Daily Archives: April 14, 2013

Mailbox Monday – April 15, 2013

mailbox.mountainWelcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Mari at Mari Reads this month. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar.

I am REALLY excited about what showed up in my mailbox this week:


Many thanks to Riverhead Books for sending me an Advance Reader’s Edition of And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – his third book due for release May 21, 2013. If I had to pick just one book I was most excited about for 2013, it would be this one.

Hosseini’s newest novel is multi-generational and explores “the many ways in which family members love, wound, honor, betray, surprise, and sacrifice fo rone another, at the times that matter the most.” I cannot wait to read this one. Please watch for my review in the early part of May. The book is available now for pre-order.

Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with more than ten million copies of his books sold in the United States alone. He is a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, and the founder of the Khaled Hosseini Foundation. He lives in Northern California. Learn more about Hosseini and his work on the author’s website, or follow him on Facebook.

AccursedI also received a finished copy of The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates (ECCO, March 2013). In this novel, Oates steps out of her usual genre and writes an historical novel with chilling supernatural elements. The novel is described as “an eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power, and loss in early-twentieth-century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned.

A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man–a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil, and who spreads his curse upon a richly deserving community of white Anglo-Saxon privilege. And in the Pine Barrens that border the town, a lush and terrifying underworld opens up.

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the New York Times bestsellers The Falls (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and The Gravedigger’s Daughter. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more about Oates and her work by visiting the author’s homepage.

HungerAngelThe good people over at Picador sent me a copy of The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller (April 2013) which is translated by Philip Boehm. Way back in 2009 I read The Passport by this author (read my review), and was impressed with the poetry of the prose despite the dark and haunting themes. In The Hunger Angel, Muller once again takes readers to a dark place. She “calls upon her unique combination of poetic intensity and dispassionate precision to conjure the distorted world” of a Soviet labor camp. Seventeen year old Leo has been gifted with “the language to express the inexpressible, as hunger sharpens his senses into an acuity that is both hallucinatory and profound.

Herta Muller is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature, as well as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the European Literature Prize. She is the author of, among other books, The Land of the Green Plums and The Appointment. Born in Romania in 1953, Muller lost her job as a teacher and suffered repeated threats after refusing to cooperate with Ceausescu’s secret police. She succeeded in emigrating in 1987 and now lives in Berlin.

Did any amazing books show up at YOUR house this week?

Sunday Salon – April 14, 2013

Sunday Salon

April 14, 2013

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Visit the Facebook Page for links to other bloggers’ posts.

You won’t see a ton of reviews on my blog over the past week although I have finished reading some books. I’m touring two books this month for TLC Book Tours and decided to get them read early. Watch for my reviews as follows:

Paradise Guest HouseThe Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman – giveaway and review to be posted on April 16,2013 (my rating: 4hStars). Check out other blogger reviews by clicking through links on the TLC Book Tour page.

AllYouCouldAskForAll You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg – review to be posted April 22, 2013 (my rating: 3hstars). Check out other blogger reviews by clicking through links on the TLC Book Tour page.

MovementOfStarsMy current read is historical fiction which I am reading for my newly formed face-to-face book club. We’re meeting for the first time on April 20th and the book we will be discussing is The Movement of the Stars by Amy Brill (Riverhead Books, April 2013). This novel starts a bit slow, but then picks up. Brill is a good writer and I am caring about the protagonist, Hannah, who is a Quaker woman living on Nantucket in the mid-1800s. The novel was inspired by the life of Maria Mitchell who was the first professional female astronomer in America. There are also some historical characters woven through the book.

Next up in the stacks is a book which just arrived last week and I am super excited about it…

MountainsEchoedAnd the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini! I can’t wait to read this one…my review of it won’t post until May 1st or after (per request of the publisher), but I hope you’ll come back then to see what I thought!

Today promises to be a beautiful day here in the California mountains. I’m taking a walk later with hubby and Raven, and hope to finish piecing the top of my next quilt. I hope to find a little time to sit outside on the porch and read, too.

What about you? What are you doing on this mid-April day? Whatever it is, I hope it includes a great book!