January 2, 2011

Mailbox Monday: January 3, 2011

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the previous week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists! Mailbox Monday, which was started by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on blog tour—and Rose City Reader is hosting during the month of January.

Last week I received 13, rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro from Hachette Book Group for review.

SYNOPSIS:  American academic Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of artifacts from World War I as he settles into his new office in Paris. The pictures, letters, and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a feisty, charming Frenchwoman who lived through both World Wars.

As Trevor examines and documents the relics the box offers up, he begins to imagine the story of Louise Brunet's life: her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who works for her father, and her attraction to a neighbor in her building at 13 rue Thérèse. The more time he spends with the objects though, the truer his imaginings of Louise's life become, and the more he notices another alluring Frenchwoman: Josianne, his clerk, who planted the box in his office in the first place, and with whom he finds he is falling in love.

Next up, I received The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean from Hachette Book Group for review.

SYNOPSIS:  Dora has always taken the path of least resistance. She went to the college that offered her a scholarship, is majoring in "vagueness studies," and wears whatever shows the least dirt. She falls into a job at the college coffee shop, and a crush on her flirty boss, Gary.

Just when she's about to test Gary's feelings, Mimi, the grandmother who raised her, suffers a stroke. Dora rushes back home to Forsyth, NC, and finds herself running her grandmother's vintage clothing store. The store has always been a fixture in Dora's life; though she grew up more of a jeans-and-sweatshirt kind of girl, before she even knew how to write, Mimi taught her that a vintage 1920s dress could lift a woman's spirit.

While working there, Dora befriends Mimi's adorable contractor, Conrad. Is he after Dora, or is working from a different blueprint? And why did Mimi start writing down--and giving away--stories of the dresses in her shop?

When Mimi dies, Dora can't get out of town fast enough and cedes control of the store to her money-hungry aunt who wants to turn it into a t-shirt shop for tourists. But ultimately, she returns to Forsyth, willing to battle whatever may stand in the way of her staying there. Dora can trade her boring clothes for vintage glamour, but can she trade her boring life for one she actually wants?

And lastly, but not leastly, I received In Office Hours by Lucy Kellaway from Hachette Book Group for review. 

SYNOPSIS:  In Office Hours is the story of Stella and Bella, two intelligent working women who each fall for impossible lovers--at work. Kellaway's keen observations on the way in which affairs move from state to state are a sort of masterclass in office love, bringing to life both the excitement of illicit romance and the ridiculousness of business behavior and language with a sharp sense of humor.

In Office Hours is intelligent, funny, moving and agonizing, but it's also so painfully reconizable to any woman who has ever worked in an office or ever been in love. Kellaway hits a real nerve with her depictions of how people come to get into the emotional messes that we do and then how very difficult it is to get out again.

So there is my New Year's week Mailbox Monday. What goodies arrived in your mailbox last week?

Happy New Year!!


Kate Scott said...

I love the cover of Office Hours. Great design.

Happy reading!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

The first two books in your mailbox I received also. I hope we enjoy them. Happy New Year!

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Mary (Bookfan) said...

Nice mailbox. I have 13 Rue Therese for review as well.

Alyce said...

I love the cover and the premise of 13 Rue Therese. I'll have to keep an eye out for that one.

Amused said...

Oh my goodness - I want to read all of those books! I can't wait to see what you think of them!

Aisle B said...

What a great start to 2011 with these books.

I'm dying to hear what your review will be for 13 rue Therese next. I've seen this around some of my fave bloggers and can't wait to hear if it's a MUST READ.

enjoy :)

Elysium said...

13 Rue Therese sounds good! Enjoy!

Just Mom said...

All three sound good! Thanks for stopping by my mailbox!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

They all sound good...the Secret Lives of Dresses intrigues me.

Hope you enjoy them all.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

13 Rue Therese sounds really good! I have seen it on other blogs, too. Enjoy all your books and thanks for visiting my blog!

Ryan said...

What a nice mailbox last week. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

Unknown said...

Wonderful mailbox! I just love Hachette!! They are so great to bloggers. :) Happy reading and Happy New Year!

Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

Jenny Q said...

13 Rue Therese has been on my wishlist forever! Thanks for stopping by my Mailbox. Happy reading!

Mystica said...

13 rue Therese and the Office Hours sound so good.