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Monday, July 6, 2009

Mailbox Monday: July 6th 2009

Mailbox Monday is a way for readers to share new books that have come into their homes over the past week. It was started over at the Printed Page by Marcia.

While my mailbox was empty for most of the week, I do have a couple of books I'm expecting soon and am REAL excited about.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler courtesy of a contest I was fortunate to win through YA Reads.


“Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it.”
“Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?”
“Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?”

For Anna Reiley and Frankie Perino, the ingredients for the Absolute Best Summer Ever are simple: Two girls. Two bikinis. And twenty days in Zanzibar Bay, California. The best part? According to Frankie, if they meet one boy every day, there’s a good chance Anna will find her first summer romance.

Anna lightheartedly agrees to the fun, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie… she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death last year.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.
To read an excerpt of the book, click HERE.

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell courtesy of the wonderful Bridget at Readaholic! I can't wait to see the movie too. Amy Adams and Meryl Streep--sounds amazing!

With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul.

Julie Powell is 30-years-old, living in a rundown apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that's going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life, and she invents a deranged assignment. She will take her mother's dog-eared copy of Julia Child's 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and she will cook all 524 recipes. In the span of one year.

At first she thinks it will be easy. But as she moves from the simple Potage Parmentier (potato soup) into the more complicated realm of aspics and crepes, she realizes there's more to Mastering the Art of French Cooking than meets the eye. With Julia's stern warble always in her ear, Julie haunts the local butcher, buying kidneys and sweetbreads. She sends her husband on late-night runs for yet more butter and rarely serves dinner before midnight. She discovers how to mold the perfect Orange Bavarian, the trick to extracting marrow from bone, and the intense pleasure of eating liver.

And somewhere along the line she realizes she has turned her kitchen into a miracle of creation and cuisine. She has eclipsed her life's ordinariness through spectacular humor, hysteria, and perseverance.

What was in your mailbox?


Kristen said...

You've got two fun books there! I just read Twenty Boy Summer and LOVED it! :)

Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

Hurray! I can't wait to read them both. Thanks Kristen.

Fayeflame said...

Awesome books. i've been wanting to read 20 boy summer for a while.

happy reading :)

Fantastic Book Review said...

20 Boy Summer is Fantastic! Happy Reading!