Jan 232013

Today’s Gold Box at Amazon is “Up to 60% Off Select Shun Classic Knife Sets.”

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is Requiem for a Dream ($1.99), by Hubert Selby Jr. Careful if searching for this one on your Kindle, as the older edition is $10; the one you want is published by Open Road.

Book Description
An evocative, poignant saga of four people trapped—and ultimately destroyed—by their addictions

Sara Goldfarb is devastated by the death of her husband. She spends her days watching game shows and obsessing over appearing on television as a contestant—and her prescription diet pills only accelerate her mania. Her son, Harry, is living in the streets with his friend Tyrone and girlfriend Marion, where they spend their days selling drugs and dreaming of escape. When their heroin supply dries up, all three descend into an abyss of dependence and despair, their lives, like Sara’s, doomed by the destructive power of drugs.

Tragic and captivating, Requiem for a Dream is one of Selby’s most powerful works, and an indelible portrait of the ravages of addiction.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby, Jr., including rare photos from the author’s estate.

Today’s Kindle Romance Daily Deal is Texas Wild ($1.99), the 23rd title in The Westmorelands series by Brenda Jackson.

Book Description
Megan Westmoreland needs answers about her family’s past. And Rico Claiborne is the man to find them. But when the truth comes out, Rico offers her a shoulder to lean on…and much, much more. Megan has heard that passions burn hotter in Texas. Now she’s ready to find out….

Today’s Kindle SciFi/Fantasy Daily Deal is Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf ($1.99), by David Madsen (published by Dedalus).

Book Description
Dedalus specialises in fiction that could roughly be classified as gothic or arcane – or indeed gnostic. First published in 1995, this one immediately caught readers’ imaginations and has since become something of a contemporary classic. It has a cute frame opening (‘ It is not necessary for me to relate precisely how these memoirs fell into my hands…’ ) and an ugly, if memorable opening proper, reminiscent of the start of Earthly Powers: ‘ This morning his Holiness summoned me to read from St Augustine, while the physician applied unguents and salves to his suppurating arse…’ The rest is freakish couplings, religious sects, torture: a cracking read for all ages, then. Giles Foden in The Guardian

A Winter Book ($1.57 / £0.99 UK), by Tove Jansson, is the Kindle Deal of the day for those in the UK (no US edition).

Book Description
Translated from the Swedish by Kingsley Hart, Silvester Mazzarella and David McDuff.??INTRODUCED BY ALI SMITH

Following the widely acclaimed and bestselling The Summer Book, here is a Winter Book collection of some of Tove Jansson’s best loved and most famous stories. Drawn from youth and older age, and spanning most of the twentieth century, this newly translated selection provides a thrilling showcase of the great Finnish writer’s prose, scattered with insights and home truths. It has been selected and is introduced by Ali Smith.??

The Winter Book features 13 stories from Tove Jansson’s first book for adults, The Sculptor’s Daughter (1968) plus 7 of her most cherished later stories (from 1971 to 1996), translated into English and published here for the first time.

With afterwords by Philip Pullman, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Esther Freud.

Sly Fox ($2.99 $1.99 Kindle, B&N), by Jeanine Pirro, is the Nook Daily Find, not quite now price matched on Kindle.

Book Description
Westchester, New York, 1976–Cocaine abuse is rampant, the county courthouse is a boys’ club, and men are still legally permitted to beat their wives. Enter Dani Fox, the feisty, ambitious twenty-five-year-old assistant district attorney tired of feeling like an outsider and hungry to bring abusers to justice.

Dani confronts emotionally challenging crime scenes and uncooperative colleagues, facing threats to her safety–and even the safety of her pet pig, Wilbur–in order to protect society’s silent victims. Spearheading the country’s first domestic violence unit in a shifting legal landscape, Dani must find allies where she can, especially when she discovers a seemingly simple case has some shocking twists. But who can she trust, and which of her colleagues will she end up battling both in and out of the courtroom?

Drawing from her own past as a dynamic, hard-charging former district attorney, Emmy-winning Judge Jeanine Pirro’s debut page-turner is ripped from the headlines, full of gripping details, authentic thrills, and suspenseful realism that can only come from a courtroom litigator who’s been in the trenches.

Today’s Kindle Kids Daily Deal is Fishtale ($1.99), by Hans Bauer and Catherine Masciola, with the companion audiobook only $1.99.

Book Description
What might have been an ordinary fishing trip becomes an unforgettable adventure when twelve-year-old Sawyer Brown pursues a legendary giant catfish and a stolen ring that may hold the key to his mother’s life.

Sawyer’s family runs a catfish farm in rural Mississippi. When his widowed mom gets sick after a pond “cat” swallows her wedding ring, Sawyer is sure the missing ring is to blame. Strange clues and a local myth convince him that the pond cat has become a meal for a far more challenging catch. He sets out with two friends and his stowaway little sister to solve the secret of the ring.

Journeying deep into a remote bayou, the foursome must rely on their wits and each other to navigate the teeming swamp, outsmart a sneaky poacher, and overcome their differences in pursuit of a colossal catfish. But this is no ordinary fish. This is Ol’ One Eye—the biggest, oldest, smartest, and meanest darn cat that ever swam the Yazoo River! And before long, the adventurers aren’t sure who is chasing who.

This is a fish tale that readers won’t want to miss.

Grade Level: 4th and up

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