Mailbox Monday – June 6, 2011

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I got two terrific books in my mailbox this week.

Love at Absolute Zero by Christopher Meeks was sent to me by the author. I am doing a giveaway of this book – contest closes June 13th at 5:00 pm PST and is open internationally. The book is described as “the romance of Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants), the science of Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park), and the humor of Nick Hornby (High Fidelity).” Read more about the book on the giveaway post (and get a link to an excerpt there too).

Christopher Meeks has published two collections of short stories, and one previous novel.  He has published short fiction in a number of literary journals, including Rosebud, The Clackamas Literary Review, The Southern California Anthology, The Santa Barbara Review, Midday Moon, and Writers’ Forum. Meeks teaches English and children’s literature at Santa Monica College, children’s literature at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and fiction writing at UCLA Extension. Read more about Meeks and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Doubleday sent me a hard cover edition of The Astral by Kate Christensen (due for release later this month). The novel is topping summer ‘must-read’ lists everywhere including The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, New York Press, St. Louis Today, CBS Houston, CBS Miami, Bookpage, New York Daily News and The Wall Street Journal. Publishers Weekly writes: “Like the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn of its setting, Christensen’s unremittingly wonderful latest is populated by an odd but captivating mix of characters. Christensen takes a singular, genuine story and blows it up into a smart inquiry into the nature of love and the commitments we make, the promises we do and do not honor, and the people we become as we negotiate the treacherous parameters of marriage and friendship and parenthood.

The book is told from the point of view of a male character – check out this article in Elle Magazine where the author talks about writing from the male perspective.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Kate Christensen is the author of five previous novels, most recently Trouble. The Great Man won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award. She has written reviews and essays for numerous publications, most recently the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Tin House, Elle and Open City. Learn more about Christensen and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any great books arrive at YOUR house this week?

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  1. Both books look really good. 🙂 I look forward to seeing how you like The Astral.

    Here’s my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  2. These both sound quite entertaining. I hope you enjoy them!

    • Anne on June 6, 2011 at 02:41

    The Astral looks interesting, I have not seen it before. Happy reading!

  3. Ooh, The Astral sounds like a good one! I hope you love it.

    • Mary on June 6, 2011 at 05:24

    Can’t wait for your review of The Astral!

  4. I love Kate Christensen books, and put The Astral on my list. The Great Man was so wonderful…plus a few others I’ve read (titles escape me at the moment!).

    Hope you enjoy it.


    • Kay on June 6, 2011 at 05:49

    I think they both look interesting. I’ll be watching for your reviews, Wendy, and I hope you love them!

  5. Ooh, great score this week! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Love at Absolute Zero, and the Christensen looks great too! Enjoy them!

    • Andi on June 6, 2011 at 06:24

    Great books! I’ve heard a good deal about both of these, so looking forward to your reviews.

  6. Both books look interesting. I hope you enjoy them both.

    • Wendy on June 6, 2011 at 09:36

    Wendi: I’ve never read anything by Christensen, so I’m looking forward to it 🙂

    Jess: Thanks!

    Anne: It’s new to me too 🙂

    Kathy: So do I

    Mary: I hope you don’t have to wait too long 😉

    Laurel: Oh, good to hear you enjoy her books – she will be a “new to me” author for me

    Kay: Thanks, friend 🙂

    • Wendy on June 6, 2011 at 09:37

    Heather: I probably won’t be reading Meeks’ book until late September or early October…but I agree, looks good.

    Andi: I hadn’t heard much about either until just recently…so I hope I love them!

    Beth: Thanks!

    MaryAnn: Thank you!

    • Aths on June 6, 2011 at 10:00

    The Astral sounds so good! I can’t wait to read it!

    • Wendy on June 13, 2011 at 06:44

    Aths: I have yet to read anything by this author – I’m looking forward to this one!

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