Mailbox Monday – August 13, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month at Five Minutes For Books.

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

Here is what showed up at my house this week:

Harper Collins sent me an Advance Readers Edition of The Round House by Louise Erdrich (October 2, 2012). I am really excited about this one as I have loved previous Erdrich novels (read my reviews of Love Medicine and Shadow Tag). I am planning to read Plague of Doves before I crack the spine on The Round House because the two novels are connected. From the publisher:

Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family. Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

Louise Erdrich is the author of thirteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. Most recently, The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Louise Erdrich lives in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore.

The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande (August 2012) arrived via Atria Books Galley Grab. In this memoir, “award-winning writer Reyna Grande brings to life her tumultuous early years, capturing all the confusion and contradictions of childhood, especially one spent torn between two parents and two countries. Elated when she feels the glow of her father’s love and approval, Reyna knows that at any moment he might turn angry or violent. Only in books and music and her rich imaginary life does she find solace, a momentary refuge from a world in which every place feels like “El Otro Lado.

Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was going on ten, she entered the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. She went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. She holds a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University.

Grande’s first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria, 2006), received a 2010 Latino Books Into Movies Award, a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlan Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) was critically acclaimed and was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Awards.  Learn more about Grande and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any amazing books arrive at YOUR house this week?

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  1. Those books both sound awesome. Thanks for linking up!

  2. New to me. Await your reviews!

  3. Both books look wonderful. Happy reading!

  4. Ahhh that happy feeling when the mailbox is full of books

  5. I got a lot of great books – many of them unexpected. I got The Round House too and agree that it looks wonderful.

    • Melanie on August 13, 2012 at 04:39

    Round House was absolutly excellent. Somehow I missed that it was connected to Plauge of Doves, so I need to did through my stack and find PoD.

  6. I love what you read! Always a pleasure to visit you, be it for your books or for your crafting ability!

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  7. I like the sounds of both books….enjoy!!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    http://silversolara.blogspot.com/2012/08/mailbox-monday-813.html

  8. They sound interesting, enjoy!

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    • Susan on August 13, 2012 at 08:08

    These two novels look good — with a Native American perspective and a Latino one too. I like it

    • Amy on August 13, 2012 at 09:27

    Both books sound fascinating and absorbing. I am particularly interested in The Round House and happy to know Erdrich has a new book coming out. I hope you like it!
    Reyna Grande’s memoir sounds riveting. I’m already looking forward to your reviews, Wendy!
    Enjoy!

    • Kim V on August 13, 2012 at 09:36

    Both of your novels sound terrific! Enjoy!

  9. Though Shadow Tag upset me, I would still like to read another book by this author and decide if she is right for me. your second book sounds amazing as well, and I hope that you enjoy both of them!

    • Mary on August 13, 2012 at 17:38

    They both sound good so I hope you enjoy them!

  10. Both books look very good! I received a couple books from Galley Grab too. They had some very good selections! Enjoy both books!

  11. Enjoy your books! THE ROUND HOUSE sounds excellent.

  12. I’m planning to read The Plague of Doves before The Round House too. While I didn’t love Shadow Tag, I was mighty impressed with Erdrich and have been meaning to read more of her work. Enjoy!

    • Serena on August 20, 2012 at 06:22

    Distance Between Us sounds good. Happy reading. I’m thinking about you.

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