Mailbox Monday – July 27, 2009

mailboxMonday1 Monday again…and time for Mailbox Monday (hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page). Here is what arrived at my house last week:

GoodPlainCook The Good Plain Cook by Bethan Roberts arrived from Rachel, a publicist at Meryl Zegarek. This novel has already been published in the UK through Serpent’s Tail (an imprint of Profile Books LTD) and is due for release in the United States in November. Set in 1936, the book tells the story of Kitty Allen who becomes a cook in the home of an American living abroad. The press release reads: ‘Bethan Roberts writes with subtlety andhumor about the huge  differences between what people say and what they thing […]’ Roberts was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writers’ Prize for her previous work: The Pools.

Benny&Shrimp Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti was originally published in Sweden in 1998 and has recently been translated by Sarah Death and become available in the United States through Penguin. Caitlin, a publicist from FSB Associates, sent me a copy of this novel for review. The book is described as “offbeat,” “funny,” and a “down-to-earth love story” about two middle-aged and lonely people. Mazetti’s novel was nominated for the Prix Cevennes in France in 2007. To read more about the author and her work, visit the Penguin site.

BestFriendsForever Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner arrived from Atria via a Shelf Awareness offer. Weiner is the best selling author of seven novels. The book flap on this book reads: ‘Best Friends Forever is a grand, hilarious, edge-of-your-seat adventure; a story about betrayal and loyalty, family history and small-town secrets.‘ This will be my first Weiner novel and I am looking forward to it. To learn more about Weiner and her work, visit the author’s website.

WhenYou WentAwayWhen You Went Away by Michael Baron arrived as an unsolicited Advance Reader’s Edition from Joan, a publicist with The Story Plant. Baron’s work is going to be getting a lot of attention with his first two novels being published only three months apart, followed by an new book every four months during 2010. When You Went Away is about a character whose life is turned upside down with the death of his wife followed by a run-away teenage daughter. But romance is in the air…and when a woman walks into his life, everything changes. If you enjoy romances, this may just be the book for you. Visit Michael Baron’s website to learn more about him and his work.

Paw Prints In the Stars Paw Prints in the Stars by Warren Hanson is a special book sent to me by Lisa Roe just because she thought of me when she saw the book at the BEA this year. Lisa explained how the book ended up in her hands: ‘When I saw the book at a booth, I read through it and could not stop thinking of you. A woman who worked with the publisher approached me and asked what I thought. I told her that I knew someone that I felt the book could help and she gave me their display copy! As she pressed it into my hand she was very genuine when she said that she hoped my friend found some peace in the book. Everything about her, the book, and the tone of the publishing house was so heart warming and…genuine is all I can come up with. They left me feeling wonderful and I hoped that would come across to you as well.‘ I am so touched by this gift. Although it has been a half of a year since Caribou died, her loss is as sharp as ever. I miss her and think of her, and a week never goes by when either Kip or I say “Remember when Caribou…” This little book will find a place with my other Bou memories. Thank you again, Lisa.

I also found two books in my mailbox from Gabrielle at Penguin:

GodsSoldiers God and Soldiers, an anthology edited by Rob Spillman looks fantastic. This collection of fiction and nonfiction stories includes African writers such as Chinua Achebe, Chris Abani, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, and Leila Aboulela. ‘From northern Arabic-speaking to southern Zulu-speaking writers, the stories in this collection can be viewed as thirty different ways of seeing what it means to be African.‘ I cannot wait to delve into this book.

MapOfHome A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar is billed as a ‘fresh, funny, and fearless debut novel‘ about the coming of age of Nidali, a young girl born to an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father. Compared to both Jhumpa Lahiri and Marjane Satrapi, Jarrar is an author to watch. To learn more about her and her work, visit the author’s website.

What arrived in YOUR mailbox this week??

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  1. Everyone got a lot this week! Here is mine mine

  2. Wow, what a great bunch of books. Please review the Paw Prints one first. This has been a hard month since losing my cat this winter.

  3. Bennie and Shrimp is making the blogging rounds — I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Some very interesting ones in there. I hope you like them.
    I think I have to go and google that Hanson book

    • Sandra on July 27, 2009 at 09:05

    That’s quite a haul for one week, a book a day. Benny and Shrimp interests me. And I’ve heard good thing about When You Went Away. I too will be interested to see your thoughts on Paw Prints. Take care.

  5. Oh what a great selection of books this week, I hope you enjoy reading them! 🙂

    • Mary on July 27, 2009 at 09:31

    Great list! I didn’t know that Benny & June was first out in ’98. I’m looking forward to reading it!

    • diane on July 27, 2009 at 11:43

    Very nice! Paw Prints in the Stars sounds wonderful. Enjoy

  6. Great load of books! The Good Plain Cook sounds like an interesting story. I received Benny & Shrimp as well. I think it’ll be a good one. Enjoy!

    • Kathy on July 27, 2009 at 12:06

    I got tears in my eyes reading the story behind your copy of Paw Prints in the Stars. I hope it does bring you some peace.

  7. These sound like wonderful books, especially the last three. I hope you enjoy them!

    • Megan on July 27, 2009 at 14:30

    Looks like a great haul for the week. Gods and Soldiers looks especially interesting. Looking forward to hearing what you think about it!

  8. I received When You Went Away by Michael Baron as well. happy reading

    • Wendy on July 31, 2009 at 07:37

    Bluestocking: For some reason I am having trouble accessing your podcast 🙁

    Melanie: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your cat…it is so hard to say goodbye to our furred friends, isn’t it? I will not be doing a formal review of the Paw Prints book…it is a simple, short memory book and it is lovely. I think you would find comfort in its pages.

    Jessica: Bennie and Shrimp looks like a terrific book, doesn’t it?

    Blodeuedd: The Paw Prints book is really lovely.

    Sandra: Some weeks are just like this…lots of goodies 🙂

    Jessica Marie: Thank you!

    Mary: Yes, apparently Bennie and Shrimp is not a NEW book … although it is new to U.S. readers 🙂

    Diane: Paw Prints is a beautiful book!

    Darlene: Looks like we got a couple of the same books!

    Kathy: Thank you…I am still missing Caribou and Lisa’s thoughtfulness really, really touched my heart. There are a lot of good people in the world.

    Rhapsody: Thanks! I hope I do too 🙂

    Megan: I was so excited about Gods and Soldiers…it looks fantastic.

    Serena: Will look forward to reading your thoughts on it 🙂

    • Anna on August 1, 2009 at 05:52

    I also have Best Friends Forever and When You Went Away. The Good Plain Cook caught my eye. Looking forward to your reviews.

    • Wendy on August 2, 2009 at 06:57

    Anna: Its funny how many crossovers I see out there! The Good Plain Cook looks interesting!

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