Mailbox Monday – January 11, 2010

Welcome to Mailbox Monday – a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. To join in the fun, visit Marcia today and leave a link to YOUR mailbox, or take a look at what other readers acquired this week by following THEIR links.

This week the post delivered some great books to my house:

An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor came to me via Nicole and Wylie from Authors on the Web. I have long wanted to read Taylor’s Irish Country series, and although this is the 4th book in the series (published just this month through Forge), I have been assured it can stand alone. This novel centers around Mrs. Kinky Kincaid, the unflappable housekeeper who looks after the two frazzled doctors in the Irish village of  Ballybucklebo. This is the story of Kinky from 40 years previous – a glimpse into a young Irish girl’s life as a farmer’s daughter on the cusp of womanhood. Taylor’s previous novels have been praised for their vivid characters, hilarity and authenticity. To learn more about Taylor and his work, visit the author’s website.

I also received all three of the previous novels in the series directly from Forge. I have been wanting to read these for a LONG time, so I was really excited to get the whole series.

The Mayo Clinic Diet and Journal from The Mayo Clinic arrived from Anna, the senior publicist at FSB Associates. This book was just published through Good Books, and is packed with meal plans, tips for overcoming challenges, help in starting an exercise plan, and overall encouragement for success from the Mayo Clinic’s weight-loss and nutrition experts. Dieters can keep track of their goals and succeed with weight loss, by using The Mayo Clinic Diet Journal. I don’t read a lot of diet books, but I was interested in this one because I’ve heard good things about the Mayo Clinics previous books. To learn more, visit The Mayo Clinic Diet blog.

Small Kingdoms by Anastasia Hobbet was a “read it forward” book from Marcia at The Printed Page. I learned about the book on Marcia’s November 30th Mailbox Monday where she wrote: ‘Hobbet’s extensive knowledge of Kuwait’s people, customs and political landscape combine to make an immersive, authentic novel about Middle East life.‘ I love reading books set in other countries, so this one caught my eye – and the cover art is terrific! The book is being published this month through Permanent Press. This is Hobbet’s second novel. To learn more about her and her work, visit the author’s website.

Crossing the Gates of Alaska by Dave Metz arrived through the Library Thing Early Review Program. Released at the end of this month through Citadel, this non fiction book is described as follows: ‘This is the story of Dave Metz’s death-defying, breathtaking, and passionate journey through the Arctic outback. Driven by his lifetime reverence for the outdoors, Dave, with the help of his two beloved Airedale terrier dogs, embarks on a three-month epic of survival and astonishing determination that rivals the most daring world-class explorations.‘ There are some pretty cool photos on Metz’s Flickr account you might want to browse. This looks like a fun read.

Just Don’t Fall by Josh Sundquist arrived through Yen, the Assistant Director of publicity at Viking and Penguin. This memoir is due for release at the end of the month. Sundquist was a member of the 2006 United States Paralympic Ski Team in Turin, Italy. At the age of nine he was diagnosed with with Ewing’s sarcoma, a virulent cancer that eventually claimed his left leg. His book recounts the story of his life, including his discovery that being an amputee need not get in the way of his dreams. Watch for a guest post (here on Caribousmom) by the author in March, along with a giveaway of his book for those readers who are joining me this year in Reading for A Cure. To learn more about Sundquist, including videos and photos, visit the author’s website.

Books I bought which arrived in the mail this week:

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    • Kathy on January 11, 2010 at 05:48

    You got some great looking books! The cover of An Irish Country Girl is fabulous. Enjoy!

    • Mary on January 11, 2010 at 05:53

    So many good books! I want to read the Irish Country series – someday *sigh*

    • Alayne on January 11, 2010 at 07:28

    Excellent pile you got there! Just one for me at The Crowded Leaf.

  1. Patrick Taylor looks like an author I should check out. Great mailbox…happy reading.

    • JoAnn on January 11, 2010 at 12:38

    Taylor’s Irish country series looks very good… will look forward to your thoughts. I plan on reading Wolf Hall soon, too.

    • Allie on January 11, 2010 at 13:46

    I have The Mayo Clinic Cookbook – there isn’t a bad recipe in there. They are time consuming, but worth it. I’m guessing the diet books are similar.

    • carolyn on January 11, 2010 at 18:56

    Ooh, more of the same choices I’ve made for this year — The Thing Around Your Neck and Wolf Hall. My husband gave me the The Tudors series for Xmas, so I’m ready to start WH now that I have all the players straight in my mind. And I decided I had to read some Adiche after watching the TED lecture she gave that you linked to (thanks!). On the other hand, I’ll be looking forward to reading your review of Irish Country Doctor because I did not enjoy that book very much (but always ready to listen to diverse opinions). Lots to look forward to!

    • Wendy on January 12, 2010 at 09:47

    Kathy: I really love the covers of all of Taylor’s books 🙂

    Mary: *nods* That’s why I was so excited to get the email from Forge – his books have been on my wish list for a very long time now.

    Alyane: Thanks for stopping by – I’ll be by to see yours soon!

    Serena: Thanks!

    JoAnn: I keep seeing great reviews of Wolf Hall – I can’t wait to read that one.

    Allie: I’m eager to check them out – right now I’m in NH visiting my sister/family and these books all arrived after I left (luckily Kip is willing to send me detailed emails of what I’ve gotten *laughs*)

    Carolyn: I hope you’ll love Adichie – she is one of my favorite authors…and I am eager to explore her short stories. Glad you were inspired by the video I posted! I hope I like the Patrick Taylor books better than you did 🙂

  2. I am reading Small Kingdoms now. It is kind of interesting. I’ll be watching to see what you think of it. The Irish series has beautiful covers!

    • Wendy on January 27, 2010 at 11:02

    Beth: I love the covers of the Irish books!

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