Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mailbox Monday -- September 19th

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

1) Help for Writers by Roy Peter Clark. Publisher's Summary. The craft of writing offers countless potential problems: The story is too long; the story's too short; revising presents a huge hurdle; writer's block is rearing its ugly head.

In HELP! FOR WRITERS, Roy Peter Clark presents an "owner's manual" for writers, outlining the seven steps of the writing process, and addressing the 21 most urgent problems that writers face. In his trademark engaging and entertaining style, Clark offers ten short solutions to each problem. Out of ideas? Read posters, billboards, and graffiti. Can't bear to edit yourself? Watch the deleted scenes feature of a DVD, and ask yourself why those scenes were left on the cutting-room floor. HELP! FOR WRITERS offers 210 strategies to guide writers to success.

2) Love and Capital by Mary Gabriel. Publisher's Summary. Brilliantly researched and wonderfully written, LOVE AND CAPITAL is a heartbreaking and dramatic saga of the family side of the man whose works would redefine the world after his death.

Drawing upon years of research, acclaimed biographer Mary Gabriel brings to light the story of Karl and Jenny Marx's marriage. We follow them as they roam Europe, on the run from governments amidst an age of revolution and a secret network of would-be revolutionaries, and see Karl not only as an intellectual, but as a protective father and loving husband, a revolutionary, a jokester, a man of tremendous passions, both political and personal.

In LOVE AND CAPITAL, Mary Gabriel has given us a vivid, resplendent, and truly human portrait of the Marxes-their desires, heartbreak and devotion to each other's ideals.

Both thanks to Hachette Book Group!

3) The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman. Publisher's Summary. Some secrets can’t be kept. . . .

The Most Dangerous Thing

Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years.

And then the revelations start.

Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Is it more dangerous to admit to what they’ve done or is it the strain of keeping the secret that is beginning to wear on them and everyone close to them? Each one of these old friends has to wonder if their secret has been discovered—and if someone within the circle is out to destroy them.

Thanks to Harper Audio!


  1. Oh I so can not wait to hear your thoughts on The Most Dangerous Thing... dying to know what the secret their hiding is...

    Let me know how the narrator's voice tunes you in ;)

    Another great variation in the IMM :)

  2. Happy reading :D
    I should try lippman one day

  3. Help for Writers looks like it might be useful. Can't wait for your thoughts!

  4. I bought a Lippman on a bargain table. I haven't read her yet but everyone seems to love her books.

  5. Enjoy! your mailbox.

  6. Looks like some good ones. Help for Writers sounds useful. Enjoy!

  7. The Most Dangerous Thing sounds pretty good.