Monday, October 24, 2011

~ Mailbox Monday ~

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a weekly meme created by Marcia from A girl and her books. Below are the titles I received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the course of the past week. Mailbox Monday currently is on tour in the Book Blogging Community. This month’s host is Serena of Savvy Verse and Wit. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Chosen by Chandra Hoffman (for review)
Chosen features a young caseworker increasingly entangled in the lives of the adoptive and birth parents she represents, and who faces life-altering choices when an extortion attempt goes horribly wrong.
It all begins with a fantasy: the caseworker in her “signing paperwork” charcoal suit, paired with beaming parents cradling their adopted newborn, against a fluorescent-lit delivery room backdrop. It’s this blissful picture that keeps Chloe Pinter, director of The Chosen Child’s domestic adoption program, happy juggling the high demands of her boss and the incessant needs of parents on both sides.
But the job that offers Chloe refuge from her turbulent personal life and Portland’s winter rains soon becomes a battleground itself involving three very different couples: the Novas, college sweethearts who suffered fertility problems but are now expecting their own baby; the McAdoos, a wealthy husband and desperate wife for whom adoption is a last chance; and Jason and Penny, an impoverished couple who have nothing-except the baby everyone wants. When a child goes missing, dreams dissolve into nightmares, and everyone is forced to examine what they really want and where it all went wrong.

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli (purchase)
In the final days of a falling Saigon,The Lotus Eaters unfolds the story of three remarkable photographers brought together under the impossible umbrella of war: Helen Adams, a once-naïve ingénue whose ambition conflicts with her desire over the course of the fighting; Linh, the mysterious Vietnamese man who loves her, but is torn between conflicting loyalties to his homeland and his heart; and Sam Darrow, a man addicted to the narcotic of violence, to his intoxicating affair with Helen and to the ever-increasing danger of his job. All three become transformed by the conflict they have risked everything to record.
In this much-heralded debut, Tatjana Soli creates a searing portrait of three souls trapped by their impossible passions, contrasting the wrenching horror of combat and the treachery of obsession with the redemptive power of love.
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (win from Adam, Roof Beam Reader)
This is the most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh's novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to the golden age before the Second World War. It tells the story of Charles Ryder's infatuation with the Marchmain family and the rapidly disappearing world of privilege they inhabit. Enchanted first by Sebastian at Oxford then by his doomed Catholic family, in particular his remote sister, Julia, Charles comes finally to recognize his spiritual and social distance from them.
Volt by Alan Heathcock (win from TNBBC:The Next Best Book Blog)
A blistering new collection of stories from an exhilarating new voice.
One man kills another after neither will move his pickup truck from the road. A female sheriff in a flooded town attempts to cover up a murder. When a farmer harvesting a field accidentally runs over his son, his grief sets him off walking, mile after mile. A band of teens bent on destruction runs amok in a deserted town at night. As these men and women lash out at the inscrutable churn of the world around them, they find a grim measure of peace in their solitude.
Throughout VOLT, Alan Heathcock’s stark realism is leavened by a lyric energy that matches the brutality of the surface. And as you move through the wind-lashed landscape of these stories, faint signs of hope appear underfoot. In Volt, the work of a writer who’s hell-bent on wrenching out whatever beauty this savage world has to offer, Heathcock’s tales of lives set afire light up the sky like signal flares touched off in a moment of desperation


  1. Brideshead Revisited is a great book and I love that cover! Enjoy your books.

  2. I loved Chosen! Hope you enjoy it, too. I'm curious about Brideshead Revisited.

    Have a great week....


  3. I love Brideshead Revisited - excellent book. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

  4. All of these books look great. I have had my eyes on The Lotus Eaters for some time now. Happy Reading!

  5. Lotus Eaters was excellent. Happy Reading.

  6. I hope you love The Lotus Eaters as much as I did! I hadn't read anything about photojournalists or women in Vietnam until that book. Enjoy your new books!

  7. Bridesead Revisited is such an amazing book, and there are just so many layers upon layers of symbolism and meaning to it. It is one of my favorite classics. I also really liked The Lotus Eaters and felt that it really went in a great and different direction when it came to the Vietnam War. Great books you got there! I hope you enjoy them all!

  8. I had Chosen from the library but had to return it unread, sadly. I have seen great reviews for The Lotus Readers! I hope you enjoy all your new reads.

  9. I loved The Lotus Eaters and Brideshead Revisited. I can't wait to see what you think of them!

  10. Congratulations on the great wins! Chosen and The Lotus Eaters both look good to me.

  11. I really liked Brideshead Revisited and have The Lotus Eaters loaded on my iPod - enjoy!

  12. Oh Amy, most of these appeal to me - hope they are as good as they look/sound. enjoy