Nov 132012

I’m usually all about ebooks and reducing the paper on the shelves, but today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal has a number of collectible booksets, at up to 60% off, that would be nice gifts, for collectors or those who haven’t joined the digital reading revolution. Several of these were just released today, so if you already had one of them on pre-order, you’ll automatically get the GoldBox price. Limit two per customer and while supplies last.

This past weekend’s Fictionwise coupon, 110912, good for 45% off, is still working (probably thru Wed). The discount combines with the new release discount, so it might be a good time to pick up the new issues from Dell Magazines (Fantasy/ SciFi/ Ellory Queen Mysteries; DRM-free, multiple formats).

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is Lit ($1.99), by Mary Karr.

Book Description
The Liars’ Club brought to vivid, indelible life Mary Karr’s hardscrabble Texas childhood. Cherry, her account of her adolescence, “continued to set the literary standard for making the personal universal” (Entertainment Weekly). Now Lit follows the self-professed blackbelt sinner’s descent into the inferno of alcoholism and madness—and to her astonishing resurrection.

Karr’s longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting blueblood poet produces a son they adore. But she can’t outrun her apocalyptic past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in “The Mental Marriott,” with an oddball tribe of gurus and saviors, awakens her to the possibility of joy and leads her to an unlikely faith. Not since Saint Augustine cried, “Give me chastity, Lord—but not yet!” has a conversion story rung with such dark hilarity.

Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. Written with Karr’s relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up—as only Mary Karr can tell it.

Sipping from the Nile: My Exodus from Egypt ($1.57 / £0.99 UK), by Jean Naggar, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (the US edition is $5.99/KLL Eligible). The companion audiobook is $1.99 for those in the US (and appears to be $2.29 for those in the UK).

Book Description
Born into a prominent, sophisticated Jewish family who spend time in Europe and live in the Middle East, author Jean Naggar’s coming of age memoir tells the story of her protected youth in an exotic multicultural milieu. To Naggar her childhood seemed a magical time that would never come to an end. But in 1956, Egyptian President Nasser’s nationalizing of the Suez Canal set in motion events that would change her life forever.

An enchanted way of life suddenly ended by multinational hostilities, her close-knit extended family is soon scattered far and wide. Naggar’s own family moves to London where she finishes her schooling and is swept into adulthood and the challenge of new horizons in America. Speaking for a different wave of immigrants whose Sephardic origins highlight the American Jewish story through an unfamiliar lens, Naggar traces her personal journey through lost worlds and difficult transitions, exotic locales and strong family values. The story resonates for all in this poignant exploration of the innocence of childhood in a world breaking apart.

Angel of Darkness ($3.99 Kindle, B&N), by Cynthia Eden, is the Nook Daily Find, price matched on Kindle. Not a bad price and I don’t see it in the libraries I belong to.

Book Description
He Fell For Her

Nicole St. James was a nice woman. An innocent, pretty, twentysomething schoolteacher with her life ahead of her. But as the angel of death, it’s Keenan’s job to take that life away. So when a vampire attacks Nicole, Keenan is not supposed to snap and take out the vampire instead. It cost him his wings–but she’s worth it.

Except when Keenan catches up to his pretty schoolteacher, she’s not so innocent anymore. Hot red lipstick, tight black shorts and long white fangs–she’s ready to kick the asses of anyone who helped turn her into a damn bloodsucker. Unless that ass is unusually shapely and attached to a certain fallen angel. Even with all of heaven and half of hell after them, someone will have to teach Keenan about the fun kinds of sin. . .

Today’s Kindle Kids Daily Deal is The Elephant’s Child ($0.99), by Rudyard Kipling and Tim Raglin (Illustrator).

Book Description

Rudyard Kipling’s story of how the elephant got its trunk has always delighted children with its playful use of language and sense of high adventure. Never has there been a more satisfying rendering of Kipling’s most beloved “Just So” story, which explains what the world was like “in the beginning of years when the world was new and all…”

Age Level: 3 and up

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