Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

I'm always happy to have books arrive in the mail. I'm not accepting arcs and I rarely purchase books new so I usually can't participate in Mailbox Monday and it's one of my favourites.

In my mailbox this week:

Bookmooched:

The Wednesday Letters by Jason. F. Wright

"Jack and Laurel Cooper are two hardworking, loving Christian pillars of the community who die in each other's arms one night in the bed-and-breakfast that they own and operate. The event calls their three grown children home for the funeral, including their youngest son, a fugitive from the law who must face an outstanding warrant for his arrest and confront his one true love, now engaged to another man. As events unfold around the funeral, the three children discover a treasure trove of family history in the form of Wednesday letters-notes that Jack wrote to his wife every single week of their married lives. As they read, the children brush across the fabric of a devoted marriage that survived a devastating event kept secret all these years. It's a lovely story: heartening, wholesome, humorous, suspenseful and redemptive. It resonates with the true meaning of family and the life-healing power of forgiveness all wrapped up in a satisfying ending."

I'll let you know if it lives up to the product description.

The Attack****+ by Yasmina Khadra 

Already read but I wanted a copy to read again. A respected Muslim doctor at an Israeli hospital is told that the wounded patients pouring into emergency were the victim of a suicide bomb-set off by his wife. It's quite a story. I highly recommend it. I've also read The Swallows of Kabul and Dead Man's Share by this author and enjoyed them immensely.




The Blue Afternoon by William Boyd

Currently reading. I've always meant to read William Boyd and while this is one of his older ones (1994) I enjoy reading a writer's earlier works first. He also writes screenplays (A Good Man in Africa etc.) as well as novels. I'm 64 pages in, with a female architect as the main character, in Los Angeles in 1936. An old man shows up suddenly and claims to be her father. Boyd has captured the era just right and it's interesting so far.






Won:


Double Fault by Lionel Shriver

From Nicole at Linus's Blanket. I really liked We Need to Talk About Kevin so I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. Thank you Nicole.  








Drood by Dan Simmons

From Frances at Nonsuch Books. I really want to read this historical fiction about Dickens and his last writing. My son has started it so I'll have to wait. It's quite a tome. Thank you Frances.



Have you read any of these? Leave me your links if you've reviewed them. I'd love to read them.

14 comments:

  1. I've never heard of The Attack, but added that to my BM wishlist. it sounds powerful!

    Also, I've heard wonderful things about Simmons, but never read him either.

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  2. Nice week in books - you had a couple of great wins! Enjoy!

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  3. They all look wonderful!! I have to check my library to see if I can get a copy of The Attack!

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  4. William Boyd's book looks interesting. Look forward to reading your review of it. I didn't know that Lionel Shriver was a lady!

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  5. Woo, the Blue Afternoon sounds most interesting. Enjoy all your new books Here's my mailbox

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  6. I LOVED Drood -- so much so that I reviewed it twice, once for my site and once for another site.

    A link to both reviews is below - I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

    Drood reviews

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  7. I have thought about reading Drood as I am very fond of Dickens´ works, but the reviews I have seen have not been too favourable. It will be interesting to see what you think.

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  8. Great mailbox! The Attack sounds very interesting. I haven't read it yet but I have heard The Wednesday Letters is very moving. Enjoy all your new books!

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  9. I finished reading Boyd's ANY HUMAN HEART recently and enjoyed it. Didn't love it as much as some but thought it was a pretty solid literary read. I'll look forward to your review of this other Boyd novel. :-)

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  10. What a great set of books. I've had mixed feelings over the years about Willim Boyd's books, but I loved The Blue Afternoon.

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  11. You have wonderful reads here - enjoy them! I read Wednesday Letters last year - its a sweet book.

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  12. Oh, I really really want to read Drood. Hopefully you'll wrestle it back from your son soon so I can read your review to tide me over until I can get around to it.

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