FREE/BARGAIN — Non-Fiction
#2081  bartveld 02-02-2022, 03:05 AM
Quote Loosheesh
The Letters of Sylvia Plath Vol 2: 1956-1963 for $1.99 at Amazon US

Spoiler Warning below

The second volume in the definitive, complete collection of the letters of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Sylvia Plath, from the early years of her marriage to Ted Hughes to the final days leading to her suicide in 1963, many never before seen.

One of the most talented and beloved poets, Sylvia Plath continues to fascinate and inspire the modern literary imagination. The tragedy of her untimely death at age thirty, almost fifty-five years ago, has left much unknown about her creative and personal life. In this remarkable second volume of the iconic poet and writer’s collected letters, the full range of Plath’s ambitions, talents, fears, and perspective is made visible through her own powerful words.

As engaging as they are revealing, these remarkable letters cover the years from 1957 to 1963. They detail the last six tumultuous and prolific years of her life, covering her marriage to Ted Hughes, the births of her children Frieda and Nicholas, her early success, including the publication of the classic The Bell Jar, and her ongoing struggle with depression.

The first compendium of its kind to include all of Plath’s letters from this period, The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 2 offers an intimate portrait of the writing life and mind of one of the most celebrated poets in literary history.
Thanks for this!

#2082  salty-horse 02-06-2022, 03:14 AM
Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive by Philipp Dettmer is $2.99 on
This is a popular science book that serves as an introduction to the immune system.
It's by the creator of the popular youtube channel Kurzgesagt, not a scientist, so don't expect too much hard science, and maybe too many analogies.
One of the selling points of this book is the artwork, and the ebook format naturally lacks the graphic design of the printed book.
You wake up and feel a tickle in your throat. Your head hurts. You’re mildly annoyed as you get the kids ready for school and dress for work yourself. Meanwhile, an epic war is being fought, just below your skin. Millions are fighting and dying for you to be able to complain as you head out the door.

But most of us never really stop to ask: What even is our immune system?

Second only to the human brain in its complexity, it is one of the oldest and most critical facets of life on Earth. Without it, you would die within days. In Immune, Philipp Dettmer, the brains behind the most popular science channel on YouTube, takes readers on a journey through the fortress of the human body and its defenses. There is a constant battle of staggering scale raging within us, full of stories of invasion, strategy, defeat, and noble self-sacrifice. In fact, in the time you’ve been reading this, your immune system has probably identified and eradicated a cancer cell that started to grow in your body.

Each chapter delves into an element of the immune system, including defenses like antibodies and inflammation as well as threats like bacteria, allergies, and cancer, as Dettmer reveals why boosting your immune system is actually nonsense, how parasites sneak their way past your body’s defenses, how viruses work, and what goes on in your wounds when you cut yourself.

Enlivened by engaging full-color graphics and immersive descriptions, Immune turns one of the most intricate, interconnected, and confusing subjects—immunology—into a gripping adventure through an astonishing alien landscape. Immune is a vital and remarkably fun crash course in what is arguably, and increasingly, the most important system in the body.

#2083  j.p.s 02-06-2022, 03:43 PM
Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino is on sale at today for $1.99. I have not read it, but it won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

#2084  issybird 02-21-2022, 11:08 AM
A couple of non-fiction books at Amazon caught my eye.

Wasps by Michael Knox Beran is an analysis of Wasp (the people, not the insects) culture in America. This came out just last year, published by S&S, regularly $18.99 but currently $1.99. I read a favorable review in the WaPo.

And one of my favorite books, The Seven Storey Mountain, the classic memoir of his early years, conversion and entrance into a monastery by Thomas Merton, one of the seminal religious writers and thinkers of the 20th century. On sale for $2.99.

#2085  Catlady 02-21-2022, 11:16 AM
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Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino is on sale at today for $1.99. I have not read it, but it won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.
I read it; it's excellent and eye-opening.

#2086  salty-horse 02-28-2022, 03:33 AM
God: An Anatomy by Francesca Stavrakopoulou is £0.99 on
This is on my wishlist, but I'm not in the UK
Three thousand years ago, in the Southwest Asian lands we now call Israel and Palestine, a group of people worshipped a complex pantheon of deities, led by a father god called El. El had seventy children, who were gods in their own right. One of them was a minor storm deity, known as Yahweh. Yahweh had a body, a wife, offspring and colleagues. He fought monsters and mortals. He gorged on food and wine, wrote books, and took walks and naps. But he would become something far larger and far more abstract: the God of the great monotheistic religions.

But as Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou reveals, God’s cultural DNA stretches back centuries before the Bible was written, and persists in the tics and twitches of our own society, whether we are believers or not. The Bible has shaped our ideas about God and religion, but also our cultural preferences about human existence and experience; our concept of life and death; our attitude to sex and gender; our habits of eating and drinking; our understanding of history. Examining God’s body, from his head to his hands, feet and genitals, she shows how the Western idea of God developed. She explores the places and artefacts that shaped our view of this singular God and the ancient religions and societies of the biblical world. And in doing so she analyses not only the origins of our oldest monotheistic religions, but also the origins of Western culture.

#2087  Little.Egret 03-05-2022, 08:12 PM
Seven! by Tim Harford, undercover economist and inventor of BBC Radio 4 program and podcast More or Less

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#2088  Avice 03-06-2022, 08:46 PM
A decent selection of books from The University Press of Kentucky have dropped to 99¢ on Kindle US and Kobo. You'll need to check the price history on individual books to know if it's a good deal or not. archfield=Imprint&pageNumber=1&sort=PriceAsc s+of+Kentucky&s=price-asc-rank (URL copied from Jungle Search)

I was alerted to the sale by my wishlist price drop for this ebook:
"You've Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture" by Lilly J. Goren, $0.99 at Kindle US and Kobo:
No matter what brand of feminism one may subscribe to, one thing is indisputable: the role of women in society during the past several decades has changed dramatically, and continues to change in a variety of ways. In You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, Lilly J. Goren and an impressive group of contributors explore the remarkable advancement achieved by American women in a historically patriarchal social and political landscape, while examining where women stand today and contemplating the future challenges they face worldwide. As comprehensive as it is accessible, You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby appeals to anyone interested in confronting the struggles and celebrating the achievements of women in modern society.

#2089  salty-horse 03-11-2022, 05:03 AM
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado is $1.99 on
A memoir about an abusive relationship. Was on my wishlist.
In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

And it’s that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope—the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman—through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.

Machado’s dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.

#2090  salty-horse 03-11-2022, 10:28 AM
The Code Book by Simon Singh is $1.99 on
Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who helped the Allies win World War II, to the incredible (and incredibly simple) logisitical breakthrough that made Internet commerce secure, The Code Book tells the story of the most powerful intellectual weapon ever known: secrecy.

Throughout the text are clear technical and mathematical explanations, and portraits of the remarkable personalities who wrote and broke the world's most difficult codes. Accessible, compelling, and remarkably far-reaching, this book will forever alter your view of history and what drives it. It will also make you wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.

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