Monday, October 11, 2010

Mailbox Monday -- October 11th







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


1) Running the Books by Avi Steinberg.  Publisher's Summary.   Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to Harvard, he has only a senior thesis essay on Bugs Bunny to show for his effort. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, he remains stuck at a crossroads, unable to meet the lofty expectations of his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. And his romantic existence as a freelance obituary writer just isn’t cutting it. Seeking direction—and dental insurance—Steinberg takes a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison.

The prison library counter, his new post, attracts con men, minor prophets, ghosts, and an assortment of quirky regulars searching for the perfect book and a connection to the outside world. There’s an anxious pimp who solicits Steinberg’s help in writing a memoir. A passionate gangster who dreams of hosting a cooking show titled Thug Sizzle. A disgruntled officer who instigates a major feud over a Post-it note. A doomed ex-stripper who asks Steinberg to orchestrate a reunion with her estranged son, himself an inmate. Over time, Steinberg is drawn into the accidental community of outcasts that has formed among his bookshelves — a drama he recounts with heartbreak and humor. But when the struggles of the prison library — between life and death, love and loyalty — become personal, Steinberg is forced to take sides.

Running the Books is a trenchant exploration of prison culture and an entertaining tale of one young man’s earnest attempt to find his place in the world while trying not to get fired in the process.

2) The False Friend by Myla Goldberg.  Publisher's Summary.  Leaders of a mercurial clique of girls, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their three followers. One after­noon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia blocked out how it happened.

The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was ever found. Celia’s unconscious avoidance of this has meant that while she and her longtime boyfriend, Huck, are professionally successful, they’ve been unable to move forward, their relationship falling into a rut that threatens to bury them both.

Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, but her family and childhood friends don’t believe her. Huck wants to be supportive, but his love can’t blind him to all that contra­dicts Celia’s version of the past.

Celia’s desperate search to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful consequences. A deeply resonant and emotionally charged story, The False Friend explores the adults that children become—leading us to question the truths that we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb.

Thanks to Random House!

3) Chosen by Chandra Hoffman.  Publisher's Summary.  It all begins with a fantasy: the caseworker in her "signing paperwork" charcoal suit standing alongside beaming parents cradling their adopted newborn, set against a fluorescent-lit delivery-room backdrop. It's this blissful picture that keeps Chloe Pinter, director of the Chosen Child's domestic-adoption program, happy while juggling the high demands of her boss and the incessant needs of both adoptive and biological parents.

But the very job that offers her refuge from her turbulent personal life and Portland's winter rains soon becomes a battleground involving three very different couples: the Novas, well-off college sweethearts who suffered fertility problems but are now expecting their own baby; the McAdoos, a wealthy husband and desperate wife for whom adoption is a last chance; and Jason and Penny, an impoverished couple who have nothing—except the baby everyone wants. When a child goes missing, dreams dissolve into nightmares, and everyone is forced to examine what he or she really wants and where it all went wrong.
Told from alternating points of view, Chosen reveals the desperate nature of desire across social backgrounds and how far people will go to get the one thing they think will be the answer.

Thanks to Kelly & Hall Book Publicity.  

17 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to The False Friend. I liked Goldberg's (2) earlier novels, and this one seems like a fairly quick read. ENJOY them all Kim

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  2. They all sound interesting. Enjoy :-)

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  3. The False Friend and Chosen sound right up my alley -- enjoy your week! Here's my Mailbox: Coffee and a Book Chick -- Mailbox Monday...

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  4. Running the Books sounds good! Happy reading and thanks for commenting!

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  5. I hope you will enjoy your books DC :)

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  6. The Chosen sounds like a parent's worst nightmare. Enjoy.

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  7. I've been seeing False Friend on a lot of people's lists.. it sounds like a good one.

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  8. the False Friend looks really good. Enjoy your new books!

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  9. The False Friend and The Chosen are both on my wish list. I hope they are both enjoyable.

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  10. I have Running the Books, too. enjoy your new reads!

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  11. The premise for Chosen sounds very intriguing. I'll be back to read if it's a GO or DUMP IT for your take.

    Happy reading :)

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  12. Stopping by from She Reads and Reads' post for Mailbox Monday.

    Have a great week.

    Stop by my blog if you like.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

    Enjoy your books.

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  13. Chosen sounds so good. Enjoy your books.

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  14. I've heard good things about Myla Goldberg's writing - so I can't wait to see what you think of False Friend.

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  15. They all look good, but Running the Books sounds really good to me.

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  16. I'm dying to read Chosen. It's on my TBR pile...can't wait to hear if you love it!

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