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Monday, May 14, 2012

Mailbox Monday #107


Happy Mailbox Monday everyone!  Hope you snagged some awesome goodies.  I’m still waiting on UPS to deliver my audio copy of Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel – they left a card for me saying they couldn’t deliver it because I moved – uhhh, no I didn’t!  Needless to say it was fun discussing this issue with them on Friday.

I did however snag two awesome books this week.  From a giveaway won over at Historical Tapestry I received Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines.  I can’t wait to get the chance to check this one out. 

Also for review I received a copy of An American Family by Peter Lefcourt from Meryl Moss Media Relations.  This sounds like an interesting one.  Here is the blurb:

The sprawling narrative of five siblings, born in the 1940’s, beginning on the day John Kennedy was shot and ending on 9/11. Between these two iconic dates, we follow the fortunes, love affairs, marriages, divorces, successes and failures of the Pearls, an immigrant Polish-Jewish family, from the Lower East Side of New York, to Long Island and beyond.

The oldest, Jackie — a charming, womanizing attorney — drifts into politics with help from the Nassau County mob. His younger brother, Michael, a gambler and entrepreneur, makes and loses fortunes riding the ebb and flow of high-risk business decisions. Their sister, Elaine, marries young and raises two children before realizing that she wants more from life than being merely a wife and mother and embarking on a new life in her forties. Their sensitive and brilliant half-brother, Stephen, deals with the growing consciousness that he is gay in an era that was not gay friendly. Stephen goes to Vietnam as a medic, comes home, becomes a writer, and survives the AIDS epidemic of the eighties. The baby of the family, Bobbie, high-strung and rebellious, gets pregnant at Woodstock, moves to San Francisco as a single mother during the “Summer of Love,” then winds up in Los Angeles as a highly-successful record producer.

In a larger sense this book is not merely the story of one family, but the story of most immigrant families – Jewish, Italian, Irish, African-American – as they enter the melting pot and emerge as a new generation, as well as the story of the tumultuous years of the second half of the twentieth century.

What came in your mailbox this week?

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  1. I just ordered my copy of Bringing up the Bodies, but I didn't think about going the audio route. I think this book would be great aloud.

    I agree An American Family sounds great--my kind of sprawling book that encompasses history.

    Enjoy your books!

    1. I found that when reading Wolf Hall I couldn't get through it in text version, but I found the audio book easier to listen to. So I figured I would start that route with this book.


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