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Mailbox Monday – October 22, 2012

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Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted on the dedicated blog for the meme this month. You can go there see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar as well.

Here is what showed up at my house this week:

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (November 2012) arrived from Harper Collins for a TLC Book Tour in November. I am REALLY excited to read this one as Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite female authors. Flight Behavior takes place in contemporary Appalachia and “explores the complexities that lead us to believe in our chosen truths. Characters and reader alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here, into the unsettled ground of science, faith, and everyday truces between reason and conviction.” The novel centers around the contentious subject of climate change.

Watch the author discuss the book in this short clip:

Barbara Kingsolver is the author of eight works of fiction, including the novels The LacunaThe Poisonwood BibleAnimal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction. Her most recent work of nonfiction,  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, became a bestseller and won the James Beard award. Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned literary awards. The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Orange Prize, and won the national book award of South Africa, before being named an Oprah Book Club selection. The Lacuna won Britain’s prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010. In 2011, Kingsolver was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country’s highest honor for service through the arts. Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, the nation’s largest prize for an unpublished first novel, which since 1998 has helped to establish the careers of more than a half dozen new literary voices. Through a recent agreement, the prize has now become the PEN / Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia. Learn more about Kingsolver and her work by visiting the author’s website.

St. Martin’s Press sent me an Advance Readers Edition of The Good House by Ann Leary (January 2013). Set in New England along Boston’s North Shore, the novel centers around Hildy who is a good neighbor, mother and grandmother…and a secret drinker who believes her drinking is under control. The story introduces a quaint town’s secrets, a scandal, mysticism, old houses, a love story between two aging characters…and asks the central question: What will it take to keep Hildy Good from drinking? For good.

Ann Leary is the author of two previous books: An Innocent, A Broad and Outtakes from a Marriage. She co-hosts the weekly NPR radio show “Hash Hags.” She lives in Roxbury, Connecticut with her four dogs, three horses and husband (actor Denis Leary). Learn more about Leary and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Penguin sent me Alison Pace’s latest book You Tell Your Dog First (November 2012). For years, Alison Pace was a dog person without a dog. And then, Carlie came into her life. This feisty West Highland white terrier could “weed out bad boyfriends with a sniff of her button-black nose and win the hearts of lifelong friends with an adoring gaze.” Carlie became Alison’s constant companion and confidante, and through her dog, Pace “found herself connected to the world as never before.You Tell Your Dog First shares the stories of Carlie and Pace with “warmth, wit, and humor.

Alison Pace is the author of the novels If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend, Pug Hill, Through Thick and Thin, City Dog, and A Pug’s Tale. Her essays have appeared in several collections including It’s A Wonderful Lie: The Truth About Life in Your Twenties, Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit. Her writing has also been seen in The Bark magazine, on AlterNet, and in The New York Times Magazine. She lives in New York City where she teaches creative writing and is at work on a new novel. Learn more about Pace and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Finally, Tor Forge sent me an Advance Readers Edition of The Love Dog by Elsa Watson (January 2013). This novel is described as “a fresh and delightful standalone romance that’s sure to win over animal lovers and women’s fiction fans.” Samantha Novak is trying to land her dream job by proving the reality show The Love Dog is a sham. But when she falls in love the show’s canine star, Apollo (a charming golden retriever) and Mason Hall (the show’s producer and leading man), she begins to wonder if she will have the heart to expose the show’s dirty secrets after all.

From 1996 to 1998, Elsa Watson served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, where she began writing novels, all in longhand. She now lives on an island in Washington State with her husband, cat, and two dogs. Her short work has appeared in the Writers Journal, Snowy Egret, and Renaissance Magazine.  Her novel Maid Marian was published by Crown in 2004, and republished by Three Rivers Press in 2005. Tor Forge published her novel Dog Days, in May 2012.  Learn more about Watson and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR house this week?

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10 Comments

  1. I love Barbara Kingsolver too. I heard her talk about Flight Behavior and think it sounds really good.

  2. zibilee says:

    I wasn’t too thrilled with Kingsolver’s last book, but it sounds like she is back in top form with this one. The others look interesting as well, and sound like books that I would pick up. Great stuff in that mailbox this time around!

  3. Susan says:

    The Kingsolver book looks interesting. Hope to check it out next month!

  4. nomadreader says:

    I’m really excited for Flight Behavior too! I hadn’t heard of The Good House, but I love the cover. I’ll have to keep my eye out for that one!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Barbara Kingsolver is great…ENJOY!!

    I like the Good House too.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    http://silversolara.blogspot.com/2012/10/mailbox-monday-10222012.html

  6. Les in NE says:

    I’ve read all of Kingsolver’s books with the exception of The Lacuna. For some reason, it never appealed to me. However, I’ve been reading Flight Behavior for the past few days and am enjoying it immensely!

    The Good House sounds like a winner! I like that cover art, as well. :)

  7. J says:

    I might want to read the new Kingsolver book. She is the only author that I’ve ever written a fan letter to (for The Bean Trees, I think), though I am perhaps the only person on earth who didn’t like Poisonwood Bible. I’ve had mixed feelings since then…some of the books seem kind of preachy. I’d be very happy to love another of her books, so I’m hopeful for this one.

    I think I’ll look into The Good House, thanks for the idea.

    I heard Louise Erdrich on the radio, and I’ve not read any of her books before. So I’m currently reading Tracks. It didn’t come in the mail, it came at the library, but I’m happy about it. :)

  8. Nan says:

    I am very interested in The Good House. Thank you. I’m going to see if the library has it.

  9. Susan says:

    Now think I might not be able to resist the Westie book. Too cute!