Monday, October 5, 2009

Mailbox Monday -- October 5th

Thanks to Marcia at The Printed Page I'm participating in the Mailbox Monday round up.

This week I received the following advance review copies:
1) Fierce Style by Christian Siriano: Amazon Product Description: In 2008, Christian Siriano made headlines as the youngest designer to win the hit reality series Project Runway. But the now twenty-three-year-old is bigger than a TV celebrity. From his prodigious fashion talent to his one-of-a-kind personality, Christian is the embodiment of fierce style.

Now in his first book, he helps readers discover how to look, feel, and act fierce in everyday life. With tips from some of fashion and Hollywood's biggest names -including Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Vanessa Williams -- along with gorgeous original sketches by Christian, never-before-heard stories, and behind-the-scenes photos, he tells his journey of developing his own fashion sense and overcoming obstacles to success.

Giving advice on creating personal style, sharing tips on building self-confidence, and revealing his own list of fashion dos and don'ts, Christian shows how to use one's unique strengths to get ahead - and go from tickity-tack to totally flawless.

2) Permission Slips by Sherri Shepherd: Amazon Product Description:
Covering topics such as "It's Jesus or Jail,""Marriage, the Hard Way,""Children: The Gift You Can't Give Back," and "All the Things I Don't Know...And All the Things I Definitely Do," stand-up comedienne, actress, and ABC's The View co-host Sherri Shepherd comically chronicles her struggles to keep up with the many roles-professional, wife, mother, daughter, and friend-that women must play in today's world. Sherri urges women to pursue their most important dreams and to never give up, but also let's readers know that it's okay to give themselves "permission slips" when things don't always work out the way they want them to. As her many fans know, Sherri is never hesitant to speak from the heart, and her bubbly personality shines through in this delightful autobiography.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group.

3) Searching for Whitopia by Rich Benjamin: Amazon Product Description: Between 2007 and 2009, Rich Benjamin, a journalist-adventurer, packed his bags and embarked on a 26,909-mile journey throughout the heart of white America, to some of the fastest-growing and whitest locales in our nation.

By 2042, whites will no longer be the American majority. As immigrant populations--largely people of color--increase in cities and suburbs, more and more whites are moving to small towns and exurban areas that are predominately, even extremely, white.

Rich Benjamin calls these enclaves "Whitopias" (pronounced: "White-o-pias").

His journey to unlock the mysteries of Whitopias took him from a three-day white separatist retreat with links to Aryan Nations in North Idaho to the inner sanctum of George W. Bush's White House--and many points in between. And to learn what makes Whitopias tick, and why and how they are growing, he lived in three of them (in Georgia, Idaho, and Utah) for several months apiece. A compelling raconteur, bon vivant, and scholar, Benjamin reveals what Whitopias are like and explores the urgent social and political implications of this startling phenomenon.

The glow of Barack Obama's historic election cannot obscure the racial and economic segregation still vexing America. Obama's presidency has actually raised the stakes in a battle royale between two versions of America: one that is broadly comfortable with diversity yet residentially segregated (ObamaNation) and one that does not mind a little ethnic food or a few mariachi dancers--as long as these trends do not overwhelm a white dominant culture (Whitopia).

Thanks to FSB Associates.


  1. I bet the Sherri Shepherd book is good - she's hilarious!

  2. I think Sherri Shepherd is a funny lady. I will have to check out her book. Happy reading!

  3. I'd be interested in hearing your review on Whitopia, I really had thought we were beyond the racial stuff in America for the most part. I too believe that caucasians will be the minority of America, sooner rather than later.
    What a topic!
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  4. Lots of variety in your list. Hope you enjoy them all!

  5. I got Fierce Style too. I have permission slip in my TBR pile. I think its going to be a good read as she is funny lady. Can't wait to see what you think of the books. Enjoy happy reading.

  6. Fun!! We have two books in common - Permission Slips and Fierce Style.

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  7. The Sherri sounds like it's going to be interesting... Can't wait for the review

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  8. These sound really interesting. Happy reading! :)

  9. Looks like you got some good books this week!

  10. Interesting books :)
    Always some new ones to me

  11. I've seen these books around. Hope you enjoy them.

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