Mailbox Monday – May 16, 2011

This month’s Mailbox Monday is hosted by Mari at Mari Reads. Make sure you visit Mari’s blog today and add your link … you’ll also find links to other readers’ mailboxes there.

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I got a treasure trove of books in my mailbox this week – some requested, others unsolicited.

Broken: A Love Story by Lisa Jones was sent to me by the author. Once I went to her beautiful website, I knew I had to read this book. Lisa Jones traveled to Wyoming for a four-day magazine assignment and did not come home until four years later. She met Stanford Addison, a Northern Arapaho, on the Wind River Indian Reservation where he gentled horses rather than breaking them by force. He was also a healer. But perhaps what was most remarkable, is that Standford Addison did all this from a wheelchair where he had spent more than twenty years as a quadriplegic. Broken is about this amazing man – his wild youth, his transformation, his spiritual powers – and about the impact he had on the life of the author. Read an excerpt from the book. Still not convinced? Check out this short video which was part of a documentary called Silent Thunder (a 30-minute PBS documentary on Stanford Addison that won the Gaia Award at The Moondance Film Festival at its Los Angeles premier in 2006. It is available for purchase on DVD here.) Broken was published by Scribner in hardback in 2009, in paper in 2010. It has just been released in the UK, courtesy of Hay House.

Lisa Jones is a writer who lives in Colorado with her husband. She is available for editing and book coaching, and teaches occasional classes you can learn about by clicking here. Broken: A Love Story is her first book. Learn more about Jones and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Tomorrow Pamplona by Jan Van Mersbergen (translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson) is the latest book from Peirene Press – and since I have read and enjoyed every one of their releases, how could I say “no” to this one? This novella centers around a professional boxer and a family man who happen to meet by chance on a journey to the Pamplona Bull Run. The boxer is running from an unhappy love; the father hopes to escape a dull routine. But both know, eventually, they must return “home.” Meike Ziervogel, editor of Peirene Press, writes “But just as physical conflict stirs deep emotions, so too does this book as it focuses on a single question: how do you choose between flight and fight?

Jan van Mersbergen stands at the forefront of new Dutch writing. He has written five novels and is known for his concise and tense style. First published in Dutch in 2007, Tomorrow Pamplona has also been translated into German and French, and now English. He has been nominated for the Rookie Award 2002, Dif New Literature 2005, Hale Prize 2007, BNG New Literature 2007 and 2009, le Prix Européen Livres / the European Book Prize 2010. Since January 2010 he was editor of literary magazine De Revisor. Learn more about Mersbergen and his work by visiting the author’s website (the link I have provided is a translated version).

Harper Perennial sent me a copy of The London Train by Tessa Hadley which I will be touring with TLC Book Tours on May 27th (book releases in the United States on May 24th). Long-listed for the Orange Prize, The London Train centers around a man named Paul who sets out in search of Pia, his daughter from his first marriage, who has disappeared into the labyrinth of London. He discovers her pregnant and living illegally in a run-down council flat with a pair of Polish siblings, and abandons his second wife and their children in Wales to join her and begin a new life in the heart of London. Meanwhile, a second protagonist, Cora, is escaping her marriage, and the constrictions and disappointments of her life in London by returning home to Cardiff. Connecting both stories is the London train, and a chance meeting that will have immediate and far-reaching consequences for both Paul and Cora.

Tessa Hadley is the author of The Master Bedroom, Sunstroke and Other Stories, Everything Will Be All Right, and Accidents in the Home. Sunstroke and Other Stories was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007, and Accidents in the Home was long-listed for The Guardian’s First Book Award. She lives in Cardiff, Wales, and teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University.

Penguin sent me two books this week:

Where’s My Wand by Eric Poole (being released in Trade Paperback in June) is a memoir which recounts Poole’s coming of age as a gay Baptist in the Midwest during the 1970s. From the age of eight through early adolescence, Poole sought refuge from his obsessive-compulsive mother, schoolyard thugs, and cruel teachers by emulating his favorite TV character, Endora from Bewitched. Gradually he began to question the efficacy of his incantations and embarked on a spiritual journey which led him to discover the magic which comes from within. This memoir is described (by the publisher) as “a wildly funny coming of age story, a nostalgic 1970s time capsule, and a wry homage to a beloved television series” which is “both light-hearted and wise – an exuberant, richly entertaining memoir that appeals to heart, mind, and soul.

Eric Poole is a VP of marketing for a major media company and the winner of more than thirty advertising awards. He lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with his partner of eight years. Learn more about Poole and his work by visiting the author’s website.

A Pug’s Tale by Alison Pace (due for release in June) is a cozy mystery centered around a world-famous museum (the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art), a heist, and pugs. This book is a sequel to Pace’s previous novel, Pug Hill. Described as whimsical, entertaining, and enthusiastic, this is a novel which will appeal to art lovers, dog enthusiasts, and those who love a cozy mystery.

Alison Pace is the the author of four previous novels. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies including It’s a Wonderful Lie: The Truth About Life in Your Twenties, Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit. She lives in New York City where she teaches creative writing. Learn more about Pace and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Random House sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (due for release in June). You can enter to win a copy of this book by visiting this page on the Random House site. Sisterhood Everlasting continues the saga of Brashares previous bestselling novels (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, and Forever in Blue) where Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. The publisher writes: “Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.

Ann Brashares is a bestselling author whose award-winning Sisterhood series has inspired two major motion pictures. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children. Learn more about Brashares and her work by visiting the author’s website.

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  1. These all seem like good books but I especially like the sound of The London Train. I hope you enjoy them!

    • Mary on May 16, 2011 at 03:30

    Looks like you have some good reading to look forward to 🙂

    • Kay on May 16, 2011 at 05:08

    I hope the new Sisterhood book is good. Sometimes it seems to work to revisit characters and sometime not. Enjoy your books, Wendy!

    • Andi on May 16, 2011 at 05:10

    They all look great, but I’m especially interested in Where’s My Wand! What a wild memoir, but sounds very interesting and potentially quite poignant.

  2. I am looking forward to the Sisterhood book. I haven’t read the others yet but loved the movies and dug the books out of my daughter’s room.

  3. What great books! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on A Pug’s Tale. I read her other book City Dog years ago and loved it. Enjoy!

    • Wendy on May 16, 2011 at 06:54

    Jess: I’m really looking forward to The London Train especially because it was nominated for the Orange Prize!

    Mary: I hope so!

    Kay: I’ve not read the previous Sisterhood books, so this one might work for me as the characters will be totally new to me 🙂

    Andi: I agree – looks like a wild memoir – but I think it will be a good read.

    Beth: I haven’t seen the movies OR read the previous books *laughs*

    Jenna: Oh good – hadn’t heard of this author before so it is good to know that her previous books have been worth the read!

  4. Nice mailbox, saw today A Pug’s Tale, must read.

  5. Most of those books are new to me. Where’s My Wand sounds like a book I would love.

    • Aths on May 16, 2011 at 09:53

    I’m so excited about The London Train! I am reading it right now and enjoying it. Have fun with your books!

    • Holly on May 16, 2011 at 10:19

    Loved the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books and can’t wait to see how the story continues in Everlasting. After reading the disappointing 3 Willows I was hoping she would return to the original characters. Happy reading!

  6. Broken sounds like one that I MUST read!

    • Alyce on May 16, 2011 at 16:35

    I got the sisterhood book too. You made quit a haul!

  7. Wow, what a nice stack of books!

    WHERE’S MY WAND (on my TBR) and THE LONDON TRAIN (wish list) both grab my attention.

    Enjoy, Wendy!

    • Amused on May 16, 2011 at 20:06

    The London Train sounds fab – looking forward to your review!

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