Monday, February 14, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page.

Thank you Library of Clean Reads for hosting this month's Mailbox Monday blog tour.

Check out the blog and post all the new books you acquired last week.

My Mailbox Monday this week is a little off the normal format.  Technically only 2 books arrived in my

mailbox last week, however, Friday was such an awesome day that I have to show you everything I picked up.  I went to the library after work because I got the email that I had a book and an audiobook on hold and while I was there I checked out the audiobook shelf they had set-up and found 2 more audiobooks that I wanted to I left the library with 1 book and 3 audiobooks.  I thought I would check the mail on the way into the house and my mom had told me the day before that I would be receiving a package from her but I had no idea what it was so when I saw the package from BN I knew it was from her.  There was also a package from my mother-in-law that I was not expecting.  THEN, when I finally got to my front door, with my arms full, there was a book from a publisher on my porch.

My awesome MIL sent me See's dark chocolate (even thought I hate V-Day).  And my mom borrowed Eat Pray, Love from me forever ago-in fact I talked about it in my original post-and apparently she has given up on ever giving it back to me because she bought me a new one.

I also received...

Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth  by Lisa Napoli (publisher)

From publisher's website:

Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth.

Long isolated from industrialization and just beginning to open its doors to the modern world, Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place, devoted to environmental conservation and committed to the happiness of its people—in fact, Bhutan measures its success in Gross National Happiness rather than in GNP. In a country without a single traffic light, its citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. To Lisa, it seemed to be a place that offered the opposite of her fast-paced life in the United States, where the noisy din of sound-bite news and cell phones dominate our days, and meaningful conversation is a rare commodity; where everyone is plugged in digitally, yet rarely connects with the people around them.

Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan’s rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well—and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for.

In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Lisa Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place—and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is.


Anonymous said...

Radio Shangri-La found its way into my mailbox too :) Here's my Mailbox Monday:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Jess, it sounds like you had a very exciting week. ENJOY

bermudaonion said...

What a fun week! I got Radio Shangri-La too. I hope we both enjoy it!

Jenny Q said...

I've seen this in a couple of mailboxes. Sounds like a good one! Here's my Mailbox. Happy reading :)

TheBookGirl said...

How nice of your MIL -- I love dark chocolate :)
Hope you enjoy your week reading.

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

Looks like you got some good books! Enjoy!

Tribute Books Mama said...

here's mine

Anonymous said...

Chocolates and a new travelogue - fabulous mailbox, Jess!