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 was originally hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, but is now a traveling meme and for the month of May your new host for MM will be Mari @ Mari Reads!

Hello dear readers!  I hope you are having yourselves a nice weekend!  I've been busy cleaning, reading, blogging and getting ready for my trip to New York City for the Book Blogger Convention!!  This will be my first time going and I am super excited to meet other bloggers and just be around fellow bibliophiles!  I am bringing the husband along as well so we can have a few days together in the city.  The last time we were in NYC was for our honeymoon when we went to see Pearl Jam play at Madison Square Garden and we had a blast!  Will you be going to the Book Blogger Convention?  I'd love to meet you if you are!

Now, onto the books I received last week...Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre by Sarah Johnson was a belated Mother's Day gift that I bought for myself and I received The Maid by Kimberly Cutter for review.

by Sarah Johnson

Publication Date:  April 30, 2005

DESCRIPTION

Unlike guides that take a simple geographic-chronological approach to listing historical fiction, this book takes a genre approach, with chapters devoted to historical romances, mysteries, adventures, etc. By grouping titles by subgenre and theme, and describing their features and plots, it guides users to similar titles and read-alikes. Focusing on English-language novels published since the mid '90s, plus the perennial favorites commonly available in libraries, it details 3,800 books set in times prior to the mid-20th century. Appendices contain lists of award-winning titles and targeted reading lists. Detailed indexes are available for authors, titles, subjects, time/place, and character names. An essential guide for readers' advisors and other professionals who guide readers in book selection, this book will also aid in collection development.

Recent burgeoning reader interest in historical fiction has created a tremendous outpouring of historical novels from the publishing world. While there are several guides devoted to historical novels, they take a simple geographic-chronological approach, and do not organize titles in a way that effectively matches reading preferences. In contrast, this book takes a genre approach to historical fiction, with chapters devoted to historical romances, historical mysteries, historical adventures, and so forth. By grouping titles by subgenre and theme, and describing their features and plots, the book will guide users to similar titles and read-alikes. Focusing on English-language novels published since the mid '90s plus the perennial favorites commonly available in libraries, this book guides you and your patrons to more than 3,800 books set in times prior to the mid-20th century and in which historical events play an integral role. Chapters are organized according to subgenre and type, i.e., traditional, epics, romance, sagas, westerns, crime, adventure, thrillers, literary, inspirational, time-slip, alternate histories, and fantasy. Within chapters, Johnson further groups the titles according to sub-subgenres and time/place. In addition to bibliographic information and brief plot summaries, you'll find information on award winners, biographical novels, classics, and indications of titles appropriate for young adults and book groups. Appendixes contain lists of award-winning titles and targeted reading lists (e.g., historical fiction featuring Latinos). Further access to the titles is provided by detailed indexes for authors, titles, subjects, time/place, and character names. This guide will give you a deeper understanding of the historical fiction genre, update you on new titles, reacquaint you with classics, and help you easily identify read-alikes and book club selections for your patrons. It will also help you find fiction titles set in particular times and places to complement curriculum needs or meet specific areas of interest. An essential guide for readers' advisors and other professionals who guide readers in their book selections, this book will also aid collection development specialists and educators. Young adult and adult. Grades 10 and up.

by Kimberly Cutter
Release Date:  October 20, 2011

SYNOPSIS

The girl who led an army, the peasant who crowned a king, the maid who became a legend
It is the fifteenth century, and the tumultuous Hundred Years’ War rages on. France is under siege, English soldiers tear through the countryside destroying all who cross their path, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, has neither the strength nor the will to rally his army. And in the quiet of her parents’ garden in Domr√©my, a peasant girl sees a spangle of light and hears a powerful voice speak her name. Jehanne . The story of Jehanne d’Arc, the visionary and saint who believed she had been chosen by God, who led an army and saved her country, has captivated our imagination for centuries. But the story of Jehanne—the girl—whose sister was murdered by the English, who sought an escape from a violent father and a forced marriage, who taught herself to ride and fight, and who somehow found the courage and tenacity to persuade first one, then two, then thousands to follow her, is at once thrilling, unexpected, and heartbreaking. Rich with unspoken love and battlefield valor, The Maid is a novel about the power and uncertainty of faith, and the exhilarating and devastating consequences of fame.

*please note that the cover above is the UK verson, which is the edition I received, but the link will take you to the Amazon US page.

Well, that's my mailbox...what new books did you find in your mailbox?

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18 comments:

  1. Oh I wish I was going to BBC this year! I would love to finally meet you, but I'm not :(. I hope you have a blast though! Can't wait to hear about it!

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  2. I'd LOVE to have the guide to all things HF... I will have to get this one!

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  3. Amy, wishing you a great time at the BBC, and of course, I'll be looking forward to your posts about the experience.

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  4. I seriously want both of these books! Lucky you!

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  5. Drooling over the HF guide. Hope you have blast at the Book Blogger Convention!

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  6. Can't wait to see what you think of The Maid. Reading Queen by Right renewed my interest in Joan of Arc!

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  7. Can't wait for your review of The Maid!!!

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  8. I have just received an ARC (how appropriate!) for The Maid in e-book format, which I will start today. It looks SO GOOD! :) I haven't read anything on Joan of Arc in such a long time.
    ~S.

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  9. Gorgeous reading here. Enjoy.

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  10. The guide to historical fiction looks great, I have never seen it before. Happy reading!

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  11. Both books sound wonderful, and are on my wish list. I'm very much looking forward to your review of The Maid.

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  12. Hope you have a blast in NYC! Enjoy your new books!

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  13. Wonderful mailbox. Happy reading. I received only one book in my mailbox!!

    Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!

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  14. These books piqued my interest, enjoy them.

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  15. Two good books. HISTORICAL FICTION: A GUIDE TO THE GENRE sounds like it could be useful.

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  16. Is that our Sarah (of Reading the Past) who wrote that guide?? Anyway, enjoy! I can't wait to hear how the BBC went! (I so wish I was going to be there!)

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