Monday, February 2, 2009

Monday Mailbox




Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.



Only two books came in this week, both through Bookmooch.





Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura

From the back cover...

"Isaku is a nine-year-old boy living in a remote fishing village on the coast of Japan. To survive, his people distill salt to sell to neighbouring villages. But this industry serves a more sinister purpose as well: the fires of the salt cauldrons lure passing ships onto rocky shoals. When a ship runs aground, the villagers slaughter the crew and loot its cargo for rice,wine,and other goods. One day a ship founders onto the rocks-but Isaku learns that its cargo is far deadlier than ever could be imagined. Shipwrecks is a stunningly powerful Gothis tale of the mysteries and horrors of fate."



Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins

This story is set in Tennessee post World War II. It was a finalist for both The National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. That's good enough for me.




What arrived at your house this week?

17 comments:

  1. I've had Shipwrecks in my stacks for too long. I'd hoped to read it last year but didn't quite get around to it. I must try to read it this year for sure, especially since I've heard great things about it.

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  2. I'm curious as to what the cargo is, in that particular ship!

    Sandra, have you read Geraldine Brooks' *People of the Book* ? I think you'd like it; I can't put it down (brought it with me when I stood in line at the Post Office this morning!)

    Thanks for stopping by my Mailbox Monday.

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  3. I'm with Dawn...what's the cargo! I want to know!

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  4. Shipwrecks sounds like the plot of an Akira Kurosawa film. ;D Sounds like an interesting read!

    - Anastasia

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  5. Shipwrecks sounds really cool!

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  6. *Dawn-I have read The People of the Book and enjoyed it very much, thank you. And I don't know what's on that ship, I don't like knowing any details of a story before I read it. I don't even read the inside of the jacket until afterward. Maybe it's just hype-I will let you know. You too *Serena.

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  7. I love that painting which is on the cover of Shipwrecks. I have it on a silk scarf I bought in Japan.

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  8. Shipwreck looks good - can't wait to see what you think.

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  9. Ooh, I love the cover to Evidence of Things Unseen and the title is intriguing too. Mind you I think I read a book by Wiggins before (if I'm not confusing her with someone else) and it was really creepy. Did she write John Dollar by any chance?

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  10. I have Evidence of Things Unseen, on my "to read" stack.

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  11. Oooh, Shipwreck sounds good! Can't wait to see what you think of it!

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  12. I want to read Evidence of Things Unseen!!

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  13. These both look good. I love the covers!

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  14. Wow, both those books sound like great reads, Sandra. Love to hear your thoughts on them when you are finished.

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  15. Thank you for stopping by the 'mailbox' this week. I just added 'Shipwrecks' to my wish list.

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