Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mailbox Monday (31)

Summer is here! We just renewed our membership at the pool where my kids and I spend most of our summer days, splashing and reading... By the way, 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. This is what I got:

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira (Penguin Group Canada)

In this stunning first novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, head strong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine-and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak- Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of William Stipp and James Blevens-two surgeons who fall unwittingly in love with Mary's courage, will, and stubbornness in the face of suffering-and resisting her mother's pleas to return home to help with the birth of her twin sister's baby, Mary pursues her medical career in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital.

Like Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain and Robert Hicks's The Widow of the South, My Name Is Mary Sutter powerfully evokes the atmosphere of the period. Rich with historical detail (including marvelous depictions of Lincoln, Dorothea Dix, General McClellan, and John Hay among others), and full of the tragedies and challenges of wartime, My Name Is Mary Sutter is an exceptional novel. And in Mary herself, Robin Oliveira has created a truly unforgettable heroine whose unwavering determination and vulnerability will resonate with readers everywhere.

The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia (Win from Libby's Library News)

The Magician's Book is the story of one reader's long, tumultuous relationship with C.S. Lewis'The Chronicles of Narnia. As a child, Laura Miller read and re-read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and its sequels countless times, and wanted nothing more that to find her own way to Narnia. In her skeptical teens, a casual reference to the Chronicles's Christian themes left her feeling betrayed and alienated from the stories she had come to know and trust. Years later, convinced that "the first book we fall in love with shapes us every bit as much as the first person we fall in love with," Miller returns to Lewis's classic fantasies to see what mysteries Narnia still holds for adult eyes—and is captured in an entirely new way.

So what did you get in your mailbox last week?

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  1. Everyone seems to love the Mary Sutter book - I hope you do too!

  2. Enjoy your new books. I really want to read the Mary Sutter book.

  3. I'm about 200+ pages into Mary Sutter -- it was a slow start, but has gotten progressively better. but the jury is still out.

  4. It is funny that you should post the Magician's Book, because I was just looking at it in my overflowing TBR stack. I look forward to your review.

  5. I've seen good buzz about both so I hope you enjoy them!

  6. Fun titles, and new to me.

    Mine is posted at my book blog 5 Minutes for Books

  7. New to me titles, thanks for sharing. Enjoy them both.

  8. The Mary Sutter book is on my wish list! I like to read books set in the Civil War.


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