Mailbox Monday – December 19, 2011


Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday.

This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Jenny Q at Let Them Read Books. Check out her blog today to get links to other readers’ mailboxes.

Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the left hand sidebar.

In keeping with my new resolution to decrease the amount of books flowing into my home, I have only one book in my mailbox this week:

Aurora with Picador sent me a copy of Alice in Bed by Cathleen Schine (a re-issue slated to be released in January). I read The Three Weissmans of Westport this year and really enjoyed Schine’s writing (read my review), so this was a hard one to say “no” to. Alice in Bed centers around college sophomore Alice Brody who has suddenly lost the use of her legs.  The publisher blurb says: “As she convalesces in a Manhattan hospital, Alice finds herself attended by a motley group of visitors: indifferent nurses, doctors both good and bad, divorcing parents, and eccentric relatives. But Alice is a creature of many charms, whose wit can enchant those bearing even the worst bedside manner. With a captivating heroine of great comic depth, Alice in Bed is balm for whatever ails you.

Cathleen Schine is the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, To the Birdhouse, The New Yorkers, and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. She grew up in Westport, Connecticut, and lives in New York City and Venice, California. Read more about Schine and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any wonderful books find their way into YOUR home this week?


11 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday – December 19, 2011”

  1. It’s one of my better weeks for books coming into the house. Most I bought myself but with exchanges and the holidays and actually winning a giveaway, I found 3 books in my mailbox (the rest smuggled in from the trunk of the car)

  2. This sounds like a very interesting read, and one that I can’t wait to hear you discuss. I’d love to find out what you think about it!

  3. I read Three Weissmann’s this year too and enjoyed it so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Alice in Bed. Someone also recommended her book “New Yorkers” to me but I haven’t read it yet.

    Have a good week!

  4. I think this one might hit a little too close to home for me right now, having just lost a couple of family members after long-term illness–lots of hospitals and white coats and stuff–but I hope you enjoy it. Happy Holidays!

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