Monday, November 1, 2010

Mailbox Monday -- November 1st

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 this week:

1) City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell. Publisher's Summary. Will Kiehn is seemingly destined for life as a humble farmer in the Midwest when, having felt a call from God, he travels to the vast North China Plain in the early twentieth-century. There he is surprised by love and weds a strong and determined fellow missionary, Katherine. They soon find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a more than two-thousand-year-old dynasty that plunges the country into decades of civil war. As the couple works to improve the lives of the people of Kuang P'ing Ch'eng— City of Tranquil Light, a place they come to love—and face incredible hardship, will their faith and relationship be enough to sustain them?

Thanks to Henry Holt!

2) It's Not Him, It's You by Laura Berman PhD. Publisher's Summary. Too many women never achieve the romantic and sexual fulfillment they want and deserve and usually blame their partners for getting it wrong. But what if the problem isn’t him? Designed to be both inspirational and achievable, It’s Not Him, It’s You! helps women break out of bad relationship patterns and achieve lasting romance and sexual satisfaction. Renowned relationship therapist and New York Times bestselling author, Laura Berman helps identify the damaging patterns of thought and behavior that prevent women from finding lasting love. It’s Not Him, It’s You! shows women how to overcome self-blame and lack of confidence, how to acknowledge bad relationship choices so that they are never repeated, how to feel confident in the bedroom, and how to bring romance and intimacy back into your sex life.

Dr. Laura Berman is a bestselling author and renowned sex therapist, as well as America’s leading expert in female sexual health. She is the founder and director of the Berman Center in Chicago. Dr. Berman has appeared in the pages of nearly every major US magazine, including Glamour, Elle, and Ladies’ Home Journal, as well as in the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Berman writes a weekly column for the Chicago Sun-Times and has a daily talk show on Oprah Radio. In winter 2011 Dr. Berman will host a TV talk show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.

Thanks to DK!

3) The Clinton Street Baking Company by Dede Lahman and Neil Kleinberg. Publisher's Summary. he Clinton St. Baking Company is one of the hottest brunch spots in a city obsessed with brunch. A tiny thirty-two-seat eatery on Manhattan's trendy Lower East Side, the restaurant draws long lines of customers who come from far and wide to sample fresh-baked goods, hearty omelets, sugar-cured bacon, and light-as-air pancakes with maple butter.

In the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook, owners DeDe Lahman and Neil Kleinberg share more than 100 treasured recipes that have made their restaurant a sensation. Learn the secret to their house-made buttermilk biscuits and tomato jam, irresistible muffins and scones, delicious soups and sandwiches, and their decadent, eye-catching desserts. Helpful techniques, like Neil's
patented omelet "flip and tuck," and gorgeous color photographs throughout will have readers cooking like pros in no time, and sharing the delicious results.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group!


  1. All (3) of these sound good Kim. I like the way you include the synopsis of each.

    Have a great week.

  2. The City of Tranquil Light sounds good. Lately, I have been wanting to read more book with Asian settings. Enjoy your books!

  3. I've heard The City of Tranquil Light is great and any cookbook looks good to me. Have a great week!

  4. Great list! I think you will love City of Tranquil Light; I liked it a lot more than I thought I would!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  5. Another book I want... City of Tranquil Light.

    Enjoy and FYI I loved the title of It's not Him, It's You. Made me laugh.

  6. Hope you enjoy your books! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  7. I love the non fiction work you feature.

    My IMM

  8. I've heard only of your last book. sounds good all of them.

  9. That cookbook sounds really good!

  10. All of these sound good, but I want that cookbook! Thanks!