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September 24, 2012 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday was created by The Printed Page. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their home last week.

Mailbox Monday is currently on tour, hosted by a different blog each month. The September host is BookNAround.
For review from TLC Tours:

What the Zhang Boys Know by Clifford GarstangWhat the Zhang Boys Know
by Clifford Garstang

What the Zhang Boys Know, a novel in stories: Set in a condominium building on the edge of Chinatown in Washington, D.C., these stories present the struggle of Zhang Feng-qi, originally from Shanghai, to find a new mother for his sons following the death of his American wife. Along the way, the stories spotlight Zhang’s neighbors as they seek to fill gaps in their own lives.

For review from Crown Books:

Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Man by Brian McGroryBuddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Man
by Brian McGrory

Brian McGrory’s life changed drastically after the death of his beloved dog, Harry: he fell in love with Pam, Harry’s veterinarian. Though Brian’s only responsibility used to be his adored Harry, Pam came with accessories that could not have been more exotic to the city-loving bachelor: a home in suburbia, two young daughters, two dogs, two cats, two rabbits, and a portly, snow white, red-crowned-and-wattled step-rooster named Buddy.
For review from Audiobook Jukebox:

Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan EvisonThe Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
by Jonathan Evison

Benjamin Benjamin has lost virtually everything-his wife, his family, his home, his livelihood. With few options, Ben enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving in the basement of a local church. There Ben is instructed in the art of inserting catheters and avoiding liability, about professionalism, and how to keep physical and emotional distance between client and provider. But when Ben is more

For review from Macmillan:

Crewel by Gennifer AlbinCrewel
by Gennifer Albin

Sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret. Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

A win from Silver’s Reviews:

Dangerous Past
by A. F. Ebbers

Airline Captain Frank Braden is being stalked by unknown assailants who must arrange his death to look like a suicide or an accident before a specific deadline. As if fate decided to inflict punishment on him now for assisting the CIA as a young pilot in ‘Nam 30 years ago, he and his surgeon wife, Nicole, suddenly tumbled into bankruptcy and the airliner that Braden is flying undergoes a terrifying and deadly decompression explosion. He is finally offered a million dollars and his wife’s life if he agrees not to attend a Senate Hearing in Washington.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Share what you read last week and what you are currently reading.

Last week I listened to The Roots of the Olive Tree. Excellent story and a great audiobook too. Review coming up this week. I also read Innocent Victims, some psychological suspense, for RIP VII.

Reading/Listening This Week:

What the Zang Boys Know by Clifford GarstangOne Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan TropperAnd When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

This week I’m reading What the Zang Boys Know for TLC Tours.

I’m listening to One Last Thing Before I Go. It’s witty and funny and I’m enjoying the narration. Next up is And When She Was Good.

What Are You Reading?

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  1. Jess resides here (@frellathon) / Sep 24 2012 2:57 am

    Oh Dangerous Past sounds fantastic and that cover for Crewel very pretty kaleidoscopic like


    • Leslie / Sep 24 2012 7:57 am

      I like the cover too but I was initially attracted to the ‘time weaving’ aspect of the plot.


  2. sagustocox / Sep 24 2012 4:03 am

    Hmm that rooster one sounds interesting.


    • Leslie / Sep 24 2012 7:57 am

      If there’s a bird on the cover, even a rooster, I’m checking out the book!


      • sagustocox / Sep 24 2012 6:43 pm

        I can’t imagine why?! LOL


  3. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Sep 24 2012 5:50 am

    Curious to see what you will think of the Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving on audio. I liked the story.


    • Leslie / Sep 24 2012 8:00 am

      It was your review that prompted me to request a copy.


  4. laurelrainsnow / Sep 24 2012 5:53 am

    Hope you enjoy And When She Was Good as much as I did.

    I like the sound of What the Zhang Boys Know. It sounds like the stories are connected, which I enjoy in a collection.



    • Leslie / Sep 24 2012 8:05 am

      Zhang Boys are 12 interrelated stories. I prefer those types of short story collections too.


  5. samstillreading / Sep 24 2012 5:56 am

    I love that Rooster! The Jonathan Evison one looks good too -enjoy!


    • Leslie / Sep 24 2012 8:07 am

      Yeah, if there’s a bird on the cover, I’m probably reading it!


  6. BermudaOnion / Sep 24 2012 6:47 am

    I got Buddy too and I’m excited about it. I’m also listening to, and enjoying, One Last Thing Before I Go. I’m listening to it in my car and hope people don’t think I’m strange when they see me laughing.


    • Leslie / Sep 24 2012 8:06 am

      I was listening and laughing at One Last Thing while working in the yard yesterday, so only the neighbors will think I’m nuts.


  7. Lucy / Sep 24 2012 9:58 am

    I’m looking forward to starting Crewel soon. Glad to hear One Last Thing is so funny! Can’t wait to listen.


  8. Tribute Books Mama / Sep 24 2012 10:07 am
  9. therelentlessreader / Sep 24 2012 10:16 am

    I recently read Buddy, cute book, I hope you enjoy it! I’m looking forward to your review of And When She Was Good..that book has a lot of buzz going 🙂


  10. Diana Leigh / Sep 24 2012 10:20 am

    Zhang Boys and Buddy have been popular in mailboxes today. Enjoy!


  11. Suko / Sep 24 2012 11:54 am

    Ooh, these sound really good, especially What the Zhang Boys Know and Buddy. Enjoy your books, Leslie!


  12. Sheila (Book Journey) / Sep 24 2012 1:02 pm

    I want to red that new Laura Lipman book!


  13. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) / Sep 24 2012 1:32 pm

    The Buddy book looks good, and I really want to read Crewel!


  14. Trish / Sep 24 2012 3:30 pm

    The description of Crewel reminds me just the tiniest bit of Piers’ Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality, which I remember fondly from my college years. Lovely cover!

    Trish @ 5 Minutes for Books


  15. Elizabeth / Sep 24 2012 3:38 pm

    ENJOY your win of DANGEROUS PAST. 🙂

    Silver’s Reviews


  16. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Sep 24 2012 6:03 pm

    Crewel looks like my kind of book. Have a great week of reading.


  17. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Sep 27 2012 6:02 pm

    Crewel looks really interesting. Enjoy your new books!


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