Mailbox Monday – July 20, 2009

mailboxMonday1 Happy Monday! It is that time again where readers share the books that arrived at their house each week. To see more Mailbox Monday posts (and leave a link to YOUR mailbox), visit Marcia at The Printed Page today.

Here is what I found in my mailbox this week:

southofbroad South of Broad by Pat Conway arrived from publisher Nan A. Talese through a Shelf Awareness offer. I was really excited to get this book because I keep hearing great things about Pat Conroy and I have not read anything by this author. This chunkster (more than 500 pages) is due for release in August and is getting some good early reviews. The back of my Advance Reader’s Edition reads: “The publishing event of the season: The one and only Pat Conroy returns, with a big, sprawling novel that is at once a love letter Charleston and an ode to lifelong friendship.” Pat Conroy has written and published several best-selling novels. To learn more about him and his work, visit the author’s website or visit wikipedia. By the way, you can win a copy of this book by visiting the Nan A. Talese website and clicking on the link to get their e-newsletter (contest is open through the end of this month).

ReasonsandAdvantages Reasons and Advantages of Breathing: Stories by Lydia Peelle came to me from Jeremy at Harper Collins as part of the Summer is Short, Read a Short Story program. Harper Collins describes the book this way: ‘With this first book of fiction, a gifted young writer brings together eight superbly crafted stories that peer deeply into the human heart, exploring lives derailed by the loss of a vital connection to the land and to the natural world of which they are a part.‘ Peelle is the recipient of an O’Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and her stories have twice appeared in Best New American Voices. Read more about her on her author page at Harper.

ElephantKeeper The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson is due for release through William Morrow in August. This Advance Reader’s Edition arrived thanks to Library Thing’s Early Review Program. Animal lovers will want to read this one based on the blurb from the back of the book: ‘Set in eighteenth century England, The Elephant Keeper is a magical adventure and a love story between two baby elephants – Jenny and Timothy – and the young man who accidentally finds himself their keeper.‘ Nicholson is a prize-winning radio documentary producer who has worked for the BBC World Service. The Elephant Keeper is his first novel. Read more about the author here.

These books arrived direct from Gabrielle at Penguin:

StealingBuddasDinner Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen is a memoir which begins with the author’s migration with her family out of Saigon in 1975 and follows her life in the Midwest as she comes of age and seeks an American identity. Pegged as a writer to watch, Nguyen’s prose was classified as “perfectly pitched and prodigiously detailed” by The Boston Globe. To learn more about the author and her work, visit Nguyen’s website.

ShortGirls Short Girls by Bich Minh Nguyen is the author’s first novel and second published work. This book centers around two sisters who grow up in a Vietnamese American community and who find their lives in turmoil. Described as a book about family loyalties and immigrant communities, Short Girls has been getting great reviews.

LuckyEveryday Lucky Everyday by Bapsy Jain is a novel about a woman forced to flee Bombay to New York City. This is the author’s first novel which was published last year. Read more about Jain and her work on the author’s website.

House of Bilqis The House of Bilqis by Azhar Abidi is “a haunting novel about a mother and son and the emotional consequences of leaving home.” The book is set primarily in Pakistan in the modern era. To learn more about the author and his work, visit Abidi’s blog and his dedicated blog about The House of Bilqis which also includes an excerpt from the novel.

I also used my Amazon points to buy some books I’ve been lusting after:

BreadAlone BakersApprentice Bread Alone AND The Baker’s Apprentice by Judith Ryan Hendricks have been on my wishlist since I read her latest book The Laws of Harmony (read my review). I love Hendricks’ writing, and both of the these books have gotten some really wonderful reviews from fellow bloggers. The Baker’s Apprentice is the sequel to Bread Alone. Both books are set in Seattle and feature Wynter Morrison, the thirty something trophy wife turned baker. I love novels about food and cannot wait to read these!

AHomemadeLife A HomeMade Life by Molly Wizenberg showed up recently on one of my Friday Finds posts. This book looks terrific and is part memoir, part cookbook. I regularly read Wizenbergs wonderful food blog Orangette, so picking up her book was a no-brainer.

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  1. The Elephant book sounds good. Here is mine

    • Mary on July 20, 2009 at 07:09

    Ooh, great list!

  2. Don’t you love Amazon points?!!!

    I also got South of Broad. Looks pretty interesting!

    • Kathy on July 20, 2009 at 07:31

    You had a great week! I’m lusting after A Homemade Life too!

    • Wendy on July 20, 2009 at 07:39
      Author

    Bluestocking: For some reason I could not get your podcast to play for me 🙁

    Mary: Thanks…I’m looking forward to these!

    Rhapsody: YES! I use them almost the same day they arrive *laughs*

    Kathy: It looks so good…I can’t wait to read it!

    • Jill on July 20, 2009 at 08:29

    I received the South of Broad and The Elephant Keeper as ARCs too. Both look wonderful. I haven’t read Conroy before – looking forward to it!

    Thanks!
    Jill

  3. South of Broad is making the blog rounds. Happy reading.

    • Anna on July 20, 2009 at 09:11

    These sound really good. I love the Lucky Everyday cover. My Mailbox post is here.

    –Anna

    • Cathy on July 20, 2009 at 09:48

    Conroy is one of those authors who speak to my heart. When he has a new book published, I’ll track down a copy no matter what. I hope you enjoy South of Broad!

    • diane on July 20, 2009 at 11:31

    So many goodies. Glad you got South of Broad (looks great). Stealing Budha’s Dinner too. I wanted to also mention that I LOVED Bread Along and The Baker’s Apprentice; hope u do too. ENJOY

    • Sheri on July 20, 2009 at 12:32

    I’m interested in the elephant book.

    I read and reviewed Short Girls. I’m interested in hearing what you have to say about it.

    Sheri

    • Wendy on July 20, 2009 at 14:02
      Author

    You and me both, Jill…this will be my first Conroy 🙂

    Serena: I’ve seen it on a number of blogs…

    Anna: Will drop by later to visit your mailbox 🙂

    Cathy: I’ve heard that from a lot of readers…which is why I knew I needed to read something by him soon.

    Diane: I fully expect to love Hendricks’ books…will let you know!

    Sheri: Not sure when I’ll be reading Short Girls…but will let you know when I do.

  4. Lots of good looking books there. Hope you enjoy them all!

  5. Your stack looks great. Happy reading.

    • Staci on July 20, 2009 at 18:32

    So many great books to look at!! I loved Homemade Life, loved it!! I haven’t read her blog yet so I still get to enjoy that!! The Elephant Keeper really caught my eye!!

  6. Bread Alone and The Baker’s Apprentice are so good. I hope you enjoy them!

  7. I’m about 50 pages into South of Broad and so far, so good. I loved Beach Music, so I have high hopes for this one!!

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of Bread Alone and The Baker’s Apprentice. Loved the first. The sequel was just so-so for me. I really liked Isabel’s Daughter, though. Give it a try someday.

    I have Homemade Life in my stacks. Bought it a couple of weeks ago and there it sits. Sheesh.

  8. I got South of Broad too. That’s a terrific stack o’books you got. I’m looking forward to reading your reviews. Happy reading!

    • Alyce on July 22, 2009 at 07:04

    You got a good variety of books! The Elephant Keeper sounds like a good one to me.

    • Wendy on July 23, 2009 at 05:49
      Author

    Kailana: Thank you!

    Vasilly: Thanks for stopping in 🙂 Happy reading to you too!

    Staci: Glad to hear you loved Homemade Life…you will adore her blog…have fun!

    Darlene: Thanks – I do too!

    Les: I had heard that the sequel to Bread Alone was not quite as good…but I still want to read it 🙂 Glad to hear you’re enjoying South of Broad 🙂

    Kelly: I think a lot of readers ended up getting Conroy’s book…I’m looking forward to all the reviews.

    Alyce: I think so too 🙂

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