Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mailbox Monday for April 2

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. Cindy will be hosting for the month of April at Cindy's Love of Books. You can also view the touring blog list at Mailbox Monday blog for the upcoming months.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (TLC Book Tour)

The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war—a rare achievement for any Afghan woman—Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila's story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan. These women are not victims; they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation. Afghanistan's future remains uncertain as debates over withdrawal timelines dominate the news.

The Secret Me Book: A Journal to Celebrate What Makes You, You by Rachel Kempster and Meg Leder (from Sourcebooks for review)

It's about recognizing who you were, who you are, who you wish to be. It's not about self-help or self-improvement - rather it's about self-recognition - getting to know and trust and rely upon the core parts of yourself. You'll discover what you're made of: the strength that will carry you through days of joy and spring, days of heartbreak and loss, days of the ordinary. All wrapped up in a package that encourages doodling, scribbling, and dreaming, My Secret Me enables everyone to recognize and celebrate the unique quirks that make them shine - no matter how big or small. You'll discover what makes you you.

The Milestone Tapes by Ashley Mackler-Paternostro (Pump Up Your Book Promotions)

Jenna Chamberland never wanted anything more than to be a wife and mother. That is, until she realized that her life was ending after a three-year battle against breast cancer. Now, all she really wants is more time. With 4,320 hours left to live, Jenna worries for her loved ones and what she knows awaits them on the other side: Gabe will have to make the slip from husband to widower, left alone to raise their seven-year-old daughter; Mia will be forced to cope with life without her mother. In a moment of reflection, Jenna decides to record a set of audiocassettes — The Milestone Tapes – leaving her voice behind as a legacy for her daughter. Nine years later, Mia is a precocious sixteen-year-old and her life is changing all around, all she wants is her mother. Through the tapes, Jenna’s voice returns to teach Mia the magic of life, her words showing her daughter how to spread her wings and embrace the coming challenges with humor, grace and hope. THE MILESTONE TAPES is the journey of love between a parent and child, and of the bonds that hold them when life no longer can.

Star of Flint by Jill Smith Entrekin (from publicist for review)

In the steamy summer of 1961, life is simple for ten-year-old tomboy Allie Sinclair—until she stumbles upon a shocking secret that will haunt her for the rest of her days. Set in a sleepy mill town where the Flint River flows amidst Georgia red clay and an array of colorful characters, this Southern-fried tale of laughter, love, loss, and corruption unfolds as Allie comes of age alongside her beloved big sister Cece. Nearly a decade later, Allie and Cece reunite in Flintville and unintentionally unravel the mystery, igniting an explosive chain of events that will forever alter their lives.

Best Friend Thief by Laurel-Ann Dooley (from author for review)

What do you do when another girl tries to steal your best friend?? That's exactly the question facing Nathalie in the Best Friend Thief, the first book in a new series for girls called Between Best Friends. Four close friends, Nathalie, Reagan, Catherine, and Isabel try to make their way through the ups, downs, and general craziness of best friendship -- and it can get pretty crazy! The Between Best Friends series is designed to serve as a bridge between simple plot middle grade readers and more mature young adult books, offering real life, multi-dimensional, and age-appropriate story lines.

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