Monday, May 03, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page and it's one of my favorite weekly memes. Both sets of books below were bought during get-togethers with friends:

SET 1: Times, Bangsar Shopping Centre

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa: He is a brilliant math professor, with a peculiar problem--ever since a traumatic head injury some seventeen years ago, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.

She is a sensitive but astute young housekeeper with a ten-year-old son, who is hired to take care of him

Each morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are reintroduced
to one another, a strange, beautiful relationship blossoms between them. the Professor may not remember what he had for breakfast, but his mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. He devises clever maths riddles--based on her shoe size or her birthday--and the numbers, in all their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her little boy. With each new equation, the three lost souls forge and affection more mysterious than imaginary numbers, and a bond that runs deeper than memory.

The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equation that can create a family where one did not exist before.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See: I thought I was modern, I thought I had a choice.

Shanghai, 1937, Pearl and May are two beautiful, modern, carefree sisters--until their father tells them that he has gambled away the family's wealth. In order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to two 'Gold Mountain' men: Americans. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, they must travel across Southern China, in and out of the clutches of brutal soldiers, and across the ocean to a new, married life in Los Angeles' Chinatown.

A sweeping tale of terrifying sacrifices, impossible choices, and one, devastating, life-changing secret, this is a heartbreaking novel of two sisters who must hold fast to who they are--Shanghai girls.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson: Lisbeth Salander--outsider and apparent enemy of society--is charged with attempted murder. The state has also ruled that she is mentally unstable, and should be locked away in an institution once again. But she is closely guarded in a hospital, having taken a bullet to the head, so how will she prove her innocence?

Pulling the strings of the prosecution is the powerful inner circle of Sapo, the state security police. Determined to protect the secrets and corruption at Sweden's rotten core, Sapo is not an adversary to take on alone.

Only with the help of Mikael Blomkvist and the journalist at Millennium magazine can Salander avoid the fate that has been decided for her. Together they form a compelling and dynamic alliance.

SET 2: Popular, Sunway Pyramid

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets... There is a girl. Slowly she pulled her hood from her head...Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse.
On the sixteenth moon, of the sixteenth year, the book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.

Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and, on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

Let the Right One In (Låt Den Rätte Komma In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist; translated from the Swedish by Ebba Segerberg: Twelve-year-old Oskar is an outsider; bullied at school, dreaming about his absentee father, bored with life on a dreary housing estate. One evening he meets the mysterious Eli. As a romance blossoms between them, Oskar discovers Eli's dark secret--she is a 200-year-old vampire, forever frozen in childhood, and condemned to live on a diet of fresh blood.


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