Mailbox Monday – April 26, 2010

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

Here is where I share the latest books to arrive at my home.

This is what arrived this week:

The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummings arrived from Angela at The Penguin Group. This novel is due for release June 1st though New American Library and it looks wonderful. The press release reads (in part): ‘[The Outside Boy is]… a poignant, unforgettable coming-of-age story that brings 1950s Ireland to vivid life. [Jeanine Cummins]…tenderly explores the universal bonds of family, community, and identity…‘ Early praise sites Cummins’ book as poignant, poetic, and powerful.

Jeanine Cummins published her memoir (A Rip in Heaven) in 2004 which quickly became a bestseller. Cummins was born in Spain, but grew up in Maryland. She later moved to Ireland for several years before returning to the United States to immerse herself in the publishing world of New York City. The Outside Boy is Cummins’ debut novel. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and young daughter. Learn more about Cummins and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Everything is Broken by Emma Larkin arrived from Penguin Press thanks to TLC Book Tours. I will be touring this book on June 9th, so be sure to  come back then to read my review. This is a nonfiction book which takes a look at chaotic days and months which followed the May 2, 2008 tropical cyclone that made landfall Burma. The storm claimed an official toll of 138,300 dead and missing, but what was more shocking was the Burmese government’s unthinkable response to this catastrophe. Their decision to block international aid from entering the country resulted in hundreds of thousands of Burmese citizens going without food, drinking water, and basic shelter…even though relief was available.

In Everything is Broken, Emma Larkin (an American who writes under a pseudonym) unveils  the motivations of a regime whose brutal dictatorship continues to suppress its people.

What books found their way into YOUR home this week?

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    • Lenore on April 26, 2010 at 07:39

    The Burma books sounds really fascinating. I visited Burma in 2001 and heard people’s stories of their disatisfaction with the oppresive regime. So heartbreaking.

    • Serena on April 26, 2010 at 08:38

    Sounds like some good books…happy reading.

  1. That Burma books looks really good, but brutally sad.

    Thanks for for your good wishes on my trial victory!

    • Mary on April 26, 2010 at 10:23

    I think The Outside Boy sounds good!

  2. Those book look fantastic! I hope you enjoy them!

  3. I love books the feature Ireland, so The Outside Boy looks amazing to me. I do so hope that you enjoy it, and I will be checking back for your reviews of both of these books! Happy Reading!!

    • Staci on April 26, 2010 at 11:50

    The Outside Boy has a great cover. Both sound really good and I hope you find them satisfying reads!

    • Wendy on April 26, 2010 at 12:56

    Lenore: I have a feeling that book is going to be VERY heartbreaking…but it looks fascinating too.

    Serena: thanks!

    Rose City: You’re welcome – it was an amazing case…glad he won, and I hope the next 5 related cases also have the same good outcome.

    Mary: I agree 🙂

    Kathy: Thank you!

    Zibilee: I also enjoy books set in Ireland.

    Staci: Thanks, so do I!

  4. I’m hoping to get The Outside Boy as well. Everything Is Broken looks really interesting. I just recently read Not Quite Paradise which had a section on the tsunami in Sri Lanka and I can see some similarities in the descriptions.

    • Wendy on April 28, 2010 at 07:14

    Kristen: I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you get The Outside Boy! I’ll have to check out Not Quite Paradise once I’ve read Everything is Broken. Thanks for the reference!

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