Mailbox Monday – September 6, 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted this month by Kathy at BermudaOnion.

I’m in New Hampshire with my sister, so Kip is my helper with Mailbox Monday for the next few weeks – if books arrive, he lets me know so I can post them. What a guy, huh? I’m a lucky girl!

So this week, here is what arrived at my house in California…

Jocelyn from Kelley & Hall Book Publicity sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Chosen by Chandra Hoffman which was released last month through Harper Collins. I will admit, I decided to accept this book because of serendipity. You might remember that I stitched a quilt for a child living in a Romanian orphanage…so the fact that Hoffman worked as an orphanage relief worker in Romania seemed almost too coincidental. I just had to read her book! The novel centers around an adoption caseworker and three couples…and a missing baby. Hoffman’s writing is being compared to Jodi Picoult and Anna Quindlen – both writers whose work I’ve enjoyed – so I am looking forward to what this book has to offer.

Chandra Hoffman has led an interesting life. Not only has she worked in Romania, but she has been a horse trainer in the Caribbean, a short order cook in a third world hospital, the director of a U.S. adoption program and an event planner for Philadelphia’s Mainline elite. Hoffman graduated from Cornell University and earned an MFA from Antioch. he currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children. Chosen is her debut novel. Learn more about Hoffman and her work by visiting the author’s website.

When the wonderful Lydia Hirt from Riverhead/Penguin learned I would be in New Hampshire helping my sister and her family, she sent me three great looking books (directly to New Hampshire),  one for my niece, but it also looks like a book I’d enjoy:

The Search by Nora Roberts is described as “a riveting novel in which a canine search and rescue volunteer fights danger and finds love in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.” Read an excerpt from the book here.

Nora Roberts, the youngest of five children, grew up in Maryland and continues to find her home there. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981. Since then she has hundreds books, many of them best selling novels. Read more about Roberts and her work by visiting the author’s website.

You Had Me At Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness, by Julie Klam is the chronicle of one woman’s journey to learn the secrets of love, health, and happiness from her dogs. Author Daniel Menaker writes: “Beware of these dogs and their biographer!  They will steal your heart and bury it in this book and then dig it up and give it back to you, much fuller than it was before.” The book is due for release at the end of October.

Julie Klam grew up in Bedford, New York. She worked as an intern for David Letterman and has published her work in O: The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and the New York Times Magazine. She has earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Writing for the television show Pop-Up Video. Klam has one previously published memoir: Please Excuse My Daughter (Riverhead 2008). She  is married and lives with her husband, daughter, and three dogs in Manhattan. To learn more about Klam and her work, visit the author’s website.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok centers around Kimberly Chang, an eleven year old who emigrates from China with her mother. They hope for a better life in New York City, but instead Kimberly finds herself working in a Brooklyn sweatshop in Chinatown. Undeterred by the challenges, she leads a double life as an excellent student by day, and a sweatshop worker at night. The book is described as a “remarkable novel, a deeply moving story of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.

Jean Kwok was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Brooklyn as a child where she worked with her family in a sweatshop. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard and completed her MFA in fiction at Columbia. Kwok currently lives in the Netherlands with her husband and two sons. Girl in Translation is her first novel. Read more about Kwok and her work on the author’s website.

Also arriving in New Hampshire from Alex at Dial Press/Random House is Sophie Kinsella’s latest book Mini Shopaholic which is due for release later this month in the United States (it is already out in the UK). Becky Bloomwood, the heroine of the Shopaholic series, is back in this newest novel which once again showcases Sophie Kinsella’s “impeccable comic timing and endless optimism” as Becky’s adorable daughter wreaks havoc everywhere she goes.

Sophie Kinsella is the bestselling author of not only the Shopaholic series, but four other stand alone novels. Kinsella also writes under the pseudonym Madeleine Wickham and has published seven novels under that name.  She lives in England with her family. To learn more about Kinsella and her work, visit the author’s website.

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  1. Wanna read Chosen!

    Have a great reading week ahead! Here is my Mondays: Mailbox/Where Am I/Musings post.

  2. I have Girl in Translation on my TBR pile…interested to see your review 🙂

    enjoy your week reading!

  3. Well, I certainly need You Had me at Woof in my life. I had not heard of this one yet. Thank you!

    • Molly on September 6, 2010 at 05:50

    Well, based on cover art and title alone I am convinced that I must read “You Had Me at Woof” 🙂

    Surprisingly enough, I have not read any of the Shopaholic series. I simply must try the first one to see what the popularity is all about.

    • zibilee on September 6, 2010 at 06:00

    I really hope that you like Girl in Translation. It was a great book! Enjoy all your new reads!

    • Aisle B on September 6, 2010 at 08:37

    Great set of books and Kinsella’s Mini Shopaholic should be fun.
    Enjoy the read 🙂

  4. Kip is such a great guy! I got tons of books last week but I’m still jealous of Mini Shophaholic.

  5. I am definitely putting Chosen on my wish list! I liked Girl In Translation. I hope you do too!

    • Holly on September 6, 2010 at 20:07

    Oh, I’ve wanted to read Girl in Translation! Great mailbox. Enjoy!!

  6. I read Chosen, I liked it but didn’t love it. I really enjoyed The Search. I’ve been interested in Girl in Translation for a while.

    All it all, a great set of books! Enjoy your reading.

    • Wendy on September 13, 2010 at 09:31

    Gautami: It looks like a good one!

    The Book Girl: I thought that also looked like an interesting book.

    Cat: You’re welcome!

    Molly: I’m not surprised that You Had Me At Woof caught your eye 😉

    Zibilee: Glad to know you liked Girl in Translation 🙂

    Aisle B: Thank you!

    Kathy: I agree *smiles* I love my man!!

    Beth: I have heard nothing but good things about Girl in Translation!

    Holly: Thanks!

    Laura: I just finished The Search – great book!!! Glad to see you also liked it!

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