Daily Archives: November 29, 2010

Mailbox Monday – November 29, 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday sponsored this month by Julie at  Knitting and Sundries.

To play along, write a post sharing the books which have arrived at your home this week…then drop by Julie’s blog and link up. Be sure to stop by other blogs to see what books they found on their doorstep!

This week I got some great books:

Gabrielle at Penguin sent me The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna which Penguin is publishing in January 2011 (coincidentally Chinese Astrology recognizes 2011 as the Year of the Hare!). This edition will be North America’s first publication of this internationally bestselling contemporary classic. When a journalist hits a young hare with his car and then makes the decision to stay with the injured animal, the seemingly innocuous incident unfolds into a life changing event. The Year of the Hare follows protagonist Vatanen as he travels across the wilds of Finland with his trusting hare in tow. Described as “cozy” and “comic,” this novel is a fairy-tale like adventure which has won the hearts of readers worldwide.

Arto Paasilinna is a Finnish writer who has been “amusing Finns for thirty years and readers in twenty-five languages.” He was born in Lapland, Finland and has not only authored thirty novels, but has worked as a journalist, poet, and woodcutter too.

Lindsey at Atticus Books sent me Fight for Your Long Day by Alex Kudera which was just published in October. In Kudera’s debut novel, we meet “Cyrus Duffleman – “Duffy” for short – an adjunct professor who can barely afford his two-room apartment. Forget about an unfinished novel: He’d be thrilled with health insurance. Still, he gamely shuffles to four urban universities each day to teach, and works a security guard graveyard shift once a week.” What should be a routine life becomes anything but…and includes: “The cryptic mumblings of a possibly psychotic student. A bow-and-arrow assassination. A small government protest, then, a very large and violent one. Lunch with a homeless woman who claims to have been a 1950s film star. Frenzied attempts to spare his sanity (and safety) – all while a female coed quietly eyes him.” This novel is being described as part A Confederacy of Dunces (by John Kennedy Toole) and part Straight Man (by Richard Russo).

Alex Kudera is a native Philadelphian who comes from a family of educators. He currently teaches literature and writing at Clemons University in South Carolina. Read more about Kudera on the Atticus Books site, or visit the author’s blog.

Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom arrived via Barnes and Noble’s First Look Book Club. This suspense-thriller features ex-con Piet Hoffman (one of the Swedish police’s most valuable informants) who has infiltrated the Polish mafia within the Swedish prison system. Success will mean freedom for Hoffman, but a botched drug deal results in murder…and suddenly Hoffman is wanted dead by both the mafia and the police. Three Seconds is due for release in January through Silver Oak.

Anders Roslund is an award-winning Swedish journalist (specializing in criminal and social issues), while Borge Hellstrom is an ex-criminal who helped found the crime prevention organization KRIS (Criminals Return Into Society), and worked with rehabilitation of young offenders and drug addicts. Together they make up one of Sweden’s most acclaimed fiction duos. Their unique ability to combine inside knowledge of the brutal reality of criminal life with searing social criticism in complex, intelligent plots has put them at the forefront of modern Scandinavian crime writing. Learn more about Roslund and Hellstrom by visiting the authors’ website.

Alexis at Tor Forge sent me a copy of Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl (with April Henry). This suspense-thriller centers around a seventeen-year-old Senate page who takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. When reporter Cassidy Shaw breaks the story, the resulting media firestorm quickly draws in Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges. The three women are life long friends who call themselves The Triple Threat, and they must race against the clock to find young Katie while their increasing emotional involvement brings out their own inner demons and external enemies. Face of Betrayal was released just this month.

Lis Wiehl is a New York Times bestselling author, Harvard Law School graduate, and former federal prosecutor. She has appeared as a commentator for Fox News and was co-host with Bill O’Reilly on the radio for several years. Learn more about Wiehl and her work by visiting the author’s website.

April Henry is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been short listed for the Agatha Award, the Anthony Award and the Oregon Book Award. She resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter. Read more about her work by visiting April Henry’s website.

And just so you don’t think I never buy any books for myself…here are two that I ordered with my Amazon points from Amazon (which arrived last week):

I am touring The Warden by Anthony Trollope for the Classics Circuit next month. My review is scheduled for December 16th. To see the entire Trollope schedule, visit this post. This novel is the first of the six novels which make up the Chronicles of Baretshire series and centers around “a clergyman of great personal integrity whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it is intended.” Trollope uses the case of misapplication of church funds to “illuminate the universal complexities of human motivation and social morality.

Anthony Trollope was born in London in 1815. When he died in 1882, he’d written 70 major works, including novels, stories, sketches, essays, and travelogues.

City Quilts by Cherri House is a fabulous quilting book which I first perused while visiting my sister this fall. The quilts are inspired by the patterns and textures of the city…and use only solid fabrics. These quilts remind me of the more traditional Amish quilts which are bold and beautiful. I am looking forward to using this book as an inspiration for my own quilts!

What wonderful books arrived at YOUR house this week?