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The T. Jefferson Parker listed by Nightbird is free.
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52 free stories (one a week or one a day) from Le French book. Actually, it's more like a serial than stories the way I understand it. Need to sign up for this.


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Sign up to get 52 short stories by seven of France's top authors, who got together to play a collaborative writing game. They each wrote an episode, passing it on to the other, and so forth, until all seven had contributed to each story. They set traps, had fun and used their prowess to continue and conclude each story. The result is this collection of short stories: some are zany, some are clever, some are just plain weird, and all show the incredible creative skill of these very fine writers.

In France, this collection came out as a calendar. We have translated it and are giving the stories away: you can choose to get a daily dose (an episode a day) or a weekly story.

If you chose a daily subscription, you will receive an installment every morning at 6 a.m. Eastern Standard Time for 365 days.
If you chose a weekly subscription, you will receive a full story every week for an entire year.

In both cases, you will receive the first one within the hour.
Link to sign up. I don't think there are affiliate codes in here, but it's from an email.

Free from University of Chicago Press: Last Words of the Executed by Robert K. Elder.

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Some beg for forgiveness. Others claim innocence. At least three cheer for their favorite football teams.

Death waits for us all, but only those sentenced to death know the day and the hour—and only they can be sure that their last words will be recorded for posterity. Last Words of the Executed presents an oral history of American capital punishment, as heard from the gallows, the chair, and the gurney.

The product of seven years of extensive research by journalist Robert K. Elder, the book explores the cultural value of these final statements and asks what we can learn from them. We hear from both the famous—such as Nathan Hale, Joe Hill, Ted Bundy, and John Brown—and the forgotten, and their words give us unprecedented glimpses into their lives, their crimes, and the world they inhabited. Organized by era and method of execution, these final statements range from heartfelt to horrific. Some are calls for peace or cries against injustice; others are accepting, confessional, or consoling; still others are venomous, rage-fueled diatribes. Even the chills evoked by some of these last words are brought on in part by the shared humanity we can’t ignore, their reminder that we all come to the same end, regardless of how we arrive there.

Last Words of the Executed is not a political book. Rather, Elder simply asks readers to listen closely to these voices that echo history. The result is a riveting, moving testament from the darkest corners of society.

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