at 8,200 feet, engulfed in a blizzard. “Dad and I were a team, and he was Superman,” Ollestad writes. But now Norman’s father was dead, and the devastated eleven-year-old had to descend the treacherous, icy mountain alone.‘ The author is touring his book in June – visit the Harper Collins site to see the complete schedule.

dirtylittleangels Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tulsa arrived signed from the author. Burl Barer, Edgar Award winning author, describes the novel this way: “Dirty Little Angels is the To Kill a Mockingbird of 2009. Chris Tusa’s novel marks the debut of a brave new voice in contemporary American literature.” Set amid the slums of New Orleans, the book tells the story of  sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair who has put her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. This book has been getting some good reviews. Check out the author’s website for more information.

trickingoffreya The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley came to me through the Library Thing Early Review program. The book flap reads: ‘A young woman obsessed with uncovering a family secret is drawn into the strange and magical history, language, and landscape of Iceland.‘ The setting for this book drew me to it, and I am looking forward to learning more about the history and mythology of Iceland. Check out the author’s website to learn more and to read reviews of this book.

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    • Kathy on April 6, 2009 at 04:21

    You had a great week. I got the Deliverance Dane book, too and I think that extra flap is going to be a nuisance.

  1. The Ballad of West Tenth Street looks completely yummy! Color me jealous. I got Crazy for the Storm last week.

  2. I am liking the sound of the Dane book.
    Happy reading

    My little mailbox is also up

  3. I have both the barack obama book and the Dirty Little Angels for review. Happy reading.

    here’s my mailbox:

    • Mary on April 6, 2009 at 07:55


    • Wendy on April 6, 2009 at 11:20

    Kathy: I agree about that extra flap – whose idea was that!?!??

    Kristen: I think a lot of people picked up Crazy for the Storm this week!

    Blodeuedd and Serena: Thanks – I’ll drop by later to check out your mailboxes.

    Mary: thank you!

    • Kristi on April 6, 2009 at 13:05

    Enjoy your books! I got Crazy for the Storm and am hoping I can get my hubby to read that one too!

  4. I just loved The American Journey. The pictures were fun to see, and I thought the Editors did a good job of telling Obama’s story. I hope you enjoy it!!

    Here’s my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

    • Toni on April 6, 2009 at 18:31

    I loved The American Journey. Darn I wish I had gotten The Dirty Little Angels. I have been passing up some good books as I want to review them timely.

  5. I’m just glad the book finally arrived! 🙂

    I also got Crazy for the Storm and am really looking forward to reading it.

    • Anna on April 8, 2009 at 05:02

    I received Dirty Little Angels, too. The others you received sound good as well. Happy reading!

    • Wendy on April 8, 2009 at 10:16

    Thanks, Kristi. I think men would relate to Crazy for the Storm.

    Wendi: I have thumbed through and looked at the photos which I agree – wonderful!

    Toni: I have probably accepted more books than I should – I just can’t say no to some of these!

    Amy: Yay! 🙂

    Anna: Thanks – you too!

    • Marcia on April 10, 2009 at 16:28

    Thank you for stopping by the mailbox this week. Our reading tastes have something in common this week and next.

    • Wendy on April 11, 2009 at 05:56

    Marcia: Always my pleasure to participate in this event!

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