Mailbox Monday: April 4

by Notorious Spinks on 04.03.2011




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

For review:

How Shakespeare Changed Everything by Stephen Marche – Release date: May 10, 2011

how shakespreare changed everything

Esquire columnist Stephen Marche gives an expansive and exciting look at William Shakespeare’s pervasive influence on every aspect of modern culture—showing us how we can find Shakespeare even where we least expect him. In the spirit of Alain de Botton’s How Proust Can Change Your Life, Marche reveals how Shakespeare’s influence is everywhere—from politics to psychotherapy, broadway to botany, emo teenagers to outrageous baby names, even zoology (did you know it’s the Bard who is responsible for the starlings terrorizing New York City’s Central Park?). Fans of literary trivia and readers of Stephen Greenblatt’s Will in the World and Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as Stage will be captivated by Marche’s artful reading of how every day can bring a fresh reading of the Immortal Bard of Avon.


Faith by Jennifer Haigh – Release date: May 10, 2011

faith by jennifer haigh

It is the spring of 2002 and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city’s archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns.

Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation. What she discovers is more complicated than she imagined. Her strict, lace-curtain-Irish mother is living in a state of angry denial. Sheila’s younger brother Mike, to her horror, has already convicted his brother in his heart. But most disturbing of all is Art himself, who persistently dodges Sheila’s questions and refuses to defend himself.

As the scandal forces long-buried secrets to surface, Faith explores the corrosive consequences of one family’s history of silence—and the resilience its members ultimately find in forgiveness. Throughout, Haigh demonstrates how the truth can shatter our deepest beliefs—and restore them. A gripping, suspenseful tale of one woman’s quest for the truth, Faith is a haunting meditation on loyalty and family, doubt and belief. Elegantly crafted, sharply observed, this is Jennifer Haigh’s most ambitious novel to date.


From BookMooch:

Certain Girls by  Jennifer Weiner

certain girls by jennifer weiner

This is a sequel to her book Good in Bed. I enjoyed the first installment and I want to see how the saga ends.


So what’s in your mailbox?

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Beth(bookaholicmom) April 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Faith sounds good. I will have to keep an eye out for it. Enjoy your new reads.


Elizabeth April 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

First-time visitor….I like your blog.

Enjoy your books.

Stopping by from the linky on Passages To The Past.



Mystica April 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Nice mix of books! enjoy the reading.


Kay April 4, 2011 at 9:16 am

I really enjoyed GOOD IN BED and I haven’t read CERTAIN GIRLS either. Hope it’s good. I love the look of FAITH. Enjoy!


kaye April 4, 2011 at 7:58 am

Looks like you got some interesting reading ahead of you. Have a great week and happy reading. My MM is here


bermudaonion (Kathy) April 4, 2011 at 6:26 am

They all look so good! It’ll be hard to decide which one to read first.


Diane@BibliophileBytheSea April 4, 2011 at 5:47 am

Faith and How Shakespeare Changed Everything sound great; enjoy


RAnn April 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Enjoy your books!


Mary April 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I’m looking forward to Faith. I’ve read a couple of Haigh’s books and really liked them.


Laurel-Rain Snow April 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I loved Certain Girls…hope you enjoy all of your books.



Mrs. Q: Book Addict April 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I have never read a Jennifer Weiner book. I keep meaning to, but never do. I really should change that. Faith sounds really interesting. Happy Reading!


mary Ann Langan April 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I would love to read Faith, enjoy your reading.

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