Monday, March 22, 2010

Mailbox Monday March 22



Mailbox Monday is a meme where you can post what books came into your home during the week. It is hosted by Marcia over at The Printed Page. Go on over and check it out. Be warned though it can lead to large TBR piles and wish lists!




Every Last One by Anna Quindlan
received from Random House

In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times bestselling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

Mary Beth Latham is first and foremost a mother, whose three teenaged children come first, before her career as a landscape gardener, or even her life as the wife of a doctor. Caring for her family and preserving their everyday life is paramount. And so, when one of her sons, Max, becomes depressed, Mary Beth becomes focused on him, and is blindsided by a shocking act of violence. What happens afterwards is a testament to the power of a woman’s love and determination, and to the invisible line of hope and healing that connects one human being with another. Ultimately, in the hands of Anna Quindlen’s mesmerizing prose, Every Last One is a novel about facing every last one of the the things we fear most, about finding ways to navigate a road we never intended to travel, to live a life we never dreamed we’d have to live but must be brave enough to try.



A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White received from Touchstone, Simon & Schuster

For more than ten years, Naomi and Phil Harrison enjoyed a marriage of heady romance, tempered only by the needs of their children. But on a vacation alone, the couple perishes in a flight over the Grand Canyon. After the funeral, their daughters, Ruthie and Julia, are shocked by the provisions in their will.

Spanning nearly two decades, the sisters’ journeys take them from their familiar home in Atlanta to sophisticated bohemian San Francisco, a mountain town in Virginia, the campus of Berkeley, and lofts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As they heal from loss, search for love, and begin careers, their sisterhood, once an oasis, becomes complicated by resentment, anger, and jealousy. It seems as though the echoes of their parents’ deaths will never stop reverberating—until another shocking accident changes everything once again




The Swimming Pool by Holly Lecraw received from Doubleday

A heartbreaking affair, an unsolved murder, an explosive romance: welcome to summer on the Cape in this powerful debut.

Seven summers ago, Marcella Atkinson fell in love with Cecil McClatchey, a married father of two. But on the same night their romance abruptly ended, Cecil's wife was found murdered--and their lives changed forever. The case was never solved, and Cecil died soon after, an uncharged suspect.

Now divorced and estranged from her only daughter, Marcella lives alone, mired in grief and guilt. Meanwhile, Cecil's grown son, Jed, returns to the Cape with his sister for the first time in years. One day he finds a woman's bathing suit buried in a closet--a relic, unbeknownst to him, of his father's affair--and, on a hunch, confronts Marcella. When they fall into an affair of their own, their passion temporarily masks the pain of the past, but also leads to crises and revelations they never could have imagined.



The Red Thread by Ann Hood I won from Librarything Early Readers Group courtesy of W.W Norton & Company

From the best-selling author of The Knitting Circle, a mother’s powerful journey from loss to love. “In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. Who is at the end of your red thread?”

After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families. Maya finds some comfort in her work, until a group of six couples share their personal stories of their desire for a child. Their painful and courageous journey toward adoption forces her to confront the lost daughter of her past. Brilliantly braiding together the stories of Chinese birth mothers who give up their daughters, Ann Hood writes a moving and beautifully told novel of fate and the red thread that binds these characters’ lives. Heartrending and wise, The Red Thread is a stirring portrait of unforgettable love and yearning for a baby.

What fun books made their way to your home?

34 comments:

  1. The Red thread looks like a good one. Can't wait to see what you think of that one.

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  2. Great books; jealous of The Red Thread though :)

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  3. The Anna Quindlen book is around the blog world today. Hope I signed up for it from SA -- we'll see.

    Enjoy your books!

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  4. I got The Swimming Pool as well. I want to read all of your books. I have been waiting for Every Last One and A Soft Place to Land to be released and now I have to add The Red Thread to my wishlist. Great.

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  5. So many great books, enjoy!

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  6. Great books! Happy reading. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  7. So many books look wonderful. Have a great reading week!

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  8. OOh, you got some great books. The Red Thread sounds really intriguing. Have a great week, enjoy all your new reads!

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  9. oh wow, i love the cover on Red Thread. It looks really interesting. Here's my loot:

    http://bookventuresbookclub.blogspot.com/2010/03/mailbox-mondays_22.html

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  10. We did get some of the same books and they all look good to me! Happy reading!

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  11. Oh, these all look so good! I'm salivating over the Anna Quindlen book! I think I preordered it, but now I must check to be sure!

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  12. You've got a lot of great looking books this week!

    Here's mine for this week.

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  13. I'm seeing the Anna Quindlan land in a lot of mailboxes this week. Must be time for the pre-release reviews, huh?

    Have fun with it. One of these days, I'll get to it...

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  14. You got a bunch of great books. Happy Reading and thanks for the comment on my blog. I am now following you.

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  15. Looks like you got some good books there. It seems a lot of us are getting The Swimming Pool this week and I can't wait to read Anna Quindlen's new one.

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  16. Wow! You've got some good ones! I'm jealous! :)
    Enjoy them, and I look forward to your reviews!

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  17. Is it wrong to be jealous of a book cover? The picture on the cover of The Swimming Pool looks so good. It's getting warmer and I would absolutely love to jump in with that swimming/floating person. The only problem is that I don't know if that is supposed to end up the dead body or not. I think that would probably ruin my swimming fantasy. It sounds like a thrilling read.

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  18. I am sooo jealous of The Red Thread - hadn't heard of it before but sounds so good and I always love books about adoption. Enjoy!

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  19. The first one looks interesting. Enjoy your books. Thanks for stopping by my post.

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  20. I want to read the Anna Quindlen - she is one of my favorite authors. I just requested it on Library Thing so maybe I'll get one too!

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  21. I like the sound of 'a soft place to land'. enjoy your books!

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  22. Wow these all look awesome, happy reading!

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  23. These all sound wonderful! Enjoy your books!

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  24. Those all look great - there's lots in there I haven't seen before! Happy reading!

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  25. ooooo! I really, really, really want the Red Thread book. I might have to go out on a limb and request a copy! Looking forward to reading your remarks.

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  26. I have the Swimming Pool for review too - it looks good! You got some great books - enjoy!

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  27. Looks like a lot of people received The Swimming Pool, including me! I am totally envious of A Soft Place to Land though. Enjoy all your new goodies!

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  28. Wow, you have a lot of great sounding books. I want to read all of these!

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  29. All the books look great! I like the Anna Quindlen one and The Red Thread. Happy reading!

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  30. A Soft Place to Land and The Red Thread have me salivating, you lucky girl you.

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  31. Great Mailbox! Thanks for the compliments on my Jack Doll. Enjoy. Thank you for stopping by on Monday.

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  32. Please stop by here, have something for you.
    CMash

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  33. We have a couple of the same books this week. Happy reading!

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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