Daily Archives: September 20, 2010

Mailbox Monday – September 20, 2010

Welcome to Mailbox Monday hosted this month at Bermuda Onion.

Some interesting books arrived in California in my absence this week – and thanks to my wonderful husband Kip I am being kept updated as to what arrived and from whom it came!

I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg (due for release in November) arrived from Karen at Random House. This latest from Flagg is being marketed as a “comic mystery romp through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, past, present, and future.” Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama, is this heroine of this book. “She graduated at the top of her class at charm school, can fold a napkin in more than forty-eight different ways, and can enter and exit a car gracefully, but all the finesse in the world cannot help her now.” Joining Maggie is a cast of high-spirited characters. The novel is being described as “Southern charm, murder mystery, and that perfect combination of comedy and old-fashioned wisdom that can be served up only by America’s own remarkable Fannie Flagg.

Fannie Flagg grew up in Alabama. She made her debut as a writer on the Candid Camera show, and began writing novels in the 1980s. She won an Academy Award for her screenplay of Fried Green Tomatoes. Flagg is also well known for her roles on television and game shows.

Caitlin from Unbridled Books sent me a hard cover of Safe From The Sea by debut novelist Peter Geye which I am planning to read very, very soon. This novel is getting lots of attention – it is an Indie Next Pick for October and is garnering praise from literary critics. Watch for my review in the next couple of weeks…and since I now have a hard cover edition, I will be giving away my Advance Readers Edition.

Learn more about Geye and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Amanda from Dutton/Penguin sent me a copy of Dewey’s Nine Lives by Vicki Myron. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World was Myron’s first book about this lovable cat and became a bestseller and a publishing phenomenon.  In Myron’s latest book,  Dewey is back. Dewey’s Nine Lives offers nine funny, inspiring, and heartwarming stories about cats–all told from the perspective of “Dewey’s Mom,” librarian Vicki Myron.

Vicki Myron served as the director of the Spencer Public Library for twenty years. As the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dewey, she speaks throughout the country. Myron lives in Spencer, Iowa. Learn more about Myron and her work by visiting the author’s website.

I also had one book arrive here in New Hampshire. Thanks to Heather at Picador I now have a copy of Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason. Released last month, this novel is the Indridason’s fifth Reykjavik thriller (after TheDraining Lake). Police detective Erlendur Sveinsson investigates the murder of an Asian boy who is found frozen in his own blood outside a rundown apartment. The book is getting attention for exposing the plight of Thai women who brought to Iceland for arranged marriages which often fail leaving them to raise their children alone in a culture they don’t understand.

Arnaldur Indriadason an Icelandic writer of crime fiction who has proven to be the most popular writer in Iceland in recent years. He worked as journalist from 1981-1982, and later freelanced. From 1986 to 2001, he was a film critic for Morgunblaðið. He published his first book, Sons of Dust in 1997, the first in the series of Detective Erlendur. The series includes ten novels as of 2010.

What fantastic books arrived at YOUR home this week?