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Sunday, October 3, 2010

In My Mailbox: September 27-October 2

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library. If interested please click the link above and sign up!


Miles Away... Worlds ApartMiles Away, Worlds Apart
by Alan Sakowitz

Alan Sakowitz, a whistleblower of a Madoff-like Ponzi scheme masterminded by Scott Rothstein, fraudster extraordinaire, tells the story of his decision to turn in Rothstein regardless of the possible dangerous ramifications of such a decision. The saga of Rothstein's rise and fall which included a Warren Yacht, two Bugattis, Governor Crist, the former Versace mansion, The Eagles, and even the murder of a law partner, is the stuff that Hollywood movies are made from.

Instead of the mere accounting of such a scandal, Sakowitz uses the Rothstein scheme as a cautionary tale in stark contrast to the stories of humble, ethical individuals living within Sakowitz's neighborhood in North Miami Beach, Florida. Sakowitz's neighbors are people who have spent their lives trying to assist others, not line their pockets, and through these stories Sakowitz creates a sharp dichotomy between the greed, of a Rothstein and its mainstream culture of consumption and the charity, kindness and selflessness of a principle-oriented community. Indeed, Sakowitz speaks to the symptoms of a culture that could create a Scott Rothstein, and, though acknowledging that the easy way out is not simple to dismiss, offers remedies to the growing ills of our entitlement society. The answer, Sakowitz says, lies in thinking first of others, and how one's actions should benefit the lives of friends, not one's short-term gratifications.

Wild Legacy: Book III of the Wild Series (Volume 3)Wild Legacy (Wild, Bk 3)
by C.Fern Cook

Dan Tucker's passion for the wildlife runs through the veins of his offspring, but 'his curse' also courses through the veins of his child. Only he knows why his child is different from all the other children. 




by Kiersten White
won from Squeaky Books! Thank you! 

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock: Stories by Mike FaloonThe Hanging Gardens of Split Rock
by Mike Faloon
won from Goodreads First Reads! 

According to conventional wisdom some goals are best not pursued. The characters in The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock have yet to learn this. Pocket Hercules taps into the power of the ancient wonders to mend a broken heart, with some heavy metal to help. Little League coach Gary Shouldice probably goes too far in motivating his son. Leon Rayner serenades a girl he barely knows with his week-old punk band. From small town watering holes to veterinary clinics to jam band festivals the people portrayed in The Hanging Gardens of Split Rock are undeterred in the pursuit of their dreams. And maybe they should be. Deterred, that is.


The Reagan DiariesThe Reagan Diaries
edited by Douglas Brinkley

During his two terms as the fortieth president of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Brought together in one volume and edited by historian Douglas Brinkley, The Reagan Diaries provides a striking insight into one of this nation's most important presidencies and sheds new light on the character of a true American leader.

Grave Peril (Dresden Files, Bk 3) by Jim Butcher
Summer Knight (Dresden Files, Bk 4) by Jim Butcher
Death Masks (Dresden Files, Bk 5) by Jim Butcher
Blood Rites (Dresden Files, Bk 6) by Jim Butcher
Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3) Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, Book 4) Death Masks: A Novel of the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, Book 5) Blood Rites: Book Six of the Dresden Files [DRESDEN FILES BK06 BLOOD R] [Mass Market Paperback]


Manda (Manda's Movements) said...

I can't wait to read Paranormalcy!

April (BooksandWine) said...

Paranormalcy is SO good! I hope you really enjoy it. :-)

Also, I've been meaning to read The Dresden Files for a long time. I've heard a lot of praise for Butcher.

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

Oo that's so exciting that you won Paranormalcy! I've heard it's GREAT! I can't wait to read it myself. I hope you enjoy it!!

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