I always enjoy Mondays because of Marcia’s weekly event: Mailbox Mondays. Readers share the books which arrived at their homes over the past week and link their posts to Marcia’s blog. For me, this event has evolved into a way for me to acknowledge those books I receive from authors, publishers and publicists and give my readers a chance to get an early look at some of the newest books.
Here is what arrived at my house this week:
Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow came from Random House through a Shelf Awareness offer. Although I am trying to resist more review book requests, I really wanted to read this one. I have yet to read a Doctorow novel and this one is getting some early raves. From the back of the book: ‘Brilliantly conceived, gorgeously written, this mesmerizing narrative, a free, imaginative rendering of the lives of New York’s fabled Collyer brothers, is a family story with the resonance of myth, an astonishing masterwork unlike any that have come before from this great writer.‘ Homer and Langley is scheduled for release in September. Doctorow is a prolific writer. To see a list of his work with links to reader’s reviews, visit this page on Library Thing.
The Year of The Flood by Margaret Atwood is a book I am VERY excited about. I love Atwood’s work, and so when this book showed up on Shelf Awareness, I just had to request it. Due for release by Nan A. Talese in September, The Year of the Flood is being called “a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her (Atwood’s) visionary power.” To read more about the book, visit Random House’s dedicated page. To learn more about Margaret Atwood and her amazing collection of work, visit the author’s website. This book is going right to the top of my TBR pile, so watch for a review by the end of August!
Bundle of Trouble by Diana Orgain arrived direct to me from the author. This debut novel is the first in a projected series of mysteries dubbed the Maternal Instincts Mysteries. This first novel centers around new mom and sleuth Kate Connolly. Early reviews call Orgain’s novel charming and humorous. Read an excerpt of the book here. Read more about the book and its sequels on the author’s website. You don’t have to wait to read this one – it will be published by Penguin on August 4th. Watch for the sequels to Bundle of Trouble coming in 2010.
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon arrived as a finished hardcover from Penguin. I don’t honestly recall requesting this one – but I may have and just can’t remember. At any rate, it is classified as “part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon.” Set in the 1960s, Inherent Vice introduces Doc Sportello who becomes drawn into his ex-girlfriend’s plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer. Since I have never read anything by Pynchon, I am looking forward to giving this one a try. Thomas Pynchon is the author of seven other books. There are multiple sites devoted to his work, including this “unauthorized” website which has lots of interesting information about Pynchon’s previous novels.