Mailbox Monday is my favorite meme, and it is hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page. If you'd like to see what others have received in their mailboxes, all you have to do is head on over to Marcia's place. Thanks, Marcia!
It was a quiet week book wise, which is a good thing with all I had on my mind. I sent 2 books out to new Paperback Swap (PBS) foster homes and received 4-- all from Paperback Swap. Several books on my wish list are coming through, so next week's Mailbox post will probably have even more on it.
The only remotely exciting thing about the books and the mailbox this week happened the day when Stephen King's Under the Dome arrived. Denis went out to empty the mailbox and assumed it was just another normal PBS haul... so he almost did himself an injury pulling that particular wrapped tome out of the box! Here's more information on the books I received last week:
- Under the Dome by Stephen King (PBS). "When the small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome's ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who likes the idea of having an isolated populace to dominate. Opposing him are footloose Iraq veteran Dale “Barbie” Barbara, newspaper editor Julia Shumway, a gaggle of teen skateboarders and others who want to solve the riddle of the dome."
- The Suicide Collectors by David Oppegaard (PBS). "In the near future, 90% of the world's population have killed themselves due to a plague called the Despair. The only people energized by the nightmare are the Collectors, who after each suicide appear like carrion birds to collect the corpse. Only one man resists the Collectors. When the wife of a 34-year-old Floridian named Norman takes a fatal overdose of sleeping pills, Norman loads his shotgun and waits patiently before blowing the head off a Collector who arrives to claim the body. Norman and his neighbor, Franklin Pops Conway, head for Seattle after learning a doctor there may have found a cure for the Despair. In Kansas, they're joined by Zero, an 11-year-old girl whose bravery encourages Norman in his quest."
- The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett (PBS). "Bartlett delves into the world of rare books and those who collect—and steal—them. On one end of the spectrum is Salt Lake City book dealer Ken Sanders, whose friends refer to him as a book detective, or Bibliodick. On the other end is John Gilkey, who has stolen over $100,000 worth of rare volumes, mostly in California. A lifelong book lover, Gilkey's passion for rare texts always exceeded his income, and he began using stolen credit card numbers to purchase, among others, first editions of Beatrix Potter and Mark Twain from reputable dealers. Sanders, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association's security chair, began compiling complaints from ripped-off dealers and became obsessed with bringing Gilkey to justice."
- In For a Penny by Kathryn R. Wall (PBS). "Bay Tanner's world is paradise until she witnesses her husband's horrific death. Wounded and grieving, Bay retreats to her hideaway on Hilton Head Island. Then a cry for help forces her back to reality. Can she ignore the plight of her old money friends and family whose involvement in a shadowy land scheme may lead them to financial disaster? And what does all this have to do with Rob's murder? When a body is discovered floating near the ruins of an old plantation house, Bay is forced to confront these questions and admit that one thing is certain--someone is making a killing in real estate."