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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on a blog tour! Last month's host was Lady Q at Let Them Read Books, and she did a fantastic job (she posted some GREAT recipes!), and Library of Clean Reads will be up next in February.

This month, Mailbox Monday is being hosted at Rose City Reader, so stop by and join the fun!

It is so much fun to see what everyone is getting in the mail.

Thanks for taking the time to visit ~ I just love hearing from you! Please let me know if you have read any of these books - I'd love to hear how you liked them!! :)

Five for my mailbox last week, and I hope you'll stop and check out my new weekly feature called Weekly ARC Expo, Bringing New Life to ARCs via an ARC Swap... here is the current one!

EmptyEmpty by Suzanne Weyn ~ Fiction / Young Adult ~ Available Now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
It's the near future - the very near future - and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. Supermarkets are empty. Malls have shut down. Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be.

Nobody expected the end to come this fast. And in the small town of Spring Valley, decisions that once seemed easy are quickly becoming matters of life and death. There is hope - there has to be hope - just there are also sacrifices that need to be made, and a whole society that needs to be rethought.

Teens like Nicki, Tom, and Leila may find what they need to survive. But their lives are never going to be the same again.

The Girl Who Fell from the SkyThe Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow ~ Fiction ~ Available Now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy.

With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.

In the tradition of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, here is a portrait of a young girl— and society's ideas of race, class, and beauty. It is the winner of the Bellwether Prize for best fiction manuscript addressing issues of social justice.

Tyler (The Secret Life of Cowboys)Tyler (The Secret Life of Cowboys, book 1) by C.H. Admirand ~ Fiction / Romance ~ Available March 2011 ~  Received courtesy of Sourcebooks for review
When Tyler Garahan said he'd do anything to save his family's ranch, he never thought that would include taking a job as a stripper at a local ladies' club. But the club's fiery redheaded bookkeeper captures Tyler's attention, and for her, he'll swallow his pride...

Emily Langley feels for the gorgeous cowboy. It's obvious that he's the real deal and wouldn't be caught dead in a ladies' revue if he wasn't in big trouble. And when he looks at her like that, she'll do anything to help...

Working days on the ranch and nights at the ladies' club, Tyler is plumb exhausted. But could it be that his beautiful boss needs him as much as he needs her...

Paris Was Ours
Paris Was Ours by Penelope Rowlands ~ Essays ~ Available February 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
Paris is “the world capital of memory and desire,” concludes one of the writers in this intimate and insightful collection of memoirs of the city. Living in Paris changed these writers forever.

In thirty-two personal essays—more than half of which are here published for the first time—the writers describe how they were seduced by Paris and then began to see things differently. They came to write, to cook, to find love, to study, to raise children, to escape, or to live the way it’s done in French movies; they came from the United States, Canada, and England; from Iran, Iraq, and Cuba; and—a few—from other parts of France. And they stayed, not as tourists, but for a long time; some are still living there. They were outsiders who became insiders, who here share their observations and revelations. Some are well-known writers: Diane Johnson, David Sedaris, Judith Thurman, Joe Queenan, and Edmund White. Others may be lesser known but are no less passionate on the subject.

Together, their reflections add up to an unusually perceptive and multifaceted portrait of a city that is entrancing, at times exasperating, but always fascinating. They remind us that Paris belongs to everyone it has touched, and to each in a different way.

Pictures of YouPictures of You by Caroline Leavitt ~ Fiction ~ Available now ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review
Two women running away from their marriages collide on a foggy highway, killing one of them. The survivor, Isabelle, is left to pick up the pieces, not only of her own life, but of the lives of the devastated husband and fragile son that the other woman, April, has left behind. Together, they try to solve the mystery of where April was running to, and why. As these three lives intersect, the book asks, How well do we really know those we love—and how do we forgive the unforgivable?

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate


Ryan said...

Sounds like you have some great reading ahead of you. Have a wonderful week and happy reading.

Mystica said...

Waiting to see your review of The Girl who fell from the sky.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

OOH Great looking reads!

bermudaonion said...

Lots of great titles in there! I'm excited about the Algonquin books.

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

What a fantastic mailbox. Empty sounds dystopian. Will look for your reviews!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Nice mailbox; I recently purchased Pictures of You.enjoy

DCMetroreader said...

I've seen Paris was Ours around the blog world today and now really want to read it.

Enjoy all your books Wendy!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow, what an intriguing and eclectic list! I really want to read The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, and Pictures of You.

Thanks for sharing.

Here's mine:

(click on my name)

Anonymous said...

here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/mailbox-monday-hunters-and-prey.html

Shelly B said...

I got the Algonquin books as well...happy reading!

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Lots of diverse titles there, this week.

I know that 'Empty' is YA fiction and clearly it's whole message may be better aimed at that generation, but I think it's a book that we should all probably read, as it may be closer to the truth than any of us dare to imagine!


Playing Librarian said...

Thanks for dropping by at my blog. Am now your follower and wish you happy reading as well =)

Kim said...

Hi Wendi, thanks for stopping by my blog, Time Traveler Reviews. I'm intrigued with your arrivals and look forward to your review on Paris Was Ours.
You may also be interested my other book blog:

Have a great week!

Bhargavi said...

The girl who fell from the sky sounds like a good read.. happy reading!

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

Empty looks good... and what a great cover!


April said...

What a great mailbox full of goodies! Enjoy and have a great week!

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

I want that Paris book!

Thanks for participating in Mailbox Monday!

Rose City Reader

Athira said...

I've been seeing "The Girl Who Fell from the Sky" everywhere! I really love that cover and would love to read!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Ooh, enjoy your book stack!

I'm looking forward to reading PICTURES OF YOU.

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