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Mailbox Monday – April 30, 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.

This week I got a mixed bag of books – some requested, some unsolicited. Here is what arrived at my house:

The wonderful Lydia from Penguin sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Overseas by Beatriz Williams (on sale  May 10th) which will be featured next month over on the Chunkster Challenge blog. Be sure to check in there as we’ll be doing a giveaway of the book from May 1st-9th and will also be posting a guest post by the author.

Learn more about the book by visiting this post on the Chunkster Challenge blog.

Beatriz Williams is a graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia. She spent several years in New York and London working first as a corporate and communications strategy consultant, and then as an “at-home producer of small persons.” She now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry. Overseasis her first novel. Learn more about Williams and her work by visiting the author’s website. You may also find the author at her blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Sonya from Viking Penguin sent me a finished copy of Every Day, Every Hour by Natasa Dragnic (translated by Liesl Schillinger). This debut novel will be on sale May 24th and it looks wonderful. Set in a small Croatian coastal city in the early 1960s, the novel begins with five year old Luka who is enamored with his classmate Dora. The two become inseparable, but when Dora moves to Paris with her parents, the two lose touch. Years later, they meet again by chance in Paris where they fall in love. But fate seems to be conspiring to keep them apart. Over the next few decades, Luka and Dora must “confront the reality of love in the face of everyday obligations and unlucky twists of fate.

Natasa Dragnic was born in Croatia. She studied language and literature and attended the Croatian School of Diplomacy. She currently lives in Germany where she teaches language at the university in Erlangen. Every Day Every Hour is her first novel and has been sold to more than 28 countries. Learn more about Dragnic and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Sonya with Random House sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Carolyn Wall’s newest novel, Playing With Matches (on sale July 24, 2012). Clea Shine has grown up in False River, Mississippi and learned early that a small town is no place for big secrets. Having fled years ago in the wake of a tragedy, she faces a turning point in her marriage and seeks refuge in the one place she vowed never to return. She Reunits with a kindly neighbor, but still cannot escape the ghosts of her past. As a hurricane threatens to hit False River, everything she has tried to forget may finally be exposed once and for all.  Described as “mesmerizing and poignant” the book promises to be “a stunning tale of guilt, forgiveness, and the enduring bonds of family.

Carolyn Wall is a full-time freelance writer and lecturer on university campuses, in her home, and in conference centers across the country. She conducts uniquely intense workshops in Fiction, Short Story and Feature Writing, Journaling, and Writing for Children.  As an Artist-in-Residence for the Oklahoma Arts Council, she has taught creative writing to 4,000 children in her home state. She has served as the Fiction Editor for ByLine Magazine and Senior Staff Writer for Persimmon Hill, the award-winning publication of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.  For three years, she was chief writer for the museum’s children’s magazine. Her stories, articles, photographs, and reviews have appeared in over 100 magazines and newspapers. Her debut novel, Sweeping Up Glass (Random House, 2009) is nationally acclaimed. Learn more about Wall and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Finally two memoirs arrived unsolicited.

Then Again by Diane Keaton (Random House Trade Paperback, May 2012) is not just about the beloved actress, but it is also about her mother, Dorothy. The publisher’s description reads: “To write about herself, Diane realized she had to write about her mother, too, and how their bond came to define both their lives. In a remarkable act of creation, Diane not only reveals herself to us, she also lets us meet in intimate detail her mother. Over the course of her life, Dorothy kept eighty-five journals—literally thousands of pages—in which she wrote about her marriage, her children, and, most probingly, herself. Dorothy also recorded memorable stories about Diane’s grandparents. Diane has sorted through these pages to paint an unflinching portrait of her mother—a woman restless with intellectual and creative energy, struggling to find an outlet for her talents—as well as her entire family, recounting a story that spans four generations and nearly a hundred years.

Diane Keaton has starred in some of the most memorable movies of the past forty years, including the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Reds, Baby Boom, The First Wives Club, and Something’s Gotta Give. Her many awards include the Golden Globe and the Academy Award. Keaton lives with her daughter and son in Los Angeles.

My Cross To Bear by Gregg Allman (William Morrow, May 2012) is described as the unflinching story of one of the greatest rock icons of all time. The publisher writes: “For the first time, rock music icon Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the full story of his life and career in My Cross to Bear. No subject is taboo, as one of the true giants of rock ’n’ roll opens up about his Georgia youth, his long struggle with substance abuse, his string of bad marriages (including his brief union with superstar Cher), the tragic death of  brother Duane Allman, and life on the road in one of rock’s most legendary bands.

I’m planning to give this one away during Armchair BEA this year – so I hope you’ll come back then to enter to win!

Gregg Allman is one of the original members of the Allman Brothers Band and a legend of American music. A recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and continues to make music as a solo artist and with the Allman Brothers. A multiple Grammy Award winner, he has sold millions of records around the world, with his most recent album, Low Country Blues, debuting at No. 5 on the Billboard chart. He lives in Georgia.




  1. April 30, 2012    

    Enjoy your books!

  2. April 30, 2012    

    Every Day, Every Hour looks particularly intriguing, and I had not heard of it before. Enjoy your reads!

  3. April 30, 2012    

    It looks like you’re in for some good reading. Playing with Matches and Then Again both look really good to me.

  4. April 30, 2012    

    I really want to read the Greg Allman book. I didn’t know anything about it before now and am interested to hear what you think of it.

  5. April 30, 2012    

    Wow you got some great books! I have some cover envy here! 🙂 I’m interested in hearing about the Diane Keaton book. Enjoy!

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  6. April 30, 2012    

    I want to listen to Diane’s book…great mailbox!

  7. April 30, 2012    

    You did get a mix bag of books. Overseas looks really interesting and I have to say that I really like the cover. Enjoy all your new books. Will you be going to BEA this year?

  8. April 30, 2012    

    Such interesting titles! Happy reading…

    Here is my post.

  9. April 30, 2012    

    Great picks this week! Every Day Every Hour looks fab.

  10. April 30, 2012    

    What great looking books you got. Nice 🙂

  11. May 1, 2012    

    Playing with Matches sounds really good! But then again, so do the others that you have here! I hope that you enjoy them all!

  12. May 1, 2012    

    I’m curious about Keaton’s memoir. I may try to find it on audio at my library.

  13. May 10, 2012    

    Nice haul! Enjoy!

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