Mailbox Monday

15 May

My mailbox looks a little like this one!Welcome to Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is a place to share all the wonderful books that have come to live in your home– including paper books, e-books and audio books.

Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia, who is now blogging at A girl and her books. When Marcia was ready to move on from being the weekly host, she was kind enough to set up the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour,

Mari @ Mari Reads is the May host!

As for my mailbox:

Books for review:

The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely

Why can large bonuses make CEOs less productive?

  • How can confusing directions actually help us?
  • Why is revenge so important to us?
  • Why is there such a big difference between what we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy?

In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we’re with, and more.

Drawing on the same experimental methods that made Predictably Irrational one of the most talked-about bestsellers of the past few years, Ariely uses data from his own original and entertaining experiments to draw arresting conclusions about how—and why—we behave the way we do. From our office attitudes, to our romantic relationships, to our search for purpose in life, Ariely explains how to break through our negative patterns of thought and behavior to make better decisions. The Upside of Irrationality will change the way we see ourselves at work and at home—and cast our irrational behaviors in a more nuanced light.

Last week, my daughter grabbed one of my review books before I had a chance to do anything with it. It isn’t unusual for her to want something that comes in for me. This week, it was my husband’s turn to do so, which is a far rarer occurrence. Granted, one of the reasons I requested this for review was that he really liked Predictably Irrational, so I wasn’t surprised that he was interested. As long as he gives his thoughts for review (same with my daughter), all is well.

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris by John Baxter

Thrust into the unlikely role of professional “literary walking tour” guide, an expat writer provides the most irresistibly witty and revealing tour of Paris in years.

In this enchanting memoir, acclaimed author and long- time Paris resident John Baxter remembers his yearlong experience of giving “literary walking tours” through the city. Baxter sets off with unsuspecting tourists in tow on the trail of Paris’s legendary artists and writers of the past. Along the way, he tells the history of Paris through a brilliant cast of characters: the favorite cafÉs of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce; Pablo Picasso’s underground Montmartre haunts; the bustling boulevards of the late-nineteenth-century flÂneurs; the secluded “Little Luxembourg” gardens beloved by Gertrude Stein; the alleys where revolutionaries plotted; and finally Baxter’s own favorite walk near his home in Saint-Germain-des-PrÉs.

Paris, by custom and design, is a pedestrian’s city—each block a revelation, every neighborhood a new feast for the senses, a place rich with history and romance at every turn. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World is your guide, par excellence, to the true, off-the-beaten-path heart of the City of Lights.

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

Thirteen-year old Lizzie Hood and her next door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable. They are best friends who swap bathing suits and field-hockey sticks, and share everything that’s happened to them. Together they live in the shadow of Evie’s glamorous older sister Dusty, who provides a window on the exotic, intoxicating possibilities of their own teenage horizons. To Lizzie, the Verver household, presided over by Evie’s big-hearted father, is the world’s most perfect place.

And then, one afternoon, Evie disappears. The only clue: a maroon sedan Lizzie spotted driving past the two girls earlier in the day. As a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the Midwestern suburban community, everyone looks to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger?

Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth, prowling nights through backyards, peering through windows, pushing herself to the dark center of Evie’s world. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her own new power at the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secrets and lies that make her wonder if she knew her best friend at all.

Your turn

What came in your mailbox this week? Let me know, then go to Mari Reads to check out others!


Posted by on May 15, 2011 in books, meme


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5 responses to “Mailbox Monday

  1. Anne

    May 16, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I love books set in Paris and The Most Beautiful Walk in the World sounds great. Happy reading!

  2. Mary

    May 16, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Can’t wait for your review of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World!

  3. BermudaOnion

    May 16, 2011 at 5:22 am

    They all look good! I’m thinking of taking The End of Everything with me to read on the plane when I go to BEA. Enjoy your new books!

  4. Beth(bookaholicmom)

    May 16, 2011 at 6:25 am

    The End of Everything looks very good. I think it must go on my huge wish list! I’ll keep an eye out for your thoughts on it.

  5. mary Ann Langan

    May 16, 2011 at 10:13 am

    They sound really good, The End of Everything captured my attention.


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