In My Mailbox #20

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is where book bloggers share what books came into their homes over the last week.

This week I got five books from the library. They are all longlisted for the Giller Prize, which is a very prestigious Canadian literature prize. I'm hoping to get through the entire longlist before the winner is announced in November.

Player One by Douglas Coupland
A real time, five hour story set in an airport cocktail lounge. Five people are trapped inside when global disaster strikes.
(You can read my review here.)

Cool Water by Dianne Warren
The stories of people living in Juliet, Saskatchewan, whose 1,011 inhabitants are caught in limbo between a century-old promise of prosperity and whatever lies ahead.

Curiosity by Joan Thomas
More than 40 years before the publication of The Origin of Species, 12-year-old Mary Anning, a cabinet-maker's daughter, found the first intact skeleton of a prehistoric dolphin-like creature. This book blends fact and fiction, passion and science in 19th-century Lyme Regis, England.

Lemon by Cordelia Strube
Lemon has three mothers: a biological one she's never met, her adopted father's suicidal ex and Drew, a school principal who hasn't left the house since she was stabbed by a student. She has one deadbeat dad, one young cancer-riddled protege, and two friends, the school tramp and a depressed poet. Figuring the numbers are against her, Lemon just can't be bothered trying to fit in.

Cities of Refuge by Michael Helm
A single act of violence resonates through several lives, connecting closeby fears to distant political terrors. At the story's centre is the complex, intensely charged relationship between a 28-year-old woman and the father who abandoned her when she was young.


  1. Curiosity has a really cute cover!

    Happy reading!

  2. Those sounds good, here's mine

  3. These all look really good--looking forward to your reviews....

  4. COOL WATER sounds interesting....Stopping back for a visit......just hopping by...hope you are having fun in the hop.

    Stop by my blog if you like to see how I get the word out:

  5. Looks like you got some good books! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I'm following you too.

  6. I think Cool Water sounds really really good!

  7. I was going to say 'I wonder why I've never heard of these before, they look a little obscure' and then I realized they're Canadian and up for the Giller. And it made sense. Haha. Yes, I'm Canadian, but I don't tend to enjoy CanLit... but I'm curious to see what you think about these, as I'm sure there are plenty of gems out there and I know I shouldn't paint them all with the same brush. So, happy reading!

  8. Lemon sounds intriguing! Enjoy your new books. I love the look of your blog. :)


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