June 8, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday!

Here is another fun mailbox for you! This is a Dutch Windmill mailbox I found on the internet. You would always be able to find this residence. Be sure to check back next week to see another new mailbox on this post!

Now, on to the books! I had a good week and received five books in the mail.

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Won in a giveaway at Black-Eyed Susan
Taking a story “ripped from the headlines,” Williams looks inside a polygamist cult and the dangers it poses for one girl. Kyra and her father, three mothers, and 20 siblings live in an isolated community under the thumb of a prophet, who controls every aspect of his apostles’ lives. The most shocking intrusion of all comes when the prophet decrees that Kyra is to become the wife of her 60-year-old uncle. A secret patron of a local mobile library, Kyra knows there’s a world away from the compound she might escape to, but first she pins her hopes on her father’s ability to change the prophet’s mind. Instead, her family is threatened, and the stakes for her refusal to marry are raised. The clandestine relationship Kyra is having with one of the compound’s teenage boys is a romance more convenient than convincing (everyone is carefully watched except this duo, it seems). Contrivances notwithstanding, this is a heart pounder, and readers will be held, especially as the danger escalates.

The Blue Notebook by Dr. James Levine
From Heather of A High and Hidden Place
It is the story of Batuk, an Indian girl who is taken to Mumbai from the countryside and sold into prostitution by her father; the blue notebook is her diary, in which she recalls her early childhood, records her life on the Common Street, and makes up beautiful and fantastic tales about a silver-eyed leopard and a poor boy who fells a giant with a single gold coin. The Blue Notebook brings us into the life of a young woman for whom stories are not just entertainment but a means of survival. Even as the novel humanizes and addresses the devastating global issue of child prostitution, it also delivers an inspiring message about the uplifting power of words and reading–a message that is so important to hold on to, especially in difficult times. Dr. Levine is donating all his U.S. proceeds from this book to help exploited children. Batuk’s story can make a difference.

The Opium Clerk by Kunal Basu
From BookMooch
Hiran is born in 1857—the year of the Mutiny and the year his father dies. Brought to Calcutta by his widowed mother, he has few talents apart from an uncanny ability to read a man’s lies in his palm. When luck gets him a job at an auction house, Hiran finds himself embroiled in a mysterious trade and in the affairs of his nefarious superior, Mr. Jonathan Crabbe, and his opium-addicted wife.

The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall
From BookMooch
A sweeping novel set in war-torn 1928 China, with a star-crossed love story at its center. In a city full of thieves and Communists, danger and death, spirited young Lydia Ivanova has lived a hard life. Always looking over her shoulder, the sixteen-year-old must steal to feed herself and her mother, Valentina, who numbered among the Russian elite until Bolsheviks murdered most of them, including her husband. As exiles, Lydia and Valentina have learned to survive in a foreign land. Often, Lydia steals away to meet with the handsome young freedom fighter Chang An Lo. But they face danger: Chiang Kai Shek's troops are headed toward Junchow to kill Reds like Chang, who has in his possession the jewels of a tsarina, meant as a gift for the despot's wife. The young pair's all-consuming love can only bring shame and peril upon them, from both sides. Those in power will do anything to quell it. But Lydia and Chang are powerless to end it.

A Father's Affair by Karel Van Loon
From BookMooch
Karel van Loon looks at what happens when Armin, the widowed father of a 13-year-old boy, discovers ten years after his beloved wife's death that he is actually infertile, and that the rapport and intimate relationship he enjoys with his son Bo is based on the cruellest of deceptions. As Armin begins his quest to discover the true biological father of Bo he risks the love and understanding of everyone who matters - his own father, Ellen, who wants to marry him, and Bo himelf. He doesn't know which version of the past to trust and can therefore face no hope in the future. Who already knew this dark secret? As the truth gets closer and closer to Armin this personal horror becomes a psychological thriller in which all the players are vulnerable to the truth. From the start it is an entertaining and compelling read, exposing the humour and tragedy of sex, grief and bereavement as well as the courage and compassion of true love.

What did you get in your mailbox this week?

11 comments:

  1. You got some good looking books! I got The Chosen One a few weeks ago and hope to get to it soon.

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  2. I really want to read The Chosen One. Enjoy.

    You can find what I got here:

    http://marireads.blogspot.com/2009/06/summer-reading-list.html

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  3. Wow, great books! I'd love to read The Chosen One someday-lucky you getting that one. I hope to read The Blue Notebook soon. Happy REading!

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  4. Great books this week! I hope you enjoy them all.

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  5. I'm so jealous you won The Chosen One! Enjoy your books!

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  6. I really liked The Chosen One, in fact I just reviewed it for my site (www.thenovelworld.com) I hope you like it too! Its a very intense book, but it reads really quickly (mostly due to me not wanting to put it down...)

    I read The Blue Notebook that book was really depressing...Make sure you read a happy book in between The Chosen One and Blue Notebook otherwise you'll end up really depressed...I made this mistake of reading the two books right after each other over the weekend...not my best idea.

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  7. You got a good haul there!

    This is the first week I've played the MM game. My list is here.

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  8. I am agreement with everyone else. The Chosen One is definitely one for me.

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  9. A Father's Affair sounds really good. I think I need to pick that one up!

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  10. Love the Dutch mailbox. Soooo cute.

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  11. Yay for new books! I've got The Chosen One and The Blue Notebook on my shelves too. Don't they look good? Can't wait to hear what you think of them. I hope to start one of those soon.

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