Mailbox Monday – June 13, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday, hosted this month by The Bluestocking Guide. Make sure you visit Bluestocking today and add your link in the comments … you’ll also find links to other readers’ mailboxes there.

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Here is what arrived at MY house this week:

Graywolf Press sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Child Wonder by Roy Jacobsen (due for release in October 2011). Set in 1960s Norway, the book tells the story of Finn, a nine year old living with his mother in a working-class suburb. When his mother takes in a male boarder, and later Finn’s half-sister, Finn struggles to understand the adult world and his place within it. Described as “a powerful and unsentimental portrait of childhood,” the novel is promised to be “uplifting.”  Critics describe Jacobsen’s writing as “stylish, laconic, and imaginative.” The book is translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw.

Roy Jacobsen is one of the most celebrated and influential contemporary writers out of Norway. Born in Oslo, he made his publishing debut in 1982 with the short-story collection Prison Life, which won Tarjei Vesaas’ debutantpris. He is winner of the  Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature and two of his novels have been nominated for the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize. His latest novel, The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles, was short listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award.

Don Bartlett is the translator of Jo Nesbo, K.O. Dahl, and Pernille Rygg.

Don Shaw teaches Danish to foreigners and is the author of a Danish-Thai dictionary.

I was thrilled that Egmont sent me an Advance Readers Edition of You Are My Only by Beth Kephart which I “buzzed” about here. This novel is due for release in October and I predict it will be getting a lot of attention from bloggers.

Beth Kephart is the award winning author of numerous novels. Her short works and essays have appeared in anthologies such as New York Times Writers on Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and No Such Thing as the Real World, HarperTeen, among others. Her freelance work has appeared in many well known publications including the New York Times,
Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, Parenting, Real Simple, and Good Housekeeping, among others. Kephart teaches Advance Nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania, and at selected writing workshops. She is also a strategic writing partner in the award-winning marketing communications firm, Fusion. Read more about Kephart and her work, on her wonderful website and blog.

Take it Like a Mom by Stephanie Stiles arrived unsolicited from Penguin. Due for release in July, this debut novel centers around a lawyer turned stay-at-home mom who discovers that motherhood is not nearly as tidy as the moms on television. Described as “down-to-earth” and “charming,” Take it Like a Mom should be a relatable read for any mother who has had to “juggle kids, friends, and personal engagements.”

Stephanie Stiles lives in New Jersey with her family and teaches Creative Writing and English at Dominican College in New York. She is the author of the creative writing handbook, From “Huh?” to “Hooray!”: Righting Your Creative Writing; and her prize-winning poetry, as well as her fiction and non-fiction, have appeared in various contemporary anthologies and journals.  She received her doctorate in nineteenth century British literature from New York University, and now lives with her husband, son, and baby daughter in Northern New Jersey. Take it Like a Mom is her first novel. Read more about Stiles and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Two other books arrived this past week – and I have been scratching my head trying to remember if I won them in a giveaway or if I have a book angel living in the Seattle area who just thought I would like them. I have searched my email, and scoured my book notes…but so far, I am baffled. Whoever sent them, thank you so much! It is always wonderful to get books in the mail regardless of the source.

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon


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    • Holly on June 12, 2011 at 17:54

    Well, whoever sent you the mystery books has good taste in books. Those both look great! Enjoy 🙂

  1. The last two books sound really good.

  2. Nice mailbox! Thanks for participating.

    • Anne on June 13, 2011 at 02:27

    Take it Like a Mom looks like a fun read. Hope you enjoy all your books.

  3. oh I adore Murakami but haven’t read Kafka, though I’ve heard wonderful things. I have also read a TON of buzz about You are my Only, though I’m not totally sure it’s my thing. The rest look super fun. Looks like you had a great week, collecting. :O) Enjoy your reading!

  4. Trying to figure out where your books came from is like trying to solve a mystery! I hope you love all of your new books.

    • Mary on June 13, 2011 at 04:16

    What an interesting mailbox list. I hope you enjoy each book!

  5. Wonderful mailbox. Have a great reading week. I received only two books in my mailbox!!

    Here is my Monday post!

  6. Child Wonder sounds awesome, and I have preordered You Are My Only…enjoy your books!


  7. Child Wonder sounds really, really good, as do all the others that you got this week. I hope that you enjoy all of them and I look forward to seeing your reviews!

  8. I had no idea Kephart had a new book coming out. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for that one!

  9. What a nice surprise to have a book angel! I hope you enjoy all your books!

  10. I still haven’t read any Kephart and I know that I am so remiss by not having done so. I’ll look forward to this new one as well since she is an author that everyone seems to love.

    • Amy on June 16, 2011 at 06:24

    You received some wonderful books last week! I hope to read Kafka on the Shore before the year is out. It’s supposed to be wonderful! Have you figured out where it came from?!

    It’s fantastic that you received an ARC of You Are My Only by Beth Kephart. Ever since I read her book “The Heart is Not A Size” she’s been high on my list of an author’s whose books I want to read. This new sounds fascinating! I’m looking forward to your review.

    Graywolf Press puts out wonderful books and Child Wonder by Roy Jacobsen sounds like another terrific example. I have wanted to read Jacobsens work but wasn’t aware of his new book coming out. Yay! Another review I’ll be watching for :o)


    • Wendy on June 20, 2011 at 08:06

    Thank you ALL, for stopping by. I still have no idea who sent me those two books – but I will definitely enjoy them 🙂

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