Monday, February 8, 2010

Mailbox Monday



Nature abhors a vacuum, and so, apparently, does my mailbox. After going empty the week before, my mailbox was stuffed to overflowing last week, giving me quite a list for Mailbox Monday.

Mostly I have Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts to thank for my bounty. Hawthorne is a Portland-based, independent publisher specializing in literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. 

They sent me five books they thought would appeal to my list-oriented reading habits because all are prize-winners or nominees. All are in Hawthorne's trademark cool bindings: taller and skinnier than a typical trade paperback and featuring "acid-free papers; sewn bindings that will not crack; heavy, laminated covers with double-scored French flaps that function as built-in bookmarks."  They are as gorgeous on the outside as they are interesting on the inside.

Soldiers in Hiding by Richard Wiley (PEN/Faulkner winner; new introduction by Wole Soyinka)



Leaving Brooklyn by Lynn Sharon Schwartz (nominated for the PEN/Faulkner; new introduction by Ursula Hegi)



Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories by Scott Nadelson (Oregon Book Award winner; Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award)



The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips (Discover Award winner; introduction by Fannie Flagg)


Clown Girl by Monica Drake (Independent Publishers Book Award winner; introduction by Chuck Palahniuk)



In addition to the Hawthorne books, I had another nice surprise last week -- a review copy of Jim Harrison's new novella troika, The Farmer's Daughter. I shamelessly begged Grove Press for a review copy because Harrison is one of my all-time favorites. I am quite excited that my efforts paid off.


Now, the price I pay for all this publisher largess is that all six books are going straight onto my Guilt List. I had better get cracking.


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