Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mailbox Monday (21)

Loads of books the last two weeks! I took time off during the Spring Break to have fun with my kids, but now it's time to get back to work, the routine, and book reviewing.  This meme is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. You should check out her blog and see what others have received and to play along. I got a whole box of books from Scholastic and here are some of the other books I got:

Denise's Daily Dozen: The Easy Every Day Program to Lose Up to 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks by Denise Austen (A win from Reading at the Beach)

From Denise Austin comes the perfect health book for anyone who wants to live better but just can't seem to find the time. Much more than just another excercise book, Denise's Daily Dozen covers a whole range of health and diet related concepts yet manages it all in a no-stress, time-conscious program of 12's. At it's core, this book contains the minimum daily requirements to keep the reader flexible, strong and trim. Organized simply into seven chapters, which equal the seven days of the week, it covers a full week in daily allotments. Each day will have it's own focus from Monday being "fat burning day" to Sunday's "recharge and rejuvenate."

Denise has created a total body program, including a 7-day balanced meal plan that includes healthy recipes, and a workout that encompasses 12 exercises done in 12 minutes each day. Everyone can take just 12 minutes, at whatever time of the day works for them, and turn it over to these simple and fun exercises. Cardio, toning, yoga and breathing exercises...they're all here but in a way the maximizes effect while minimizing time.

Cardboard: A Woman Left for Dead by Fiona Place 

A university student, Lucy falls ill while on a coach trip in Europe. Ashen, thin and with a thready heartbeat, she cannot understand what is wrong with her. The tour leader decides she is homesick. And lying on her bed, she is left to fend for herself. Alone in her tiny hotel room, Lucy wonders what she should do? Is she really sick or just homesick? Reluctantly, she decides to fly to an English speaking country. And to her embarrassment is taken off the plane in a wheelchair. 

Hospitalized, Lucy becomes a 'patient'. And undergoing a range of advised treatments - some harsh and ineffective, others intelligent and insightful - unknowingly enters into a dynamic and powerful struggle over the ownership of her identity, her life story. An astute observer, Lucy invites the reader to make sense of what it means to be 'ill'. To understand why eating has become so impossible. Life so impossible. And as she fleshes out her journey towards a secure, full-bodied and robust recovery demands her distress be understood. Demands it be put into her own words. Her own voice. 

When it was first published Cardboard received critical acclaim and won the National Book Council's Award for New Writers. Today, recognized as one of the most compelling and accurate portraits of anorexia nervosa it ranks as an outstanding book of its genre. Exquisitely written and winningly readable this novel will reach out to everyone who has struggled with the big questions: Who am? What do I want? How dangerous are my desires?

So what did you get in your mailbox?

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  1. I have Cardboard on my TBR list too.

    Glad you had a nice Spring break!

  2. Cardboard sounds fascinating to me. I can't wait to see what you think of it.

  3. cardboard seems to be making the rounds. Happy reading.

  4. Cardboard looks really powerful. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  5. That's the second Cardboard I seen this morning. I hope you enjoy your new books. Have a great week and happy reading.

  6. Enjoy these look great!

    Here is my mailbox:

  7. Cardboard seems to be in many mailboxes. It looks interesting. I'll be watching for reviews. We have weeks before spring break here but I am looking forward to it. Glad you enjoyed yours!

  8. Wow, Cardboard sounds great! Enjoy your books!

  9. Wonderful "mailbox"!

    I am a Denise Austin fan. Twelve years ago, I got her Cloudwalker, and it still works!

    I may be reviewing Cardboard as well!

  10. Cardboard sounds very interesting. Nice reviews!

  11. Cardboard sounds interesting and I love Denise Austin! Enjoy your reads!


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