Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday! Originally created by Marcia at The Printed Page, MM is currently on tour and is being hosted for the month of November by Julie at Knitting and Sundries. Each week we share which books we found in our mailboxes, but be warned: MM can lead to overflowing TBR piles and out-of-control wish lists!

Last week brought two exciting new books into my home, but since they both came on Monday is made for a boring mailbox for the rest of the week! I received in my mailbox:

The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

"With revelations that prove as captivating as the deceptions at the heart of her bestselling phenomenon The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards now gives us the story of a woman's homecoming, a family secret, and the old house that holds the key to the true legacy of a family.
At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade ago. Old longings stirred up by Keegan Fall, a local glass artist who was once her passionate first love, lead her into the unexpected. Late one night, as she paces the hallways of her family's rambling lakeside house, she discovers, locked in a window seat, a collection of objects that first appear to be useless curiosities, but soon reveal a deeper and more complex family past. As Lucy discovers and explores the traces of her lineage00from an heirloom tapestry and dusty political tracts to a web of allusions depicted in stained-glass windows throughout upstate New York-the family story she has always known is shattered, Lucy's quest for the truth reconfigures her family's history, links her to a unique slice of the suffragette movement, and yields dramatic insights that embolden her to live freely.

With surprises at every turn, brimming with vibrant detail, The Lake of Dreams is an arresting saga in which every element emerges as a carefully place piece of the puzzle that's sure to enthrall the millions of readers who loved The Memory Keeper's Daughter."
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
"Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

Between recruiting the best and brightest minds as the vice president of human resources at Berkley Consulting; shuttling the kids to soccer, day care, and piano lessons; convincing her son's teacher that he may not, in fact, have ADD; and making it home in time for dinner, it's a wonder this over-scheduled, over-achieving Harvard graduate has time to breathe.
A self-confessed balloon about to burst, Sarah miraculously manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller. Until one fateful day, while driving to work and trying to make a phone call, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In the blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to a screeching halt.

A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother. Without the ability to even floss her own teeth, she struggles to find answers about her past and her uncertain future.

Now, as she wills herself to regain her independence and heal, Sarah must learn that her real destiny—her new, true life—may in fact lie far from the world of conference calls and spreadsheets. And that a happiness and peace greater than all the success in the world is close within reach, if only she slows down long enough to notice."

Since Lisa Genova's Still Alice remains one of those books that has stuck in my mind, I'm particularly excited to read this one.

What was in your mailbox last week?


  1. I really like the storyline of your second book. I do hope my library has this book. I have also posted my Mailbox early this week. Please come visit.

  2. I think The Lake of Dreams sounds really good!

  3. Both books sound really good - looking forward to reading your reviews.

    My mailbox is quite light this week, but it can be found here.

    I also have 2 giveaways going on - check them out!

  4. Both look really great. I loved "The Memory Keepers Daughter" by Kim Edwards.

  5. Wow both of these are new to me. Going to look them up next.

    Enjoy the reads :)

  6. Ooh, I've been wanting to read both of these! I loved Memory Keeper's Daughter...and I've been noticing the Genova book.

    Here's my Monday:

  7. I am very jealous of both of these; enjoy (I want to read them both)

  8. Ooh, I had no idea Kim Edwards has a new book out - I bet that's a good one. Enjoy!

  9. Wow, Lake of Dreams sounds sooooo goood. First loves, family secrets, Japan - what's not to like? I hope you enjoy your new books. Happy reading!

  10. I'm a new follower! Love your site! Your mailbox looks great too. You have a lot of good reading ahead of you! My mailbox is here:

  11. Both of those books sound great! Here's my Mailbox. Happy reading!

  12. I received for review Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore from The Book Tree.

    Although the widowed Lady Rebecca has sworn off marriage, men are another matter. London's cold winter nights have her dreaming of warmer pursuits-like finding a lover to satisfy her hungry heart. Someone handsome, discreet, and most importantly as uninterested in marriage as she is. Someone like Jack Fulton.

    A known adventurer and playboy, Jack seems like the perfect choice. There's just one problem: Jack isn't interested in an affair. He needs the beautiful, mysterious Lady Rebecca to be his wife. And he doesn't have much time to persuade her. A secret from Jack's past is about to surface, and by Christmas Day he'll be either married to Rebecca or dead.


    I received for review A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins from Berkley Trade.

    A twisting debut novel of murder and dark family secrets from a riveting new voice in crime fiction.

    A murdered woman. A grieving husband. And their son-a mentally handicapped adult with a history of violent outbursts. A very simple case. Or is it?

    Leo Hewitt, an Assistant DA once blamed for setting free a notorious child-killer, is eager to redeem himself with this intimate and grisly crime. As he digs below the surface he discovers more than he ever anticipated-including an emotionally disturbed wife, a husband who'd do anything to escape his disastrous marriage, and an accused young man with no apparent means of defense. But with each shocking new revelation, Leo is only led deeper and deeper into the darkness-an inescapable trap of blood bonds and twisted family secrets.

  13. Both of these sound like good reads. Hope you enjoy them!

  14. These both sound like great reads! I loved The Memory Keeper's Daughter! I will keep an eye out for both of your reviews. I think both of these need to go on my wish list!

  15. I've been wanting to read Left Neglected for the same reason.

  16. I still have The Memory Keeper's daughter on my TBR pile, and she has aNOTHER one out already? Thank goodness, I put mine on my reading challenge list; I'm hoping to get to it before the 20th! Enjoy the reads; they both look exceptional!