Some good books found their way to my house this past week.

Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner

(From Paperbackswap)

In the novel that won her the Booker Prize and established her international reputation, Anita Brookner finds a new vocabulary for framing the eternal question “Why love?” It tells the story of Edith Hope, who writes romance novels under a pseudonym. When her life begins to resemble the plots of her own novels, however, Edith flees to Switzerland, where the quiet luxury of the Hotel du Lac promises to restore her senses.

But instead of peace and rest, Edith finds herself sequestered at the hotel with an assortment of love’s casualties and exiles. She also attracts the attention of a worldly man determined to release her unused capacity for mischief and pleasure.

Beautifully observed, witheringly funny, Hotel du Lac is Brookner at her most stylish and potently subversive.

Matched by Ally Condie

(ARC)

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die. Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

101 Things I Learned in Culinary School by Louis Eguaras with Matthew Frederick

(Won from Kim at Metroreader. Thanks!)

Though slim, this book is all meat with no fat: Eguaras offers tips on everything from calibrating a meat thermometer to getting the most out of a whole chicken, keeping salad dressing from separating (use an emulsifier like mayo or mustard), putting out a grease fire (smother with a pan lid, never use water) and identifying poisonous foods. Line drawings by architect Frederick provide clear illustration of Eguaras’s concepts, as well as clever cartoon counterpoints. Peppered with cogent quotes and trivia (the world’s oldest cookbook was written by a first century Roman), this culinary crash course is sure to surprise and enlighten even the most informed gourmands.

Stop Calling Him Honey and Start Having Sex by Maggie Arana and Julienne Davis

(From the publicist for review)

Stop Calling Him Honey and Start Having Sex is a smart, sassy, and honest guide for women of all ages, and looks at the root causes of sexual boredom in a revolutionary way. Authors Maggie Arana and Julienne Davis have discovered that it’s the everyday things we say and do that sabotage sexual chemistry. They dare to pull back the sheets to examine the subtle yet powerful ways we’re dulling our desire for our partners, while giving simple and practical solutions to rekindle the fire in our relationships.

The Mr. Tinfish Series by Chris Wardle

(From the author for a blog tour)

A series of children’s books which follows the humorous adventures of Mr. Tinfish the penguin and his friends as they try to cope with the impact of climatic change in their community.

Mailbox Monday is taking a blog tour. This month’s host is Avis at She Reads and Reads. Head over there to see what goodies others got in their boxes and to share your own loot.

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