Mailbox Monday: March 14

by Notorious Spinks on 03.13.2011




Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.

I had a goood week.  Now I just need to read them.

I got these from Book Mooch.
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) by Janet Evanovich

First novels this funny and self-assured come along rarely; dialogue this astute and raunchy is equally unusual. The gutsy heroine introduced here is Stephanie Plum of Trenton, N.J., a recently laid-off lingerie buyer who has no job, no car and no furniture. She does have a hamster, a deranged grandmother, two caring parents and several pairs of biking shorts and sports bras. Finding work with her cousin Vinnie, she becomes a bond hunter and scrounges money enough to buy a gun, a Chevy Nova and some Mace. Her first assignment is to locate a cop accused of murder. Joe Morelli grew up in Stephanie’s neighborhood. Possessed of legendary charm, he relieved Stephanie of her virginity when she was 16 (she later ran over him with a car). In her search, Stephanie catches her prey, loses him and grills a psychotic prizefighter, the employer of the man Morelli shot. She steals Morelli’s car and then installs an alarm so he can’t steal it back. Resourceful and tough, Stephanie has less difficulty finding her man than deciding what she wants to do with him once she’s got him. While the link between the fighter and the cop isn’t clear until too late in the plot, Evanovich’s debut is a delightful romp and Stephanie flaunts a rough-edged appeal. – PW

Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2) by Janet Evanovich

Return of sassy New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum in Evanovich’s followup to One for the Money. – PW

From the author:
Lysterium by Bethany Shehorn

Despite the devastating loss of her mother as a teenager, Liv Worthington has grown to become a successful newspaper editor-living a normal workaholic life in New York City. But her secure and comfortable existence changes the day she meets Wes, a handsome stranger who has been following her.

This chance meeting with Wes turns Liv’s life upside down and forces her grandmother to reveal a long-held family secret-a secret linked to her mother’s death-that could have even more dire consequences. Liv discovers that the fairytales her grandmother spun years ago about another world called Lysterium are actually true. For more than sixty years, she has been harboring Lysterium’s book of prophecy, a tome that speaks about a woman in the family who would overthrow the evil Umaro and restore peace to Lysterium.

Liv discovers that she is the woman spoken about in the book-the key to Lysterium’s salvation or demise. As her past unravels, Liv must make a difficult decision that will not only greatly affect her future, but Lysterium’s as well.

From the Publisher:
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush and impenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them a dame with great gams, for heaven’s sake), a startling rescue mission. . . . This is a true story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew—what an utterly compelling and deeply satisfying read!” —Simon Winchester, author of Atlantic

Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoff unleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides’ Ghost Soldiers, Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor, and David Grann’s The Lost City of Z will be captivated by Zuckoff’s masterfully recounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery in jungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII.

Cleopatra the Great: The Woman Behind the Legend by Dr. Joann Fletcher

Egyptologist Fletcher (The Search for Nefertiti) has undoubtedly established the new standard in biographies of the attractive, and probably redhaired, Cleopatra. Exceedingly well-written, her study of the last Ptolemy to rule Egypt is a comprehensive examination of Hellenistic bloodlines, Mediterranean history, Egyptian religion, and the rise of Rome as the ultimate ancient superpower. “oth traditionalist and innovator,” Cleopatra was noted for her natural intelligence, superior education, and innate political instincts. Constantly striving to preserve her own authority and, by extension, Egyptian autonomy, she outwitted her co-regent brother and other Graeco-Egyptian rivals, and famously cemented personal and political alliances with Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius. Ultimately, of course, her abilities failed her, and Octavian, Caesar’s nephew, reduced Egypt to a Roman province, an event Cleopatra chose not to witness. Hopefully, Fletcher’s excellent work in every respect (it could only have been strengthened with information about the Egyptian people themselves) will not be lost in the wake of Stacy Schiff’s bestselling Cleopatra. 8 pages of color illus. – PW

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd

At thirteen, Rachel Lloyd found herself caught up in a world of pain and abuse, struggling to survive as a child with no responsible adults to support her. Vulnerable yet tough, she eventually ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. It took time and incredible resilience, but ?nally, with the help of a local church community, she broke free of her pimp and her past.

Three years later, Lloyd arrived in the United States to work with adult women in the sex industry and soon founded her own nonprofit—GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services—to meet the needs of other girls with her history. She also earned her GED and won full scholarships to college and a graduate program. Today Lloyd is executive director of GEMS in New York City and has turned it into one of the nation’s most groundbreaking nonprofit organizations.

In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals the dark, secretive world of her past in stunning cinematic detail. And, with great humanity, she lovingly shares the stories of the girls whose lives she has helped—small victories that have healed her wounds and made her whole. Revelatory, authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.

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Beth(bookaholicmom) March 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I have not read any of the Plum books yet but I hear they are pretty entertaining. I hope you enjoy all your new reads.


Notorious Spinks March 15, 2011 at 2:19 am

Thanks Beth!


Andrea March 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I love the Stephanie Plum series! I hope you do too!

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Notorious Spinks March 15, 2011 at 2:19 am

Me too! LOL!


Jennifer, Snapshot March 14, 2011 at 8:13 am

I can relate to that — finding time to read. Whenever I have a lot of books coming in, it does sort of give me even more incentive (excuses??) to read more.

Here’s my Mailbox Monday.


Notorious Spinks March 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm

IKR! They are coming in and I just want to run away and read.


Laura @ ImBookingIt March 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm

What a great, eclectic set of books!

I’m a huge fan of Stephanie Plum. I can see all the reasons they wouldn’t work, and nothing else with the same formula comes together the same way for me, but I’m still happy whenever a new book in the series comes out.


Notorious Spinks March 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Hi Laura, I gave away one and everyone started raving about it so now I’m trying to get the first five books so I can get started in the series. I’m sure I will enjoy it.


Wendi B - Wendi's Book Corner - Rainy Day Reads in Seattle March 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Wow – what a great selection of books for you this week. 🙂 I’ll bet the book on Cleopatra will be really interesting.

Here’s my Mailbox! ~ Wendi


Notorious Spinks March 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Hey Wendi,
I love historical fiction so I can’t wait to crack that one open.


Julie Anne Lindsey March 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Oh my Goodness. I am a complete Stephanie Plum fanatic. I’ve even blogged about her I love her so much LOL. I’ve got Smokin 17 on preorder. Luv luv luv! You can see my mailbox here if you want. Check it out 😉


Notorious Spinks March 15, 2011 at 2:17 am

I’ve heard nothing but great things about her books so I’ll see.


Mystica March 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Enjoy your reading week. I would be delighted if you could come over and check out my blog.


Notorious Spinks March 15, 2011 at 2:17 am

Thanks and will do !


Mary March 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I’ve read through #8 in the Stephanie Plum series. Enjoy!


Notorious Spinks March 15, 2011 at 2:16 am

Oh you’re on up there. I hope to be that far but the summer.


kaye March 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm

the Cleopatra book sounds good. Have a great week and enjoy all your nice new diverse reads.


Notorious Spinks March 15, 2011 at 2:15 am

Thanks! You too!


Laurel-Rain Snow March 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Wow, lots of good ones…I really want to read the first two Stephanie Plum books…hope you enjoy all of your books.



Notorious Spinks March 15, 2011 at 2:15 am

Are you on BookMooch. That’s where I got my copies.


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