Saturday, April 3, 2010

Whats In My Mailbox?

 This little meme is hosted by The Printed Page and its done on Mondays but I'm doing mine on today! Its a windy cold Saturday here. We've had some light snow the last couple of days and we thought it was Spring! Nope not yet. 


So I'm getting very stressed because my TBR stack is mount TBR !


 Finding Frances by Janice M. Van Dyck- The back of the book:
"Finding Frances is a powerful exploration a family's uncharted emotional terrain  set against the larger cultural and ethical issues of death in the 21st century. It's a gentle, upbeat, and off-beat exploration of the love beneath a family's defenses and contrary positions. Based on true events, it is an inspirational story about a woman who died as she lived: with dignity, humor, and occasional flashes of brilliance. " Sounds like I better have a box of tissue handy....


A book I won on The Library Thing from the author Chris Tusa :
Dirty Little Angels   From the authors site:

"Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses’s lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses’s twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape. "


Seasons Of Water and Ice by Donald Lystra    

From Amazon :Named by the Library of Michigan as a Michigan Notable Book for 2010, SEASON OF WATER AND ICE is the unforgettable story of two young people confronting life during a tumultuous few months of 1957. In quiet but searing prose it explores the enduring issues of love and family, the destructive forces to which these ideals are exposed, and the healing powers which can restore them.
Danny DeWitt, aged fourteen, lives with his father in a rural area of northern Michigan following the family's abrupt move from the city and the unexplained departure of his mother. Bookish and friendless--and wanting to "stand at the side of things for a while"--Danny becomes acquainted with Amber Dwyer, a pregnant teenager abandoned by her boyfriend and rejected by her family and community. Both outsiders--one by choice, the other because of social stigma--Danny and Amber form an unusual, openhearted alliance which helps each to deal with their separate challenge. Amber must build a life for herself in the face of intolerance, and Danny must come to terms with his mother's rejection and his father's growing isolation. The friendship is tested when Amber's abusive boyfriend returns and Danny's mother draws further away, leading to a crisis which threatens Amber and her unborn child, as well as Danny's conception of love and manhood.
Reflecting the political and social climate of the 1950s, Season of Water and Ice is underscored by themes of independence and obligation, love and sexuality, courage and surrender. This realistic work will appeal to both adult and young adult readers. 

Looking forward to reading all of these.  Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to get some good reading in.  I am also very behind in writing reviews. Do I really need to sleep??

 
Best regards,


12 comments:

Anna said...

I thought Dirty Little Angels was good. Dark but good. Looking forward to your thoughts.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Suko said...

Some days, you just need to do Mailbox Monday--no matter what day it is!

I know the feeling--too many books, too little time. Sleep should be optional!

Natalie W said...

Hi Anna, thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to reading it.
LOL Suko! Thanks for visiting!

pertz prieto said...

have a nice weekend of reading galore! im also reading this coming sunday. im also behind reviews. this week will be hectic since im still out on landing a job! its easter sunday here! god bless!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, these sound enticing!

I have an award for you here:

http://laurelrainsnowcreations.blogspot.com/2010/04/award.html

Cindy said...

I haven't heard of any of those books. They sound interesting. I have noticed lately alot of books with the title Dirty little........

Hmm wonder what that is about?

Enjoy your books and don't worry I have Mount TBR as well.

stacybuckeye said...

Sleep is overrated ;)

bermudaonion said...

Don't stress over your TBR pile - enjoy it!

Kaye said...

Catnaps between chapters, that's the way to go. Lol. Enjoy allyour new books!

Alayne said...

Happy reading! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

Mary said...

Such interesting books! I hope you enjoy them all :)

Alice Teh said...

I echo Anna. I've enjoyed it. I hope you would too. :)

P/S: Please feel free to post the little poem by Arnold Lobel.