Last week I did not forget about Mailbox Monday…I just had no books arrive at my house. That has not happened in a long, long time…but is was not unexpected. I have been requesting less and turning down more books of late in an effort to “catch up” with my review books. That said, I found a few books and other goodies came my way this past week.
Bookreporter.Com Beach Bag of Books is giving away prize packs all summer. I entered the drawing and won a terrific prize which included three books and a ton of other beachy goodies:
A cotton beach bag filled with a lime slice of Kleenex, an extra long striped beach blanket, a pair of flip flops, a hot pink relax-a-mat, fishy Boca Clips, Banana Boat Sport Performance (SPF 50) spray sunscreen, and a colorful coffee mug. Wow! And here are the books:
The Unit by Nini Holmqvist is a dystopian novel which is ‘a gripping exploration of a society in the throes of a system geared toward eliminating those who do not contribute by conventional means, in which the “dispensable” ones are convinced under gentle coercion of the importance of sacrificing for the “necessary” ones.‘ This is a story which purports to look deeply into the female psyche as well. By the way, Claire at Blue Archipelago has just reviewed this book.
Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry looks like a fun summer read. It is a novel about three sisters – ‘their loves, their rivalries, and the events of one summer that changes their lives.‘ I am the youngest of three sisters, and this one is a book I think I’ll enjoy.
Summer House by Nancy Thayer takes place on the Island of Nantucket and brings together three generations of strong-willed women. Described as “beautifully textured,”a poignant testament to the enduring power of the bond between women,” and “absorbing“…this novel sounds like the perfect book to read in the hammock with a tall glass of iced tea.
I also received two books through TLC Book Tours:
Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman looked far too good to turn down. The book flap reads: ‘Set against the volatile events of the last forty years of Sri Lankan history, A Disobedient Girl traces the lives of three characters whose interwoven fates and histories force them to answer life’s most difficult questions. Beautiful, haunting, alive, and brimming with truth, it is, above all, a novel about extraordinary circumstances that change life in an instant and the power of love to transcend time and place.‘ Freeman is a Sri Lankan writer who has been published internationally. To read more about her and her work, visit the author’s website. I will be reviewing and touring this book at the end of September. To see the entire tour schedule, visit TLC Book Tours.
The Promised World by Lisa Tucker is due for release in September and I will be touring it on September 22nd (to see the full schedule visit TLC Book Tours). The back flap of this novel reads: ‘On a March afternoon, while Lila Cole is working in her quiet office, her twin brother, Billy, points an unloaded rifle out of a hotel window across from an elementary school closing down a city block.‘ This book, centering around Billy’s ‘suicide by cop’ promises ‘a tale of intimacy, betrayal, and lost innocence.‘ Tucker has written several other bestselling novels (to learn more, visit the author’s website).
The Link by Colin Tudge arrived from Marcia at The Printed Page who generously gifts her books to those readers who show an interest in them (read more about Marcia’s Read it Forward program). The Link is a non fiction book which tells the story of “Ida”…a perfectly fossilized early primate which is the oldest primate fossil ever recovered. The book flaps reads that The Link “opens a stunningly evocative window into our past and chnages what we know about primate evolution and, ultimately, our own.” Marcia didn’t love this one (it is pretty heavy on the science end of things), but there are some great reviews of the book on Amazon and on the blogs…so I am eager to give this one a go. Thanks, Marcia!!
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