March 28, 2010

Mailbox Monday: March 29, 2010

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page where we share what reads we have received in our mailboxes the previous week.

Here are the goodies that arrived for me last week:

Lucky Stars by Sarah Baker (author contact)

" From their first iconic pairing in 7th Heaven (1927) and in eleven films that followed, Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell created an unparalleled cinematic romance. Their partnership was so utterly complete that in the minds and hearts of their adoring public, they were as one. Even though both enjoyed successful solo careers-Janet Gaynor won the first Best Actress Oscar and played Vicki Lester in the original A Star Is Born (1937) and Charles Farrell enjoyed a successful television career, playing Vern Albright on My Little Margie-their work as a team stood out. Even decades after their onscreen partnership ended, any mention of Gaynor in the press merited a mention of Farrell, and vice-versa. Behind the camera, Gaynor and Farrell carried on a secret romance that lasted from their first meeting in 1926 until Gaynor's first marriage in 1929. Supporting and encouraging each other's lives beyond Hollywood, they were able to maintain a mellow friendship that lasted their entire lives. Drawing upon previously unpublished interviews with Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor, formal interviews with family and friends who knew them best, and meticulous archival research, author Sarah Baker details the fascinating behind the scenes story of the greatest romantic team of all time. The book includes a detailed filmography and is lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs, many from Charles Farrell's estate. Includes a foreword by director Allison Anders (Grace of My Heart, Things Behind the Sun). "

Drood by Dan Simmons   (contest win)

" On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world--hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever.

Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums ofLondon and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?

Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), Drood explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, Drood is Dan Simmons at his powerful best."

So what goodies arrived in your mailbox last week?


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Your books look wonderful! Have an exciting week.

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bermudaonion said...

Ooh, Drood is a good one! Enjoy your new books!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Drood was in my mailbox as well this week; enjoy.

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pussreboots said...

Lucky Stars has my attention. Drood is already on my wishlist. Enjoy your books! My MM is here.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Enjoy both books!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Lucky Stars sounds very interesting. Drood sounds very mysterious. Enjoy both books!

Tales of Whimsy said...

O the first one sounds interesting. I can't believe I haven't heard of either actor before.

I feel like such a bad retro movie watcher!

Alayne said...

What fabulous books! Happy reading. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

fredamans said...

Both look good.

My Book Barn said...

Oh, looks like you got some interesting reads!

My Mailbox Monday

Alyce said...

I haven't heard of that acting couple before, but it sounds like a good book.

Jenny Q said...

Drood sounds cool. Enjoy! Here's my Mailbox.