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Mailbox Monday – December 6, 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted this month by Jenny at Let Them Read Books.

What arrived at YOUR house this week? Why not share your mailbox with other readers. Simply visit Jenny’s blog and leave a link to your post…then visit other readers!

Here is what arrived at MY house this week:

The wonderful Lisa Roe sent me a finished copy of Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression by Ida Lichter (published by Prometheus Books). This non fiction book looks amazing and I already have started reading it because I plan to read sections in between my fiction reading. The press release says this about the book: “In a world where the strident demands of Islamic extremists capture the media’s attention, the courageous protests of Muslim reformers barely receive any notice. These include a surprising number of women who are prepared to challenge institutionalized persecution, risking derision, arrest, physical harm, and even death. In this inspiring compilation of Muslim women’s stories from around the world, the voices of these long-oppressed women ring loud and clear as they question ideology and culture, patriarchal and religious beliefs, and demand the social and political rights women lack in many Muslim countries. The reformers speak out with passion, humanity, and sometimes humor in these compact and often poignant biographies, bringing alive the harsh realities for women in many parts of the world.” I am very interested in women’s rights around the world, so I think this is going to be a good book for me to read – although I am already getting the sense that there is some disturbing facts in this book as well.

Ida Lichter is a clinical and research psychiatrist and contributor to The Huffington Post. She has lived in London for over 12 years where she has focused her interest on the large Muslim populations in the UK and Europe. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia. Listen to an interview with Lichter on Big Ideas. Read her blog entries on the Huffington Post.

Elizabeth from Penguin sent me a copy of Island Girl by Lynda Simmons (released this week). The novel centers around Ruby Donaldson who has just been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She is determined to straighten out the kinks in her family before the disease steals her ability to do so. The product description reads: “Ruby always thought she’d have a lifetime to make things right, but suddenly time is running out. She has to put her broken family back together quickly while searching for a way to deal with the inevitable- and do it with all the grit, stubbornness, and unstoppable determination that makes Ruby who she is…until she’s Ruby no longer.Read an excerpt from the book.

Lynda Simmons has published previous novels about mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. Her bio (from her website) reads: “Lynda Simmons is a writer by day, college instructor by night and a late sleeper on weekends. She grew up in Toronto reading Greek mythology, bringing home stray cats and making up stories about bodies in the basement. From an early age, her family knew she would either end up as a writer or the old lady with a hundred cats. As luck would have it, she married a man with allergies so writing it was.” To learn more about Simmons and her work, visit the author’s website.

The wonderful folks at Picador sent me an Advance Readers Edition of The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom (due for release in April 2011). This literary novel takes place in Australia and centers around the historical events between 1941 and 1947 when 18,000 Italian prisoners of war were sent to Australia to work on isolated farms, unguarded. In The Paperbark Shoe, Mr. and Mrs. Toad are struggling to raise two children in the harsh country-side…when two Italian prisoners of war arrive to help them on their rural farm, the novel takes a surprising turn.

Goldie Goldbloom has published her short fiction in Story Quarterly, Narrative and Prairie Schooner. She won the International fiction prize in the Jerusalem Post’s “My Jerusalem” competition, and has been a finalist at Glimmertrain. Her stories have been translated into more than ten languages. Born in Australia, she now lives in Chicago with her eight children.  The Paperbark Shoe is her first novel.  Read more about Goldbloom and her work by visiting the author’s website.

And while I was shopping at Barnes and Noble this week for Christmas gifts, I couldn’t resist picking up two new books for myself:

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (the first book of a new historical fiction trilogy)