Saturday, June 6, 2009

In My Mailbox

Very hectic week. Special thanks to all the bloggers who promoted our Color Online Summer Book Drive. Traffic has double at the site and books are coming in. See more about the drive in my Sunday Salon post. Got several books this week including multiple books from Deb at Stoney Moss and Lenore at Presenting Lenore. Not going to list of them all. I'll post more next. To see what other readers got in the mail check out, In My Mailbox hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and Mailbox Monday hosted by Marcia at the Printed Page. Join us. Each group is fun. The loot:

After Dark by Haruki Murakami. I confess I have not read the author but I have wanted to. When I saw this at Paperback, I requested it. "At its center are two sisters: Yuri, a fashion model sleeping her way into oblivion; and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's into lives radically alien to her own..."

Bog Child by Shibhan Dowd. One of several titles sent to me by Lenore. I've heard of the book but don't know much. I'm curious after looking it up. "DIGGING FOR PEAT in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she’s been murdered...."

Because I Am Furniture
by Thalia Chaltas. Another treat from Lenore. "Chaltas's novel of poems marks an intensely powerful debut. Anke and her older siblings, Darren and Yaicha, may appear typical teenagers in public, but their home life is dominated by their father. Though he is verbally, physically and sexually abusive to her brother and sister, Anke seems beyond his notice...."

What Looks Like Crazy on an ordinary d
ay by Pearl Cleage. A classic Cleage work. I took a course in her work in college. This is my favorite novel by her and I think she is an impressive playwright. Thanks Deb. "After a decade of luxe living in Atlanta, Ava Johnson has returned to tiny Idlewild, Michigan — her fabulous career and power plans smashed to bits on one dark truth: Ava has tested positive for HIV."

Miles from Nowhere
by Nami Mun. Saw this on a few of the gazillion blogs I read. Very interested. Looking forward to putting it on our shelves. "Teenage Joon is a Korean immigrant living in the Bronx of the 1980s. Her parents have crumbled under the weight of her fatheras infidelity; he has left the family, and mental illness has rendered her mother nearly catatonic. So Joon, at the age of thirteen, decides she would be better off on her own, a choice that commences a harrowing and often tragic journey...."

The Last Song of Dusk
by Siddhartha Dhanvant Shanghvi. Someone recommended this to me some time ago. Picked it up at Paperback Swap. "When the astonishingly lovely Anuradha moves to Bombay to marry Vardhmaan, a charming young doctor, their life together has all the makings of a fairy tale. But when their firstborn son dies in a terrible accident, tragedy transforms their marriage into a bleak landscape..."

Willow by Julia Hoban. This has been on every teen blog for months. I hope it's a hit at the library."Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow's parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl..."


Steph Su said...

You've got wonderful books so far, Susan! I'm curious to see how you like Bog Child. I should be getting it soon, and I've never read Siobhan's work, but I heard she's good.

susan said...

Hi Steph, will let you know. Was crazy busy with new layout at Color Online in addition to the drive. I think I have finally worked out publishing schedules for both sites.

Happy reading.

Tasha said...

Because I am Furniture was a unique book. Happy Reading.

Anonymous said...

Willow was really good. Because I Am Furniture is a book I have and want to read. Happy reading!

Library Lounge Lizard said...

I really enojoyed Willow, it is a really good book!

Rebecca said...

Looks like you had a great week, I haven't read any of those books but they all look really good. ENjoy.

susan said...

Hi Tasha, Callie, LLL and Rebecca, yes I had a great week. I spent Sunday evening with my group of young women and they're very appreciative of the library. On Monday, my assistants and I will be shelving a lot of this week's loot. Thanks for coming by and commenting.

Jacqueline C said...

After Dark is on my TBR list too. Nice list. Here are mine. (1) and (2)

Jess said...

Wow -- great group of books. I hear that Willow is fantastic. Have a great week of reading.

Serena said...

that looks like a great group of books. I too have not read Haruki Murakami yet. I will someday!