Monday, September 5, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday started by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Amused at Amused by Books. Stop by there to check out everyone else's mailboxes.

Mine are all thrift shop finds this week - yes, I have an addiction.

From Goodreads: One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining. BookTiger loves everything Bill Bryson, so I figure I need to give him a try. Although I am not sure that this big thick thing is the right choice to start with. Might should have held out for A Walk in the Woods.

From Goodreads: Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short. Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. I read the Sisterhood stories and they were cute and fun. Let's see how she does with more grown up fare.

From Goodreads: From the Bestselling Author of Friendship Cake Comes a Remarkable Story of Love, Loss, Infidelity, and Forgiveness That's not much of a description now is it?! Hinton is an old friend kind of author, I don't need to know what it is about. I'll pick it up and read it.

From Goodreads: Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother coming just as her own life is spinning out of control has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide “turtle lady” and renews old acquaintances long thought lost. But it is in reconnecting with her mother that she will learn life’s most precious lessons true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven. Continuing my Mary Alice Monroe quest to read them all - love her!

From Goodreads: In a new thriller, worldwide bestselling suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark weaves the mystery of twin telepathy into a mother's search for a kidnapped child, presumed dead." "Margaret and Steve Frawley celebrate the third birthday of their twin girls, Kelly and Kathy, with an afternoon party in their new home, a modest fixer-upper in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The evening of the twins' birthday party, Steve and Margaret attend a black-tie dinner in New York. When they return home, the police are in the house, and they are told that the babysitter had been found unconscious, the children are gone, and a note demanding an eight-million-dollar ransom had been left in their room." "Steve Frawley's firm, a global investment company, agrees to pay the ransom. The kidnapper, who identifies himself as the "Pied Piper," makes his terms known - on delivery of the ransom, a call will come, revealing the girls' whereabouts. The call comes, but only Kelly is in the car parked behind a deserted restaurant. The driver is dead from a gunshot wound and has left a suicide note, saying he had inadvertently killed Kathy and had dumped her body in the ocean." "At the private memorial Mass for Kathy, Kelly tugs Margaret's arm and says: "Mommy, Kathy is very scared of that lady. She wants to come home right now." More unexplainable occurrences follow, indicating that Kelly is in touch with Kathy. At first, no one except the mother believes that the twins are communicating and that Kathy is still alive. As Kelly's warnings become increasingly specific and alarming, however, FBI agents set out on a search for Kathy. The novel reaches a breathtaking climax as they close in on the Pied Piper and his accomplices, while Kathy's life hangs by a thread." In delving into the well-documented but still unexplained phenomenon of twin telepathy, Mary Higgins Clark tells a spellbinding tale that takes us deep into the minds of her characters while lifting us to the heights of suspense. This sounds a little wacky to me (reminds me of the "heart" book where the transplant person started having images of the donors life. Maybe MHC is trying to keep it fresh but I like her unfresh just regular old stuff. Why am I whining about a book before I have even read it? and still planning to read it? Because it's MHC, I read all her books - no matter what, until death do us part.

From Goodreads: Ellen and Andy's first year of marriage doesn't just seem perfect, it is perfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time in eight years. Leo, the one who brought out the worst in her. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she's living is the one she's meant to live. I liked her series that started with Something Borrowed so thought I would try this one too. It looks like it is part of the series because the cover is so similar but I don't think it is.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

These look like some good reads; hope you enjoy them.

(I'm a new follower)

DCMetroreader said...

Looks like you have a terrific thrift shop! Happy reading!

lsl_scrapper said...

I see you have a quest to read all of Mary Alice Monroe. I've only read one of hers, and I wasn't overly impressed. Have you read 'The Book Club'? I'm wondering if that is typical of her or if I should give her another try. The book you listed today sounds interesting. I have a review of 'The Book Club' on my blog, if you are interested.
Kim @ Time 2 Read

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I loved My Name is Memory but I must warn you. It ends with a cliffhanger and the next installment doesn't appear to be in sight.

Kaye said...

You've got some great reads ahead of you. Mary Alice Monroe is always a hit with me. Enjoy!

bermudaonion said...

It looks like you've found some treasures. When Mary Alice Monroe comes here people rave over The Beach House. I need to read it soon because she's working on the sequel. Enjoy!

Amused said...

I love Bill Bryson! I have this one on my shelf and keep meaning to read it but the size intimidates me a little. Looking forward to seeing what you think.

Crystal @ I Totally Paused! said...

I've heard a lot of great things about Bill Bryson - I may have to pick something up soon!

Anonymous said...

I have wanted to read My Name is Memory but I have a feeling I will be disappointed. I don't know why! Enjoy your books :)