Thursday, September 12, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Thursday Sep 12)

The Enemy We Know (Suspense with a Dash of Humor 1), by Donna White Glaser. (Still 2.99?)

"The Enemy We Know is an intriguing, funny, and moving story peopled with characters you will remember long after the last page. If Letty lived in my neighborhood I'd buy her a virgin margarita and talk about all the people we know who are just as odd as we are." -- Amazon reviewer

Book One in the Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery series - a mix of suspense and humor with deadly consequences.

"It had me laughing, crying, and freaked out (but in a good way.)"
- P.T. (

"Fans of mysteries should enjoy this debut novel."
- K. Sozaeva (Vine Voice, Top 1000 Reviewers)

Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker, a professional secret keeper, has a secret of her own. When one of her clients slips free from an abusive boyfriend, Letty becomes the target of his violent rage. Wayne invades Letty's life, slithering his way past the barriers erected between her personal and professional lives, leaving gifts of dead rats, mutilated dolls, and freaky Shakespearian sonnets.

Worst of all, Wayne uncovers Letty's deepest shame, infiltrating her AA group and threatening to expose her to the state licensing board. And then--good news--Wayne is murdered. The bad news? The police suspect Letty. Worse yet, the sonnets and bloody souvenirs keep coming. Someone else has been watching Letty. Someone eager to drop bodies at her feet like a cat offering dead mole trophies to his mistress.

Someone willing to kill again.

322 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 58 reviews.

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Art of a Jewish Woman: The True Story of How a Penniless Holocaust Escapee Became an Influential Modern Art Connoisseur (formerly titled Felice's Worlds), by Henry Massie. (Still 2.99?)

"This is an engaging book about a fascinating woman. It's a biography as told by her son which offers readers a new way of thinking about the idea of "holocaust survivor" and how trauma reverberates from one generation to another. The narrative moves along briskly, taking us from France to Palestine to Poland to America as we follow Felice's escape from the war zones of the 20th century. The narrative is restrained but honest and insightful, giving us a portrait of a woman who is both admirable and troubled, indomitable and damaged. And it shows a son who comes to understand more about both his mother and himself in the process of telling her story." -- Amazon reviewer

First she escaped the Holocaust and the poverty of the shtetl. After that, she moved in many worlds. And in every one she made her mark.

"Henry Massie never blinks as he creates an astonishing chronicle of a life in diaspora. Only a son could capture this passionate spirit, who escaped both Adolf Hitler and Joe McCarthy." -Patty Friedmann, author of Too Jewish

Art of a Jewish Woman is a memoir and biography of Massie's mother, a brilliant and beautiful woman who escaped the Holocaust and participated in many of the most critical periods of the 20th Century. One part historical biography, weaving World War II era European cultural relationships with the history of Modern Art, and one part inspirational romance, it paints a vivid portrait of Felice as an indomitable spirit, her boldness and resilience a beacon of hope.

"The most clear expose on the Holocaust and European history that I've read outside of text books ... A mesmerizing, rare and unforgettable read." -A Bookish Libraria

"A biography that chronicles an amazing life ... Vivid rather than stuffy." -A Universe in Words

From the author:
I had listened to my mother’s tales all my life and wanted to share them. She was an escapee from a Polish shtetl wiped out by the Nazis, a high-school political activist in Lithuania, a university student in France who lost her first love tragically, a partisan for Arab-Jewish co-existence in Palestine who was caught in the first intifada in 1936, and a penniless arrival to America in 1937.

Yet when she died she had amassed one of the most important collections of Modern Art in the world and was a university lecturer on the subject.

When she was lecturing on modern art at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, young women flocked to her. She advised them on their love-life and mentored them in their education. She never spoke of the Feminist movement, however one of her college students said height of feminism in the 1970s, "She was the quintessential modern woman. That short hair [like Audrey Hepburn's], those clothes [colorful folkloric during the day, black skirt to the knee with a black top in the evening], that lovely petite body with the big brown eyes. She was alive, forceful, independent and challenging."

In writing about her, I understood for the first time how her experience of losing loved ones to the Nazis had been passed on to her American son.

But as a psychiatrist, I was drawn to Felice’s story because it shows so much resilience in the face of terrible emotional trauma. Her life dramatizes how just keeping on through days of having nothing but a belief that "someday I will have something," can be a powerful survival tool.

220 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 101 reviews.

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Stone and Silt, by Harvey Chute. (Still 4.99?)

"'Stone & Silt' reads a lot like a cozy mystery, and the author does a great job in dropping a few hints here and there which builds up for the end as you try to guess 'whodunit'. The author presents some great imagery of the Fraser Canyon during the Gold Rush years as Nikaia's family travels to and from Fort Yale to Lytton. We also learn a lot about the First Nations people (or 'Native Indians' as the author refers in the book) and their rich customs. 'Stone & Silt' is a story for all ages that also leaves behind a great message of the importance and value of family. This story was written from the author's heart, and it shows." -- Amazon reviewer

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love.

210 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 6 reviews.

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Tarot Spreads for Love, Career and More: Get Your Questions Answered, by Ian Eshey. (Still free?)

"This book is the go to book for beginners wanting a basic understanding of the Tarot. The kinds of layouts range from one card, three card, and several others to use depending on what the querrant wants to know. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to understand the Tarot in a simple to understand way." -- Amazon reviewer

"Conversational, friendly, and fun, makes this book accessible to all levels of readers."

Despite what you may have heard about tarot reading, you don't have to be psychic to do one. There are a few simple things you need to know to start doing readings for yourself and your friends in no time.

(Table of Contents below)

This book includes spreads that answer a variety of useful questions:
- Simple spreads for beginners, including the one- and two- card spreads.
- Popular spreads like Horseshoe and Celtic cross.
- More specific spreads like "Does he love me'" and "How to get my ex back".

Spreads are easy to accomplish and include helpful pictures to give people more of an idea of what to focus on.

But this book is not only about spreads, it provides great advice with EXPLANATIONS AND EXAMPLES that show how something should be done and clarify what many people might have been doing wrong; e.g. framing questions correctly.

Stories in the book are very relatable and show real people; how they are often not even aware of small items that actually create their problems. And the real life sample readings tie together everything that has been said.

What other Tarot readers say about this book"I really liked the book. You explain the layouts and how to tweak them very well and make it sound fun and simple."

"A really well written book that lays out a wonderful starting method with clear explanations."

"An excellent book for anyone curious about tarot cards to pick up."

"I love that you make this simple enough that someone who is just starting can easily create a spread."

Free bonus: Quick Tarot Primer 

There is a free bonus to get less-experienced readers started; a "Quick Tarot Primer" companion-booklet as a free download from the website.

Basically you get two complete books for the price of one!

96 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 7 reviews.

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