Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mailbox Monday for June 12

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Bluestocking is hosting for the month of June. You can view the touring blog list at Mailbox Monday blog for the upcoming months.

The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser (from Bethany House for review)

The Singleton family's fortunes seem unaffected by the Great Depression, and Perri--along with the other girls at Atlanta's elite Washington Seminary--lives a carefree life of tea dances with college boys, matinees at the cinema, and debut parties. But when tragedies strike, Perri is confronted with a world far different from the one she has always known.

At the insistence of her parents, Mary "Dobbs" Dillard, the daughter of an itinerant preacher, is sent from inner-city Chicago to live with her aunt and attend Washington Seminary, bringing confrontation and radical ideas. Her arrival intersects at the point of Perri's ultimate crisis, and the tragedy forges an unlikely friendship. The Sweetest Thing tells the story of two remarkable young women--opposites in every way--fighting for the same goal: surviving tumultuous change.

Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool by Taylor Clark (win from Psychotic State)

Nerves make us bomb job interviews, first dates, and SATs. With a presentation looming at work, fear robs us of sleep for days. It paralyzes seasoned concert musicians and freezes rookie cops in tight situations. And yet not everyone cracks. Soldiers keep their heads in combat; firemen rush into burning buildings; unflappable trauma doctors juggle patient after patient. It's not that these people feel no fear; often, in fact, they're riddled with it.

In Nerve, Taylor Clark draws upon cutting-edge science and painstaking reporting to explore the very heart of panic and poise. Using a wide range of case studies, Clark overturns the popular myths about anxiety and fear to explain why some people thrive under pressure, while others falter-and how we can go forward with steadier nerves and increased confidence.

Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren (bought at Book Depository)

Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead.

But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.

So what did you receive in your mailbox last week?

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  1. I hope you enjoy all the books.

  2. These sound really good,enjoy!

  3. The Sweetest Thing and Cascade both sound very good. I hope you enjoy all your new reads, Laura!

  4. Another great Mailbox despite our rotating Canada Post strike. Did you hear now we're down to mail on Lundi, Mercredi and Vendredi.

    PS USA Postal workers deliver on SAT! Isn't that incredible! WOW

    Enjoy the reads ma belle :)

  5. I got The Sweetest Thing from Library Thing. I love Musser's books. Enjoy all your books.

  6. There are many times in life when I could use Nerve, so it leaps out at me. Will look forward to your review!

  7. The Sweetest Thing caught my eye. Hope you enjoy all your new books!


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