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???

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  1. I have seen Yann Martel around and I am curious about this read. Hope it is a good one 🙂

    • JoAnn on February 22, 2010 at 03:42

    JUst posted my review of Let the Great World Spin yesterday. Hope you enjoy it as much as i did!

  2. Beatrice and Virgil and Let the Great World Spin both look great!

  3. Nice mailbox! All of those books look good to me!

    • Wendy on February 22, 2010 at 07:22

    Sheila: I almost didn’t request the Yann Martel book because unlike most people, Life of Pi was not my favorite read. BUT, Martel is a creative writer, and this one piqued my interest. I hope it’s good too 🙂

    JoAnn: Will have to get over to your blog and read your review! I’m excited to read McCann’s book (especially since I’m going to NYC in May!)

    Stephanie: I agree 🙂

    Kathy: I was happy with what arrived this week 🙂

  4. Oh, Life of Pi is one I’ve been seeing around…looks good!

  5. Looking forward to one of my newest acquisitions. Looks like you got some appealing books this week though nothing that particularly piqued my interest. I suppose that happens when the TBR is growing exponentially LOL

  6. I will be interested to hear about the Chow Hounds book. Last year, we had to take in Belle, my dad’s 14-year-old beagle, when he had to move to a retirement home. And she was so fat! After a few months of normal eating and going for walks, she still looks old, but she is no longer such a tub, and she feels better too. I wonder how “cutting edge science” needs to be involved.

  7. These all look interesting. I sure could stand to read Chow Hounds. I have a tubby dog here. Enjoy!

  8. Great idea to read/review Let the Great World Spin while you are in NYC.

    I have Life of Pi on my TBR for this year – I know everyone raves about it. I wonder what everyone will think on the new book.

    Enjoy your books!

    • Aths on February 22, 2010 at 12:47

    I have all those books in my TBR! Have fun reading! Looking forward to your reviews!

    • Kristen on February 22, 2010 at 13:05

    Hmmm. Should I admit my dog is fat? I plead innocence though as she is epileptic and therefore on meds that mellow her out and seem to sap a lot of her energy. Plus the last time I took her for a nice walk, she was limping when we got home and it turned out she’d torn her ACL. So I’m just sticking with a slightly tubby custard of a dog rather than risk breaking her again! 😉 Enjoy your reading this week.

    • Jenners on February 22, 2010 at 17:13

    Can’t wait to see what you think of the Martel book!

    • Anna on February 23, 2010 at 06:45

    I’m on the Let the Great World Spin tour, too. I’ll keep an eye out for your post!

    • Wendy on March 1, 2010 at 15:20

    Laurel: If you haven’t yet read Life of Pi, you should – it is an interesting book. Not my favorite, but very thought provoking.

    Melissa: Well, sometimes it is a GOOD thing not to be tempted *laughs*

    Frances: *laughs* I know what you mean about “cutting edge science” … it is pretty simple, right? Don’t over-feed and give them walks…and yes they feel better if they aren’t obese (sort of like people!!).

    Beth: Well, when I post my review of Chowhounds, you can see if the book might help you! *laughs*

    Colleen: I’m really interested in seeing what the new Martel book is all about. I was excited to realize that Let The Great World Spin would coincide with NYC and the BEA 🙂

    Aths: Well, I’ll have to keep checking out your reviews then!

    Kristen: LOL! Well, if she has a medical condition, then there is a bit of a legitimate excuse, right?

    Jenners: I have no idea when I’ll get to it – but it is a slim book, so maybe sooner rather than later 🙂

    Anna: Ooooh, will look forward to your review!

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