Monday, November 2, 2009

MAILBOX MONDAY (revised to give credit to Marcia ~ OOOPS!)

My Mailbox Monday is a  weekly meme hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.  Mine is a compilation of the last two or three weeks as I haven't done one in awhile. 

So here's what has showed up!

The following titles were sent to me by Michelle at Simon and Schuster Canada (they are very good to me!):

Women are Crazy, Men are Stupid by Howard J morris and Jenny Lee
(an excerpt from the blurb on the publishers website)
Using wit, hard-earned wisdom, and a highly entertaining he said/she said format, the authors explore the surprising method to his dumbness and the valid reasons behind her insanity, while providing real solutions to perennial relationship problems. By teaching men how and why they're stupid around women and showing women how to "control the crazy" for everybody's sake, Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid helps couples to reach the place where giving isn't giving in, needing isn't needy, and where the sexes can break the dysfunctional patterns and find a way to live lovingly, happily ever after.

LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld
I was SUPER excited to get this the other day!!!  It is a GEORGOUS book, a YA fantasy novel, and it is taking all of my bookish willpower to not bump it up to the front of the line of my review copies.  But alas, there were others before it, so it must wait. 

Here is the summary from Scott Westerfeld's website:
Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

Here is the blurb from her website:

As a young girl growing up in Nashville, Lauren Braddock Havey, the daughter of legendary songwriter Bobby Braddock, dreamed of her own artistic pursuits: singing, acting, and penning her own music But above all, one of her greatest dreams in life was to have a baby and be a parent someday. As the "someday" crept up and became her reality, Lauren and her husband Jim were crushed to receive the disheartening news that they were unable to conceive a baby unless they pursued in vitro fertilization, an expensive and uncertain alternative. Lauren's memoir A Journey to the Son (Two Harbors Press; ISBN 978-1-935097-71-6; October 2009), follows Lauren and Jim as they make the brave decision to go through the in vitro process and the white-knuckle journey that ensues.
(There is also a CD that came with the book that is comprised of songs written and performed by the author, it is a country opera.  Each chapter of the book has a song that goes with it.)

The Sign for Drowning by Rachel Stolzman was sent to me by her publisher Jennifer at Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Here's the summary from the website:

Anna has grown up haunted by her younger sister’s death. In the life she constructs as a barrier against the emotional wreckage of her family tragedy, Anna settles comfortably into a career as a teacher of deaf children. But a challenge arrives—in the form of a young girl. Adrea’s disarming vulnerability and obvious need for love offer Anna the possibility of reconnecting with the world around her—if she has the courage to open her heart.

I have already started this book and it is beautifully written.  I also have a SIGNED copy to giveaway!  Stay tuned for that!

From Random House Canada I recieved "The Wife's Tale" by Lori Lansens.

Here's the summary from their website:
  In Lori Lansens’ Leaford, Ontario — home of Rose and Ruby Darlen, the sorrowing parents of Larry Merkel, and not far from Rusholme where Addy Shadd once looked after an abandoned child — love and grief combine to awaken an obese woman from her loneliness. When her husband doesn’t come home on the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary, Mary Gooch, who has never learned to be self-sufficient, sets out on a truly remarkable journey of self-discovery that takes her first to the big city and then to another country

The following were books I have won in contests on other blogs:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
I have wanted to read this book FOR AGES, and so I was thrilled to have won a copy!

Here is the blurb from Random House:
January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells
Here's part of the blurb from HarperCollins:

A tale of family and friendship, tragedy and triumph, loss and love, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder features the warmth, humor, soul, and wonder that have made Wells one of today's most cherished writers, and gives us an unforgettable new heroine to treasure.

10 Blabs:

Jo-Jo said...

You've got a lot of books there that I have had my eye on. Enjoy!

Missy B. said...

The Sign for Drowning does sound really good! Enjoy your books! :)

alitareads said...

I am so jealous that you got Leviathan! That book looks really really good.

Congrats on your contest wins :)

Unknown said...

You got some great books! The Women are Crazy Men are Stupid sounds like a fun read.

Nikola said...

Ooh, I've heard a lot about Leviathan! Let us know what it's like! :D

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Journey To The Son sounds like a touching book. The Sign For Drowning sounds good too. Enjoy!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Wow Lisa, those are some great books that found their way to you this week.

Carol said...

Looks like a great stack of books. Enjoy!

Unknown said...

Some great books you've got there - heard good things about Leviathan. Enjoy!

Anna said...

You're in for a treat with Guernsey. I hope you love it as much as I did. Happy reading!

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