Daily Archives: February 21, 2010

Mailbox Monday – February 22, 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted each week at The Printed Page.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

To join in the fun, tell us what books arrived at your house this week, then go visit Marcia today and give her a link to your post.

Here is what came to my house over the last seven days:

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann arrived from Random House for a TLC Book Tour in May. Set in New York City in 1974, the novel “captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence – awakening in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and an even heal.Let the Great World Spin won McCann the National Book Award in 2009. McCann has published three previous novels, and two critically acclaimed short story collections. His work has been translated in thirty languages. To learn more about McCann and his work, visit the author’s website. I will be reading and reviewing this book for TLC Book Tours at the end of May while I am in NYC for the BEA and Book Blogger Convention – hope you’ll come back and see what I thought!

Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs are Getting Fatter by Ernie Ward, DVM arrived from Health Communications Inc. for a TLC Book Tour. I have never had a weight problem with my dogs, but fat dogs is one of my pet peeves (no pun intended). I love reading books about dogs, and this one looks really interesting. The blurb on the back cover reads: “With cutting edge science and ultra-practical tips, Dr. Ernie’s plan will help you give your pet the great health he or she deserves.”  Dr. Ward is is a practicing veterinarian who is dedicated to helping pets and their humans live healthier lives. He makes regular appearances on the Rachael Ray Show, and has been featured on Animal Planet, NBC Nightly News, and CNN.  Watch for my review of this book for a TLC Tour in April.

Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel arrived from Spiegel & Grau through a Shelf Awareness offer. Martel is best known for his Booker Prize winning novel Life of Pi. In Beatrice and Virgil, Martel examines the role of fate in the life of protagonist Henry who finds his life changed when an unexpected letter arrives in the mail. Martel poses questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity as the story of Henry is revealed. To learn more about Martel and his work, visit this website. Beatrice and Virgil will be released in April 2010.

What arrived at YOUR house this week???

Sunday Salon – February 21, 2010

February 21, 2010

8:00 AM

Good morning! Welcome to another edition of Sunday Salon – a weekly event where “bloggers participating in that week’s Salon get together–at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones–and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one’s earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book.

We have been having beautiful spring-like weather the last week with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s…but this morning is cold and cloudy and rain is threatening. I’m looking forward to catching up on my reading later this afternoon.

Since I last participated in the Salon on February 7th, I finished a really beautiful memoir titled Let’s Take The Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell (read my review). This slim book is very moving, and although it made me cry, I loved Caldwell’s writing and her message.

I also FINALLY finished reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (read my review). Wow, this book took me forever to get through. I started it February 1st and finished it yesterday – 20 days! I cannot remember the last time it took me 20 days to read a book less than 600 pages long. I am not sorry I read it, but it will not go down among my favorites. I have been wandering around the blog-0-sphere reading reviews of Wolf Hall and it seems to be a rather polarizing book. People either love it and rave about it, or (like me) they come away with admiration for Mantel’s writing, but dislike the novel. I have not read other books by Mantel…I am curious if her style in Wolf Hall is typical for her, or did it fall outside her usual writing style.

My current read is another memoir. Just Don’t Fall by Josh Sundquist is what I would classify as “inspirational.” Sundquist was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma at the age of nine and beat the odds by surviving the cancer, although he lost his leg in the battle. Many young boys might have given up their dreams, but Sundquist went on to ski for the U.S. Paralympic team in Turino, Italy in 2006. I will most likely finish this book today. Watch for my review on March 1st when I will also be posting a terrific Vlog by the author. Two hardcover copies of Just Don’t Fall will be offered for giveaway here on Caribousmom as part of my Reading for A Cure project. Check out this post to learn more about how to be eligible to win not only Sundquist’s book, but several other books in the month of March. If you are interested in sponsoring me in March to be added to the list of eligible potential winners, drop me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll add you to the list.

Here is what I have on my tentative “to read” list for the rest of February and March:

  • Life Sentences by Laura Lippman (I will be touring this book for TLC Book Tours on March 3rd)
  • An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor (Taylors entire Irish Country series is part of the March giveaway for Reading for a Cure)
  • The Children’s Book, by A.S. Byatt
  • The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Lotus Eaters, by Tatjana Soli (I will be touring this book for TLC Book Tours on March 24th)
  • Saint John of the Five Boroughs, by Edward Falco
  • In the Wake of the Boatman, by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
  • The Elephant Keeper, by Christopher Nicholson
  • The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight, by Gina Ochsner

Undoubtedly more will end up on that pile as the weeks slip by!

What are you doing today? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a great book or two!