Mailbox Monday – February 13, 2012

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted this month by Metroreader.

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Here is what found its way to my home this week:

I was surprised to get a review copy of Tracks: A Novel in Stories by Eric D. Goodman because I thought I had missed out on a physical copy of the book – so I was delighted when Atticus Books sent me a copy. The publisher writes: “The stories in Tracks stand alone, but they become stronger when linked together. A secondary character in one story becomes the main character in the next. Tracks examines the decisions each character faces and how those decisions, as well as their interactions with the other passengers, alter the path ahead and cast past experiences and choices in a new light.

Listen to Goodman reading from the book:

Eric Goodman regularly reads his fiction on Baltimore’s NPR station, WYPR, and at book festivals and literary events. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including The Baltimore Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Writers Weekly, The Potomac, Grub Street, Scribble Magazine, The Arabesques Review, and New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers. He is the author of Flightless Goose, a storybook for children. Learn more about Goodman and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Jocelyn from Kelly & Hall sent me a copy of The Book Lover by Maryann McFadden (Three Women Press, May 2012). This novel takes a look inside the world of books; from aspiring writers to booksellers to successful authors and the unchartered land of self-publishing, and explores every facet through the eyes of two women. Author Caroline Leavitt describes the novel as “a feast for book lovers” and author Sarah Pekkanen calls it “heartfelt and richly woven.”

Maryann McFadden is the author The Richest Season and So Happy Together. She is a speaker and writing coach. She lives in New Jersey where she is at work on her fourth novel. Learn more about McFadden and her work by visiting the author’s website.

The Way by Kristen Wolf is not a book I typically read, but when I was offered a copy for review from Leyanne at FSB Associates, I decided to check it out. Published by Crown Publishing in July 2011, the novel was endorsed by Oprah as a 2011 Fall Pick. The premise of the book is intriguing: This is the story of Anna, a girl in Ancient Palestine, who is disguised as a boy and sold to a band of shepherds. Subsequently captured by a secret society, Anna soon embarks on a quest that ultimately reveals the full truth of her remarkable identity…in fact, Anna is actually a female Jesus. A mix of fact and fantasy, the novel promises to be provocative and inspiring.

Kristen Wolf is a mother and writer living in the Rocky Mountains. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an M.A. in creative writing and film from Hollins College. She has worked primarily as a writer and filmmaker. The Way is her first novel. Learn more about Wolf and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Pantheon Books sent me a finished copy of Watergate by Thomas Mallon which looks interesting and is being released later this month. This novel highlights the drama and high comedy of the Nixon presidency through the perspectives of seven characters. The novel moves “from the private cabins of Camp David to the klieg lights of the Senate Caucus Room, from the District of Columbia Jail to the Dupont Circle mansion of Theodore Roosevelt’s sharp-tongued ninety-year-old daughter, and into the hive of the Watergate complex itself, home not only to the Democratic National Committee but also to the president’s attorney general, his recklessly loyal secretary, and the shadowy man from Mississippi who pays out hush money to the burglars.

Thomas Mallon has written eight novels. He has also published non-fiction books about plagiarism (Stolen Words), diaries (A Book of One’s Own), letters (Yours Ever) and the Kennedy assassination (Mrs. Paine’s Garage), as well as two volumes of essays (Rockets and Rodeos and In Fact). His work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Book Review and other publications. He received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University and taught for a number of years at Vassar College. The recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, as well as the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing, he has been literary editor of Gentlemen’s Quarterly and deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He currently directs the Creative Writing program at The George Washington University in Washington, D. C. Learn more about Mallon and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any great books arrive at YOUR house this week?


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  1. I read about Tracks last week on Serena’s blog, I think, and she raved about it. Enjoy your new books!

      • Serena on February 13, 2012 at 09:43

      I did rave about it!

    • Aths on February 12, 2012 at 19:01

    I can’t wait to read Tracks! It’s been on my wishlist for a while!

      • Serena on February 13, 2012 at 09:44

      I hope you like it.

    • Mystica on February 13, 2012 at 01:09

    Nice selection. Enjoy them all.

  2. Book Lover really appeals to me since I am a book lover!

    • Amy on February 13, 2012 at 07:32

    You received some intriguing books last week! I especially like the sound of Tracks and plan to listen to the excerpt you’ve included in your post. I enjoy short stories and always hope to read more and Goodman’s sound very good!

    Book Lover sounds like a treat for anyone who loves books. It also sounds like a book I could learn a few things from. I’m going to make sure I visit McFadden’s website.

    I hope you enjoy The Way. I’m interested to see what you say about it in your review.

    Enjoy your books, Wendy! Happy Reading!

    • kaye on February 13, 2012 at 07:58

    The Book Lover sounds interesting. I loved McFadden’s The Richest Season- so good! Have a wonderful week and happy reading.

    • Andi on February 13, 2012 at 08:07

    I didn’t receive much this past week, but I’m really excited about some of the books you received!! The Book Lover looks great, and it’s a title I’ll be seeking out for review at The Estella Collective. Cool!

    • zibilee on February 13, 2012 at 08:33

    I love short stories that are linked by common threads to create a sort of novel, so Tracks looks really good to me. I hadn’t heard a lot about it, but I am eager to see what you think of it, and can’t wait for your review! The others look wonderful as well, and I hope that you enjoy them!

  3. Tracks looks interesting, enjoy! your reading week.

  4. The first three are all new to me but look intriguing, particularly The Book Lover. Enjoy!

    • Serena on February 13, 2012 at 09:43

    I hope you enjoy Tracks as much as I did. I just loved it and I love that he reads it online….I also loved hearing him read in person this weekend at The Writer’s Center. I’m really pulling for this one to do well this year.

    enjoy your books

  5. The Book Lover looks awesome! Hope you enjoy all of your books. I’m also intrigued by Watergate.


  6. First I’ve heard of Tracks. It sounds very interesting

    • Alyce on February 14, 2012 at 11:49

    I received a copy of Watergate too! The rest of your books are new to me.

    • Helen D. Brown on February 14, 2012 at 20:25

    I have read the book lover and indeed it is a great book! It’s worth reading.

    • Kailana on February 14, 2012 at 20:41

    Enjoy your new books!

    • Kim V on February 19, 2012 at 09:37

    The Book Lover sounds like a perfect read for a book blogger! Happy reading!

    Thanks for stopping by MM!

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