Mailbox Monday

Another Monday, Another Mailbox!! This is a feature where we all share with each other the yummy books that showed up at our doors! WARNING: Mailbox Mondays can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!!

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, but for the month of September MM is on tour and hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion Weblog.  

Hey everyone!  How's this Monday finding you?  Me, I am still on the prowl for a job and thankfully a few packages came my way last week from publishers to bring a wee smile to my face.  I also picked up a few at my local Goodwill store.

by Annemarie Selinko

Release Date:  October 1, 2010

SYNOPSIS: To be young, in France, and in love: fourteen year old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire.

A love story, but so much more, Désirée explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two, giving readers a compelling true story of an ordinary girl whose unlikely brush with history leads to a throne no one would have expected.

An epic bestseller that has earned both critical acclaim and mass adoration, Désirée is at once a novel of the rise and fall of empires, the blush and fade of love, and the heart and soul of a woman.

by Susan Fletcher

Release Date:  November 15, 2010

SYNOPSIS:  A breathtaking novel of passion and betrayal in seventeenth-century Scotland, and the portrait of an unforgettable heroine accused of witchcraft.
February 13, 1692. Thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan are killed by soldiers who had previously enjoyed the clan's hospitality. Many more die from exposure. Forty miles south, the captivating Corrag is imprisoned for her involvement in the massacre. Accused of witchcraft and murder, she awaits her death. Lonesome, she tells her story to Charles Leslie, an Irish propagandist who seeks information to condemn the Protestant King William, rumored to be involved in the massacre. Hers is a story of passion, courage, love, and the magic of the natural world. By telling it, she transforms both their lives.

And here is what I picked up at Goodwill...

by Keith Donohue

SYNOPSIS:  The double story of Henry Day begins in 1949, when he is kidnapped at age seven by a band of wild childlike beings who live in an ancient, secret community in the forest. The changelings rename their captive Aniday and he becomes, like them, unaging and stuck in time. They leave one of their own to take his place, an imposter who must try–with varying success–to hide his true identity from the Day family. As the changeling Henry grows up, he is haunted by glimpses of his lost double and by vague memories of his own childhood a century earlier. Narrated in turns by Henry and Aniday, The Stolen Child follows them as their lives converge, driven by their obsessive search for who they were before they changed places in the world.

Moving from a realistic setting in small-town America deep into the forest of humankind’s most basic desires and fears, this remarkable novel is a haunting fable about identity and the illusory innocence of childhood.

by Arthur Golden

SYNOPSIS:  In this literary tour de force, novelist Arthur Golden enters a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. For the protagonist of this peerlessly observant first novel is Sayuri, one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess.

We follow Sayuri from her childhood in an impoverished fishing village, where in 1929, she is sold to a representative of a geisha house, who is drawn by the child's unusual blue-grey eyes. From there she is taken to Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto. She is nine years old. In the years that follow, as she works to pay back the price of her purchase, Sayuri will be schooled in music and dance, learn to apply the geisha's elaborate makeup, wear elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure so fragile that it requires a special pillow. She will also acquire a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival. Surviving the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war, the resourceful Sayuri is a romantic heroine on the order of Jane Eyre and Scarlett O'Hara. And Memoirs of a Geisha is a triumphant work - suspenseful, and utterly persuasive.

The Blood of Flowers
by Anita Amirrezvani

SYNOPSIS:  Both a sweeping love story and a luminous portrait of a city, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS is the mesmerizing historical novel of an ill-fated young woman whose gift as a rug designer transforms her life. Illuminated with glorious detail of persian rug-making, and brilliantly bringing to life the sights sounds and life of 17th-century Isfahan, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS has captured readers' imaginations everywhere as a timeless tale of one woman's struggle to live a life of her choosing.

Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf

SYNOPSIS:  Heralded as Virginia Woolf's greatest novel, this is a vivid portrait of a single day in a woman's life. When we meet her, Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party preparation while in her mind she is something much more than a perfect society hostess. As she readies her house, she is flooded with remembrances of faraway times. And, met with the realities of the present, Clarissa reexamines the choices that brought her there, hesitantly looking ahead to the unfamiliar work of growing old.

Well, that's my mailbox....what about yours?



  1. That's a great book haul from Goodwill - congrats! I'm very interested in "Corrag" - I had definitely not heard of it before and it looks great!

    Historical Fiction Notebook

  2. I read Blood of Flowers years ago and thought it was an excellent read.

  3. Corrag sounds wonderful. The books from Goodwill are a perfect haul - a rug maker from Isfahan and Virginia Woolf! Have a good week.

  4. Jealous! I so wanted Desiree - but I was just to late. I hope you really love it!

  5. Oh Amy, I LOVED Memoirs of Geisha!I hope you enjoy it too!
    Love the cover of Desiree!

  6. Desiree! Oh, that's one I need to revisit -- I haven't read it since I was, like, 14!

  7. I like the sound of Corrag, and thanks for the recommendation of Blood of Flowers Marg, that appeals to me too.


  8. I'm all over Corrag! Witches and Scotland....oh stop. too much. Every time I visit this blog my floors dip a bit more from the weight of books. They are going to find me buried under a pile of books.

  9. It's been several years since I read it, but I remember loving Memoirs of a Geisha. Enjoy your new books!

  10. What a fabulous haul! Corrag sounds especially good to me too. And well Mrs. Dalloway is definitely worth reading (and then read The Hours, if you haven't already.) Enjoy your books!

  11. I loved Memoirs of aa Geisha and Mrs Dalloway - enjoy

  12. Wow, they all sound good. How are you ever going to decide which to read first?

  13. LOVED Memoirs of a Geisha. The unfortunately sucked big time.
    Mrs. Dalloway has been on my list forever, so I look forward to your thoughts.
    Corrag sounds awfully familiar...hope it's as good as the description. Enjoy all of your lovely reads my friend :)

  14. Great mailbox hun, Memoirs is one of my favorites! So detailed and beautiful, enjoy it.


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