Mailbox Monday – September 27, 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted this month by Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Be sure to stop by her Mailbox Monday post to leave your link and check out other readers’ mailboxes.

Each week readers share the books which arrive on their doorsteps. This week I got some interesting books delivered here to me in New Hampshire, as well as at my home in California.

The wonderful Lydia at Penguin sent me two books:

Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez was released just this month through Penguin’s imprint Riverhead Books. The novel is set in the fictional town of Salvation City just after a pandemic which has killed large numbers of people worldwide. Cole Vining is a young boy who has survived the disaster and it is through his eyes which the reader learns the story of love, loss, betrayal and forgiveness. Salvation City has gotten raves from the Boston Globe and Vanity Fair, as well as the New York Times Book Review.

Sigrid Nunez is the author of five previous books and has been the recipient of several literary awards. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including three Pushcart Prize volumes and four anthologies of Asian-American literature. Nunez has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Columbia University and the New School, and has been a visiting writer at Washington University, Baruch College, and the University of California, Irvine. She lives in New York City. To learn more about Nunez and her work, visit the author’s website.

Bad Blood by John Sanford is the fourth novel in the Virgil Flowers series and was released last week through Penguin’s imprint G.P. Putnam’s Sons. When a Minnesota farmer is murdered in his grain silo, the local sheriff quickly picks up the killer. But when the murderer (a young boy) hangs himself the next day, the murder suddenly seems more ominous. Investigator Virgil Flowers from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrives on the scene, and what at first appeared to be a simple crime becomes a multi-generational, multi-family conspiracy.

John Sanford (real name John Roswell Camp) attended the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master’s degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald in the 1970s, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990. Sanford was a finalist for the 1980 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, and went on to win that award in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. He began writing thriller novels and 1990. Sanford has written more than thirty novels, including the best selling Prey series. To learn more about Sanford and his work, visit the author’s website.

Aesop’s Mirror by Maryalice Huggins arrived from Sarah of Picador. This book is being released tomorrow and has been shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. When Maryalice Huggins found an antique mirror in a Rhode Island auction, she became intrigued with its history.  She learned that it was likely passed down through generations of the illustrious Brown family and discovered that the value of a beautiful object and its market value are not the same thing at all. Author Susan Orlean writes about Aesop’s Mirror: “Maryalice Huggins has mirror fever, and her quest to understand one special antique mirror makes great reading—part history, part love story, and an altogether fascinating look at the secretive, seductive world of rare things.

Maryalice Huggins s a restorer and gilder of antique mirrors. She has worked for museums, interior decorators, and private collectors. She lives in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Meghan of Penguin sent me a copy of  The Truth Teller’s Lie by Sophie Hannah. This novel (due for release tomorrow) features protagonist Naomi Jenkins who “knows all about secrets: three years ago something so terrible happened to her that she’s never told anyone about it. Now, Naomi has another secret: her relationship with the unhappily married Robert Haworth. When Robert vanishes without explanation, Naomi knows he must have come to harm. But the police are less convinced, particularly when Robert’s wife insists he is not missing. In desperation, Naomi decides that if she can’t persuade the detectives that Robert is in danger, she’ll convince them that he is a danger to others. Naomi knows how to describe the actions of a psychopath; all she needs to do is dig up her own traumatic past.

Sophie Hannah is the author of five internationally bestselling psychological thrillers. She has been nominated for several prestigious literary awards and won the 2004 Daphne Du Maurier Festival Short Story Competition. Hannah has also published five collections of poetry. To learn more about Hannah and her work, visit the author’s website.

Meryl Zegarek sent me The Gift of Years: Growing Old Gracefully by Joan Chittister which is a collection of inspirational reflections (released this month through Bluebridge Books). Chittister is well known for her courage in taking  on anybody (even the pope) in defense of women’s rights. Now in the seventh decade of her life, she examines how it feels “to be facing that time of life for which there is no career plan.”  Author Karen Armstrong writes about Chittister: “A prophetic voice that is desperately needed in our troubled time.”

Joan Chittister is a Benedictine nun, author and speaker. She is the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She lectures internationally and is known for her writings on peace and justice, spirituality, and women’s issues in both church and society. Chittister holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in speech communication theory from Penn State University. Check out this video of the author speaking about women’s rights (you go, girl!!):

What fantastic books arrived at YOUR house this week?!?!?

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    • zibilee on September 27, 2010 at 08:35

    I am going to be reading Salvation City soon as well, and will be interested in comparing our thoughts on it!

  1. There are several here that I would be interested to read. I’ve not heard of Salvation City or the author so this is the one that I would probably read first!

    • Andi on September 27, 2010 at 10:01

    I’ll tell you what I told Bermudaonion. I have nooo idea how you keep up with such a massive amount of books coming into the house! I receive quite a few every week, but nothing like you guys!

    • Amanda on September 27, 2010 at 10:09

    I hope you like Salvation City – I remember seeing that one at BEA. The Truth Teller’s Lie also sounds fascinating!

    • Susan on September 27, 2010 at 10:33

    Excellent mailbox, and the video is wonderful! If you have a spare moment, take a peek at my mailbox. 🙂

  2. Ooh, these look great!! Salvation City seems really interesting — Here’s my loot: Coffee and a Book Chick

  3. I’m a bit scared of Sophie Hannah, so I’m looking forward to your review. And I think I need to get my hands on that last book. It sounds very good!

  4. Wow, you got some great looking books! The John Sandford and the Sophie Hannah sound good to me.

    • Holly on September 28, 2010 at 06:41

    Great mailbox, and all new to me. Enjoy!!

    • Alyce on September 28, 2010 at 08:08

    That’s a great selection of books!

    • Erin on September 28, 2010 at 13:40

    I enjoyed Salvation City! I haven’t read the others, but I know people who have really liked The Gift of Years. Enjoy your great new reading!

    • Wendy on October 1, 2010 at 05:21

    Zibilee: My sister is currently reading Salvation City (I hope to get to it soon) and says it is more like a coming of age story than a dystopian novel. I’ll be interested to hear your views on it.

    Kathleen: Glad to introduce you to some new authors.

    Andi: *laughs* The short response…”I don’t” That said, I don’t request all of these – many are unsolicited. If I don’t request them, I don’t feel obligated to read and review them…but, I do always put them on this weekly post to give the book some notice, and to share them with all of you!

    Amanda: For some reason I don’t remember Salvation City at the BEA…but it was so crazy there!

    Susan: I’ve been so remiss lately visiting other blogs since I’ve been with my sister since September 1st…but I hope to get out there and start visiting again SOON!

    Book Chick: I’ll have to pop over and check out your books. Thanks for stopping by!

    Avis: I have not read anything by Hannah – I’m actually looking forward to it!

    Kathy: they sound good to me too!

    Holly: Thanks!

    Alyce: I agree!

    Erin: Oh, good to know about The Gift of Years – I hadn’t heard of it until it arrived on my doorstep!

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