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April 22, 2013 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday

RobinMailboxMailbox 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 April host is Mari @ MariReads
I still have my April Showers mailbox up but I hope we are done with the rain for a while. Way too much flooding in the Chicago area. The rivers are still rising and the water has no where to go. My house is on a bit of a hill so no water here but many in my neighborhood were not as fortunate. My town library is closed for a week for repairs after five feet of water flooded the basement.

In spite of all the rain and bad weather, the mailman still showed up and I found the following assortment of books at my door last week:

For review from Ballantine:

Letters From Skye by Jessica BrockmoleLetters From Skye
by Jessica Brockmole

A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart.

Sparkling with charm and full of captivating period detail, Letters from Skye is a testament to the power of love to overcome great adversity, and marks Jessica Brockmole as a stunning new literary voice.more

For review from Quirk Books:

Countdown City by Ben WintersCountdown City (Last Policeman #2)
by Ben Winters

There are just 74 days to go before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Hank Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank’s days of solving crimes are over…until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.
The second novel in the critically acclaimed Last Policeman trilogy, Countdown City presents a fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse–and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond “whodunit.” more

For review from Random House:

Sisterland by Curtis SittenfeldSisterland: A Novel
by Curtis Sittenfeld

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”—innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.

Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down … more

For review from Doubleday:

The People In The Trees by Hanya YanagiharaThe People In The Trees
by Hanya Yanagihara

In 1950, a young doctor called Norton Perina signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu’ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub “The Dreamers,” who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles some meat back to the States. more

For review from William Morrow:

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie EvanovichBig Girl Panties
by Stephanie Evanovich

Holly Brennan didn’t expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn’t expect to be so big. Through her husband Bruce’s diagnosis and death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those extra pounds make flying coach more than a little mortifying-especially since she’s sitting next to Adonis himself, aka Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer to the country’s most famous pro athletes. more
For review from Penguin Audio:

BunkerHillBunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution
by Nathaniel Philbrick

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies … more

What are you reading?

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  1. sagustocox / Apr 22 2013 4:49 am

    Letters from Skye looks good. I hope you enjoy all of them.


  2. Mary / Apr 22 2013 5:00 am

    Curious about Big Girl Panties. Is the author related to Janet Evanovich?


    • Leslie / Apr 22 2013 8:14 am

      According to Publisher’s Weekly, she is Janet’s niece.


      • Mary / Apr 22 2013 10:29 am

        Interesting. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll watch for your review 🙂


  3. samstillreading / Apr 22 2013 5:06 am

    Very envious about the Curtis Sittenfield! Enjoy!


  4. laurelrainsnow / Apr 22 2013 5:50 am

    I saw Big Girl Panties somewhere…and immediately added it to my list. It looks fascinating…enjoy your books! Here’s MY MONDAY MEMES POST


    • laurelrainsnow / Apr 22 2013 5:52 am

      Also Sisterland…I didn’t realize, at first, that it was Curtis Sittenfeld…I read another book by this author and enjoyed it.


  5. harvee / Apr 22 2013 6:28 am

    The People in the Trees has some good reviews. I’m curious about this one.


  6. Marie Burton (@BurtonReview) / Apr 22 2013 8:23 am

    What a cool mix of titles =) I haven’t read Evanovich in quite awhile; actually she got me through my second pregnancy six years ago.. so it’s been that long. I need to pick one of those up but I can’t remember where I stopped with that series. Here is my memes post, come visit when you get a chance!


    • Leslie / Apr 22 2013 8:40 am

      This is Janet Evanovich’s niece, Stephanie. And now I’m wondering if that’s where the Stephanie in Stephanie Plum comes from!


  7. BermudaOnion / Apr 22 2013 9:43 am

    We got a few of the same titles. The People in the Trees looks really good!


  8. Lucy / Apr 22 2013 10:38 am

    That is a lot of rain – hope you get a break from the weather soon.

    Sisterland and Letters from Skye caught my eye. Happy reading 🙂


  9. Tribute Books Mama / Apr 22 2013 10:38 am
  10. nfmgirl / Apr 22 2013 12:36 pm

    I just added The People in the Trees to my Wish List moments ago. I hope you enjoy it!


  11. irene / Apr 22 2013 1:00 pm

    I’ve seen “Letters from Skye” around, and I think it might be my kind of a book.


  12. Suko / Apr 22 2013 1:36 pm

    I am seeing some of these on multiple blogs, such as Sisterland. I hope these are enjoyable reads!


  13. Elizabeth / Apr 23 2013 9:17 am

    I can’t wait to read Letters From Skye….love that part of Scotland. I received the book as well.

    ENJOY all your books.

    Just got back in town so I am a late commenter. 🙂

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


  14. Leeswammes / Apr 23 2013 9:25 am

    Hope you’ll enjoy Letters from Skye. I also have the book and am looking forward to reading it.


  15. Beth(bookaholicmom) / Apr 23 2013 12:03 pm

    Much to much rain at my house too! I hope we see a stretch of sunshine soon! I also received Letters From Skye. It looks like a good read! Sisterland has caught my eye too. I hope you have a great reading week!


  16. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Apr 26 2013 11:45 am

    Letters From Skye is making the rounds this week. It sounds fantastic. Happy reading!


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