Mailbox Monday – October 24, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit.

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Two books arrived at my house this week – both of which I am very excited about!

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt sent me this gorgeous collection of short stories by Bruce Marchart.  Do you recognize that name? Marchart’s novel The Wake of Forgiveness (read my review) made my Best Books of 2010 list. At the time, I exchanged emails with the publisher and asked about future books by Bruce Marchart. So, imagine how delighted I was to received Men in the Making which was just released this month. This debut collection of short stories focus on men “whose hearts are near bursting with all the desires that have been told men aren’t supposed to heed.” Already this collection is getting amazing reviews.  Described as “gritty,” “powerful,” and “remarkable,” this is one book I am dying to read.

Bruce Marchart has worked many of the same jobs as his characters. His short stories have appeared in Zoetrope, Story, Glimmer Train, and One Story and have been anthologized in The Best Stories of the American West. His debut novel, The Wake of Forgiveness, was released in 2010 and widely praised, winning awards such as The Texas Institute of Letters First Fiction Award, the MPIBA’s Reading the West Award, and 2011 Indie Choice Honor Award. It was also a finalist for the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction. Marchart graduated from the MFA program at Ohio State University and is an associate professor of English at Bridgewater State University. He lives in Massachusetts. Read more about Marchart and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Algonquin Books sent me a copy of The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate for participation in the November BOOK CLUB discussion (being held on Jen’s blog on November 15th). The novel centers around Josie Henderson, a senior-level black female scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Josie’s family roots are out of Cleveland and they are troubled. When her brother arrives on her doorstep “fresh from rehab and teetering on the edge of a relapse,” Josie must come to terms with her past and her own history of addiction. Described as “a heartbreaking portrait of a modern family” by author Dan Chaon, this promises to be a memorable and poignant book. The Taste of Salt was picked by The Oprah Magazine as a “10 Titles to Pick Up Now.”

Martha Southgate is the author of four novels. Her novel, Third Girl from the Left, won the Best Novel of the Year award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was shortlisted for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy award. Her novel, The Fall of Rome, received the 2003 Alex Award from the American Library Association and was named one of the best novels of 2002 by Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post. She is also the author of Another Way to Dance, which won the Coretta Scott King Genesis Award for Best First Novel. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, O, Premiere, Essence, and New York Times Book Review; and been featured  in the anthology Best African-American Essays 2009. Learn more about Southgate and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR house this week?

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    • Vicki on October 23, 2011 at 20:37

    I absolutely love the cover of “The Taste Of Salt”!! It sounds like such a good book. I wish I’d gotten in on the tour!

    Men In The Making sounds like a book all women would love to read!

    Here’s Mine

    • Kailana on October 24, 2011 at 00:43

    Enjoy your new books!

    • RAnn on October 24, 2011 at 03:54

    Have a great week.

    • Mary on October 24, 2011 at 03:59

    I’m intrigued by the Machart collection. Hope you love it!

    • zibilee on October 24, 2011 at 04:48

    I am really curious about The Taste of Salt, and have read some interesting things. I hope that you enjoy it, and I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on it!

    • Harvee on October 24, 2011 at 04:56

    They both look like excellent books. Enjoy1

  1. Oh, I’ve just added The Taste of Salt to my list! It sounds like my kind of book, but I wouldn’t have guessed it from the title. But now I’m curious.


    • kaye on October 24, 2011 at 06:32

    Taste of Salt sounds really good. We’ve toured the Woods Hole Oceanographic and it is an awesome place. Have a wonderful week, Wendy, and happy reading!

  2. I loved Machart’s writing but not so much the story he wrote. It was a bit too dark and dismal for me. I have a problem reading too much animal or child abuse so that is where the problem was for me. I did enjoy his way with words! His writing is fantastic! I hope you enjoy his short stories. I am also curious about Taste of Salt.

    • Serena on October 24, 2011 at 06:52

    Taste of Salt is on my shelf and I hope to find time to participate in the book club discussion too. Enjoy your books…Men in the Making sounds good.

  3. I’ll be reading The Taste of Salt too, and I’m really looking forward to it. I loved the author’s essay on The Help this summer. Enjoy!

  4. Those both look like excellent books!

    • Alyce on October 24, 2011 at 09:25

    The first one is new to me, but I’ve seen the second one around. I’ll be curious to see what you think of it.

    • Wendy on October 25, 2011 at 08:16

    Thanks to all who stopped by and visited today!

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