Mailbox Monday – November 16, 2009

mailboxMonday1Where did the day go? I am so late posting this…but it is still technically Monday!

Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday hosted each week by Marcia at The Printed Page. Make sure you visit Marcia’s post TODAY to get links to other readers’ mailboxes.

This week I got two excellent-looking books.

Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, by Gail Caldwell is due for release on February 9, 2010 through Random House. I looked and looked, but could not find a cover image to post here. My ARC (which arrived from Random House) describes Caldwell’s latest book as a ‘gorgeous, moving memoir about this Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s own coming-of-age in midlife, as she learns to open herself to the power and healing of sharing her life with a best friend, Caroline Knapp – a fellow writer, AA member, dog lover, and acute observer of life.‘ Gail Caldwell is the chief book critic for The Boston Globe, where she has worked since 1985. In 2001, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. Prior to joining the The Boston Globe, Caldwell taught feature writing at Boston University, worked as the arts editor of the Boston Review and wrote for the publications New England Monthly and Village Voice. In 2006 she published A Strong West Wind : A Memoir.

Shanghai GirlsShanghai Girls, by Lisa See arrived from Random House for a TLC Book Tour scheduled in January (my review will post on January 14th). I was really excited to get this book – it has been on my wish list ever since I read about it. The novel begins in 1937 in Shanghai. It is about two sisters: twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May. When their father gambles away the family’s wealth the two girls are sold as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides. Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. Read more about Lisa and her work by visiting the author’s website.

What arrived at YOUR house this week?

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    • Kathy on November 16, 2009 at 17:43

    Let’s Take the Long Way Home sounds fabulous! I can’t wait to see your review.

  1. I am anxious to read Shanghai Girls. Enjoy!

    • Isabel on November 16, 2009 at 18:16

    Lisa See is the nicest author! I hope you enjoy this book.

    If she comes on tour to New Orleans, I will probably go to see her.

    • Staci on November 16, 2009 at 18:53

    I loved Shanghai Girls!! Enjoy 🙂

    • Mary on November 17, 2009 at 04:05

    The Caldwell book sounds good. I’ll look for it. I enjoyed Shanghai Girls on it’s original tour a few months ago. Looking forward to the sequel!

    • Anna on November 17, 2009 at 04:58

    I’m on the Shanghai Girls tour, too. I’m looking forward to reading it. I’ll keep an eye out for your review.

    • Shona on November 17, 2009 at 08:31

    Lisa See is one author I am desperately wanting to read. I need to get a book by her real soon . Lucky you:)

  2. Ooh, I can’t wait until January to hear what you think of Shanghai Girls.

    • Wendy on November 20, 2009 at 09:05

    Kathy: It looks good, doesn’t it?

    Stephanie: I am hoping it moves me like Snowflower did!

    Isabel: I’ve heard that about See…I have to say, I have “met” some wonderful authors through touring books.

    Staci: Glad to hear it was a good book for you!

    Mary: I was surprised to see it toured twice…seems to me See wouldn’t have much trouble selling this book!

    Anna: Glad to see we’re touring it together 🙂 Looking forward to reading your thoughts on the book!

    Shona: I HIGHLY recommend Snowflower and the Secret Fan…awesome book!

    Susan: It’s not too far away now!

  3. I received Shanghai Girls as well. Can’t wait to read it.

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