Monday, December 12, 2011

Mailbox Monday 12.12.11

Hosted this month by Let Them Read Books.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

For almost a century, Imperial Russia has captivated the imagination— the ruthless execution of the royal family, the disputed survival of the heir: it’s a cinematic chaos that the masterful Dora Levy Mossanen unravels for her readers. Taking readers deep into tarnished grandeur, The Last Romanov follows Darya, a wise old beauty whose time spent with the Imperial family has haunted her entire life. When the murderous events unfold, Darya is plagued by the prophecy made by the Empress’s advisor, Rasputin. She must find the missing Tsarevich Alexis Romanov and restore the monarchy or risk losing her own life.

From NetGalley. Release date: April 1st.

In the 1890s, New York City was America’s financial, manufacturing, and entertainment capital, and also its preferred destination for sin, teeming with forty thousand prostitutes, glittery casinos, and all-night dives. Police cap­tains took hefty bribes to see nothing while reformers writhed in frustration.

In Island of Vice, Richard Zacks paints a vivid portrait of the lewd underbelly of 1890s New York, and of Theodore Roosevelt, the puritanical, cocksure police commissioner resolved to clean it up. Writing with great wit and zest, Zacks explores how young Roosevelt goes head to head with Tammany Hall, takes midnight rambles with muckraker Jacob Riis, and tries to convince two million New Yorkers to enjoy wholesome family fun. When Roosevelt’s crackdown succeeds too well, even his supporters turn on him, and TR discovers that New York loves its sin more than its salvation.

With cameos by Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, and a horde of very angry cops, Island of Vice is an unforgettable snap­shot of turn-of-the-century New York in all its seedy glory and a brilliant miniature of one of America’s most colorful presidents.

From publisher. Release date: March 13th.

And not a book, but I got my brand-new nook last week!

I've named it Brontë after the Brontë sisters!


Majanka said...

The Last Romanov looks very interesting; I've always been a fan of the Romanovs and the Russian tsars in general and I think I would love to read that book. Enjoy reading!

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Mystica said...

The name for your Kindle is so nice! enjoy.

Kaye said...

Books about the Romanovs are so fascinating. Enjoy!

Joanne said...

Both books sounds great, but I'm especially intrigued by Island of Vice. Enjoy your "Bronte"!

Anna said...

These both look good. Congrats on the Nook! Happy reading!

Anonymous said...

Looks like two interesting reads, enjoy!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

The Last Romanov looks so good! You new nook will be so much fun. They sure have updated them since they first came out. I am sure you will love it!

Holly said...

The Last Romanov has caught my eye. I'll be interested to see what you think of it. Bronte is a fantastic name for your Nook :)

RAnn said...

Enjoy your Nook--NetGalley just became your friend!