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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox: West of Here... is Spousonomics...and Lucifer's Tears... and The Internet Is A Playground!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on a blog tour! Last month's host was Rose City Reader, and Library of Clean Reads will be up next in February.

This month, Mailbox Monday is being hosted at Library of Clean Reads , so stop by and join the fun!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren!

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!! :)

Four 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!

The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online GeniusThe Internet is a Playground ARC by David Thorne ~ Humor  ~ Available May ~ Received courtesy of the Publisher via Shelf Awareness
From the notorious Internet troublemaker who brought the world the explosively popular "Next Time I'll Spend the Money on Drugs Instead", in which he attempted to pay his chiropractor with a picture he drew of a spider; "Please Design a Logo for Me. With Pie Charts. For Free," which has been described as one of the most passed-on viral e-mails of all time; and, most recently, the staggeringly popular "Missing Missy", which has appeared everywhere from The Guardian to Jezebel to Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish, comes this profoundly funny collection of irreverent Internet mischief and comedy.

Featuring all of Thorne's viral success, including "Missing Missy", The Internet Is a Playground culls together every article and e- mail from Thorne's wildly popular website 27bslash6.com, as well as enough new material, available only in these pages, to keep you laughing-and, indeed, crying-until Thorne's next stroke-of-genius prank. Or hilarious hoax. Or well-publicized almost-stint in jail (really).

Lucifer's Tears (An Inspector Vaara Novel)Lucifer's Tears ARC by Janes Thompson ~ Fiction  ~ Available March~ Received courtesy of the Publisher via Shelf Awareness
Inspector Kari Vaara returns, more haunted than ever, in the follow- up to Snow Angels, "a must for fans of the international crime novel." (Booklist)

The Sufia Elmi case left Kari Vaara with a scarred face, chronic insomnia, a constant migraine, and a full body count's worth of ghosts. Now it's a year later, in Helsinki, and Kari is working the graveyard shift in the homicide unit, terrified that his heavily pregnant wife will miscarry again after she lost the twins just after Christmas.

Kari is pushed into investigating a ninety-year-old national hero for war crimes committed during World War II. The Interior Minister demands a conclusion of innocence, preserving Finland's heroic perception about itself and its role in the war, but Germany wants extradition.

In a seeming coincidence, Kari is drawn into the murder-by-torture case of Iisa Filippov, the philandering wife of a Russian businessman. Her lover is clearly being framed for the crime-and Ivan Filippov's arrogance and nonchalance point the finger at him. But he's being protected from above, leading Kari to the corrupt corridors of power. Soon the past and present collide in ways no one could have anticipated.

Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty DishesSpousonomics by Paul Szuchman and Jenny Anderson ~ Non-Fiction / Relationships ~ Available February 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the Publisher via Shelf Awareness
Are you happy in your marriage—except for those weekly spats over who empties the dishwasher more often? Not a single complaint—unless you count the fact that you haven’t had sex since the Bush administration? Prepared to be there in sickness and in health—so long as it doesn’t mean compromising? Be honest: Ever lay awake thinking how much more fun married life used to be?

If you’re a member of the human race, then the answer is probably “yes” to all of the above. Marriage is a mysterious, often irrational business. Making it work till death do you part—or just till the end of the week—isn’t always easy. And no one ever handed you a user’s manual.

Until now. With Spousonomics, Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson offer something new: a clear-eyed, rational route to demystifying your disagreements and improving your relationship. The key, they propose, is to think like an economist.

That’s right: an economist.

Economics is the study of resource allocation, after all. How do we—as partners in a society, a business, or a marriage—spend our limited time, money, and energy? And how do we allocate these resources most efficiently? Spousonomics answers these questions by taking classic economic concepts and applying them to the domestic front. For example:

• Arguing all night isn’t a sign of a communication breakdown; you’re just extremely loss-averse—and by refusing to give an inch, you’re risking even greater losses.
• Stay late at the office, or come home for dinner? Be honest about your mother-in-law, or keep your mouth shut and smile? Let the cost-benefit analysis make the call.
• Getting your spouse to clean the gutters isn’t a matter of nagging or guilt-tripping; it’s a question of finding the right incentives.
• Being “too busy” to exercise or forgetting your anniversary (again): your overtaxed memory and hectic schedule aren’t to blame—moral hazard is.
• And when it comes to having more sex: merely a question of supply and demand!

Spousonomics cuts through the noise of emotions, egos, and tired relationship clichés. Here, at last, is a smart, funny, refreshingly realistic, and deeply researched book that brings us one giant leap closer to solving the age-old riddle of a happy, healthy marriage.

West of HereWest of Here by Jonathan Evison ~ Fiction / Historical ~ Available February 2011 ~ Received courtesy of the publisher for review via Shelf Awareness
Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State’s rugged Pacific coast, West of Here is propelled by a story that both re-creates and celebrates the American experience—it is storytelling on the grandest scale. With one segment of the narrative focused on the town’s founders circa 1890 and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damage of the past.

An exposition on the effects of time, on how something said or done in one generation keeps echoing through all the years that follow, and how mistakes keep happening and people keep on trying to be strong and brave and, most important, just and right, West of Here harks back to the work of such masters of Americana as Bret Harte, Edna Ferber, and Larry McMurtry, writers whose fiction turned history into myth and myth into a nation’s shared experience. It is a bold novel by a writer destined to become a major force in American literature.

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate


bermudaonion said...

They all look good to me. I'm really looking forward to West of Here.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Love your post title! :)

Mystica said...

Nice books here. Enjoy the reading.

Majanka said...

Spousonomics sounds like an interesting and fun read. Enjoy your books!

Here's my Mailbox.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Great week in books for you. Lots of variety.

Kaye said...

What a wonderfully diverse MM. I like the sound of Lucifer's Tears.Enjoy your new books.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I've seen a lot of West of Here lately. Hope you enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/02/mailbox-monday-in-this-way-i-was-saved.html

Aisle B said...

I love that title spousonomics. anything like freakonimcs??

Also the cover for the internet is a playground is interesting for its topic of viral emails. Hmmm going to look it up.

Jenny Q said...

Oh, I'm jealous of West of Here!! Great Mailbox! Thanks for visiting mine, and happy reading :)

Julie said...

What a wonderfully varied mailbox! I especially think The Internet is a Playground would be a very entertaining read! Enjoy your reading week!

Marcia said...

Enjoy your books.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Wendi,

Your mailbox is certainly full of some diverse titles, sounds as if you are a little like me, like to try books in several genres.

I have never read any James Thompson, but I really like the sound of 'Lucifer's Tears'. I checked out his other couple of books as well and he is an author to definitely hit my 'wish list'.

Thanks for bringing him to my attention.


Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

Nice selection of books. The Internet is a Playground sounds like something I'd like.

Anna said...

Happy reading!

toothybooks said...

spousonomics sounds very interesting! being an accounting major i think i might enjoy that book. i'll keep an eye out for your review of it. hope you enjoy all of the books!

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