Mailbox Monday – August 31, 2009

mailboxMonday1Happy Monday to you…and welcome to Mailbox Monday – a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. Each Monday readers share the books which arrived at their home during the last week. I found some great books in my mailbox this week.

Stephanie from Harper Collins sent me two amazing books which have been on my wish list for awhile:

CityOfRefugeCity of Refuge by Tom Piazza was just released in paperback this month. Set in New Orleans just before and after Hurricane Katrina, the novel explores the lives of two very different families – one white, and one black. Richard Russo (Pulitzer Prize winning author) writes: “To read City of Refuge is to realize that this is what fiction is for: to take us to places the cameras can’t go. The novel’s characters – and what happens to them – are unforgettable.” Piazza is the author of nine other books including the Faulkner Society Award-winning novel My Cold War, and the short-story collection Blues And Trouble, which won the James Michener Award for fiction. To read more about Piazza and his work, visit the author’s website. Visit the Harper Collins site to read more about City of Refuge including critical praise.

HourIFirstBelievedThe Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb was also released in paperback this month. Centered around the Columbine shootings, Lamb’s latest novel explores loss and the emotional effects of tragedy on a fictional teacher who survives the attack. Called “richly textured,” “unpredictable,” “troubling,” and “deeply moving,” by reviewers, The Hour I First Believed was long anticipated by Lamb’s many fans. Lamb has previously published two other novels.

Listen to Wally Lamb talk about The Hour I First Believed:



AfterYou After You by Julie Buxbaum arrived from Random House. I won a hard cover copy of this book by entering their send-to-a-friend promotion. The novel is about a young teacher who goes to London after the murder of her best friend to help her friend’s eight year old daughter recover after her mother’s death. Jodi Picoult writes: ” After You highlights – beautifully and compellingly – the truth that sometimes we have to lose the people closest to us to find ourselves.” This is the author’s second novel (The Opposite of Love also received good reviews). To read more about Julie Buxbaum and her work, visit the author’s website.

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  1. I keep seeing The City of Refuge – it looks like a powerful read.

  2. I like Wally Lamb. His books might be tomes but well worth it!

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  3. All three of these look fantastic. Enjoy!

    • Kathy on August 31, 2009 at 10:11

    You had a great week – they all look good!

    • Staci on August 31, 2009 at 11:47

    I love Wally Lamb and I had to keep myself from grabbing After You from the library on Saturday. I’ve already put a hold on it for November, but it took all of my self-control not to grab it anyway!! Enjoy!

  4. I also have After You waiting to be read… Enjoy your books!

    • Anna on August 31, 2009 at 15:37

    I read She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb ages ago and enjoyed it. I haven’t read any of his other work. Enjoy your new books!

    • Isabel on August 31, 2009 at 20:04

    City of Refuge was last year’s One book, One New Orleans

    • Lisa on August 31, 2009 at 20:41

    The City of Refuge looks really interesting.

  5. I loved Lamb’s “I know this much is true’ but hadn’t realized there was a new one out. Just how big can a tbr pile get?

  6. Looks like you got some great books…happy reading

    • Wendy on September 2, 2009 at 07:13

    Vivienne: I agree, City of Refuge looks powerful. I’m looking forward to reading it.

    Gautami: I’ve only read on other Lamb book, but I liked it – and this one looks interesting.

    Kristen: I agree – thanks!

    Kathy: Thank you!

    Staci: Lamb writes very well – and I am looking forward to reading this doorstopper! Hope you’ll get to it soon yourself!

    Avisannschild: I’ll look forward to reading your review of After You!

    Anna: Thanks 🙂

    Isabel: Thanks for the reference! I’ll have to check that out.

    Lisa: I agree!

    Anne: “Just how big can a TBR pile get?” – Hmmmm, I don’t know because I don’t think I’ve reached the maximum yet *laughing* But I will say, my stacks literally are swaying!!!

    Serena: Thanks! 🙂

  7. Now that it’s out in paperback, I’m tempted to give Wally Lamb’s new book a read. I loved I Know This Much Is True, as well as She’s Come Undone. He’s a masterful storyteller.

    • Jenners on September 9, 2009 at 18:21

    I’m interested to see what you think of “The Hour I First Believed” once you read it. I wanted to love it but ultimately felt it had some huge flaws….but lots of people seem to just adore it. Whatever you think, you have to admit he is a gifted writer! I’ll be on the lookout for your review.

    • Wendy on September 14, 2009 at 05:11

    Les: I’ll be interested to see what you think of Lamb’s newest…I enjoyed I Know This Much is True…so I am hoping I’ll like this one too.

    Jenners: There seem to be several readers who felt the book had some big flaws in it…I am trying to keep an open mind! Hoping to get to it SOON!

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