Monday, December 27, 2010

Mailbox Monday -- December 27th!

The reason why I love Mondays -- Mailbox Monday hosted this month by Lady Q at Let Them Read Books. Below are the following advance review copies that I received this week.

1) Get Energy by Denise Austin. Publisher's Summary. With busy schedules, demanding careers, and little time, many of us battle just to stay awake. But energy is something that is in our control, enven when time is short. Now 50 years young, fitness guru Denise Austin shows readers how to super-charge their lives, using her innovative lifestyle plan. She eats the right foods at the right time of day. She uses the power of stretching and breathing to feed her body with energy-enhancing oxygen. She uses mini-workouts to get energy even on her busiest days--and now you can too!

Denise shows how simple changes can add up to increased energy levels throughout the day. From the foods they consume to the way they sit in their chairs, readers won't believe how Denise's quick and easy plan will dramatically increase their energy levels. In as little as a week, results will be felt: radiant skin, more restful sleep, and a sharper follow Denise Austin and prepare for a fitness wake-up call!

Thanks to Hachette Book Group!

2) Postmortem by Laurel Saville. Publisher's Summary. Sadly, some lives cannot be understood until after death.

So it was with Anne Ford. A successful, charming beauty queen, model, and fashion designer during the 1950s, this glamour girl about town was poisoned by internal demons and the permissive Southern California culture of the 1960s and 70s. She ended her life as an alcoholic street person, stabbed and strangled in a burned-out building in West Hollywood. Years later, her daughter, the writer Laurel Saville, began the long process of unraveling the twin trajectories of this unusual life.

Postmortem takes the reader on an emotionally charged journey that ranges from Saville’s eccentric West Hollywood childhood, to a top-secret, Depression-era airplane design. Whether describing the artists of the seminal Sunset Strip gallery where Andy Warhol got his start or the hippie parties at the legendary Barney’s Beanery, Saville’s distinctive prose lends insight into the events and emotions that surrounded the life and death of stunning Anne Ford. This candid exploration of one woman’s life and death ends up exposing unexpected truths about both mother and daughter and unscrambling the many webs that entangled Ford’s exceptional life.

Thanks to the publicist!

3) The 1% Solution for Work and Life by To Connellan. Publisher's Summary. Did you know that the difference between the top Olympic medal winning athletes and those not receiving a medal averages just 1%? Chances are you and I won’t be competing in the Olympics, but we can learn from this fact. In The 1% Solution for Work and Life author Tom Connellan maps out the way. He has discovered three things that are the foundation behind that 1% difference and in The 1% Solution he provides actionable ideas to help readers achieve comparable performance results.

Thanks to the Cadence Group!


  1. Nice variety Kim...Postmortem sounds like one I'd like.

  2. I can't believe Denise Austin is 50! I guess she's a testament to the benefit of exercise and healthy eating. Enjoy all three books, Kim.

  3. Great selection of books!
    Postmortem sounds particularly fascinating to me, what a sad story...
    Enjoy your week reading :)

  4. Postmortem sounds like a good one! Thanks for linking up to Mailbox Monday! Happy reading!

  5. Enjoy your books :)
    I do wonder what that last one is about really

  6. Thank you very much for listing my book, "Postmortem." I do so appreciate it! If any of your readers want to check out sample chapters or a slide show, they can find them at the book's website:

    Happy reading!!

    By the way, I LOVE hearing from readers.....

  7. Great reading selections...and I think Postmortem sounds like one I'd love. I enjoy reading about how lives unravel, and especially when someone is trying to put the pieces together afterwards.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great week.

  8. Great haul! I'm really interested in Postmortem, even though I don't usually read nonfiction. Enjoy reading! :)

  9. Get Energy sounds like a book I could use! ;)
    Happy reading!

  10. I bet the Denise Austin book is good. I've been doing her aerobics and yoga for years.

  11. I received for review The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson from Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways.

    "I asked the sailor what an Elephant looked like; he replied that it was like nothing on earth."

    England, 1766: After a long voyage from the East Indies, a ship docks in Bristol, England, and rumor quickly spreads about its unusual cargo—some say a mermaid is on board. A crowd forms, hoping to catch a glimpse of the magical creature. One crate after another is unpacked: a zebra, a leopard, and a baboon. There's no mermaid, but in the final two crates is something almost as magical—a pair of young elephants, in poor health but alive.

    Seeing a unique opportunity, a wealthy sugar merchant purchases the elephants for his country estate and turns their care over to a young stable boy, Tom Page. Tom's family has long cared for horses, but an elephant is something different altogether. It takes time for Tom and the elephants to understand one another, but to the surprise of everyone on the estate, a remarkable bond is formed.

    The Elephant Keeper, the story of Tom and the elephants, in Tom's own words, moves from the green fields and woods of the English countryside to the dark streets and alleys of late-eighteenth-century London, reflecting both the beauty and the violence of the age. Nicholson's lush writing and deft storytelling complement a captivating tale of love and loyalty between one man and the two elephants that change the lives of all who meet them.

  12. You got good books! Postmortem sounds interesting. Enjoy!

  13. Enjoy your books. I got Get Energy too.

  14. Get Energy sounds like a book I should read. I use to exercise with Denise Austin on the tv in the mornings many years ago. She is full of energy! Me...not so much!

  15. These books seem great for the New Year.
    My book is in the sidebar of my blog.