Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mailbox Monday (44)

It's time to see what book bloggers are getting in their mailboxes! Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. It was created by Marcia at The Printed Page and is on a blog tour. This month's host is Julie at Knitting and Sundries. Here is what I received last week:

The Nighttime Novelist: Finish Your Novel in Your Spare Time by Joseph Bates (from FSB Associates)

Franz Kafka was an insurance agent. William Faulkner was a postmaster. Stephen King taught high school English, John Grisham was an attorney, and Toni Morrison worked in publishing. 

Though romantic fantasies of the writing life don’t often include a day job, the fact is that most writers have one. If you find yourself among them, stealing moments late at night, early in the morning, or on your lunch break to write, The Nighttime Novelist is your guide—on call any hour to help. Divided into quick mini lessons to make the most of your precious writing time, this book offers: 

• Technique instruction that breaks down the elements of the novel—from crafting your protagonist to successful plotting and pacing 
Hurdle lessons that help you anticipate and overcome roadblocks, so you can keep your productivity and your story on track 
• Going Deeper explorations that provide guidance on the more nuanced aspects of storytelling, so you can take your work to the next level 
Try It Out assignments and more than 25 interactive worksheets that help you apply the lessons to your own project 

Whether you’re just beginning your novel, wondering how to navigate its middle, or bringing it to a close, you’ll find the instruction, exercises, and support you need to keep your story moving forward every time you sit down to write. 

Never Mind Yaar by K. Mathur (from author)

The coming of age of three young girls from different backgrounds in Mumbai, a city fraught with communal tensions. When long time friends Binaifer and Louella meet Shalini at Gyan Shakti College, Gyan for knowledge and Shakti for strength, a true friendship that transcends cultural and religious backgrounds is born. Louella is a Christian and Binaifer, a Parsi. Shalini is from a traditional Hindu family. The girls go through four years of college together, facing many challenges on the one hand but also the comfort and reassurance on the other, of growing up in the cultural, political and bewildering mosaic that is Mumbai. The author admits there's a message - that of the curse of communalism (or racism). But first, the book is about the light hearted years of college and true friendship between the girls.

What books did you get in your mailbox last week?

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  1. Never Mind Yaar sounds interesting. I'll be watching for your review of that one.

  2. Never Mind Yaar is a new author and book for me. Thanks and will be waiting for your review.

    I have done this meme for the first time and will appreciate if you could visit!

  3. What a great mailbox! I hope you LOVE them all!

  4. If I were a writer, The Nighttime Novelist would definitely be a must-have. Never Mind Yaar is one I'm going to have to check out over on Goodreads or Library Thing; I have a thing for books that point me to life in other cultures. Enjoy the reads!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  5. Never Mind Yaar sounds very interesting. It's a new to me title that I will have to check out.


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