Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page

In the mail this week:

The Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

non fiction (2008), set in Afghanistan

via Bookmooch

The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee

also via bookmooch

The Book of Unholy Mischief by Ellen Newmark

a gift from Marcia at The Printed Page

Thank you Marcia

31 Hours by Masha Hamilton

Hardcover:240 pages
Unbridled Books (September 8, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1932961836
ISBN-13: 978-1932961836
Jonas is isolated in an apartment near the Brooklyn Bridge, and on a devastatingly confused path toward violence. His parents and his girlfriend have just 31 hours to reach him. A woman in New York awakens knowing, as deeply as a mother's blood can know, that her grown son is in danger. She has not heard from him in weeks. His name is Jonas. His girlfriend, Vic, doesn't know what she has done wrong, but Jonas won't answer his cell phone. We soon learn that Jonas is isolated in a safe-house apartment in New York City, pondering his conversion to Islam and his experiences training in Pakistan, preparing for the violent action he has been instructed to take in 31 hours. Jonas's absence from the lives of those who love him causes a cascade of events, and as the novel moves through the streets and subways of New York we come to know intimately the lives of its characters.
Doesn't this sound like an exciting story? I received 31 Hours from Caitlin at Unbridled Books. (She's a sweetheart as publicists go. You might get an arc if there are any left, by asking nicely.) Watch for my review in September.
About the Author: 31 Hours is Masha Hamilton's fourth novel, following the acclaimed The Camel Bookmobile. She is also a journalist who has reported most recently from Afghanistan, and from the Middle East, Russia and Africa. She lives in Brooklyn.

I read and reviewed The Camel Bookmobile, which I enjoyed immensely. I am also a reader for the Camel Book Drive in the The Year of Readers 2009 charity effort.

What did you get in the mail that's interesting?
Please leave comments or links if you've read or reviewed any of these books. I'd love to read them.


  1. Books look good especially 31 Hours. Enjoy reding them! My MM post is HERE

  2. looks like it would be a real page-turner.

  3. Great mailbox! Enjoy your books!

  4. Looks like a lot of great reading for you!

  5. Those are some great books...happy reading.

  6. I heard a piece on The Kabul Beauty School on NPR a while ago - I can't wait to see what you think of it.

  7. The Kabul Beauty School book has intrigued me for quite a while now. May have to break down and get it soon. I reviewed The Book of Unholy Lischief this past week and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Enjoy all your new books.

  8. The Mysteries of Glass sounds interesting. New to me title.

  9. They all sound good. Happy reading.

  10. I gave that Kabul Beauty School book to my stepdaughter for Christmas last year. I'll watch for your review.

  11. THE KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL and 31 HOURS really interest me ... you've got a nice stack of new books, Sandra ... enjoy them all!

  12. The cover of Mysteries of Glass really drew me in, I'm going to go read about this one now. You got such a nice selection this week.

    Happy reading! You can see my mailbox here.

  13. Awesome pile there! I have read some reviews, looking fwd to your reviews

  14. The Mysteries of Glass is intriguing. I haven't seen that one. I got Kabul Beauty School a couple of months ago but have not had a chance to read it. Story of my life.

  15. The Mysteries of Glass looks great! Thanks for mentioning it!

  16. I enjoyed The Bookseller of Kabul. Enjoy your books.

  17. I meant..Kabul Beauty School. LOL

    Actually I liked Bookseller of Kabul too.



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