Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mailbox Holiday Monday

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia at A girl and her books (fka The Printed Page), who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here).

The wonderful Amused by Books is hosting in September. Please visit!

I have had a super busy book week, thanks to bringing a box of books home from my parents' house after Mom cleaned out her bookshelves, and a swing through Booktique, my favorite library book store.

But I am particularly excited about a book I actually bought new and it arrived in my mailbox:

Second Reading: Notable and Neglected Books Revisited by Jonathan Yardley.  This caught my eye in the Europa Editions spring catalog a few months back and I finally remembered to buy it.

And now for the long list, in no particular order:

Christine Falls by Benjamin Black.  Black is the pen name of John Banville, who I heard talk on NPR the other day about his mystery series set in Dublin in the 9150s. This is the first of the series.

The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope -- my new favorite.

A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym. I've never read her books, but have heard good things.

Bootlegger's Daughter by Margaret Maron. This won the Edgar Award.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik. My Mom loved this one.

Other People's Children by Joanna Trollope

Winterkill by Craig Lesley, an Oregon author.

Ultimate Prizes by Susan Howatch. I now have all 4 of this series. I read the 2nd one out of order and loved it.

Scandalous Risks by Susan Howatch. Part of the same series.

Hotel World by Ali Smith. This was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize in 2001.

A Theft by Saul Bellow -- a novella I've been meaning to get.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot -- my Book Club's book this month.

Powers of Attorney by Louis Auchincloss. I love the vintage cover on this one.

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

History of Scotland by J. D. Mackie

Patriot Hearts: A Novel of the Founding Mothers by Barbara Hambly

My Kitchen Wars by Betty Harper Fussell

1939 by Anne De Courcy

Pendulum: Leon Foucault and the Triumph of Science by Amir D. Aczel

A Dog's Life by Peter Mayle

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn. I gave this to my sister when she was in culinary school. She passed it to our mom and now I have it.


RAnn said...

I love acquiring those boxes of books--maybe not the ones I would have chosen at the store, but since you are giving them to me, well, this one does look interesting, and I heard that author was good and....

Enjoy your books!

Mystica said...

The two Joanne Trollope's and the two Susan Howatch's are absolutely smashing. You will love those books.

Kaye said...

Wow, you did have a very busy book week. Howatch conjures up some really deep characters. Have a great week and happy reading!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Look at ALL of those great new books - The new Europa looks delightful.

DCMetroreader said...

What a fantastic box of books-- especially The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks! Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

Barbara said...

This post sounds like Christmas morning. Great list.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Looks like you have some great reading ahead of you. I hear Henrietta Lacks is a great read! I hope they all are!

Amused said...

I don't even know where to begin! There are so many books on your list that I am drooling over. Enjoy them all :)

bermudaonion said...

Wow, I need to run by your parents the next time they clean out their shelves! Enjoy!

Kristen said...

What a great looking box of books you got. :-) And the one you bought looks completely delectable.

reviewsbylola said...

That's a lot of books! I was not impressed with Christine Falls but I just got the second book in the series, so I definitely want to give it another go. I really want a copy of Second Reading!

Teddy Rose said...

Wow! What a great haul of books you have! I read by Labyrinth years ago with my book club.

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