Monday, November 15, 2010

Mailbox Monday -- November 15th

The reason why I love Mondays -- Mailbox Monday hosted this month by Knitting and Sundries. Below are the following advance review copies that I received these awhile ago, but forgot to post so I am posting them as this week's haul:

1) Raising the Dead. by Chauncey W. Crandall IV, MD.  Publisher's Summary.  On October 20, 2006, a middle-aged auto mechanic, Jeff Markin, walked into the emergency room at the Palm Beach Gardens Hospital and collapsed from a massive heart attack. Forty minutes later he was declared dead. After filling out his final report, the supervising cardiologist, Dr. Chauncey Crandall, started out of the room. "Before I crossed its threshold, however, I sensed God was telling me to turn around and pray for the patient," Crandall explained.With that prayer and Dr. Crandall's instruction to give the man what seemed one more useless shock from the defibrillator, Jeff Markin came back to life--and remains alive and well today.

But how did a Yale-educated cardiologist whose Palm Beach practice includes some of the most powerful people in American society, including several billionaires, come to believe in supernatural healing?
The answers to these questions compose a story and a spiritual journey that transformed Chauncey Crandall.

2) What Good is God? Phillip Yancey.  Publisher's Summary.  Journalist and spiritual seeker Philip Yancey has always struggled with the most basic questions of the Christian faith. The question he tackles in WHAT GOOD IS GOD? concerns the practical value of belief in God. His search for the answer to this question took him to some amazing settings around the world: Mumbai, India when the firing started during the terrorist attacks; at the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated; on the Virginia Tech campus soon after the massacre; an AA convention; and even to a conference for women in prostitution.

3) The Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund.  Publisher's Summary.   
Paris is stunning in the summer
NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him--he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

The killing is simply marvelous

Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim.

Wish you were here

Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm--and they think they know where the next victims will be. With relentless logic and unstoppable action, The Postcard Killers may be James Patterson's most vivid and compelling thriller yet.

4) A Christmas Carol: A Pop- Up Book by Chuck Fischer.  Publisher's Summary.  This beautiful re-imagining of Charles Dickens's timeless fable, A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book features artist Chuck Fischer's richly painted depictions of the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, brought to life in intricate pop-up scenes by paper engineer Bruce Foster. The entire text of A Christmas Carol is reproduced in five removable, illustrated, keepsake booklets. An introductory booklet provides a biography of Dickens and an illustrated feature on the enduring appeal of this beloved story.

5) The Family Dinner by Laurie David.  Publisher's Summary.  The producer of An Inconvenient Truth, Laurie David's new mission is to help America's overwhelmed families sit down to a Family Dinner, and she provides all the reasons, recipes and fun tools to do so.

Laurie David speaks from her own experience confronting the challenges of raising two teenage girls. Today's parents have lots to deal with and technology is making their job harder than ever. Research has proven that everything we worry about as parents--from drugs to alcohol, promiscuity, to obesity, academic achievement and just good old nutrition--can all be improved by the simple act of eating and talking together around the table.

Laurie has written a practical, inspirational, fun (and, of course, green) guide to the most important hour in any parent's day. Chock-full chapters include: Over seventy-five kid approved fantastic recipes; tips on teaching green values; conversation starters; games to play to help even the shyest family member become engaged; ways to express gratitude; the family dinner after divorce (hint: keep eating together) and much more. Filled with moving memories and advice from the country's experts and teachers, this book will get everyone away from electronic screens and back to the dinner table.

6) The Peanuts Collection. by Nat Gertler.  Publisher's Summary.  This fully authorized, one-of-a-kind illustrated book celebrates the 60th anniversary of the world's most beloved comic strip characters. A compendium of rare materials from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and family archives, The Peanuts Collection comes in a sturdy slipcase and features high-quality reproductions of original sketches, comics, and photographs from the world of Peanuts. Removable film cells, stickers, and booklets are included, as well as reproduction prints of Peanuts artwork ready for framing.

All of these thanks to Hachette Book Group!


  1. Ooh, you got The Christmas Carol pop-up book! Enjoy :-)

  2. I bet the Christmas Carol book and The Peanuts Collection are gorgeous! Please stop by my Mailbox if you get a chance. Happy reading!

  3. I would LOVE to have the Peanuts collection...I am totally envious of this one. Enjoy all your new books!

  4. Wish you were here sounds great! Thanks for the heads up. Off to search Amazon lol

  5. It's been years since we had popup books in this house, the kids are almost grown, but they were huge hits when they were little. I'm sure this one is just as wonderful! Enjoy!

  6. What a great, varied list. Enjoy! I really like The Family Dinner.

  7. What a great mix of books! That pop-up book is simply stunning!

  8. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a copy of The Peanuts Collection. Happy reading!

  9. These look fabulous!! I've not come across any of these yet, so looking forward to your review! Here's my Mailbox: Coffee and a Book Chick -- Mailbox Monday...

  10. I won The Peanuts Collection during BBAW for my daughter, and she absolutely loves it! Happy reading!

  11. LOTS of wonderful books! I've been wanting to look at "Raising the Dead" ... I just love the fact that it shows that it's not impossible to meld science and faith. The Christmas carol Pop-up book and The Family Dinner are both on my wishlist as well!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries