Monday, June 28, 2010

Mailbox Monday June 28

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!

I had a very good week this week. Some very interesting books made their way into my home. I'm looking forward to reading all of them.

Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman

Summary borrowed from Goodreads

Set on the coast of Maine over the course of four summers, Red Hook Road tells the story of two families, the Tetherlys and the Copakens, and of the ways in which their lives are unraveled and stitched together by misfortune, by good intentions and failure, and by love and calamity.

A marriage collapses under the strain of a daughter’s death; two bereaved siblings find comfort in one another; and an adopted young girl breathes new life into her family with her prodigious talent for the violin. As she writes with obvious affection for these unforgettable characters, Ayelet Waldman skillfully interweaves life’s finer pleasures—music and literature—with the more mundane joys of living. Within these resonant pages, a vase filled with wildflowers or a cold beer on a hot summer day serve as constant reminders that it’s often the little things that make life so precious.

I received this book for review this courtesy of Doubleday through Shelf Awareness

Room by Emma Donoghue

Summary borrowed from Goodread

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It's where he was born, where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. At night, Ma puts him safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in case Old Nick comes.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she's been held for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for her son. But Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's desperation -- and she knows Room cannot contain either indefinitely. ...

Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.

I received this book for review courtesy of Hachette through Shelf Awareness

All Over The Map by Laura Fraser

Summary borrowed from Goodreads

What's a wise, witty travel writer to do when she reaches forty and is still single? Wander the globe searching for romance and adventure, of course.

On a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, to celebrate her fortieth birthday, Laura Fraser confronts the unique trajectory of her life. Divorced and childless in her thirties, she found solace in the wanderlust that had always directed her heart—and found love and comfort in the arms of a dashing Frenchman. Their Italian affair brought her back to herself—but now she wonders if her passion for travel (and for short-lived romantic rendezvous) has deprived her of what she secretly wants most from life: a husband, a family, a home.

When her Parisian lover meets her in Oaxaca and gives her news that he’s found someone new, Laura is stunned and hurt. Now, it seems, she has nothing but her own independence for company—and, at forty, a lot more wrinkles on her face and fewer years of fertility. How is Laura going to reconcile what seem to be two opposite desires: for adventure, travel, great food, and new experiences, but also a place to call home—and a loving pair of arms to greet her there?

And so, she globe hops. What else is a travel writer to do? From Argentina to Peru, Naples to Paris, she basks in the glow of new cultures and local delicacies, always on the lookout for the “one” who might become a lifelong companion. But when a terrible incident occurs while she’s on assignment in the South Pacific, Laura suddenly finds herself more aware of her vulnerability and becomes afraid of traveling. It seems as if she might lose the very thing that has given her so much pleasure in her life, not to mention the career she has built for herself as a world traveler and chronicler of far-flung places.

Finding herself again will be both more difficult and more natural than she imagined. Ultimately, Laura realizes the most important journey she must take is an internal one. And the tale of how she reaches that place will captivate every woman who has ever yearned for a different life.

I received this book for review from Harmony Books through Read It Forward

Cleo by Helen Brown

Summary borrowed from Goodreads

Helen Brown wasn't a cat person, but her nine-year-old son Sam was. So when Sam heard a woman telling his mum that her cat had just had kittens, Sam pleaded to go and see them.
Helen's heart melted as Sam held one of the kittens in his hands with a look of total adoration. In a trice the deal was done - the kitten would be delivered when she was big enough to leave her mother.
A week later, Sam was dead. Not long after, a little black kitten was delivered to the grieving family. Totally traumatized by Sam's death, Helen had forgotten all about the new arrival. After all, that was back in another universe when Sam was alive.
Helen was ready to send the kitten back, but Sam's younger brother wanted to keep her, identifying with the tiny black kitten who'd also lost her brothers. When Rob stroked her fur, it was the first time Helen had seen him smile since Sam's death. There was no choice: the kitten - dubbed Cleo - had to stay.
Kitten or not, there seemed no hope of becoming a normal family. But Cleo's zest for life slowly taught the traumatized family to laugh. She went on to become the uppity high priestess of Helen's household, vetoing her new men, terrifying visiting dogs and building a special bond with Rob, his sister Lydia, Helen - and later a baby daughter.

I received this book for review through Inkwell Management

Sarah's Garden by Kelly Long

Summary borrowed from Goodreads
When Sarah realizes that she has fallen in love with an Englisch doctor, she must choose between loving a man and losing her family.

Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains, shy Sarah King is happiest when working in her vibrant Amish kitchen garden, but new family responsibilities lead her into the confusing world of the Englisch.

Sarah finds her life turned around when she encounters the community's new Englisch veterinarian, Grant Williams. His blue-gold eyes and his obvious concern for her people attract her immediately. Sarah seeks solace and direction from the Lord as she creates a quilt pattern which details her struggle between two worlds.

The Lord is guiding Sarah to follow His will, but will she listen?

I received this book for review from Booksneeze

Have you read any of these titles? If so how did you like them? I am now off to see what wonderful books made their way into the homes of other bloggers. It's my favorite part of Mailbox Monday!


  1. Room sounds really good. I'm looking forward to your thoughts. Enjoy your new books!

  2. I also received Room....I hope we both enjoy it!

  3. Looks like you have some interesting books there. Enjoy them all.

  4. I got All Over the Map too and think it looks great! I hope you enjoy it!

  5. looks like some fun books
    Thanks for visiting my MM

  6. You got some varied books this week - how fun!

  7. You received a great selection of books. Room sounds heartbreaking and inspiring. Enjoy!

  8. Room sounds like it could be really good. No books for me this week, but I've got a copy of Captivity to give away over on my blog if you'd like to stop by!

  9. Wow! You got some good books!! Room is on my TBR, so I'm looking forward to your thoughts!

  10. nice diverse bunch of books. Sarah's Garden looks good. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

  11. I got Cleo this week too! I am a cat fanatic.

  12. Nice haul...I hope you enjoy all of your new additions!

    My mailbox is HERE.

  13. I really want to read Red Hook Road -- can't wait to read your thoughts.

  14. Wow, what a great set of books! I also received Red Hook Road this week, as you noted. I picked up Room at BEA, and I'm getting more jealous every blog I visit that has Cleo listed-- I hadn't heard of it before today, and I love the sound of it!

  15. I'm excited to see what you think of the Amish book!! Enjoy your reads!!!

  16. All of them sound very good. Enjoy the reading week.

  17. Sounds like you got some great books!

  18. We got a few alike. Happy reading!


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