Monday, January 7, 2013

Kindle Daily Deal: Books by Barbara Kingsolver, CJ Archer, Lem Stanislaw or Debby Dahl Edwardson

Here is today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

Today's Kindle Daily Deal, only $1.99

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver.

Here's your chance to get this bestseller by Barbara Kingsolver at a bargain price.

"Every great novel has characters who grow and change. Nathan's change took place in the Pacific in WWII. He does not change again and grow beyond that point. While he expects the Africans to change into Christians, they are constant in their own culture. That leaves it to the women of the Poisonwood Bible to change and grow. And, they do not disappoint us. Like other readers, I found the first 100 or so pages slow going. I almost put it down. But I am so glad I persisted. I highly recommend the Poisonwood Bible, and hope that there is enough that is unique in the above to justify posting a 489th review." -- Patricia A. Powell

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

The novel is set against one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century: the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium, the murder of its first elected prime minister, the CIA coup to install his replacement, and the insidious progress of a world economic order that robs the fledgling African nation of its autonomy. Against this backdrop, Orleanna Price reconstructs the story of her evangelist husband's part in the Western assault on Africa, a tale indelibly darkened by her own losses and unanswerable questions about her own culpability. Also narrating the story, by turns, are her four daughters—the self-centered, teenaged Rachel; shrewd adolescent twins Leah and Adah; and Ruth May, a prescient five-year-old. These sharply observant girls, who arrive in the Congo with racial preconceptions forged in 1950s Georgia, will be marked in surprisingly different ways by their father's intractable mission, and by Africa itself. Ultimately each must strike her own separate path to salvation. Their passionately intertwined stories become a compelling exploration of moral risk and personal responsibility.

570 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 1632 reviews.

Here's today's Romance Daily Deal, 99 cents today only!

Her Secret Desire (A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players), by C.J. Archer.

Today's romance is by KindleBoards member CJ Archer, and looks like a fun read for only $0.99!

"Amusing, full of life and worth reading. I won't go into the details, because many other people have, but I love a book that is perfect for winter reading, you are inside, want to go outside but the day is blah!! This book makes up for all that and has you laughing, too many books leave you feeling unsettled and dissatisfied, this book delivers, makes it a must read and a good book to re-read. Enjoy it!!!" -- Trinigal67

Previously available as A Secret Life.

Prepare for a romp through Elizabethan England, where finding love is written in the stars...
Comely, courageous Minerva “Min” Peabody, a poor but passionate playwright, is determined to make her mark. Ill-fated to live in Elizabethan England, when women—deemed the inferior sex—most assuredly did not write plays, Min will prevail. With her finished play in hand, she implores Roger Style, a local theatre manager in London, to read it. Though desperate in his own right—due to a string of commercial failures—all Style sees before him is a woman playwright, and refuses to even look at her work.

On impulse, Min changes her story, claiming the play was written by the man standing across the street, and secures the manager’s agreement to review it. But her choice of surrogate, Robert “Blake” Blakewell, promises to be a mixed blessing indeed. Blake, a handsome blue-eyed sea captain with his own agenda, is a man with a mysterious past, a pair of breathtaking shoulders, and an irresistible aura of intrigue. Though he agrees to her outlandish proposal, she has to wonder, as she gets lost in his eyes, what in the world she’s gotten herself into.

Blake’s own mission? To ferret out the cad in Roger Style’s theatre company responsible for getting his sister with child. And when that objective threatens to derail Min’s nascent career, his dilemma is a daunting one: protect either his family’s honor or the woman who’s slowly but surely softening his heart and winning his love.

Funny, fast-paced, and with a deliciously dark edge, Her Secret Desire speaks to any woman who’s ever had to fight for her dreams in a world that just won’t take her seriously.

316 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 28 reviews.

Here's today's Sci Fi & Fantasy Daily Deal, available for $1.99 today!

Return From The Stars (Helen and Kurt Wolff Books), by Stanislaw Lem.

This seems like one of those "must haves" for a sci-fi library. Though not a big reader of sci-fi, I do read it, and will likely add this one!

"A quiet masterpiece....This is one of those books that you read, put down, read again and then find something that is scarily predictive of not the far future, but of recent times. " -- Joanna Daneman

Hal Bregg is an astronaut who returns from a space mission in which only 10 biological years have passed for him, while 127 years have elapsed on earth. He finds that the earth has changed beyond recognition, filled with human beings who have been medically neutralized. How does an astronaut join a civilization that shuns risk' Translated by Barbara Marszal and Frank Simpson. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

256 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 15 reviews.

Here's today's Kids Daily Deal, available for $1.99 cents today!

My Name Is Not Easy, by Debby Dahl Edwardson.

This one sounds really good... I love a good kid's book. Oh, Kindle Daily Deal, you're going to make me go broke1

"The most powerful stories have qualities that are unique and universal. Debby Dahl Edwardson's MY NAME IS NOT EASY is such a story. In some ways, it is a classic boarding school story, and in others it is uniquely Alaskan. Edwardson draws characters from distinct backgrounds and cultures and throws them together in a strict Catholic boarding school where they clash and bond and grow together. There is heartbreaking loss, there is new love, and there is a growing understanding of the importance of standing up for what you believe in and the power of civil disobedience. Edwardson's lyrical prose draws the reader in to the landscape and culture of northern Alaska, a world that is foreign to most of us." -- Jane Buchanan

My name is not easy. My name is hard like ocean ice grinding the shore . . . Luke knows his Iñupiaq name is full of sounds white people can’t say. So he leaves it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles away from their Arctic village. At Sacred Heart School, students—Eskimo, Indian, White—line up on different sides of the cafeteria like there’s some kind of war going on. Here, speaking Iñupiaq—or any native language—is forbidden. And Father Mullen, whose fury is like a force of nature, is ready to slap down those who disobey. Luke struggles to survive at Sacred Heart. But he’s not the only one. There’s smart-aleck Amiq, a daring leader— if he doesn’t self-destruct; Chickie, blond and freckled, a different kind of outsider; and small, quiet Junior, noticing everything and writing it all down. They each have their own story to tell. But once their separate stories come together, things at Sacred Heart School—and the wider world—will never be the same.

259 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 32 reviews.

Happy Reading!

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