Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday.
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I had not expected any books this week, but I was thrilled beyond belief to find an Advance Readers Edition of Beth Kephart’s newest book, Small Damages (Philomel, July 2012), in my mailbox. Not only was I very excited to get my hands on this novel, but I was even more excited to see that Beth had autographed it for me as well. Beth Kephart was first a favorite author and has now become a dear friend and I cannot wait to read Small Damages which is set in Spain. Kenzie, a bright and ambitious young woman in her senior year of high school, has just discovered she is pregnant. Sent to live in an old corijo in Spain, she must “find a way to endure until her baby is safe in an adoptive couple’s hands.” Small Damages is a tribute to a country that Beth loves and is a story “steeped in both the real and the imagined.“ Check out the opening lines on Beth Kephart’s blog. Go ahead, I’ll wait. *taps foot* Beautiful, right?
Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for both adults and young readers. She was named the National Book Award finalist for her book A Slant of Sun: One Child’s Courage. Small Damages is her first book through Philomel – but it won’t be her last, which makes me very happy indeed knowing that we can look forward to more wonderful books by this exceptionally talented author! Learn more about Beth and her work by visiting, the author’s blog.
Three unsolicited books arrived through William Morrow – two of which I hope to read at some point, and one for which I will most likely find a new home because it does not look like my cup of tea, although I think it may appeal to others:
The Face Thief by Eli Gottlieb (January 2012) centers around the charismatic character, Margot, a promising journalist who “morphs from a high-achieving affluent twentysomething into a grifter making her living preying on the weaknesses of men.” The novel moves back and forth in time to gradually reveal Margot as a child as well as a conniving adult. Described as “a hypnotic dance of predator and prey, creating a contemporary landscape where the educated are violent, the beautiful ugly, and the well-intentioned hapless,” this novel is lauded as a book rich in suspense and psychological depth.
Eli Gottlieb’s New York Times Notable Book, The Boy Who Went Away, won the Rome Prize and the 1998 McKitterick Prize from the British Society of Authors. His second novel, Now You See Him, has been translated into eleven languages. He lives in New York City. Learn more about Gottlieb and his work by visiting the author’s website.
Raylan by Elmore Leonard (January 2012) brings back U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the hero of Pronto, Riding the Rap, and the FX series Justified. When Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them. The publisher describes Raylan as “dark and droll, a page-turner filled with the sparkling dialogue and sly suspense that are the hallmarks of this modern master.”
Elmore Leonard has written more than forty books during his highly successful writing career, including the bestsellers Road Dogs, Up in Honey’s Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories When the Women Come Out to Dance. Many of his books have been made into movies. Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard’s character Raylan Givens. Leonard is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan. Read more about Leonard and his work by visiting the author’s website.
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Navy Seal Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (January 2012) is a first-person account of the life of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who has recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan(“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle is a native Texan who was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror following 9/11.
SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. Additionally, he received the Grateful Nation Award, given by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual. Today, he is president of Craft International, a world-class leader in training and security. He lives with his family in Texas, where he devotes much of his spare time to helping disabled veterans.
Did any amazing books arrive at YOUR house this week?