Monday, March 22, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. Anyone can play along. Just leave a link to your Mailbox Monday post at Marcia's blog and follow the links to other blogs to see what books are finding their way to mailboxes around the world. WARNING!! Participation in Mailbox Monday can cause your "to be read" list to grow exponentially!!

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted, so instead of posting all that I got over that period of time, I'll just post this past week. I had a really good mail week. I can't wait to read and review these, they all look like great books!

The Last Child
Author: John Hart
Publisher: Minotaur Books


John Hart’s New York Times bestselling debut, The King of Lies, announced the arrival of a major talent. With Down River, he surpassed his earlier success, transcending the barrier between thriller and literature and winning the 2008 Edgar Award for best novel. Now, with The Last Child, he achieves his most significant work to date, an intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil.

Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he’d been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is---confident in a way that he can never fully explain.

Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.

Then a second child goes missing . . .

Undeterred by Hunt’s threats or his mother’s pleas, Johnny enlists the help of his last friend, and together they plunge into the wild, to a forgotten place with a history of violence that goes back more than a hundred years. There, they meet a giant of a man, an escaped convict on his own tragic quest. What they learn from him will shatter every notion Johnny had about the fate of his sister; it will lead them to another far place, to a truth that will test both boys to the limit.

Moonlight Falls
Author: Vincent Zandri
Publisher: R. J. Buckley Publishing 

In MOONLIGHT FALLS, novelist and photo journalist Vincent Zandri asks the question "If you knew your life could end at any moment, how far would you go to prove you murdered your lover? " Albany, New York, is the setting of Zandri's paranoid thriller (in the Hitchcock tradition) about Richard "Dick" Moonlight, former APD detective turned private investigator/massage therapist, who believes he killed Scarlet Montana - his illicit lover and wife of his ex-boss, Chief of Detectives Jake Montana. The problem is ... Moonlight doesn't remember what happened!


Getting In
Author: Karen Stabiner
Publisher:Hyperion


Q: What does a parent need to survive the college application process?
A. A sense of humor.
B. A therapist on 24-hour call.
C. A large bank balance.
D. All of the above.
Getting In is the roller-coaster story of five very different Los Angeles families united by a single obsession: acceptance at a top college, preferably one that makes their friends and neighbors green with envy. At an elite private school and a nearby public school, families devote themselves to getting their seniors into the perfect school-even if the odds are stacked against them, even if they can't afford the $50,000 annual price tag, even if the effort requires a level of deceit, and even if the object of all this attention wants to go somewhere else.
Getting In is a delightfully smart comedy of class and entitlement, of love and ambition, set in a world where a fat envelope from a top school matters more than anything . . . almost.


Havah: The Story of Eve
Author: Tosca Lee
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

She knew this earth when it was perfect—like her, for a time. Made by God in a manner like no other, she lived in utter peace without flaw in paradise until one fateful decision changed everything. Now, all humanity suffers for her mistake. But what did it feel like then to first sin and be exiled, to see all innocence crumble so vividly, and a strange new world take its place?

Experience the epic dawn of mankind through the eyes and heart of Eve—the woman first known as Havah.

"A passionate and riveting story of the Bible's first woman. Lee's superior storytelling will have readers weeping for all that Havah forfeited by a single damning choice."

Demon: A Memoir
Author: Tosca Lee
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group


 Clayton's life is stuck in the mud. His wife has been cheating on him for years, his literary career is uninspired, and his job as an editor is mediocre at best. But when he walks into a restaurant and finds a mysterious dark-haired stranger waiting for him, his life dramatically changes. The stranger claims to be Lucian, one of Lucifer's fellow fallen angels, come to tell Clay his story of the angels' dramatic fall from Heaven, Adam and Eve's Eden, and Christ's triumph on the cross - from a demon's perspective. This seems just the thing to get Clay's career jumpstarted, but it could mean his ultimate success or failure as Lucian's story seems to become more and more like his own.

Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself as a Black Woman
Author: Tinisha N. Johnson
Publisher: Xpress Yourself Publishing, LLC

As a Black woman, have you ever dealt with insecurities and pressures from the world that made you feel unsure about yourself or life in general? Do you want answers and solutions to your most deepest, darkest feelings? If so, Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself as a Black Woman is a book you should read. It is an inspirational and uplifting book, emphasizing ten life lessons addressing your intimate, personal, and professional life. In Lessons Learned, the author passionately and straightforwardly expresses and lays out the following: --The Q&A Method of problem solving life's problems --Understanding your deepest feelings and using the positive to overcome the negative --Your self-worth is greater than you think, learn why --What women tend to think the definition of true happiness is --The five most common types of Black women --What some Black women say to themselves that they would never say out loud --Why some Black women sacrifice their souls --Balancing children, family, and friends The author thought it necessary to create a book specifically catered to Black women in the self-healing process while laying out techniques on how to gain more self-confidence and strengthen your self-worth and overall life. Life Lessons reminds Black women of the importance of loving themselves first. 

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly
Author: Connie May Fowler
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing


New York Times bestselling writer Connie May Fowler delivers a transcendent novel about one fateful day in the life of a woman on the verge of an extraordinary life change.

Set amidst the lush pine forests and rich savannas of Florida’s Northern Panhandle, HOW CLARISSA BURDEN LEARNED TO FLY tells the story of one woman whose existence until now has seemed fairly normal: she is 30-something, married, and goes about her daily routine as a writer. However, it is soon discovered that ghosts, an indifferent husband, and a seemingly terminal case of writer’s block are burdening Clarissa’s life. She awakes on the summer solstice and, prodded by her own discontent and one ghost’s righteous need for truth, commences upon a twenty-four hour journey of self-discovery. Her harrowing, funny, and startling adventures lead Clarissa to a momentous decision: She must find a way to do the unthinkable. Her life and the well-being of a remarkable family of blithe spirits hang in the balance. Connie May Fowler demonstrates her keen abilities as a storyteller in this remarkably original novel about an unexpected mid-life awakening. This is an empowering story that will resonate and be discussed for years to come


What did you find in your mailbox? Make sure to leave a comment and a link so that I can read all about it!

38 comments:

  1. Wow! Quite a few good ones here! ♥

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  2. Oh, I see several books there that interest me!

    The Last Child calls to me! It's going on my list.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  3. Seems like there are a lot of books coming out about Eve. Happy Reading! Here's my Mailbox.

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  4. Getting In interests me as we are going through that process right now. It's truly giving me gray hairs! Enjoy all your new reads!

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  5. Lots of great book! Happy reading. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  6. Nice mailbox! I've read lots of great reviews of The Last Child - I hope you enjoy it too.

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  7. Good ones! I liked Moonlight Falls alot.

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  8. Great haul! I love the cover of Havah. Happy reading!

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  9. Some neat looking books in your list!

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  10. You've got quite a good stack! Enjoy them!

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  11. They all look great. I'm waiting for the Clarissa Burden story.

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/03/in-my-mailbox_21.html

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  12. I've read several of those books myself. I think I need to read the "Getting In" story as my daughter will be going to college in a year and a half. : )

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  13. Interesting books. I love your graphic. Cute!
    Thanks for visiting my MMM.

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  14. You had a great week! I'm quite envious; I'd love to read and review a bunch of those books.

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  15. Such a nice variety in your mailbox! Enjoy them all. Have a great week and happy reading. Have a great week and happy reading.

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  16. Interesting selection of books. Thank you for stopping by my post.

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  17. you have a nice collection there! Happy reading :)

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  18. You had a great week. I'm going to keep watch for The Last Child, it looks intriguing. Happy Reading.

    P.S. I love your mailbox picture.

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  19. What a great mix of books!! I really want to read HOW CLARISSA BURDEN LEARNED TO FLY. It sounds so great! Demon looks and sounds great as well! Enjoy!

    Here is mine:
    http://cafeofdreams.blogspot.com/2010/03/mailbox-monday-322.html

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  20. You got some good ones. Thanks for visiting today!

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  21. WOW, great books. Havah: The Story of Eve really caught my eye. It looks to be a great read. Enjoy!

    Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict
    http://web.me.com/quirion

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  22. Getting In looks good to me. I can well remember the whole college app. process with my son -- very stressful!

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  23. Lots of great books in there! Happy reading!

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  24. That's an interesting assortment of titles! I'm particularly interested in the Clarrisa book. Looking forward to your review!

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  25. Nice mailbox! I look forward to your review of Lessons Learned. It seems a thought-provoking read.

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  26. Getting In sounds interesting - is it fiction or non-fiction?

    Have a good week!

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  27. The Demon book sounds really good, though they all sound like winners to me. Hope you enjoy them all.

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  28. Wow!! You have a ton of comments here :) I think Getting In looks really good. Enjoy them all!!

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  29. These look like some very interesting books...enjoy them all!

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  30. Okay, I have to save this for future reference. Getting In, Lessons Learned & How Clarissa Burden Learned To Fly really sound good and you're the first to tell me about them ;-)
    Enjoy all your books!

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  31. Great selection of books! The Demon memoir sounds intriguing, so will keep an eye out for your review. Enjoy!

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  32. I love your mailbox! Great selection and I'm particularly interested in How Clarissa Burden Learned To Fly. Happy reading!

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  33. Wow, great haul this week! I've been curious/wanting to read The Last Child so will be interested to hear what you think of it. Happy reading and I have an award for you :}

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  34. Getting In looks fantastic although a bit scary as I'll have to shepherd three through the whole process.

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  35. What a great mailbox! Thank you for stopping by mine. Enjoy!

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  36. Your mailbox is very eccletic and I like that!!

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