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Old 03-01-2011, 10:33 AM   #1
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FREE (and bargain) books for the Kindle - March 2011

It's a new month and there are new freebies. Several from last month are still free, so be sure to check the previous thread, HERE.

This is the sticky thread for free and bargain books in the Kindle store for March 2011. Rather than try to update the first post with a list of all the books, which is continually changing, instead new books will be posted at the end of the thread and each month there will be a new thread, letting the old one drop off the top of the forum. Anyone can post to the thread, but there are a few rules:
  1. Only books in the kindle store. Yes, I realize that free books elsewhere will often work on the Kindle, but those should be reported in the Deals forum. This list is for those who only get their books from the Kindle store (and there are many who do) and don't want to deal with having to download and transfer books from elsewhere.
  2. Do not edit old messages to add new books. Most people read this thread by clicking to see new posts. If you edit old messages, then no one is notified of a new post and often won't see the updates when they click to see new messages. If you need to edit an old message to correct a link or other info (or even want to note a book that is no longer free), that is perfectly ok.
  3. No shortened URL's. No one likes to click on a link and end up somewhere that they were not expecting and few of the URL shorteners allow you to set up a preview mode so that you get a chance to see the destination first. So, use the full URL in your posting (yes, you can still just post a link on the title, but with the full URL, everyone can look at the status line or use Copy Shortcut to see where they will go before the new site opens).
  4. No author self-promotions (unless your book is free in the Kindle store) or self-published books. If you are a Kindle author and posting another's work, it should be either a non-self-published book or one that you've read to the end and would not feel embarrassed to recommend to your mother, closest friends and priest/minister (assuming they read the same genre). In other words, the writing is exceptional (no misspellings or substituted words, grammar rules obeyed formatting that looks good on the Kindle screen). It isn't that we don't want you to post, but author self-promotions can overwhelm the list and a special child forum in the Deals and Bargains section has been provided for this purpose.
  5. No excerpts or sample chapters (business minis are ok, so long as they are not just samples of another book)
  6. Please indicate the price of any book that is not being offered free. You don't have to say "free" if one is, but it would be nice if you include that in the message. The maximum price for bargains is a bit flexible, but generally under $2 and nothing over $5, unless it is a volume that contains several titles in one and the total price per book puts it into the bargain realm or the digital price is below 25% of the list print price and 50% of the digital list price; this lets you include high priced reference books or cookbooks that are extremely heavily discounted, for one reason or another (but, let's not include books that Amazon has at $9.99 all the time, ok?).
  7. If you see the genre of a book and it isn't clear from the book description that you post, please include it; conversely, if someone leaves this off, don't post to berate them, but you can post to include that info for others.
  8. If you are posting a book that is free in the UK Amazon store, please say so. Also, if you do not have your current location set in your profile (below your name, it shows next to all of your posts), then add that to your post (as it "this is free here in Canada"). To all: please note that whether or not a book is free in a country other than the one a person is logged into is not easily discovered. The person who posts often has no way to determine that you will pay a different amount if you are in a different country. Also, prices at Amazon can change minute to minute and freebies can last as little as an hour (possibly less), so always check the price before one-clicking. If you discover that a book costs more (other than the "standard" $2+VAT international fee Amazon often takes onto books outside the US), you may leave a single comment with the country and price/restriction (for example: "This book costs $9.99 in the UK" or "Not available in Canada").
  9. Try to keep chit-chat to a minimum. That will keep notifications of a new message in the thread down to (generally) only when a new book has been posted, making the thread more useful for all.
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Here are all the current freebies that are actually "books" (self-contained, at least a short story or novella), arranged by genre. The list can change at any time (one freebie posted this morning was already back to full price by evening), so always check the current price before clicking to purchase.

New free books today (not all are free in all countries, so check prices before clicking):
  1. You Can't Stop Me, by Max Allan Collins & Matthew Clemens
  2. Antiques Roadkill (Trash 'n' Treasures Series #1), by Barbara Allan
  3. Last Night's Kiss, by Shirley Hailstock
  4. Love Me If You Must, Nicole Young
  5. Somewhere to Belong, by Judith Miller
  6. Darcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas, by Kara Louise
  7. World from Rough Stones, by Malcolm Macdonald
  8. The Softwire : Virus on Orbis 1, by PJ Haarsma
  9. What A Demon Wants, by Kathy Love
  10. Michal, by Jill Eileen Smith
  11. The Secret (Seasons of Grace, Book 1), by Beverly Lewis
  12. She Walks in Beauty, by Siri Mitchell
  13. Healing For a Broken World: Christian Perspective on Public Policy, by Steve Monsma
  14. For the King's Favor, by Elizabeth Chadwick
  15. Sword Lord, by Robert Leader
  16. Nate, by Beth Williamson


Mystery / Thriller / Suspense / Miscellaneous
World from Rough Stones
Protector
Spoilt
Squidge: Little Elf, Big Trouble
Julia Spencer-Fleming's Letters to a Soldier
Countdown
When Darkness Falls: Free eBook Part 1
When Darkness Falls: Free eBook Part 2
When Darkness Falls: Free eBook Part 3
The n00b Warriors
The Hunters: A Novella
The Blood That Bonds
Cat Calls
The Middle Passage
The Backstory to Think Twice
Serial
Crossing the Line
Boob Tube
Whirl of the Wheel
Get Some
When Night Falls
Tumor Chapter 1

Fantasy and Science Fiction
The Softwire : Virus on Orbis 1
Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #6: Sentinel
Heart of the Sea: An Others Bonus Story
Origin Scroll (Targa Trilogy)
Raising the Dead
How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire with Bonus Material
Origins (Spinward Fringe)
Soul Identity
Shatter (The Children of Man)
Girls to the Rescue Book #1: Tales of Clever Courageous Girls from Around the World
Origin Scroll
Travellers' Rest
Necromancer: A Novella
The Unsuspecting Mage (The Morcyth Saga) [
Dead Drop: A Lawson Vampire Bonus Story
Remedial Magic
Beasts and BFFs
Retro Demonology
Reaper
The New World
Chapter 15.5
Bright of the Sky (Book 1 of The Entire and the Rose)
The Wild's Call
Swashbuckling Fantasy: 10 Thrilling Tales of Magical Adventure

Romance
For the King's Favor
Darcy's Voyage
Nate: Devils on Horseback, Book 1
The Sword Lord: The Fifth Planet, Book 1
Second Sight Dating
Most Unpopular Workday of the Year
Outta the Bag (Me, Myself and Why? Prequel)
Slow Ride: A Rough Riders story
Arousing Love
Catching Caroline
A Santangelo Story
I Thought It Was You: Grimm's Circle, Book 2.5
Seducing Jane Porter
Colters' Wife
Sheltering Hearts
The Bride's Baby
Speed Dating
A Very Special Delivery
Homespun Bride
Once a Cowboy
Baby Bonanza
Kiss Me Deadly
Slow Hands
Irresistible Forces
Dancing in the Moonlight
Hide in Plain Sight
Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch

Non-Fiction
Circle of Friends Cookbook 25 Slow Cooker Recipes
How to Innovate in Marketing (Collection)
PR 2.0: New Media, New Tools, New Audiences
Good, Better, Best Buy
How to Make Money with Social Media
Breakthrough!: How the 10 Greatest Discoveries in Medicine Saved Millions
The Truth About the New Rules of Business Writing [
Hydrofracked? One Man's Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling
The Guilt Free 3
The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2012
Instant MBA
The Lazy Project Manager
Lose Weight WITHOUT Dieting
Start to Love Not Smoking
Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes
Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Meatloaf Recipes
Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Mac & Cheese Recipes
The Rules of Chess
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011
Democratizing Innovation
Economic Report of the President
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Textbooks
CK-12 21st Century Physics
CK-12 Advanced Probability and Statistics
CK-12 Biology I - Honors
CK-12 Calculus
CK-12 Chemistry
CK-12 Earth Science
CK-12 Engineering: An Introduction for High School
CK-12 Geometry
CK-12 Life Science
CK-12 People's Physics Book Version 2
CK-12 Trigonometry

Religious/Christian Fiction and Non-Fiction
Love Me If You Must (Patricia Amble Mystery Series #1)
Somewhere to Belong
Healing For a Broken World: Christian Perspective on Public Policy
Michal: A Novel
She Walks in Beauty
The Secret (Seasons of Grace, Book 1)
Whisper on the Wind
Gray Matter
Riven
Craving God
Light of Eidon
Fools Rush In
Daughter of Joy
The Holy Bible: HCSB Digital Text Edition
Stuck in the Middle (Sister-to-Sister, Book 1)
Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1)
The Holy Bible English Standard Version (ESV)
Relentless (Dominion Trilogy #1)
Autobiography of a Yogi (Reprint of Original 1946 Edition)

Games
Video Poker
Jumble, 3 Free Puzzles
Blackjack
Mine Sweeper
Every Word
Shuffled Row

Erotica
Stockholm Seduction
Sporting Wood
Saying Yes
Remembered Love
Discovering Sofia
City of Sin
Emerald Green
Spirit Lift
An Unwanted Hunger
All in Time
Nocked for a Loop
Eland
Spirit's Release
Erotique
Take Me
Peak Energy
Danu, The Return
Desire in the Dark
Not Just an Orgy
Better Late Than Never
Door Prize
Hot Moon Rising
Maui Heat
Scoring
Lap Dance
Master's Thief
Hot for the Reunion
Haunted by the Past
Playing Hardball
His Voice, His Command
Shapeshifter's Craving
Kayla's Birthday Present
The Bad Widow
Her Very Special Robot
Hunting Evander
Outlaw Lovers Dossier
Seychelles Sunset
Larkspur
Reaper's Justice
Tessa's Ambassador
Interlude in Pearl
Thrill of the Hunt
First Taste
Tween Hopeful and Hopeless
Waiting at Eros
The Next Big Thing
Goodbye Blues, Hello Love
Red Satin
Stakeout for Love
Unexpected Comfort
Message for Minerva
Christmas ScandalNot!
Just Like Old Times
Song of the Swan

Canada Only
Dead Witch Walking

UK Kindle Store
Last Night's Kiss
What A Demon Wants
Antiques Roadkill: A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery
You Can't Stop Me
How to Sew: Basics
TRUE GRIT - MEAN BUSINESS
Her Vampire Husband
Their Newborn Gift
Mia's Scandal
Wedding at King's Convenience
Bought: Destitute Yet Defiant
The Millionaire's Ultimate Catch
Emergency: Wife Lost and Found
Wicked Rake, Defiant Mistress
Cody
Colorado Abduction
New Digital Media and Learning as an Emerging Area
The Civic Potential of Video Games
Turn your sales force into profit heroes: How to Unlock Your Team's Inner Strength
A Lesson in Passion
The First Completely Electronic Robot and Science Fiction Limerick Book
Children's Bible Stories - Noah's Ark
The Book of Biff #1 Target Practice
50 Reasons to Say Goodbye
Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload
Sudden Death
The Golden Acorn
Surfing the long summer
The New World
Change, bring it on

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A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar is $0.99 at the US Kindle store (the B&N nookbook is $14.97) -- from Random House Digital, Inc.

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Nidali, the rebellious daughter of an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father, narrates the story of her childhood in Kuwait, her teenage years in Egypt (to where she and her family fled the 1990 Iraqi invasion), and her family's last flight to Texas. Nidali mixes humor with a sharp, loving portrait of an eccentric middle-class family, and this perspective keeps her buoyant through the hardships she encounters: the humiliation of going through a checkpoint on a visit to her father's home in the West Bank; the fights with her father, who wants her to become a famous professor and stay away from boys; the end of her childhood as Iraq invades Kuwait on her thirteenth birthday; and the scare she gives her family when she runs away from home.

Funny, charming, and heartbreaking, A Map of Home is the kind of book Tristram Shandy or Huck Finn would have narrated had they been born Egyptian-Palestinian and female in the 1970s.
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Daniel: A Novel by Henning Mankell, with Steven T. Murray (Translator) is $3.64 at the US Kindle store (B&N nookbooks has it for $14.82)

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In the 1870s, Hans Bengler arrives in Cape Town from Småland, Sweden, driven by a singular desire: to discover an insect no one has seen before and name it after himself. But then he impulsively adopts a young San orphan, a boy he christens Daniel and brings with him back to Sweden—a quite different specimen than he first contemplated. Daniel is told to call Bengler "Father," taught to knock on doors and bow, and continually struggles to understand this strange new land of mud and snow that surrounds and seemingly entraps him. At the same time, he is haunted by visions of his murdered parents calling him home to Africa. Knowing that the only way home is by sea, he decides he must learn to walk on water if he is ever to reclaim his true place in the world.

Evocative and sometimes brutal, the novel takes Daniel through a series of tragedies and betrayals that culminate in a shocking act. Mankell tells this indelible story with a ruthless elegance all his own.
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Five free for UK Kindle customers only, appear to be self/indie published. In the past, these have ended up free in the US or disappeared completely (some of the Instructables) after a few days.

The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend, by Nick Alexander (UK link)

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C.C. is nearly forty and other than her name (which she hates so much she can’t bring herself to use it) everything about her life appears to be wonderful: she has a high powered job in advertising, a great flat in Primrose Hill, and a wild bunch of friends to spend her weekends with. And yet she feels like the Titanic – slowly, inexorably, and against all expectation, sinking.
For despite her indisputable success, C.C. would rather be shovelling shit on a farm than selling it to the masses – would rather be snuggling on the sofa with The Missing Boyfriend than playing star fag-hag in London’s latest coke-spots.

But opportunities to find The Missing Boyfriend are rarer than an original metaphor, and CC’s body-clock is ticking so loudly that at times she can barely hear her mother wittering on about her own Moroccan boyfriend.

Could her best friend be right? Could her past really be preventing her from moving on? And if she unlocks that particular box, will the horrors within simply drift away and leave her free? Or will they sink her?
If she can shake off the past and learn to trust again, will she stop attracting freaks and find The Missing Boyfriend? Or will she just end up tethered and gagged at the bottom of the stairs?



A Death In Beverly Hills, by David Grace (UK link)

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When the pregnant wife and three year old step-daughter of fading movie star, Tom Travis, dis-appeared, a massive, fruitless, search was launched. Three months later, the body of Travis’s wife was discovered in a shallow grave only a few miles from where Tom had been riding his dune buggy on the day she vanished. Of the three year old little girl, Sarah, no trace was found.

Arrested and placed on trial for capital murder, Tom Travis is now only a days away from an almost certain guilty verdict. Desperate to find some way out, his lawyer hires suspended Ex-Deputy D.A., Steve Janson, to review all the files and find some over-looked clue that might keep Travis off death row.

Janson, whose own wife had been murdered almost two years before, accepts the assignment, not to help Travis, but in the faint hope of finding Sarah still alive. Janson’s investigation leads him on a twisted path from Travis’s mistress to her drug-dealing brother to the writer and producer of his last movie and on across the landscape of Southern California until, eventually, Janson begins to wonder if Travis might really be innocent after all.



Clawback , by Gemma Rice (UK link)

Book Description
Stefanie is not just in love, she is alight.

She has met Gary and they have fused like a rocket headed for the farthest reaches of the galaxy, exploding as they go.

Wow! It is perfect. It is ecstasy. It has no limits. What could possibly go wrong?

Well …...........

Gary's friends are not so keen on Stefanie as Gary is. They think she doesn't appreciate him. They think he could do better.

And Gary is beginning to agree.

It is not the way Stefanie sees things – not at all – but it is the story she is going to have to deal with. Deal with, or get out.

And it could be so good.



21 Projects Guaranteed to Keep Your Kids Occupied This Weekend , by Instructables (UK link)

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21 Projects Guaranteed to Keep Your Kids Busy This Weekend give you full step-by-step instructions for 21 amazing kids activities that your family will love. Learn how to entertain your kids with the DoodleBot360, LED Throwies, Grow Your Own Magic Crystal Tree, the Marshmallow Shooter and other projects that are sure to hold your child's attention for hours! All projects come from Instructables.com, are written by kid-fun experts, and contain pictures for each step so your children can easily do it themselves. Have fun!



Amazing Cakes, by Instructables (UK link) 16MB in size

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Amazing Cakes gives you full step-by-step instructions for 27 inspiring cake designs. Learn how to make 3-D cakes, animated Halloween cakes, and even a working volcano! All projects come from Instructables.com, are written by home cake-decorating experts, and contain pictures for each step so you can easily do it yourself. Be prepared to impress!
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Free bonus shorts (pre-order) at US Kindle store:

Fallen from Grace: A Bonus Dark Mirror Short Story by M.J. Putney

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Allarde, a gorgeous, wealthy noble has hidden his true nature. Discover his diary and witness his sudden fall from grace.

And don’t miss Dark Mirror, on sale now.
Turned at Dark: A Bonus Shadow Falls Short Story by C. C. Hunter

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Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang did not believe in ghosts, until she sees her dead cousin in a dark alley. She did not believe in vampires, until she turns into one. Should she follow her vampire cousin’s lead and walk away from everything she knows, or join Shadow Falls, a camp for special teens.

Don’t miss the first book in the Shadow Falls series, Born at Midnight, on sale March 2011.
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20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill - $0.99

Joe Hill is Stephen King's son, this collection of short stories is a great book, and @ $0.99 - its definitely worth a shot. Hill's other books, Horns and Heart-Shaped Box are good as well, but if you want to try out a new writer, and like the Stephen King, Dean Koontz type genre - I'd give it a shot.
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20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill - $0.99

Joe Hill is Stephen King's son, this collection of short stories is a great book, and @ $0.99 - its definitely worth a shot. Hill's other books, Horns and Heart-Shaped Box are good as well, but if you want to try out a new writer, and like the Stephen King, Dean Koontz type genre - I'd give it a shot.
I;m having a difficult time with this book. about 2/3 of the way through and only one "ghost" story. all the others are horror/weird/ ugh
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20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill - $0.99

Joe Hill is Stephen King's son, this collection of short stories is a great book, and @ $0.99 - its definitely worth a shot. Hill's other books, Horns and Heart-Shaped Box are good as well, but if you want to try out a new writer, and like the Stephen King, Dean Koontz type genre - I'd give it a shot.
Already back to $9.99 (again -- this one has bounced down to 99 cent several times).
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My Yoga Studio ($1.99), by Nickel Buddy, is an interesting looking app/game for the Kindle. I'd say it is just as useful as most yoga videos, after you have run thru them once or twice and are just using them as timers, and a lot more portable. Even better, you can customize the routine (try that with a DVD) and run thru the poses you have chosen (and that fit into the time you have to work out).

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My Yoga Studio is like having a personal yoga teacher on your Kindle.

There are many benefits to practicing yoga. Done properly, yoga can help you increase your strength, flexibility, and balance. It can improve your posture as you become more aware of your body, and it can help you relax, even in the midst of a stressful environment.

My Yoga Studio will guide you step-by-step through a series of poses illustrated with a picture and a text description. As you move through the routine, a timer will count down, showing you how long to hold each pose before gently transitioning to the next. 25 different poses are included. You can use one of three included routines (Sun Salutation, Stress Melter, or Balance & Peace), do poses individually, or create your own custom routine. Exercises are designed to strengthen your core, and do not require any special equipment. As you can do these exercises anywhere you have floor space, My Yoga Studio is a perfect companion for frequent travelers or home use.

My Yoga Studio is ready to be your personal guide anytime you want to steal a few moments to center yourself.
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Everyday Pilates: From the Top Down ($7.99 US), by Alycea Ungaro, is one of several Kindle Edition with Audio/Video titles in this series (the rest of which are $5.59). If you are a UK customer (only), you can get this one for $1.16 in the US store (£5.98 in the UK store).

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No time to exercise? No problem! Alycea Ungaro's 15-Minute Everyday Pilates series gives you all the tools you need to squeeze regular exercise into your life. In the Everyday Pilates: From The Top Down Vook, Ungaro shows you how to get a toned, strong body, and graceful posture in just 15-minutes a day. This fantastic new format offers easy, step-by-step instruction, full color images and 11 videos to take you through the full Top Down routine, which focuses on centering and activating your Pilates box. You will also learn how to incorporate weights in your Pilates workout. Strengthen, stretch, and build your way to a more toned, more healthy you.



If you are a UK customer (only), you can get The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video] ($14.99 US), by Dan Ariely, for $1.18 in the US store (£9.48 in the UK store).

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The provocative follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Predictably Irrational

* Why can large bonuses make CEOs less productive?
* How can confusing directions actually help us?
* Why is revenge so important to us?
* Why is there such a big difference between what we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy?

In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we're with, and more.

Drawing on the same experimental methods that made Predictably Irrational one of the most talked-about bestsellers of the past few years, Ariely uses data from his own original and entertaining experiments to draw arresting conclusions about how—and why—we behave the way we do. From our office attitudes, to our romantic relationships, to our search for purpose in life, Ariely explains how to break through our negative patterns of thought and behavior to make better decisions. The Upside of Irrationality will change the way we see ourselves at work and at home—and cast our irrational behaviors in a more nuanced light.

This enhanced e-book of The Upside of Irrationality contains more than 50 minutes of video. Each chapter includes a video summary from the author as he explores the many ways in which our behavior often leads us astray in terms of our romantic relationships, our experiences in the workplace, and our temptations to cheat.
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Bargains for two Philip Roth books (US Kindle store):

The Humbling by Philip Roth is further discounted to $1.50

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Everything is over for Simon Axler, the protagonist of Philip Roth’s startling new book. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his sixties, he has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance. His Falstaff and Peer Gynt and Vanya, all his great roles, "are melted into air, into thin air." When he goes onstage he feels like a lunatic and looks like an idiot. His confidence in his powers has drained away; he imagines people laughing at him; he can no longer pretend to be someone else. "Something fundamental has vanished." His wife has gone, his audience has left him, his agent can’t persuade him to make a comeback.

Into this shattering account of inexplicable and terrifying self-evacuation bursts a counterplot of unusual erotic desire, a consolation for a bereft life so risky and aberrant that it points not toward comfort and gratification but to a yet darker and more shocking end. In this long day’s journey into night, told with Roth’s inimitable urgency, bravura, and gravity, all the ways that we convince ourselves of our solidity, all our life’s performances—talent, love, sex, hope, energy, reputation—are stripped off.

The Humbling is Roth’s thirtieth book.
Exit Ghost by Philip Roth is also further discounted to $1.74

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Like Rip Van Winkle returning to his hometown to find that all has changed, Nathan Zuckerman comes back to New York, the city he left eleven years before. Alone on his New England mountain, Zuckerman has been nothing but a writer: no voices, no media, no terrorist threats, no women, no news, no tasks other than his work and the enduring of old age.

Walking the streets like a revenant, he quickly makes three connections that explode his carefully protected solitude. One is with a young couple with whom, in a rash moment, he offers to swap homes. They will flee post-9/11 Manhattan for his country refuge, and he will return to city life. But from the time he meets them, Zuckerman also wants to swap his solitude for the erotic challenge of the young woman, Jamie, whose allure draws him back to all that he thought he had left behind: intimacy, the vibrant play of heart and body.

The second connection is with a figure from Zuckerman’s youth, Amy Bellette, companion and muse to Zuckerman’s first literary hero, E. I. Lonoff. The once irresistible Amy is now an old woman depleted by illness, guarding the memory of that grandly austere American writer who showed Nathan the solitary path to a writing vocation.

The third connection is with Lonoff’s would-be biographer, a young literary hound who will do and say nearly anything to get to Lonoff’s “great secret.” Suddenly involved, as he never wanted or intended to be involved again, with love, mourning, desire, and animosity, Zuckerman plays out an interior drama of vivid and poignant possibilities.

Haunted by Roth’s earlier work The Ghost Writer, Exit Ghost is an amazing leap into yet another phase in this great writer’s insatiable commitment to fiction.
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Bargain science ebook:

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene is $2.91 at the US Kindle Store

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The international bestseller that inspired a major Nova special and sparked a new understanding of the universe, now with a new preface and epilogue.

Now with a new preface (not in any other edition) that will review the enormous public reception of the relatively obscure string theory—made possible by this book and an increased number of adherents amongst physicists—The Elegant Universe "sets a standard that will be hard to beat" (New York Times Book Review). Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of eleven dimensions, where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter—from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas—is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.

Today physicists and mathematicians throughout the world are feverishly working on one of the most ambitious theories ever proposed: superstring theory. String theory, as it is often called, is the key to the Unified Field Theory that eluded Einstein for more than thirty years. Finally, the century-old antagonism between the large and the small-General Relativity and Quantum Theory-is resolved. String theory proclaims that all of the wondrous happenings in the universe, from the frantic dancing of subatomic quarks to the majestic swirling of heavenly galaxies, are reflections of one grand physical principle and manifestations of one single entity: microscopically tiny vibrating loops of energy, a billionth of a billionth the size of an atom. In this brilliantly articulated and refreshingly clear book, Greene relates the scientific story and the human struggle behind twentieth-century physics' search for a theory of everything.

Through the masterful use of metaphor and analogy, The Elegant Universe makes some of the most sophisticated concepts ever contemplated viscerally accessible and thoroughly entertaining, bringing us closer than ever to understanding how the universe works.
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Behind the bloody battles, strategic marches, and decorated generals lie more than 100 intensely personal, true stories you haven't heard before. In Best Little Stories from the Civil War, soldiers describe their first experiences in battle, women observe the advances and retreats of armies, spies recount their methods, and leaders reveal the reasoning behind many of their public actions. Fascinating characters come to life, including:

Former U.S. Senator Robert Toombs of Georgia, who warned the Confederate cabinet not to fall for Lincoln's trap by firing on reinforcements, thereby allowing Lincoln to claim the South had fired the first shots of the war at Fort Sumter.

Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, who disbanded the 13th Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, scattered its men, gave its guns to other units, and ordered its officers home, accusing all of cowardly performance in battle.

Thomas N. Conrad, a Confederate spy operating in Washington, who warned Richmond of both the looming Federal Peninsula campaign in the spring of 1863 and the attack at Fredericksburg later that year.

Private Franklin Thomson of Michigan, born as Sarah Emma Edmonds, who fought in uniform for the Union during the war and later was the only female member of the postwar Union Grand Army of the Republic.
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WHAT WOULD YOU WAGER FOR LOVE? In the high stakes gentleman's world of 18th century horseracing, when the blood of the "desert kings" ruled the English turf, a hero returns from war to claim the girl he has loved since he first spied her riding hell-for-leather over the Doncaster heath. Determined to have her at any cost, he will risk everything. A story of star-crossed lovers and horseracing, THE HIGHEST STAKES transports the reader to 18th century England, an era infamous for corruption, arranged marriages, and high stakes gambling; when racing and breeding became the obsession of the uppermost elite, and a match race might replace a duel in settling a point of honor. Through the fictional love story of Robert Devington and Charlottte Wallace, a tale of drama, danger, thwarted love, and retribution unfurls...
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