Monday, August 16, 2010

In My Mailbox (20)

Hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, In My Mailbox is where you share the recent books you've bought/received/taken out from the library.
Yaaay! I just got back from the library, which was mysteriously closed yesterday. Anyways, I have tons of cool books to show you all. Feast your eyes.

A Good And Happy Child by Justin Evans
George Davies can't bring himself to hold his newborn son. After months of accepting his lame excuses and strange behaviour, his wife has had enough. She demands that he see a therapist, and George, desperate to save his unraveling marriage and redeem himself as a father and husband, reluctantly agrees. As he delves into his childhood memories, he begins to recall things he hasn't thought of in twenty years. Events, people, and strange situations come rushing back. The odd, rambling letters his father sent home before he died. A boy who appeared one night when George was lonely, then told him secrets he didn't want to know. But when a mysterious murder is revealed, remembering the past becomes the only way George can protect himself - and his young family. - From back cover

Family Sold Separately by Kate Long
On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Katherine has a complete lack of friends, a pudgy figure, and one extremely eccentric, nearly blind grandmother name Poll. Since Katherine's father died and her mother disappeared, Poll is Katherine's only family. And not only does Poll buy all of Katherine's clothes, but she forbids her to leave the house unless it's absolutely necessary. Would a chance to go to Oxford count? But the bigger question is: How can Katherine abandon her grandma?
- From back cover

The Almond Picker by Simonetta Agnello Hornby
The child of poor farmers, La Mennulara became a maid for a well-to-do local family when she was only a girl; by dint of hard work and intelligence, she became the indispensable administrator of the family’s affairs. Still, she was a mere servant, and now (as this story begins) she is dead. As the details unfold about this mysterious woman, The Almond Picker assumes the witty suspense of a thriller, the emotional power of a love story, and the evocative atmosphere of a historical novel. Set in Sicily in the 1960s, a violent, complicated society in the midst of tumultuous change, The Almond Picker is the story of a woman who negotiated for her freedom as no one else dared. - From Goodreads

The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano
After 20 years in the Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC) and eight aliases, Melody Grace McCartney hardly knows who she is. On the run since she and her parents stumbled on a gruesome murder by mobster Tony Bovaro when she was six years old, Grace saw WITSEC’s promised protection fail her mother and father when they were killed 12 years later. Now she feigns personal danger to be relocated just because she’s bored and wants a change. But before her new case officer can move her from suburban Maryland to rural Wisconsin, Tony’s son, Jonathan, tracks her down to present an alternative: protection from his family and a life of more safety and freedom than she has ever known. While federal officials pressure her to stay in WITSEC and show her Jonathan’s violent side, her attraction to him grows, and she must decide a course for the rest of her life. -From Goodreads

The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight by Gina Ochsner
In a crumbling apartment building in post-Soviet Russia, there’s a ghost who won’t keep quiet. Mircha fell from the roof and was never properly buried, so he sticks around to heckle the living: his wife, Azade; Olga, a disillusioned translator/censor for a military newspaper; Yuri, an army veteran who always wears an aviator’s helmet; and Tanya. Tanya carries a notebook wherever she goes, recording her observations and her dreams of finding love and escaping her job at the All-Russia All-Cosmopolitan Museum, a place which holds a fantastic and terrible collection of art knockoffs created using the tools at hand, from foam to chewing gum, Popsicle sticks to tomato juice. When the museum’s director hears of a mysterious American group seeking to fund art in Russia, it looks like she might get her chance at a better life, if she can only convince them of the collection’s worth.
-From Goodreads

Don't these sound fantastic? And they were all random finds, too. I tried to take out some of the books you guys suggested to me in Sunday's post, but couldn't find them. Oh well - these will keep me entertained!


Marce said...

These are good finds. I have The Girl she Used to be, look forward to your review.

Brenna said...

A Good and Happy Child sounds great. Also, I love the cover of The Russian Dreambok of Color and Flight!

Juju at Tales of said...

Sweet selection ;)

GMR said...

Nice selection there! I'd have to say the one that grabs my attention most cover and title wise is FAMILY SOLD SEPARATELY. Happy reading!

Melissa said...

I love the sounds of all these books! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on them...the random finds are the best ones :)

Emidy said...

Marce - Oh, great! I just started it today, and I'm really enjoying it so far.

Brenna - I can't wait to start A Good and Happy Child! I know, its cover really caught my attention.

Juju - Aw, thanks!

GMR - Yep, it looks like a cute one! Thank you.

Melissa - That's so true! Most of my books are random finds, and I usually end up loving them.

Lauren said...

All of them do sound fantastic, especially Family Sold Separately.