Monday, July 25, 2011

Mailbox Monday -- July 25th

The reason why I love Mondays -- Mailbox Monday hosted this month by A Sea of Books. Below are the books I received this week:

1) To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal. Publisher's Summary. Judith Whitman always believed in the kind of love that "picks you up in Akron and sets you down in Rio." Long ago, she once experienced that love. Willy Blunt was a carpenter with a dry wit and a steadfast sense of honor. Marrying him seemed like a natural thing to promise. But Willy Blunt was not a person you could pick up in Nebraska and transport to Stanford. When Judith left home, she didn't look back.

Twenty years later, Judith's marriage is hazy with secrets. In her hand is what may be the phone number for the man who believed she meant it when she said she loved him. If she called, what would he say?

TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER is the epic love story of a woman trying to remember, and the man who could not even begin to forget.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group!

2) The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin. Publisher's Summary. When Baba Segi awoke with a bellyache for the sixth day in a row, he knew it was time to do something drastic about his fourth wife's childlessness.

Meet Baba Segi . . .

A plump, vain, and prosperous middle-aged man of robust appetites, Baba Segi is the patriarch of a large household that includes a quartet of wives and seven children. But his desire to possess more just might be his undoing.

And his wives . . .

Iya Segi—the bride of Baba Segi's youth, a powerful, vindictive woman who will stop at nothing to protect her favored position as ruler of her husband's home.

Iya Tope—Baba Segi's second wife, a shy, timid woman whose decency and lust for life are overshadowed by fear.

Iya Femi—the third wife, a scheming woman with crimson lips and expensive tastes who is determined to attain all that she desires, no matter what the cost.

Bolanle—Babi Segi's fourth and youngest wife, an educated woman wise to life's misfortunes who inspires jealousy in her fellow wives . . . and who harbors a secret that will expose shocking truths about them all.

Thanks to Harper Collins!


  1. I do want to read To Be Sung Underwater. I need to see if the library has that one - enjoy Kim

  2. To Be Sung Underwater sounds good. The book cover pic is so peaceful.

  3. I've read great reviews of both of those titles, so I think you're in for some good reading.

  4. I do wonder about that last one )

  5. I'm curious about To Be Sung Underwater. Happy reading!

  6. those look like a couple of good ones. Enjoy!

  7. I'm catching up on your books. I have to admit the first one To Be Sung Underwater has me interested. Will wait for your review to gage whether it goes on my shelf.