Kindle Daily Deal for May 26, 2013

Eleven classic novels by authors such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway
3.8 stars
(715 reviews)

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Book length: 256 pages.

Published in 1926 to explosive acclaim, The Sun Also Rises stands as perhaps the most impressive first novel ever written by an American writer. A roman à clef about a group of American and English expatriates on an excursion from Paris’s Left Bank to Pamplona for the July fiesta and its climactic bull fight, a journey from the center of a civilization spiritually bankrupted by the First World War to a vital, God-haunted world in which faith and honor have yet to lose their currency, the novel captured for the generation that would come to be called “Lost” the spirit of its age, and marked Ernest Hemingway as the preeminent writer of his time.


 

Gone with the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
4.7 stars
(1064 reviews)

What other readers say about the book:

Book length: 1472 pages.

Margaret Mitchell’s epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and went on to give rise to two authorized sequels and one of the most popular and celebrated movies of all time.
Many novels have been written about the Civil War and its aftermath. None take us into the burning fields and cities of the American South as Gone With the Wind does, creating haunting scenes and thrilling portraits of characters so vivid that we remember their words and feel their fear and hunger for the rest of our lives.
In the two main characters, the white-shouldered, irresistible Scarlett and the flashy, contemptuous Rhett, Margaret Mitchell not only conveyed a timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, she also created two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since Romeo and Juliet.


 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.)

by Betty Smith
4.7 stars
(841 reviews)

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Book length: 528 pages.

The American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century.
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.


 

The Cider House Rules

by John Irving
4.3 stars
(461 reviews)

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Book length: 642 pages.

First published in 1985 by William Morrow, The Cider House Rules is John Irving’s sixth novel. Set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud’s, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch’s favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.


 

The Thorn Birds

by Colleen McCullough
4.7 stars
(309 reviews)

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Book length: 704 pages.

“Beautiful….Compelling entertainment.”
— New York Times
“A heart-rending epic…truly marvelous.”
— Chicago Tribune
One of the most beloved novels of all time, The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough’s sweeping family saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback, returns to enthrall a new generation.


 

A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition

by Ernest Hemingway
4 stars
(512 reviews)

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Book length: 354 pages.

Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep.
Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. This edition collects all of the alternative endings together for the first time, along with early drafts of other essential passages, offering new insight into Hemingway’s craft and creative process and the evolution of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Featuring Hemingway’s own 1948 introduction to an illustrated reissue of the novel, a personal foreword by the author’s son Patrick Hemingway, and a new introduction by the author’s grandson Seán Hemingway, this edition of A Farewell to Arms is truly a celebration.


 

The Complete Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition

by Ernest Hemingway
4.4 stars
(97 reviews)

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Book length: 676 pages.

THE ONLY COMPLETE COLLECTION BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR
In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway’s short stories, readers will delight in the author’s most beloved classics such as “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” “Hills Like White Elephants,” and “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” and will discover seven new tales published for the first time in this collection. For Hemingway fans The Complete Short Stories is an invaluable treasury.


 

Tender is the Night

by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3.9 stars
(215 reviews)

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Book length: 320 pages.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in a friend’s copy of Tender Is the Night, “If you liked The Great Gatsby, for God’s sake read this. Gatsby was a tour de force but this is a confession of faith.” Set in the South of France in the decade after World War I, Tender Is the Night is the story of a brilliant and magnetic psychiatrist named Dick Diver; the bewitching, wealthy, and dangerously unstable mental patient, Nicole, who becomes his wife; and the beautiful, harrowing ten-year pas de deux they act out along the border between sanity and madness.
In Tender Is the Night, Fitzgerald deliberately set out to write the most ambitious and far-reaching novel of his career, experimenting radically with narrative conventions of chronology and point of view and drawing on early breakthroughs in psychiatry to enrich his account of the makeup and breakdown of character and culture.
Tender Is the Night is also the most intensely, even painfully, autobiographical of Fitzgerald’s novels; it smolders with a dark, bitter vitality because it is so utterly true. This account of a caring man who disintegrates under the twin strains of his wife’s derangement and a lifestyle that gnaws away at his sense of moral values offers an authorial cri de coeur, while Dick Diver’s downward spiral into alcoholic dissolution is an eerie portent of Fitzgerald’s own fate.
F. Scott Fitzgerald literally put his soul into Tender Is the Night, and the novel’s lack of commercial success upon its initial publication in 1934 shattered him. He would die six years later without having published another novel, and without knowing that Tender Is the Night would come to be seen as perhaps its author’s most poignant masterpiece. In Mabel Dodge Luhan’s words, it raised him to the heights of “a modern Orpheus.”


 

Cry, the Beloved Country

by Alan Paton
4.2 stars
(320 reviews)

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Book length: 320 pages.

Cry, the Beloved Country is a beautifully told and profoundly compassionate story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s.
The book is written with such keen empathy and understanding that to read it is to share fully in the gravity of the characters’ situations. It both touches your heart deeply and inspires a renewed faith in the dignity of mankind. Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic tale, passionately African, timeless and universal, and beyond all, selfless.


 

In Our Time

by Ernest Hemingway
4.2 stars
(72 reviews)

What other readers say about the book:

Book length: 160 pages.

THIS COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES AND VIGNETTES MARKED ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S AMERICAN DEBUT AND MADE HIM FAMOUS
When In Our Time was published in 1925, it was praised by Ford Madox Ford, John Dos Passos, and F. Scott Fitzgerald for its simple and precise use of language to convey a wide range of complex emotions, and it earned Hemingway a place beside Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein among the most promising American writers of that period. In Our Time contains several early Hemingway classics, including the famous Nick Adams stories “Indian Camp,” “The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife,” “The Three Day Blow,” and “The Battler,” and introduces readers to the hallmarks of the Hemingway style: a lean, tough prose — enlivened by an car for the colloquial and an eye for the realistic that suggests, through the simplest of statements, a sense of moral value and a clarity of heart.
Now recognized as one of the most original short story collections in twentieth-century literature, In Our Time provides a key to Hemingway’s later works.


 

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories

by Ernest Hemingway
4.1 stars
(40 reviews)

What other readers say about the book:

Book length: 160 pages.

The ideal introduction to the genius of Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains ten of Hemingway’s most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Selected from Winner Take Nothing, Men Without Women, and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories, this collection includes “The Killers,” the first of Hemingway’s mature stories to be accepted by an American periodical; the autobiographical “Fathers and Sons,” which alludes, for the first time in Hemingway’s career, to his father’s suicide; “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” a “brilliant fusion of personal observation, hearsay and invention,” wrote Hemingway’s biographer, Carlos Baker; and the title story itself, of which Hemingway said: “I put all the true stuff in,” with enough material, he boasted, to fill four novels. Beautiful in their simplicity, startling in their originality, and unsurpassed in their craftsmanship, the stories in this volume highlight one of America’s master storytellers at the top of his form.

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Heaven’s Prisoners (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries)

by James Lee Burke
4.3 stars
(68 reviews)

What other readers say about the book:

I’ve read most of Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series, and enjoyed them quite a bit.
I look forward to reading the next one.
Mr. Burke does describe real violence and you have to get used to that but he is a wonderful writer.

Book length: 320 pages.

Vietnam vet Dave Robicheaux has turned in his detective’s badge, is winning his battle against booze, and has left New Orleans with his wife for the tranquil beauty of Louisiana’s bayous. But a plane crash on the Gulf brings a young girl into his life — and with her comes a netherworld of murder, deception, and homegrown crime. Suddenly Robicheaux is confronting Bubba Rocque, a brutal hood he’s known since childhood; Rocque’s hungry Cajun wife; and a federal agent with more guts than sense. In a backwater world where a swagger and a gun go further than the law, Robicheaux and those he loves are caught on a tide of violence far bigger than them all….


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Along Came a Duke: Rhymes With Love

by Elizabeth Boyle
3.6 stars
(73 reviews)

What other readers say about the book:

I really liked the story for it’s steamy kisses, even paced action and well written story line.
For those that like a Georgette Heyer feeling to their romance, I highly recommend this one.
I used to really enjoy Boyle’s books and I’m not sure if she’s changed or I have.

Book length: 388 pages.

“Wit, passion, and adventure, Elizabeth Boyle has it all!”
—Julia Quinn
New York Times bestselling RITA® Award winner Elizabeth Boyle is a wonder, and with Along Came a Duke —the first book in her delectable Rhymes with Love series based on well-known nursery rhymes—she proves once more that no one writes wittier, more endearing and original historical romance. Returning once more to England during the colorful Regency Era, Boyle transports readers to the small town of Kempton, where a local curse prevents the female residents from wedding—a fact that cannot deter a plucky young heiress who needs to marry to inherit her fortune, as she strikes out for London to wed a rakish and unsuspecting duke. Funny, touching, and wonderfully sensuous, Along Came a Duke is a prime example of the exceptional romantic magic that puts Elizabeth Boyle in the same master class as Lisa Kleypas and Christina Dodd.


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Triplet

by Timothy Zahn
4.6 stars
(8 reviews)

Book length: 384 pages.

For one researcher, Triplet is a marvel promising both advanced technology and magic. But a world of sinister secrets lurks just below the surface…
Grad student Danae Panya’s dream assignment has been approved. She’ll study Triplet, the strange planetary system scarred by nuclear war and connected through portals. The most experienced Courier of Triplet, Ravagin, will lead her to its hidden worlds—Threshold, Shamsheer, and Karyx—and introduce her to their secrets, including their advanced technology, their dark magic, and the captivating demon culture of the innermost planet. But though they begin their journey with only scholarly research in mind, Danae and Ravagin quickly find themselves embroiled in the menacing dynamics roiling throughout Triplet. Will Ravagin be able to get them both out alive?

Kids Daily Deal for May 25, 2013

 

Maisy Goes to the Library

by Lucy Cousins
5 stars
(6 reviews)

Book length: 32 pages.

Maisy likes going to the library. She loves to read a book in a nice, quiet place. Today, Maisy wants to read a book about fish, but she can only find books about birds or tigers. So she explores some of the other things to do in the library, like using the computer, making copies, listening to music, or looking at fish in the aquarium. Aha! Finally Maisy finds a sparkly book all about fish. But just as she settles into a corner to read, along come Cyril, Tallulah, Eddie, and Ostrich — and they all have noisier activities on their minds!


Maisy Goes to Preschool

by Lucy Cousins
4.7 stars
(21 reviews)

What other readers say about the book:

She asks to read this book all the time.
It is a simple, straightforward and positive intro to preschool activities.
My daughter is 2 and 1/2 and loves this book.

Book length: 32 pages.

Preschool for Maisy means a day filled with friends and things to do, from the time she hangs her coat on a special peg to the time she says good-bye. There’s painting and snack time, stories and nap time (and a bathroom break in between). Soon everyone’s ready to haul out the instruments and make some noise, then head outside for a turn at the sandbox or slide. In a bright, full-size storybook full of familiar scenes, this child-friendly look at a day in the life of a preschooler is one that newcomers and seasoned pros alike will be happy to share.


Maisy Goes on Vacation

by Lucy Cousins
4.5 stars
(2 reviews)

Book length: 32 pages.

How exciting! Maisy has put her sun hat, pajamas, toothbrush, and camera into a bag, and she’s off to the train station with Panda and Cyril. They’re headed for the seashore, but getting there is only half the fun. Coloring and snacks help pass the time on the ride to the beach, where Maisy can’t wait to swim, collect seashells, build sandcastles, and lots more. At nighttime it feels special to go to bed in a hotel — knowing that tomorrow another vacation day awaits!

Kindle Daily Deals for May 24, 2013

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

by Dee Brown
4.7 stars
(311 reviews)

What other readers say about the book:

I think it should be required reading in American History classes in high school.
This book tells the Indians’ side of the story and therefore is very biased.
She gave me a book called “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown.

Book length: 481 pages.

Dee Brown’s powerful and unforgettable classic that awakened the world to the nineteenth-century decimation of American Indian tribes
First published in 1970, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee generated shockwaves with its frank and heartbreaking depiction of the systematic annihilation of American Indian tribes across the western frontier. In this nonfiction account, Dee Brown focuses on the betrayals, battles, and massacres suffered by American Indians between 1860 and 1890. He tells of the many tribes and their renowned chiefs — from Geronimo to Red Cloud, Sitting Bull to Crazy Horse — who struggled to combat the destruction of their people and culture. Forcefully written and meticulously researched, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee inspired a generation to take a second look at how the West was won. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.


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When Sparks Fly (Love Spell)

by Autumn Dawn
4.1 stars
(19 reviews)

What other readers say about the book:

Even set in another world the story was believable and the characters strong.
I have no problem recommending this book, it was a great read.
Enjoyed the romance and the characters of the science fiction world.

Book length: 306 pages.

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An enigmatic drifter protects a headstrong beauty who finds her family inn on Polaris not just a refuge for aliens and trainum miners, but a hotbed of criminal activity.


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Night Blade (Colbana Files)

by J.C. Daniels
4.6 stars
(56 reviews)

What other readers say about the book:

I cried at the end for Kit it was a hard book to read but good I don’t want to give any spoilers away.
Read the first book before starting Night Blade.
This was the first book I read while at the the beach.

Book length: 259 pages.

Kit Colbana is always biting off more than she can chew. She has a knack for finding trouble. This time, though, trouble finds her. Someone from her past drops a case into her lap that she just can’t refuse… literally.
People on the Council are dying left and right and she’s been requested to investigate the deaths. The number one suspect? Her lover, Damon. If she doesn’t clear his name, he gets a death sentence. Even if she succeeds? They still might try to execute him. Oh, and she’s not allowed to tell him about the case, either.
The stakes are high this time around, higher than they’ve ever been. Kit may be forced to pay the ultimate price to save her lover’s life… a price that could destroy her and everything she loves.


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No and Me

by Delphine de Vigan
4.3 stars
(23 reviews)

What other readers say about the book:

I enjoyed this novel, especially the characters of Lou and Lucas.
Homelessness is a very large problem in France and what this book did was take a taboo subject and bring it to the forefront.
This is a beautiful story of a gifted young girl who befriends a homeless girl in Paris.

Book length: 257 pages.

Parisian teenager Lou has an IQ of 160, OCD tendencies, and a mother who has suffered from depression for years. But Lou is about to change her life-and that of her parents-all because of a school project about homeless teens. While doing research, Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets. As their friendship grows, Lou bravely asks her parents if No can live with them, and is astonished when they agree. No’s presence forces Lou’s family to come to terms with a secret tragedy. But can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together when No’s own past comes back to haunt her?
Winner of the prestigious Booksellers’ Prize in France, No and Me is a timely and thought-provoking novel about homelessness that has far-reaching appeal.