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!!!

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  1. The Quickening looks very good. I will keep an eye out for your thoughts on it. Enjoy all your new books!

  2. I have a copy of The Lovers and The Surrendered as well, and I am looking forward to both. It looks like you got a wonderful stack of books this week, and I am very envious!! I will be checking back to see what you think of them. Enjoy!!

    • Mary on May 3, 2010 at 08:23

    Great books! I look forward to reading more about The Quickening. Hadn’t heard of it before now.

  3. It looks as if you have quite a bit of reading ahead of you, Wendy!

  4. Hi, I have a new novel coming out June 1 called The Mailbox. Not sure it’s a book you would be willing to review but I thought since you do Mailbox Mondays it might be a cute fit! Let me know–

    Just search on Amazon under The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen for more info– thanks!

  5. Holy mackerel! You had a busy week!

    The Lovers looks fantastic. As do those Nesbo books. I love the idea of a Scandinavian crime series because Hubby and I just watched the Wallender series with Kenneth Branagh and loved it.

    Here is my MM list on Rose City Reader.

    • Susan on May 3, 2010 at 12:05

    Incredible mailbox! So many great books to read. I hope you enjoy them all. 🙂

    My mailbox is smaller: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/05/just-another-mailbox-monday.html

  6. Wow, you welcomed some great looking books into your home last week. I’m anxious to try one of Jo Nesbo’s books so I’ll be watching for your reviews.

  7. My mom just gave me a book by Sandra Dallas to read … but it wasn’t this one.

  8. You have a lot of great books to choose from!! I’m anxiously waiting for your thoughts on The Quickening…sounds great!

  9. You picked up some great books at the bookstore! The Three Weismann’s of Westport and Surrendered are both on my TBR lists!

  10. The Lovers is all around these last few days! and you’ve got a good haul there.

  11. You got a TON of books!! I haven’t had a book buying splurge in awhile. Your post makes me want to head over to B&N.

  12. Your mailbox was certainly bulging this past week! And so many of them look really, really good.

    • Tara on May 4, 2010 at 07:42

    I’ve never read Sandra Dallas but I’m starting to think I should. This one sounds really interesting.

  13. I loved The Lovers. It’s my favorite read of 2010 so far. I hope you like it!

  14. Great books, means I have to watch out for wonderful reviews…
    Iam personally slowing down on taking books for reviews, my 8 yr old’s school will be off for summer in 5 weeks… after that I have to be the entertainer for him and the 3yr old for 2 long months… so it will be a miracle if I get to read at all 🙂

  15. That’s a busy mailbox! That new Dallas book has been on my radar for some time. I hope you enjoy all those books.

  16. I had incredible good luck at Half-Price Books this weekend, finding two vintage pictorial histories, one on the American Revolution with hundreds of period paintings, and a GREAT book called “The Gingerbread Age” from 1957, showcasing the author’s collection of photos of old Victorian homes. As he writes, the homes were being torn down as fast as he could take the pictures, so this book really has some rare views of a vanished America. Great stuff!

    • Wendy on May 5, 2010 at 08:08
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    Beth: And don’t you just love the cover of The Quickening? I have to admit, the cover is what first drew me to it…and then, of course, the description!

    Zibilee: I went a little over the top *laughing* But, how can we resist? I’ll look forward to your reviews of both of those books.

    Mary: I love discovering books that you won’t necessarily find on the NYT Best Sellers list…

    Amy: That’s an understatement! *laughs*

    Marybeth: Thanks for letting me know about your book.

    Rose City: Yup – a massive tower of books! I have the Wallender series sitting on my TBR pile…glad to hear the series on TV (movies??) was good.

    Susan: I have high hopes for all these books!

    Kathy: The Jo Nesbo books look great – I’m excited to delve into them.

    Jenners: Dallas will be a new to me author…I’m looking forward to reading the book.

    • Wendy on May 5, 2010 at 08:13
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    Staci: I can’t wait to read The Quickening…I’m trying to hold off until closer to the release date 🙂

    Colleen: I’ve been drooling over those books ever since I first saw them – I finally just decided to pull the trigger and buy them!

    Mystica: I know a lot of bloggers who picked up The Lovers…it looks really good.

    Stephanie: Every now and then I go on a binge of buying books. B&N is a dangerous store for me *laughs*

    Kristen: I was a little shocked at how bad I’d been once I started writing this post! Now, just a little time to read them all!

    Tara: I’m looking forward to giving Dallas a try.

    Carrie: Oh, I am really happy to hear you enjoyed The Lovers. I really liked her previous book…so I have VERY high hopes for this one.

    Sumana: Well, I should really stop requesting books and accepting them – but I admit to having no willpower! Sounds like you will have a busy summer ahead of you!

    Serena: *nods* I haven’t had such a big mailbox for a long, long time!

    Frances: Don’t you just love to find those kinds of treasures? Especially in a discount bookstore!! Enjoy 🙂

  17. What an incredible week of books! THE LOVERS has caught my eye, but I haven’t picked it up yet. I’d also like to read THE THREE WEISSMANNS OF WESTPORT. I enjoyed THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY and THE CATCHER IN THE RYE (ages ago! Nice that your book group is reading a classic).

    Enjoy your new books 🙂

    • Wendy on May 9, 2010 at 08:37
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    Dawn: This is exactly why I subscribe to your blog – we share similar interests in books!! I love having an excuse to read a classic from time to time – I often get distracted by the new, shiny books 🙂

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