Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted each Monday by Marcia at The Printed Page. Click through to Marcia’s blog to find links to other bloggers’ mailboxes and to play along.
After spending last week in New York City at the BEA and Book Blogger Convention, I thought I might be “booked out”… but, no… I am still excited every time a book arrives at my doorstep!
Here is what found its way to me last week:
Caitlin at Unbridled Books was kind enough to send me Safe From The Sea by Peter Geye which saved me from having to cram one more book into my luggage home from New York! Once again, Unbridled gets it right with a gorgeous cover. This debut novel centers around the relationship between a father and son who attempt reconciliation thirty-five years after the father survives the tragic wreck of his Great Lakes ore boat. Praised by Joseph Boyden as a “tautly written gem” this book caught my eye immediately. You can read an excerpt here. Safe From the Sea is due for release in October 2010.
Peter Geye received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University where he served as editor of Third Coast. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children. Read more about Geye and his work by visiting the author’s website.
Caitlin from FSB Associates sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Lumby on the Air by Gail Fraser (due for release through New American Library/Penguin in July 2010). This is the fifth book in Fraser’s acclaimed Lumby series which takes place in the fictional small town of Lumby. In this latest installment, Pam and Mark Walker are celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with a week-long family reunion. ‘As controversy pits family against family and neighbor against neighbor, will the spirit that defines Lumby triumph again?‘
Gail Fraser received a BA in English Education at Skidmore College, and went on to earn her MBA at the University of Connecticut, with graduate work done at Harvard University. She and her husband reside at Lazy Goose Farm in rural upstate New York where Gail writes in her library, overlooking their pond. Learn more about Fraser and her work (including the previous books in the series) by visiting the author’s website.
31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan arrived from Harper Collins for a TLC Book Tour in July. This debut novel was released in March 2010 and has been receiving great reviews. Horan was inspired to write the book after finding a yellowed newspaper page dated 1857 which told of the murder of a dentist named Dr. Harvey Burdell. The crime was considered the “crime of the century” and began a voyeuristic fascination with crime, sex and law. From this tiny scrap of old newsprint, Horan has fashioned a crime fiction novel around the original true event set in nineteenth century New York City. Read an excerpt here.
Ellen Horan has worked as a freelance photo editor for magazines and books in New York City and has a background in painting and visual art. To learn more about Horan and her work, visit the author’s website.
The Meaning of Matthew by Judy Shepard arrived from Plume/Penguin unsolicited. This memoir was released in paperback on May 25th and is Shepard’s account of her son Matthew’s horrific murder in Wyoming eleven years ago. But the book is not just a rehashing of the crime, it is also an exploration of Matthew’s life and legacy, as well as how a mother traveled through her grief to become an internationally celebrated gay rights activist.
Judy Shepard is the co-founder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation which is dedicated to social justice, diversity awareness and education; as well as seeking equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
What great books arrived at YOUR home this week?