Monday, October 18, 2010

Mailbox Monday -- October 18th








 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) Five Ingredient Fix by Claire Robinson. Publisher's Summary.  Claire Robinson, the hot new Food Network star of 5 Ingredient Fix and Food Network Challenge, helps people get dinner on the table with little fuss and a few great ingredients. The quest for simple, affordable, and fresh, mouthwatering food is over. 5 INGREDIENT FIX helps put delicious and sophisticated meals on the table in a snap. With people struggling to simplify, streamline, and budget, the Food Network's Claire Robinson is here to help. Cooking doesn't have to be complicated to be impressive; simplifying the process with fewer ingredients saves time, frustration, and ultimately, money.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group!

2) Must You Go? by Antonia Fraser.  Publisher's Summary.  In this exquisite memoir, Antonia Fraser recounts the life she shared with the internationally renowned dramatist. In essence, it is a love story and a marvelously insightful account of their years together, beginning with their initial meeting when Fraser was the wife of a member of Parliament and mother of six, and Pinter was married to a distinguished actress. Over the years, they experienced much joy, a shared devotion to their work, crises and laughter, and, in the end, great courage and love as Pinter battled the illness to which he eventually suc­cumbed on Christmas Eve 2008.

Must You Go? is based on Fraser’s recollections and on the diaries she has kept since October 1968. She shares Pinter’s own revelations about his past, as well as observations by his friends. Fraser’s diaries—written by a biographer living with a creative artist and observing the process firsthand—also pro­vide a unique insight into his writing.

Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser lived together from August 1975 until his death thirty-three years later. “O! call back yesterday, bid time return,” cries one of the courtiers to Richard II. This is Antonia Fraser’s uniquely compelling way of doing so.

3) My Reading Life by Pat Conroy.  Publisher's Summary.  Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of passionate reading. He includes wonderful anecdotes from his school days, mov­ing accounts of how reading pulled him through dark times, and even lists of books that particularly influenced him at vari­ous stages of his life, including grammar school, high school, and college. Readers will be enchanted with his ruminations on reading and books, and want to own and share this perfect gift book for the holidays. And, come graduation time, My Reading Life will establish itself as a perennial favorite, as did Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 

Thanks to Random House!

13 comments:

  1. I hope it really is a Five Ingredient Fix! Happy reading

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  2. The Five Ing. Fix was in my mailbox last week - aren't the photos beautiful?!

    Enjoy all your new books!

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  3. I have a 5-ingredient cookbook and it's one of my favorites. Makes cooking so much easier when life is busy. Enjoy all your books!

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  4. I may have to splurge and get a copy of Five Ingredient Fix. I'll wait to catch some reviews first! Enjoy all your new reads!

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  5. The cookbook sounds like a lot of fun!

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  6. We tried 5 Ingredient Fix yesterday and all the recipes were easy and good! Enjoy your new books!

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  7. I've put Conroy's book on my wish list. Enjoy!

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  8. These all sound great...enjoy!

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  9. Must You Go? sounds like my type of read especially since it's about Harold Pinter.

    Another great set of books and enjoy the reads My Metrogirl :)

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  10. My Reading Life sounds great. Enjoy all your books!

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  11. I watch Five Ingredient Fix on Food Network, so the book sounds good! Enjoy!

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