Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday, hosted this month by Sandra and Laura at Library of Clean Reads. Be sure to visit their blog today to get links to participants’ mailboxes and to leave your own link.
I love getting mail – especially when it happens to include great books. This week I found two wonderful books waiting for me:
Meryl Zegarek Public Relations sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Sherry & Narcotics by Nina-Marie Gardner (due for release in May 2011 through Future Fiction London). Described as the “antithesis of chick-lit” and “chic-lit noir,” the novel revolves around an American graduate student in London who embarks on an affair with a well-known poet from Manchester, England. The author writes about her book: “Not every woman lives for Prada handbags and wants to only read about perfect characters and happy endings.” Inspired by events in her own life, Gardner explores themes of addiction, escapism, and what happens when one falls in love with the wrong guy.
Nina-Marie Gardner was born in New York City. Her fiction has been published in 3AM Magazine and the anthologies Bedford Square and 3 AM London, New York, Paris. She is a graduate of Yale University and the Creative Writing program at the University of London, Royal Holloway. She has lived and traveled extensively abroad, and currently lives with her dog Lulu in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Learn more about Gardner and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Crown Publishers/Random House sent me an Advance Readers Edition of The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel. When The Clan of the Cave Bear was first released more than thirty years ago, I read it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I went on to read the rest of the books in the Earth’s Children Series all the way through The Plains of Passage (I haven’t read the 5th book yet). So when I saw that Auel was due to publish this sixth (and last) novel in the series (due for release at the end of March 2011), I decided to request it for review. This novel continues the story of Ayla and Jondalar and their little daughter Jonayla and re-creates the way life was lived tens of thousands of years ago. Check out the book trailer:
Jean Marie Auel is best known for her Earth’s Children books, a series of novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals. Her novels have sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. Auel grew up in Chicago and relocated to Oregon after her her marriage to Ray Auel (they recently celebrated a 56th wedding anniversary!). She did her undergraduate work at Portland State University, and later earned an M.B.A. from the University of Portland, while working and raising her five children. She holds four honorary degrees from universities, and was awarded the French government’s Ministry of Culture “Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters” medal. Learn more about Auel and her work by visiting the author’s website.
What books found their way into YOUR home this week?