Mailbox Monday – April 23, 2012

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted this month by Cindy at Cindy’s Love of Books.

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

I was TOTALLY psyched about the books that came to my home this week:

Simon & Schuster sent me John Irving’s newest novel, In One Person, which goes on sale May 8th. Those of you who follow my blog know I love John Irving and I can’t wait to read this one. Here is what the publisher says:

A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp. His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving’s In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself “worthwhile.”

Watch John Irving talk about In One Person:

John Irving has written twelve previous novels. The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, was Irving’s fourth novel and his first international bestseller. His novels are now translated into thirty-five languages, and he has had nine international bestsellers. Learn more about Irving and his work by visiting the author’s website.

I also purchased two new quilting books:

Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen (Interweave, April 2012)  is a book I have been eagerly waiting for ever since I saw it was due for publication. This is an amazing book on modern quilting. The quilts and projects in this book are wonderful – and the quilting is so inspirational. I have already sat down and read through about half of the book and I am so excited to try some of the techniques.

Jacquie Gering serves on the executive board of the National Modern Quilt Guild and is founder of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Her work has been featured on Apartment and in Stitch magazine. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. Visit her amazing blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio, to see her work.

Katie Pedersen is a founder of the Seattle chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. She teaches quilting locally and is a featured artist for Amy Butler’s Software. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Pedersen blogs at Sew Katie Did.

Dancing With Thread by Ann Fahl (C&T Publishing, 2010) is a fabulous guide to free-motion quilting. I especially love her notes about marking a quilt top: “I do very little marking on m quilt top. There are a few exceptions. Usually I practice a motif or pattern on a sample and then begin quilting the same design on my quilt when I feel I am ready. On some occasions I want a certain line, angle, or shape in a specific area of the quilt. With a marking pencil I lightly mark the area or place for that special design. Other times I will use a series of straight pins to mark an area for my stiching, blue painter’s tape, or narrow 1/4 inch quilter’s tape.

I love the organic designs in this book. Fahl’s idea of quilting appeals to me – it is about freedom and creativity and following one’s instincts about design. I have a feeling that this book is going to help me take the next step in my free-motion quilting skills!

See other works by this author.

Ann Fahl is a quilt artist living and working in Racine WI.  Early in her career she worked for Gimbels, Marshall Field & Co., and two different chains of fabric stores. In 1978, she took the beginning quilting class that changed her life forever. Fahl has been teaching since 1981. She now travels across the US working with guilds, symposiums, retreats and quilters of all ages and experience. Her work has been exhibited in competitions, solo exhibits and invitational shows across the United States, France and Japan, and has been included in the collections of Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co., Neiman Marcus, Quilts, Inc., Ripon College, Winona Lake Restoration and many private collections. Learn more about Fahl and her work by visiting the author’s website or visit her blog for inspiration.

Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR home this week?

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    • Becca on April 22, 2012 at 19:31

    You lucky thing, getting that new Irving novel in the mail! I am a huge fan of his, and so eager to read this.
    Looking forward to your review!

  1. I really need to get back into quilting.

    Here is mine

    • Vicki on April 22, 2012 at 20:50

    My mom loved to quilt, but I never tried. I wish I’d had her teach me.
    Here’s Mine

  2. I also quilt but am a fairly basic quilter! the Irving book looks very good. Enjoy all of them

  3. I bet In One Person is fantastic! I hope you enjoy it and your new quilting books.

    • Serena on April 23, 2012 at 03:41

    Looks like you picked up a great couple of books. I still have not read Irving…I know it is sad.

  4. I’ve never tried quilting but really appreciate the artistry and it’s something I would love to try one day. My book purchases were on the opposite end of the spectrum from yours – but that’s why I love seeing what everyone is getting – such interesting variety!

    • Mary on April 23, 2012 at 04:15

    Didn’t know Irving had a new book. I’ll watch for reviews!

  5. I almost got an ARC of Irving’s new book at work a few weeks ago, but a coworker was really excited about it, so I decided I had plenty to read and could borrow it later. I loved A Prayer for Owen Meany, but that’s all I’ve read of his. This sounds promising and I’ll be anxious to hear your thoughts once you’ve read it.

  6. Enjoy! your reading week,In One Person looks interesting.

  7. Enjoy the Irving–maybe it will help bring your reading mojo back!

  8. Those are all new to me titles. I am sure you will enjoy them all. Wishing you a great week 🙂

    • Alyce on April 23, 2012 at 10:36

    I didn’t realize that John Irving had a new book coming out. I will be curious to see what you think of it. I’ve heard such great things about his writing, and despite owning some of his books I haven’t set aside time to read them yet.

  9. In One Person by John Irving sounds fascinating! Lucky you!

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