Mailbox Monday – August 15, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Staci at Life in the Thumb.

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I found some interesting books in my mailbox this week:


The latest release from Peirene Press (due out in September) arrived thanks to Meike. Maybe This Time by Alois Hotshnig and translated from the Austrian German by Tess Lewis is a collection of short stories about “loss of identity in the modern world.” Made up of three stories, the collection is described by the publisher as Kafkaesque – “Outwardly normal events slip into drama before they tip into horror. These oblique tales exert a fascinating hold over the reader.” I am really eager to dip into this collection which looks fascinating.

Alois Hotschinig, born in 1959, is one of Austria’s most critically acclaimed authors and his work has been compared to Thomas Bernhard and Franz Kafka. He has written novels, short stories and plays. His books have won major Austrian and International honours, such as the Italo-Svevo award and the Erich-Fried nomination. Die Kinder beruhigte das nicht was first published in German in 2006. Read more about Hoschinig and his work by visiting the author’s website (the link provided in this post is a translation of the site).

Tess Lewis has been translating from German and French for two decades. For her translations of Peter Handke, Alois Hotschnig, Pascale Bruckner and Philippe Sollers she has been awarded PEN Translation Fund grants and an NEA Translation Fellowship.

Villard (an imprint of Random House) sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz as part of a the Library Thing Early Review Program (release date on this one is late September). In this book, Katz addresses the topic of saying good-bye to a devoted fur child. He offers comfort, wisdom and advice for “moving forward from sorrow to acceptance.” Although this is of course a difficult subject, I look forward to reading Katz’s thoughts. I have had to say good-bye to so many pets over my lifetime – I still find myself grieving for Caribou even though it has been more than two years now since she died.

Jon Katz has written twenty books – seven novels and thirteen works of nonfiction. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Rolling Stone, and the AKC Gazette. He has worked for CBS News, the Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is also a photographer and author a children’s book. He lives on Bedlam Farm in Upstate New York with his wife, his dogs, his donkeys, and his barn cats. Here is a wonderful video of Jon Katz reading to his dog, Izzy:

Rachel, Marketing Manager for Crown Publishers & Hogarth sent me a beautiful hardcover edition of Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger (which went on sale last week). This is a partial description of the book (from the publisher):

After giving up his post at the Hollows Police Department, Jones Cooper is at loose ends. He is having trouble facing a horrible event from his past and finding a second act. He’s in therapy. Then, on a brisk October morning, he has a visitor. Eloise Montgomery, the psychic who plays a key role in Fragile, comes to him with predictions about his future, some of them dire.

Michael Holt, a young man who grew up in The Hollows, has returned looking for answers about his mother, who went missing many years earlier. He has hired local PI Ray Muldune and psychic Eloise Montgomery to help him solve the mystery that has haunted him. What he finds might be his undoing.

Fifteen-year-old Willow Graves is exiled to The Hollows from Manhattan when six months earlier she moved to the quiet town with her novelist mother after a bitter divorce.  Willow is acting out, spending time with kids that bring out the worst in her. And when things get hard, she has a tendency to run away—a predilection that might lead her to dark places.

Set in The Hollows, the backdrop for Fragile, this is the riveting story of lives set on a collision course with devastating consequences.

Lisa Unger is the bestselling author of ten novels. Her novels have been published in over 26 countries around the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and daughter. Read more about Unger and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Meghan from Penguin sent me a copy of The Cradle in the Grave by Sophie Hannah (on sale in the US in September). In her latest novel, Hannah once again features Charlotte (Charlie) Zailer and Simon Waterhouse as detectives trying to unravel a crime. Centered around three mothers wrongly accused of murder in the crib-deaths of their children, The Cradle in the Grave is being lauded as “a perfectly executed psychological thriller” by critics in the UK.

Sophie Hannah is a bestselling crime fiction writer and poet. Her psychological thrillers have sold over 500,000 copies in the UK and are international bestsellers that have been translated into 15 languages. Her novel Little Face was long-listed for the 2007 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and the IMPAC Award. Also long-listed for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award (this time in 2008) was Hannah’s novel The Truth-Teller’s Lie. (reviewed here on my blog in December 2010). Hannah lives in Cambridge, England with her husband and children. Read more about her and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR house this week?

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  1. Wow, the cover of The Cradle in the Grave is super creepy. Maybe This Time sounds good. Enjoy!

  2. Wonderful mailbox. Have a great reading week. Come check my mailbox!!

    Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!

  3. We read a Sophie Hannah book for book club a few months ago, and there were mixed reactions all around. I will be anxious to see what you think of this one, and all your other new arrivals.

  4. Lots of great books! With a dog who’s almost 16, I’m going to probably need Going Home sometime, but don’t know if I can bear to read it.

    • Wendy on August 15, 2011 at 06:52

    Jess: *laughs* It does look creepy!

    Gautami: Thanks, I will 🙂

    Heather: Sophie Hannah can be a bit graphic. Her writing is VERY British.

    Kathy: Aw, I know what you mean. I lived in denial for a long, long time as my dogs aged. It is just too hard to think about.

    • kaye on August 15, 2011 at 07:34

    Wow, those all sound good. I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on Unger’s book. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

    • Anna on August 15, 2011 at 07:34

    Going Home would be an appropriate book for me right now. Hope you enjoy all your new books!

    • Andi on August 15, 2011 at 07:43

    Only one book in my mailbox this week — The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer. I’m strangely glad since I’m feeling quite overwhelmed by my looming TBR lately.

  5. The Unger and Hannah books both sound very good and suspenseful! Going Home is a book I could use soon. One of our dogs is up there in age. I hope you enjoy all your new reads.

  6. Great mailbox, The Cradle In The Grave sounds really fascinating.

    • Alyce on August 15, 2011 at 10:43

    The book about pet death sounds wonderful. I know what you mean about remembering and carrying sadness for pets over a long period of time. My mom had a pin made of a photo of my first dog from childhood. We had her from when I was five years old until I was 19. The pin is almost always near my computer.

    • Mary on August 15, 2011 at 13:49

    The Unger book is supposed to be very good. Hope you enjoy it!

  7. Oh, I have always loved Katz’ books. Though he’s a collie man and I’m a pit-gal, he’s a country boy and I’m a city chick, dog wisdom and his endless stories have always made my reading heart happy. :O)

    • Linda on August 15, 2011 at 14:20

    I got totally lost in Jon Katz’s website, Wendy. Some of his books will certainly be going on my list.

  8. Looks like you got some great books this week! I haven’t blogged in a long time. Just now trying to get back up and running again. And yet, I STILL get so many books in the mail. And the requests just keep coming. I did get a copy of the Lisa Unger book.

    Now I just need to find the time to read!

  9. Looks like you got some great books this week! I haven’t blogged in a long time. Just now trying to get back up and running again. And yet, I STILL get so many books in the mail. And the requests just keep coming. I did get a copy of the Lisa Unger book.

    Now I just need to find the time to read!

  10. Great books you received! The Cradle in the Grave looks intriguing. Enjoy your books!

    I received Red-Robed Priestess today. Thanks again!

  11. I love Unger’s title! I’ve only read one by her, and didn’t love it, but I keep hearing good things about this one!

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