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Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare is $2.99 at the US Kindle store ($10.42 at B&N)

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Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2005

A stunning tale of a young boy and an ancient land, each awakening to the joys and horrors of the modern world.Masterful in its simplicity, CHRONICLE IN STONE is a touching coming-of-age story and a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit. Surrounded by the magic of beautiful women and literature, a boy must endure the deprivations of war as he suffers the hardships of growing up. His sleepy country has just thrown off centuries of tyranny, but new waves of domination inundate his city. Through the boy’s eyes, we see the terrors of World War II as he witnesses fascist invasions, allied bombings, partisan infighting, and the many faces of human cruelty—as well as the simple pleasures of life. Evacuating to the countryside, he expects to find an ideal world full of extraordinary things, but discovers instead an archaic backwater where a severed arm becomes a talisman and deflowered girls mysteriously vanish.Woven between the chapters of the boy’s story are tantalizing fragments of the city’s history. As the devastation mounts we see firsthand how the violence of war destroys more than just buildings and bridges.
The Great Triumvirate : Webster, Clay, and Calhoun by Merrill D. Peterson (Oxford University Press) ($3.75 US Kindle, $3.99 B&N)

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Enormously powerful, intensely ambitious, the very personifications of their respective regions--Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun represented the foremost statemen of their age. In the decades preceding the Civil War, they dominated American congressional politics as no other figures have. Now Merrill D. Peterson, one of our most gifted historians, brilliantly re-creates the lives and times of these great men in this monumental collective biography.
Fleshmarket Alley (Inspector John Rebus Series #15) by Ian Rankin (Hachette Book Group) is $1.99 (US Kindle, B&N

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An illegal immigrant is found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme. Rebus is drawn into the case, but has other problems: his old police station has closed for business, and his masters would rather he retire than stick around. But as Rebus investigates, he must deal with the sleazy Edinburgh underworld, and maybe even fall in love.
Ash by Malinda Lo (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) is $1.99 (US Kindle, B&N

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An ALA Best Book for Young Adults * A Kirkus Best Book for Young Adults * A William C. Morris Award YA Debut Award Finalist

CINDERELLA RETOLD

In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, re-reading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she begins to believe that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's royal Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing and romantic, Ash is an empowering retelling of Cinderella about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia Series #1) by C. S. Lewis is $2.99 (US Kindle, B&N

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The adventure begins

Narnia ... where Talking Beasts walk ... where a witch waits ... where a new world is about to be born.

On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible ...
The Christmas Letters: A Timeless Story for Every Generation by Bret Nicholaus (Hachette Book Group) is $1.99 (US Kindle, B&N

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The first Classically written Christmas book of the new millennium, The Christmas Letters is a delightful story that families will want to share together year after year. It is at once heartwarming and entertaining, with several unexpected twists as the story unfolds.

The book may bring a tear to your eye, or perhaps a feeling of inexpressible joy to your heart; in truth, it might very well do both. About one thing, however you can be certain: The Christmas Letters will elicit a flood of your own memories...and emotional thoughts of individual family members that made each holiday season so special for you.
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