Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Although it's one of my favorite memes, I haven't done Mailbox Monday yet this month. I've posted in the nick of time to report the two new books that I received in the mail last week.

Jocelyn from Kelley & Hall sent me an advance copy of Gardens of Grief by Boston Teran (publication date: April 2011), a novel about the Armenian genocide, soon to be a major motion picture (possibly starring Kim Kardashian). Many of my relatives were Armenian, and they traveled to America to escape the genocide, so I'm very interested in reading this book. Who is Boston Teran? Mystery surrounds the identity of this author. Some believe he's a well-known writer using a pseudonym, while others believe the name is used by a group of writers who write under one name.

Lisa Roe, the Online Publicist, sent me Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression (2009) by Ida Lichter, a psychiatrist and contributor to The Huffington Post. This book features the stories of Muslim women from around the world, "as they question ideology and culture, patriarchal and religious beliefs, and demand the social and political rights women lack in many Muslim countries." I've already skimmed a few pages and think this is an important book.

Please stay tuned for my reviews of these books.

Created by Marcia from The Printed Page, Mailbox Monday is currently on tour. During the month of November, Julie from Knitting and Sundries has been hosting this fabulous meme. What new books have you gotten recently in the mail or from elsewhere?


  1. This is one of my favorite memes too.

    You've got a couple of serious books this week. I'll be curious to find out what you thought of them.

  2. I'm really looking forward to your reviews of these books. I should imagine reading Gardens Of Grief would be emotional for anyone but given your family history I think it is very brave of you to read it.

  3. I also just received Muslim Women Reformers. I first heard about it almost a year ago on someone's blog and couldn't find it anywhere. Then I heard from Lisa Roe. I am really looking forward to reading it

  4. I also just got Muslim Women reformers and have to say that it looks really interesting, though very dense. I will be interested in comparing our reactions to it! Enjoy your new books, Suko!

  5. Did you read Gendarme? That was also a fictionalized account of the Armenian genocide. Excellent story but such a sad subject. I'll be looking forward to your review.

  6. As usual, nice photo setting for your books. Waiting for your reviews!

  7. Both of those books look fascinating and I love the pottery on your table!

  8. I always love to get books in the mail. I won The Mischief of the Mistletoe last week. I have just finished reading Three Cups of Tea about an American who builds schools for girls in Pakistan; this book ties into the book you received this week.

  9. The Muslim Women Reformers book sounds relaly good.

  10. Both the books sound very powerful! Looking forward to your reviews :)

  11. Both of those look very interesting! I hope you enjoy them! :-)

    XOXO~ Renee

  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. These both sound really good. I read In the Land of Invisible Women a while ago and was fascinated by it. It was about women living in the Saudi Kingdom.
    Happy reading :)

  14. You have some serious stuff there. the Muslim women's rights book has been featured elsewhere in Mailbox Monday. Nice to see what you think of this.

    Please visit my own Mailbox.

  15. Thanks for all the comments. I'd need to write another post to respond to them all! Kaye, I have not read Gendarme but I probably will at some point in time. To those of you who will also be reading Muslim Women Reformers (Helen, Zibilee, and?), it will be interesting to share our thoughts and feelings about this book at some point. Tribute Books Mama, thanks for sharing your mailbox here! :)

  16. Nice mailbox! I'm looking forward to reading your reviews.

  17. Oh the Muslim Women Reformers sounds very intriguing! I love reading about the Muslim women.
    I also received Boston Terans book and I am so curious to know who he is! His books are so good.
    Natalie :0)

  18. I like your... creamer? Gravy pourer? I'm not sure what it is, but I like it. It reminds me of one of my favorite mugs, which I unfortunately broke a few years ago.

  19. Natalie, this will be my first book by Boston Teran. We can compare notes about it in the future. :)

    Charley, thanks. It is a fairly large pitcher.

    I appreciate all the thoughtful comments.

  20. I can't wait for your thoughts on these books, Gardens of Grief especially.

  21. Many thanks for the comments. Hopefully, I will be able to fit in some reading during the holiday season. :)

  22. I would need tissues beside me to read "Gardens of Grief", as I'm always brought to tears by how heartless we humans can sometimes be to each other. Both of these are deep reads; I hope they are good ones!

  23. I love the pitcher on your table! I have a friend who loves pottery; is there a website for the maker of that pitcher?

    And thanks so much for the mention of Muslim Women Reformers. I look forward to everyone's thoughts on it! And for those interested, there's a giveaway for a copy here:

  24. Julie, these books are serious--I'll probably shed a tear or two as I read them. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Lisa, thanks! The pitcher was a gift, so I'm not sure where it was purchased, but it was made in Mexico by an artist. I think I'll find the Muslim Reformers book to be quite revealing about the limited opportunities women have in many Muslim countries. Thanks for sending me this important book.

  25. I hope you enjoy your reads, Suko. Some serious reading is going to start up for you :)


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