Monday, December 27, 2010

In My Mailbox (2) - Christmas Edition

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December hosted by: Let Them Read Books.

I received the following books for Christmas:

Nevermore - Kelly Creagh: I am really excited about this book. I'm a sucker for YA paranormal fiction, & the fact that Edgar Allan Poe's writing is inspiration for this just makes it that much better!

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares. His life depends on it.

Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir - Natalie Goldberg: I love learning about my family history & am always gripped by the need to record family stories - those of my ancestors as well as my own personal family's.

Millions of Americans want to write about their lives. With Old Friend as the road map for getting started and following through, writers and readers will gain a deeper understanding of their own minds, learn to connect with their senses in order to find the detail and truth that give their written words power and authenticity, and unfold the natural structure of the stories they carry within. An absolute joy to read, it is a profound affirmation of the capacity of the written word to remember the past, free us from it, and forever transform theway we think about ourselves and our lives.

Expressive Photography - Shutter Sisters: I've always really enjoyed photography, & this last year, I have gotten even more into it - I took classes & just a couple months ago, I bought my first DSLR. This book was written by a group of women who belong to the Shutter Sisters blog, & I just love all the wonderful pictures inside & can't wait to dive into the little bits of advice

When a photograph captivates you and stirs your soul, you know it instinctively. You not only see the image, you feel it. But how do you capture shots like that with your own camera? How do you make your photographs worth the proverbial thousand words? From portraits to landscapes, still-lifes to documentary shots, Expressive Photography will not only show you why certain images sing, but will also teach you how to create your own compelling photographic images-one click at a time.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption - Laura Hillenbrand:
I also bought this book for my husband & am anxious to read it myself. A true WWII account of survival after a plane crash in enemy territory.

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini.  In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails.  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater.  Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion.  His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit.  Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit


elodie2310 said...

I definitely have to buy Nevermore ... it seems great !! I hope you'll enjoy all your books !! Thanks for stopping by my blog !! I'm a new follower !! Happy reading ... =)

Lady Q said...

I really enjoyed Nevermore! Hope you do, too! Thanks for linking up to Mailbox Monday! Happy reading!

Elysium said...

Both sounds really good! Never heard of Unbroken before and that went to my wishlist. Enjoy!

Mystica said...

The Practice of Writing memoirs sounds for me good. I love memoirs! Enjoy your books

Julie Anne Lindsey said...

I'm following back! Just saw you on my site! Very cool! SO excited to hear you're reading Nevermore. I can't wait to read that! I just started reading Evermore and I plan to pick up the whole immortals series ASAP!

Mary said...

I bought my husband Unbroken for Christmas. He's been reading it all day - says it's really good. Enjoy your new books!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Your books look really good - Unbroken has certainly caught my attention!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Unbroken is on my wish list. It does sound like a riveting read.

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

Nevermore is one that I'm looking into for Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn and Unbroken is one that I want for myself! Enjoy all of the new reads!