Mailbox Monday – November 30, 2009

mailboxMonday1Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday hosted each week by Marcia at The Printed Page. It is through this meme where I share the books which have come into my home over the last week.

keeping-the-feast-198x300Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy by Paula Butturini arrived from Riverhead Books for a TLC tour scheduled in January and February 2010 (I will be reviewing the book on February 4th). Due out on February 18th, this nonfiction memoir is ‘a story of love, trauma, and the personal and marital healing that can come from a beautiful place and its simple traditions.‘ The press release reads: ‘This is a memoir about tragedy striking a previously happy couple, and how one of the most fundamental rituals – the daily sharing of food around a family table – becomes a symbol of a desire to survive, to accept and even celebrate what falls its way…together.‘ Paula Butturini is a writer based in Paris. Given my propensity for buying books which have food at its center, there was never any doubt I would accept this book for review!

ThursdayNightWidowsThursday Night Widows, by Claudia Pineiro arrived unsolicited from Meryl Zegarek Public Relations Inc. Published by Bitter Lemon Press and translated from the Spanish by Miranda France, this crime novel is due for publication in the United States in January 2010. The press release reads: ‘Pineiro has crafted a psychological portrait of the upper-class living beyond its means, leading secret lives filled with deadly stress and despair. The novel unveils the racial and social injustice of Argentinean society. The gated community in which the novel takes place is the perfect background for the marital abuse, financial scheming and criminal activity of a professional class brought down by economic meltdown.‘ (Read the full press release here). Pineiro has been a journalist, playwright and television scriptwriter, but has recently turned to fiction, specifically literary crime novels. Thursday Night Widows won the Clarin Prize for fiction and is Pineiro’s first book to be available in English. Read more about the author here.

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  1. That sounds great!! Here is mine

    • Kathy on November 30, 2009 at 11:09

    I got Thursday Night Widows as well. Happy reading!

  2. KEEPING THE FEAST sounds great; nice cover art, too!

    Enjoy your new books, Wendy.

    • Mary on November 30, 2009 at 14:47

    I hope you enjoy the books!

    • kim v on November 30, 2009 at 17:43

    I haven’t heard of Keeping the Feast, but food, love, books and Europe sounds like an unbeatable combination!

    • JoAnn on November 30, 2009 at 19:10

    Book set in Italy always appeal to me – I really need to visit one of these years! I’ll be looking for your review.

  3. Keeping the Feast is one I’ve heard mentioned somewhere else and I’m anxious to hear what you think! It sounds like my kind of read.

  4. I haven’t heard of any of these…but they sound good…happy reading.

    • Andi on December 1, 2009 at 12:09

    I’ll see you on the Keeping the Feast blog tour. I can’t wait to read this one!

    • Aarti on December 1, 2009 at 14:56

    I’m on the Keeping the Feast blog tour, too! I’ve never been in a blog tour before, so I’m excited to see what it’s like 🙂 And I’m all about food books- though this one seems a little out of my normal zone, which is good!

    • Wendy on December 6, 2009 at 18:21

    Bluestocking: I tried to go to your blog…but for some reason it was not loading 🙁

    Kathy: It looks like a good thriller, doesn’t it?

    Dawn: Thanks! Anything about food is generally something I like LOL!

    Mary: Thank you!

    Kim: Keeping the Feast really piqued my interest…I expect I’ll enjoy it 🙂

    JoAnn: I enjoy books set in Italy as well.

    Les: There will be lots of reviews out there for Keeping the Feast as it is being toured over at TLC. I hope I like it 🙂

    Serena: Thanks – happy reading to you too!

    Andi: I’m excited to be on the tour … glad you’re also doing it 🙂

    Aarti: Oh, blog tours are a lot of fun…can’t wait to read yours!

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