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Mailbox Monday – May 3, 2010

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

This weekly event is where I post new books which have arrived in my home over the last seven days.

This has been a very bookish kind of week. Not only did books arrive from publishers for review, but I won two books and also spent some money to buy books. Here is the outcome:

The Quickening by Michelle Hoover arrived from Other Press. I requested this book after I visited the publisher’s website…and I was really excited to get a copy. The novel is set in the midwest during the mid-1900s and examines ‘the polarization of the human soul in times of hardship and the instinctual drive for self-preservation by whatever means necessary.‘ Watch for a review of this book here on my blog sometime in late June just before the release date of June 29th.

Michelle Hoover teaches writing at Boston University and Grub Street. Her short fiction has been published in numerous literary journals. In 2005 she won the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction. The Quickening is her first novel. To learn more about Hoover the her work, visit the author’s website.

Whiter Than Snow by Sandra Dallas arrived from Anne at Authors on the Web (The Book Report Network). Published in March 2010 by St. Martin’s Press, Whiter Than Snow is set in 1920 in a small town near Colorado’s Tenmile Range when ‘fate, chance, and perhaps divine providence all collide in the everyday lives” of the characters after an avalanche ends in tragedy. Read an excerpt.

Sandra Dallas is the author of nine previous novels and has been praised for the historical detail in her books. Dallas began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week and worked as a  staff member there for twenty-five years. She currently lives in Denver with her husband. To learn more about Dallas and her work, visit the author’s website.

The Lovers by Vendela Vida arrived from Harper Collins through a Shelf Awareness offer. This novel is due for release June 22nd. The press release reads: ‘With the crystalline voice and psychological nuance for which her work has been so celebrated, Vendela Vida has crafted another unforgettable heroine in a stunningly beautiful and mysterious landscape. The story centers around the recently widowed Yvonne who has arrived in Turkey to relax and remember better times. But a terrible accident will change everything. I read Vida’s previous novel Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name and loved it (read my review).

The Lovers is Vendela Vida’s third novel (her previous two efforts both made the New York Time Most Notable lists). Vida received the 2007 Kate Chopin Writing Award.  She is also the co-founder of The Believer Magazine, and editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers. She currently lives in the San Francisco bay area.

The Redbreast AND Nemesis by Jo Nesbo arrived from Harper Collins as a prize win for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon. These are the 3rd and 4th books in the Henry Hole series (there are a total of eight novels in the series to date). In The Redbreast, detective Harry Hole inadvertently uncovers a conspiracy related to Norway’s dark past when members of the government collaborated with Nazi Germany. In Nemesis, Hole finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation – as the suspect – when he wakes up with no memory of the night before, only to discover his former girlfriend has been shot dead in her bedroom…and he was the last person known to be seen with her.

Jo Nesbo has been hailed as Europe’s most acclaimed crime writer and is the winner of the Glass Key Award (northern Europe’s most prestigious crime-fiction prize) for the first novel in the Harry Hole series. Nesbo currently lives in Oslo. To learn more about Nesbo and his work, visit the author’s website.

Books that arrived from Amazon – these are all book club reads:

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey

Books I just couldn’t resist and bought at Barnes and Noble:

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi Durrow
The Three Weismanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
Fragile Beasts by Tawni O’Dell
The Other by David Guterson

Did any fantastic books arrive at YOUR house this week? Please share!!!