Monday, August 23, 2010

Mailbox Monday -- August 23rd









The reason why I love Mondays -- Mailbox Monday hosted this month by Chick Loves Lit. Below are the following advance review copies that I received this week:

1) Strangers at the Feast by Jennifer Vanderbes. Publisher's Summary. On Thanksgiving Day 2007, as the country teeters on the brink of a recession, three generations of the Olson family gather. Eleanor and Gavin worry about their daughter, a single academic, and her newly adopted Indian child, and about their son, who has been caught in the imploding real-estate bubble. While the Olsons navigate the tensions and secrets that mark their relationships, seventeen-year-old Kijo Jackson and his best friend Spider set out from the nearby housing projects on a mysterious job. A series of tragic events bring these two worlds ever closer, exposing the dangerously thin line between suburban privilege and urban poverty, and culminating in a crime that will change everyone's life.

In her gripping new book, Jennifer Vanderbes masterfully lays bare the fraught lives of this complex cast of characters and the lengths to which they will go to protect their families. Strangers at the Feast is at once a heartbreaking portrait of a family struggling to find happiness and an exploration of the hidden costs of the American dream.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster!

2) Dogfight, A Love Story by Matt Burgess. Publisher's Summary. Alfredo Batista has some worries. Okay, a lot of worries. His older brother, Jose—sorry, Tariq—is returning from a stretch in prison after an unsuccessful robbery, a burglary that Alfredo was supposed to be part of. So now everyone thinks Alfredo snitched on his brother, which may have something to do with the fact that Alfredo is now dating Tariq’s ex-girlfriend, Isabel, who is eight months pregnant. Tariq’s violent streak is probably #1 worry on Alfredo’s list.

Also, he needs to steal a pit bull. For the homecoming dogfight.

Burgess brings to life the rich and vivid milieu of his hometown native Queens in all its glorious variety. Here is the real New York, a place where Pakistanis, Puerto Ricans, Haitians, An ­glos, African Americans, and West Indians scrap and mingle and love. But the real star here is Burgess’s incredible ear for language—the voices of his characters leap off the page in riotous, spot-on dialogue. The outer boroughs have their own language, where a polite greeting is fraught with menace, and an insult can be the expression of the most tender love.



3) The Wave by Susan Casey. Publisher's Summary. For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories—waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea—including several that approached 100 feet.

As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean’s most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows this unique tribe of peo­ple as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100­foot wave.

In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists’ urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves—from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740-foot-wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast.

Thanks to Random House!

4) Keep the Change by Steve Dublanica.

Thanks to Harper Collins!

27 comments:

  1. All of these sound great. I hope you enjoy them.

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  2. I read Waiter Rant, which was the book before Keep the Change and found it pretty funny...hope you enjoy your books, and thanks for commenting on my blog

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  3. I love books from Random House. You've hit a jack pot.::)

    http://readwithtea.blogspot.com

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  4. Your books look great! Hope you enjoy them, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  5. I have STrangers too and read a review at Ti's blog where she loved it!!! Enjoy!

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  6. I always love reading what is in your mailbox - you end up with some great reads that I add to my wishlist.

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  7. I could have sworn I'd already commented here, but I guess not. All of your new books look good to me, but Stranger of the Feast stand out. I hope you enjoy them all.

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  8. The wave sounds interesting, and scary

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  9. Ooh Strangers at the Feast looks so intriguing! I've seen it on a couple places lately. Hope you like it! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  10. They all sound interesting. Hope you enjoy them!

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  11. I absolutely LOVED Strangers at the Feast! It is going down as 2010 MUST READ. After you're done would like to hear your thoughts : pro or con. Just need to hear someone's thoughts after this book. Got Dogfight and will hold off until Sept.
    Enjoy the books and don't forget to let me know what you thought of Vanderbes book.
    Happy reading girl!

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  12. Those sounds interesting! Hope you enjoy them!

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  13. I received both Dogfight and Strangers of the Feast. Enjoy your new books!

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  14. I have most of those as well and hope you enjoy yours.

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  15. The Wave sounds sort of interesting. I hope you enjoy all your new books!

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  16. i also read and enjoyed waiter rant and didn't even know there was a new book out! thanks for the tip. :)

    ps. if you could, please allow comments from NAME/URL because it's a bit tricky to leave a comment if you host your own blog like i do. thanks!

    --nat @book, line, and sinker

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  17. You got a nice mix this week. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by Mailbox!

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  18. i just finished reading strangers at the feast and loved it! review coming soon.. or as soon as i have time to sit down and write it. i hope you'll enjoy it as much as i did :)

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  19. I've heard wonderful things about Strangers at the Feast --enjoy Kim.

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  20. I received The Wave also..looks good. After reading about Strangers at the Feast..that one sounds good. Hope you love all your books.

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  21. Wow- these all sound really interesting. You've got some compelling stories to keep you occupied. :)
    -Dawn, 5minutesforbooks.com

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  22. Great books this week - I think I will add Stranger to the Feast to my growing TBR list.

    Have a great week!

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  23. Sounds like great books.

    Hop on over to mine for a Mailbox Monday, a Teaser, Tuesday, and a review of I'd Know you Anywhere by Laura Lippman.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  24. These all sound good, but I'm especially looking forward to your thoughts on Strangers at the Feast. Happy reading!

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  25. Looks like a great list, especially Strangers at the Feast. Enjoy!

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