Mailbox Monday – August 3, 2009

mailboxMonday1I 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 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.

inhoveringflightIn Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld arrived from Caitlin at Unbridled Books.  This is a special book for me…Read more about it and why I received it on my post In Hovering Flight: Paperback Release.

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    • diane on August 3, 2009 at 07:35

    Very nice week you had. Enjoy your new books.

    • Staci on August 3, 2009 at 08:21

    I think your mailbox looks great!!

    • Megan on August 3, 2009 at 08:47

    Whoa! Looks like you scored Big Time this week – E.L. Doctorow AND Margaret Atwood? I’m looking forward to your reviews. Hope you have a great week!

  1. looks like you got some of the same books as diary of an eccentric. happy reading

    • Nicole on August 3, 2009 at 09:20

    I read the first chapter of The Year of the Flood and I am looking forward to having the time to get into that one. It seems like it is going to be really good.

  2. The Year of the Flood looks good. I have yet to read one by Margaret Atwood, perhaps this one should be my first.

  3. All those books look fantastic! And I can’t believe I missed seeing some of them on SA. Great collection!

  4. Ooh, I didn’t know Margaret Atwood is coming out with another dystopic novel! How exciting.

  5. I can’t wait to read The Year of the Flood but I want to re-read Oryx and Crake first. I also am intrigued by In Hovering Flight, it’s been on my wish list but my library has yet to order it. I may have to plant a suggestion. 😀

  6. I have the Atwood book too. I hope its good. I’ve only read one other book by her, The Handmaids Tale, which I loved! My mailbox is here.

    • Kathy on August 3, 2009 at 15:23

    I love Mailbox Monday too! Bundle of Trouble looks like fun.

    • Lisa on August 3, 2009 at 21:07

    If you like this E.L. Doctrow, I highly recommend “Ragtime.” One of my all-time favorites.

    • Nicola on August 4, 2009 at 11:05

    Good books! I’m expecting the Doctorow and Atwood too. Can’t wait to see what you think of them.

    • Anna on August 5, 2009 at 06:56

    We have a few of the same books: Homer & Langley, The Year of the Flood, and Bundle of Trouble. Looking forward to your thoughts.

    • Wendy on August 5, 2009 at 15:37

    Diane: It *was* a good week – thank you!

    Staci: It looks interesting, doesn’t it?!?!?

    Megan: Yup, some big name authors there! I was excited about them both!

    Serena: *laughs* Looks like I did!

    Nicole: I can’t wait to read your review of Year of the Flood! Glad to hear the first chapter is promising.

    Vivienne: Oh, Atwood is superb…she has written such fantastic books. She is one of those writers who I think is just brilliant in every way.

    Rhapsody: I don’t know if they all arrived via Shelf Awareness…I know the Atwood and E.L. Doktorow books did…

    • Wendy on August 5, 2009 at 15:41

    Michelle: I was SO stoked when I saw Atwood’s new book pop up on Shelf Awareness…there was no doubt I was going to request that one!

    Icedream: I still remember Oryx and Crake – it was my first Atwood novel and I was hooked immediately on her writing. Re: In Hovering Flight…yes, bug your librarian!! *laughing*

    Kelly: Oh, the Handmaid’s Tale is a classic Atwood novel….loved it!

    Kathy: It’s a fun meme, isn’t it? Bundle of Trouble looks like a quick read!

    Lisa: Thanks for the recommendation!!

    Nicola: Oh, I hope you get them both…likewise, I look forward to your reviews 🙂

    Anna: Funny how we share mailboxes sometimes, isn’t it??!?

    • Pam on August 8, 2009 at 15:38

    Holy WOW!!! I rarely get jealous of other people’s book stacks because I have eclectic taste and that tends to be along different lines than a lot of bloggers but wow wow I’m SUPER jealous of the Doctorow and Pynchon!!! This is me taking ten deep breaths and being HAPPY for you. ;O) Have SO much fun reading!!!!

    • Wendy on August 10, 2009 at 07:11

    Pam: *laughs* Thanks for dropping by and reinforcing my initial thoughts of these books – that they are going to be really good!

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