Mailbox Monday – Febuary 28, 2011

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. Next week this meme moves to I’m Booking It.

I found a wealth of bookish delight in my mailbox this week…

January was a celebration of Orange Prize Books at the Orange January/July Facebook page…and thanks to the generosity of Jill over at The Magic Lasso and I was lucky enough to win a copy of Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund. I’ve been tempted to buy this book on several occasions. It is an historical fiction novel about Marie Anointette beginning in her childhood and extending through her marriage to the King of France, and finally ending in a prison cell when she was caught up in the murderous time known as “The Terror.”

Read an interview with the author.

Sena Jeter Naslund is a New York Times bestselling author. She has published six previous books of fiction. Naslund graduated from Birmingham Southern College where she received the B.B. Comer Medal in English. She earned a Master’s Degree and a doctorate from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Kentucky Poet Laureate during 2005–2006, Naslund is currently Writer in Residence and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville, Program Director of the Spalding University brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing, and editor of Spalding’s Fleur-de-Lis Press and The Louisville Review, which she founded in 1976. Naslund is a recipient of the Harper Lee Award, the Hall-Waters Southern Prize, the Southeastern Library Association Award, and the Alabama Library Association Award, and she has held grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the University of Louisville. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Follow the author’s blog.

St. Martin’s Press sent me a beautiful hardcover edition of Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee (release date March 1st) which I won through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer Program. Set in Manhattan, the novel centers around a woman named Emily who is stunned when her husband, Sandy, is killed in a tragic accident. But nothing could have prepared her for discovering that her marriage was made up of lies. As she grapples with anger, hurt and betrayal, Emily discovers comfort in the form of a scruffy dog named Einstein. Described as “multifaceted,” “powerful,” and “original,” this looks like a must read for animal lovers.

Read an excerpt from the novel here.

Linda Francis Lee is a native Texan who now resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She has authored nineteen books which have been published in sixteen countries. Two of her most recent novels are in development for feature films, and she is in the process of co-developing a television series set in Texas. Read more about Lee and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Atria Books sent me an Advance Readers Edition (through a Shelf Awareness offer) of The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark (due for release April 2011). In 2009, I read Newmark’s wonderful novel The Book of Unholy Mischief (read my review) and so I was eager to pick up her latest book. The Sandalwood Tree is described as “a sweeping novel that brings to life two love stories, ninety years apart, set against the backdrop of war-torn India.” Early reviewers call the book “a delicious page-turner,” and an “adventure yarn.”

Elle Newmark’s books are inspired by her travels. She and her husband have two grown children and five grandchildren. She resides in the hills north of San Diego. To learn more about Newmark and her work, visit the author’s website and blog.

I received Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout, by Philip Connors through a Shelf Awareness offer. Due for release in April through ECCO/Harper Collins, this book looks fantastic. Philip Connors has spent half of each year for nearly a decade sitting in a lookout tower in New Mexico. Fire Season is his reflections on what he was seen – “the beauty of nature, the blessings of solitude, and the freedom of the independent spirit.” Check out the book trailer:

Philip Connors has worked as a baker, bartender, house painter, deliveryman, and editor of the Wall Street Journal. His work has appeared in Harper’s, and the Paris Review, as well as in Dave Egger’s Best Nonrequired Reading anthology. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife and dog.

Picking Bones from Ash by Marie Mutsuki Mockett arrived from Graywolf Press for a book club read with BOOK CLUB. So far, all the books I’ve read for this group have been fantastic, so I have high hopes for Mockett’s novel. This from the publisher: “Ghosts lurk in the bamboo forest outside the tiny northern Japanese town where Satomi lives with her elusive mother, Atsuko. A preternaturally gifted pianist, Satomi wrestles with inner demons. Her fall from grace is echoed in the life of her daughter, Rumi, who unleashes a ghost she must chase from foggy San Francisco to a Buddhist temple atop Japan’s icy Mount Doom.” First published by Graywolf Press in 2009, the novel has been shortlisted for the 2010 Saroyan Prize. Amy Tan praised Picking Bones from Ash as “a book of intelligence and heart.” Learn more about the book by visiting the Picking Bones from Ash website.

Marie Mutsuki Mockett was to a Japanese mother and American father. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in East Asian Studies. Her work often focuses on the intersection between spirituality and materialism in Japan and the United States. Mockett’s work has been published in many literary journals including  South Dakota Review, New Delta ReviewThe Portland Review,  and The Texas Review. She resides in New York with her Scottish husband, her son, and their three cats. Learn more about Mockett and her work by visiting the author’s website.

What books arrived at YOUR house this week?

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    • zibilee on February 27, 2011 at 19:42

    I have had Abundance on my shelf for such a long time, and have never made the time to read it. The subject fascinates me and I have loved other books that I have tried by Naslund, so I don’t know what I’m waiting for! I also will be enjoying The Sandalwood Tree soon, and hope that we both enjoy it.

    • Amused on February 27, 2011 at 19:47

    Oh my goodness you have received so many books this week that I want to read! I am really excited to see what you think of some of these!!

    • Majanka on February 27, 2011 at 23:56

    The Sandalwood Tree is on my TBR list. I love the cover and summary of Emily and Einstein as well. Enjoy reading!

    Take a look at what I found in my Mailbox last week.

  1. Oh, you have a nice collection here…I really like the sound of Emily and Einstein….thanks for sharing. Enjoy!


    • Andi on February 28, 2011 at 04:36

    Good-looking titles! I would be interested to read the Naslund book. I had no idea she was so active in academia! Very cool. 🙂 Enjoy your new books!

  2. Great set of books this week. I plan to pick up Emily & Einstein. Looks so cute! Nice mailbox. You can find my mailbox over here if you’d like:

  3. I love the cover of Emily and Einstein and want that little dog! I hope you enjoy all of your new books.

    • Wendy on February 28, 2011 at 08:45

    Heather: I’m looking forward to the Naslund book (although it is a HUGE chunkster!)

    Amused: LOL! My mailbox overflowed this week!

    Majanka: I love that cover too!

    Laurel: You’re welcome – I hope Emily and Einstein is as good as it looks!

    Andi: Yes, Naslund does have quite the resume, doesn’t she?

    Julie Ann: Thanks for stopping by!

    Kathy: LOL – he is a cutie, isn’t he?

    • Kailana on February 28, 2011 at 14:49

    I have owned Abundance since it came out and STILL haven’t read it!

    • Mary on February 28, 2011 at 18:09

    I hope they’re all as good as their covers 🙂

    • Kim on February 28, 2011 at 18:23

    All I can say is that your blog is deadly to my tbr pile! 🙂
    Happy Monday..

    • Mystica on February 28, 2011 at 18:39

    Emily and Einstein is new to me. Would love to see your review on that one.

    • Teddy on February 28, 2011 at 23:27

    There are several that look really good.

    I received 3, one is my most coveted on 2011.

  4. I am jealous! These all sound like fabulous reads! I hope you enjoy them all!

    • Wendy on March 5, 2011 at 18:15

    Mary Ann: Thanks for the link.

    Kailana: LOL – it is a huge book, maybe that’s why?

    Mary: I hope so too!

    Kim: LOL! Sorry (I think) about that 🙂

    Mystica: I hope to read Emily and Einstein this month.

    Teddy: Glad to hear you snagged a great one in there!

    Beth: Thank you!

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