Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Monday Mailbox (5)

It's that time of week again: ...Mailbox Monday. Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia of The Printed Page. It is currently on blog tour and this month is being hosted by I'm Booking It! It's a great opportunity for all of us to share what books have come into our home the previous week.

I received some great titles last week. I'm excited to read them all, and only wish there were more hours in a day and less housework needing to be done. I used to be a speed-reader, but notice that ability dissipated somewhere between the ages of 28-30.

I do relish my books more, and maybe that has a lot to do with how long it takes me to get through one page. I make notes, and look up at the ceiling, pondering characters, their motivations, and the writer behind the curtain.

All books I received this week were given to me in exchange for a review.

Title: Unbeknownst

Author: Julie Hanson


Julie Hanson’s award-winning collection, Unbeknownst, gives us plainspoken poems of unstoppable candor. They are astonished and sobered by the incoming data; they are funny; they are psychologically accurate and beautifully made. Hanson’s is a mind interested in human responsibility—to ourselves and to each other—and unhappy about the disappointments that are bound to transpire (“We’ve been like gods, our powers wasted”). These poems are lonely with spiritual longing and wise with remorse for all that cannot last.

Title: Cloud of Ink

Author: L.S. Klatt


On the surface, L. S. Klatt’s poems are airy and humorous—with their tales of chickens wandering the highways of Ohio and Winnebago trailers rolling up to heaven and whales bumping like watermelons in a bathtub—but just under the surface they turn disconcertingly serious as they celebrate the fluent word.

Title: To Begin Again

Author: Jen Knox


To Begin Again is a collection of short stories and narrative essays. Each piece herein focuses on those small decisions that can, often unexpectedly, lead to monumental transitions in a person's life.

Knox examines the beauty of unexpected and unconventional romance, the connections that keep us near our family despite distance, and the delicate shift between anger and acceptance.

Title: The Ince Princess

Author: Camilla Lackberg


The American debut of internationally bestselling Swedish writer Camilla Lackberg’s haunting first novel. Returning to her hometown of Fjallbacka after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life.

Hope your mailbox was as full as mine!