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#1171  issybird 07-23-2022, 06:12 PM
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And discountable at Kobo, and "Partners22" still works, so $1.79 there, or even less if you have Kobo VIP, which does stack with the coupon code:
And don’t overlook signing in through Rakuten, for another 5%.
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#1172  ZodWallop 07-25-2022, 09:32 AM
The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving is $1.99 at Amazon US.

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“The first of my father’s illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels.” So says John Berry, son of a hapless dreamer, brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings, and chronicler of the lives lived, the loves experienced, the deaths met, and the myriad strange and wonderful times encountered by the family Berry. Hoteliers, pet-bear owners, friends of Freud (the animal trainer and vaudevillian, that is), and playthings of mad fate, they “dream on” in a funny, sad, outrageous, and moving novel by the remarkable author of A Prayer for Owen Meany and Last Night in Twisted River.
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#1173  salty-horse 07-29-2022, 03:58 AM
The Game of Kings (The Lymond Chronicles #1) by Dorothy Dunnett is $2 on Amazon.com
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In this first book in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, Francis Crawford of Lymond, traitor, murderer, nobleman, returns to Scotland to redeem his reputation and save his home.

It is 1547 and Scotland has been humiliated by an English invasion and is threatened by machinations elsewhere beyond its borders, but it is still free. Paradoxically, her freedom may depend on a man who stands accused of treason. He is Francis Crawford of Lymond, a scapegrace nobleman of crooked felicities and murderous talents, posessed of a scholar's erudition and a tongue as wicked as a rapier. In The Game of Kings, this extraordinary antihero returns to the country that has outlawed him to redeem his reputations even at the risk of his life.
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#1174  salty-horse 08-16-2022, 09:59 AM
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley is $2 on Amazon.com
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A masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family from one of the literary icons of our time.

Ptolemy Grey is ninety-one years old and has been all but forgotten-by his family, his friends, even himself-as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy's only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life. until he meets Robyn, his niece's seventeen-year-old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew's funeral.

But Robyn will not tolerate Ptolemy's hermitlike existence. She challenges him to interact more with the world around him, and he grasps more firmly onto his disappearing consciousness. However, this new activity pushes Ptolemy into the fold of a doctor touting an experimental drug that guarantees Ptolemy won't live to see age ninety- two but that he'll spend his last days in feverish vigor and clarity. With his mind clear, what Ptolemy finds-in his own past, in his own apartment, and in the circumstances surrounding his grand-nephew's death-is shocking enough to spur an old man to action, and to ensure a legacy that no one will forget.

In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosley captures the compromised state of his protagonist's mind with profound sensitivity and insight, and creates an unforgettable pair of characters at the center of a novel that is sure to become a true contemporary classic.
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#1175  tch65721 08-28-2022, 04:38 PM
The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander - $1.99
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E2H0BPK

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Dublin, 1962. Within the gated grounds of the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city’s Magdalen Laundries. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Some inmates are “fallen” women—unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man...
I have not read the book but the movie was a real eye-opener.
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#1176  ZodWallop 09-01-2022, 10:09 AM
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin is $1.99 at Amazon US. It's a classic, telling stories from a different time when San Fransisco was a different city. I had trouble getting into the stories because of the format (they were originally written in short snippets for publication in the San Fransisco Chronicle). Worth reading for a throw back to when macramé was popular and San Fransisco was the center of the gay universe.

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For almost four decades Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.
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#1177  curtw 09-01-2022, 10:40 AM
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The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander - $1.99
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E2H0BPK



I have not read the book but the movie was a real eye-opener.
Even more shocking, the last of the Magdalen Asylums was not closed until 1996. And it wasn't because of any moral awakening that the treatment of the girls was essentially slavery; it was because most homes in Ireland by then had their own washer and dryer, and the demand for laundry services had dropped off.
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#1178  Tarana 09-01-2022, 10:43 AM
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The DC Comics Encyclopedia: New Edition By DK Publishing $1.99 Amazon and Kobo

I bought the Star Wars Encyclopedia when that was on special and it was great for my Star Wars adoring cousin. However, it works far better on a Fire than an ereader.
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#1179  ZodWallop 09-10-2022, 01:19 AM
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami is $2.99 at Amazon US.

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In a Tokyo suburb, a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat—and then for his wife as well—in a netherworld beneath the city’s placid surface. As these searches intersect, he encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists. Gripping, prophetic, and suffused with comedy and menace, this is one of Haruki Murakami’s most acclaimed and beloved novels.
#1 Best Seller in New Adult & College Fantasy? Amazon's categories are some BS man.
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#1180  Tarana 09-13-2022, 11:13 AM
Greyhound By C. S. Forester $2.99 Amazon, Kobo and B&N
Action Adventure - historical fiction
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A high-stakes naval thriller that inspired a film starring Tom Hanks: During World War II, Commander George Krause of the US Navy must protect a convoy of merchant ships against a fleet of German submarines… Originally published as The Good Shepherd and acclaimed as one of the best novels of the year upon publication in 1955
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