May 22, 2011

MAILBOX MONDAY: May 23, 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 Mari at MariReads is hosting during the month of May.

These are the goodies I received last week:

The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore, received by Hatchett Book Group for review

SYNOPSIS:  It's early summer when Ginny and William's peaceful life in Vermont comes to an abrupt halt.

First, their daughter Lillian arrives, with her two children in tow, to escape her crumbling marriage. Next, their son Stephen and his pregnant wife Jane show up for a weekend visit, which extends indefinitely when Jane ends up on bed rest. When their youngest daughter Rachel appears, fleeing her difficult life in New York, Ginny and William find themselves consumed again by the chaos of parenthood - only this time around, their children are facing adult problems.

By summer's end, the family gains new ideas of loyalty and responsibility, exposing the challenges of surviving the modern family - and the old adage, once a parent, always a parent, has never rung so true.

The Memoir of Marilyn Monroe by Sandi Gelles-Cole, received from the author and Pump Up Your Book for review

SYNOPSIS:  Marilyn Monroe is 85, the victim of a fire set purposefully to destroy her. This is the memoir she writes of what really happened from the night she was rescued in August, ‘62 until June 1, 2011 when the book starts, her 85th birthday. 

Told in her own voice and propelled by the various lifestyles she tries on in her search to dig beneath the character that she created for the movies to the real woman inside, the book is two stories. While we read to learn what caused the horrible accident that ruined her face, she writes of her recovery from the addictions that subsumed her in Hollywood, her life as an average woman traveling with a young lover in Europe; her final goodbye to DiMaggio. As senior citizen Marilyn’s face is recreated she tells what happened to her fortune and then how she supported herself, how it felt when her face and body aged, how lust continued into her late years and how she fell in love when she thought all of that was behind her. 

The Memoir of Marilyn Monroe is a mix of fiction, myth and Marilyn history.

The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky, borrowed from my local public library

SYNOPSIS:  When Louise Lambert receives a mysterious invitation to a traveling vintage fashion sale in the mail, her normal life in suburban Connecticut is magically transformed into a time traveling adventure.

After a brief encounter with two witchy salesladies and donning an evening gown that once belonged to a beautiful silent film star, Louise suddenly finds herself onboard a luxurious cruise ship in 1912. As Alice Baxter, the silent film star, Louise enjoys her access to an extensive closet of gorgeous vintage gowns and begins to get a feel for the challenges and the glamour of life during this decadent era. Until she realizes that she's not just on any ship-- she's on the Titanic!

Will Louise be able to save herself and change the course of history, or are she and her film star alter ego, destined to go down with a sinking ship in the most infamous sea disaster of the 20th century?

What goodies arrived in your mailbox last week?


Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Great mailbox! I'm doing the Marilyn tour in September...can't wait!

My mailbox will be up tomorrow, if you want to stop by. =O)

Mystica said...

The Arrivals sound good for me! Family drama at its best I think.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

The Arrivals sounds like it might be a good read. I'll watch for your thoughts on it.

Anne said...

The Arrivals looks like a great read, hope you enjoy it!

Unknown said...

The Arrivals loooks fabulous!

Here's mine:

Tales of Whimsy said...

Ooooooooooooooo The Time-Traveling Fashionista! I want that one.

Lori Johnston said...

Michelle, my Marilyn dates are in August - - looks to be fun! I will be heading to your mailbox momentarily . . .

Mystica, Beth, Anne and Library Snake, The Arrivals does seem very timely, doesn't it? I look forward to starting it.

Juju, would it surprise you that you were the FIRST person I thought of when I saw this book? It seems right up your alley!

Anonymous said...

Great and varied mailbox, enjoy your reads.

Unknown said...

The Marilyn Monroe books sounds very interesting. I've always been a big fan of hers, so will love to read that when its out. :)

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