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Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944 – FREE

Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944
Joseph Balkoski
5 stars

In this unforgettable narrative of D-Day, Joseph Balkoski describes the minute-by-minute combat as it unfolded on Omaha Beach, allowing soldiers to speak for themselves as they recall their attempts to maneuver bombers through heavy cloud cover, the claustrophobic terror aboard transports, and the relentless fire that greeted them on the beach. Equal parts oral history and meticulous reconstruction, Omaha Beach is the closest the modern reader can get to experiencing the Normandy landings firsthand.


The Anne Boleyn Collection – The Real Truth about the Tudors – FREE

The Anne Boleyn Collection – The Real Truth about the Tudors
Claire Ridgway
4 star historical biography

“I’ve been a history buff all my life, both as a reader and as a writer. I thought I knew about Anne and her Boleyn family, Henry VIII and his court, but this book fills in so many blanks for me that I will read it more than once…This is a book for the legion of Tudor fiction readers, who want to know the
stories behind the myths, the truth behind the legend…Absolutely fascinating read. ” – Jeane Westin, Author of His Last Letter

“The Anne Boleyn Collection” brings together the most popular articles from top Tudor website The Anne Boleyn Files. Articles which have provoked discussion and debate. Articles that people have found fascinating.
Written in Claire’s easy-going style, but with an emphasis on good history and sound research, these articles are perfect reading for Tudor history lovers everywhere. Discover the real truth about the Tudors.

The Miracle of Stalag 8A (Stalag VIII-A) – Beauty Beyond the Horror: Olivier Messiaen and the Quartet for the End of Time – FREE

The Miracle of Stalag 8A (Stalag VIII-A) – Beauty Beyond the Horror: Olivier Messiaen and the Quartet for the End of Time
John William McMullen
5 star nonfiction

The Miracle of Stalag 8A is a retelling of the fascinating story of Olivier Messiaen’s composition of his Quartet for the End of Time. Set in France & Germany from 1939 to 1941, Messiaen served in the French army, was captured at Verdun, and sent to Stalag 8A in Gorlitz, Germany, where he composed the great work, The Quartet for the End of Time.

The enigmatic Messiaen, an avant-garde composer and also a devout Catholic, along with Etienne Pasquier, an agnostic cellist, Henri Akoka, a Jewish Trotskyite Clarinetist, and Jean le Boulaire, an atheistic violinist, become the famous quartet of Stalag 8A. These four very different men collaborated to create musical history in the most unlikely of places. Messiaen’s Quartet, composed in a Stalag, transforms man’s inhumanity to man with hope.

Yet to the avant-garde, he was too traditional and too religious; to the traditionalists and religious, he was too avant-garde. As a result he will always stand somewhere outside of Time. The first performance of the Quartet for the End of Time at Stalag 8A in January 1941 has become, in the words of Paul Griffiths, “one of the great stories of twentieth-century music”.

P is for Princess: The Extraordinary Lives of 26 Real-Life Princesses – FREE

P is for Princess: The Extraordinary Lives of 26 Real-Life Princesses
Kerry Given
New release

In fairy tales, the story often ends when a girl becomes a princess. What happens next? “Happily ever after” … whatever that means.

In the real world, the story does not end when a girl becomes a princess. In fact, that’s usually when the most interesting part begins!

P is for Princess tells the stories of 26 extraordinary real-life princesses from around the world. It’s the perfect gift for any girl who’s ever dreamed of being a princess!

Drinking with Dead Women Writers – FREE

Drinking with Dead Women Writers (Drinking with Dead Writers)
Elaine Ambrose (Author), AK Turner (Author)
4+ stars

Essays on drinking with Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Erma Bombeck, The Bronte Sisters, Willa Cather, Emily Dickinson, George Eliot, Margaret Mead, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Margaret Mitchell, Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor, Sylvia Plath, Ayn Rand and Virginia Woolf.

Most early female writers used pen names because women weren’t regarded as competent writers.

Margaret Mitchell wrote only one published novel in her lifetime, but Gone with the Wind won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937 and sold more than 30 million copies.

Emily Dickinson was so paranoid that she only spoke to people from behind a door.

Carson McCullers wrote The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at age 22. Her husband wanted them to commit suicide in the French countryside, but she refused.

Ambrose and Turner explore these and other intriguing facts about the most famous (but departed) women in literary history.

Behind Jane Austen’s Door – FREE

Behind Jane Austen’s Door
Jennifer Forest
4+ stars

Behind Jane Austen’s Door takes you on a tour of a Regency house, room by room, to explore the delicate challenges and the beautiful lives of Jane Austen’s women.

Jane Austen did not place her stories in castles or on the battlefields, but in that one building so important to Elizabeth and Elinor, a home of their own.

What was life like for Jane Austen’s women in the home? From drawing room diva, to mother, wife and savvy housekeeper, Jane Austen’s women lived fascinating lives in their homes. Behind Jane Austen’s Door is 14,500 words, perfect for a few hours relaxing reading.

You’re a Grand Old Flag: A Patriotic Book based on the Classic Song – FREE

You’re a Grand Old Flag: A Patriotic Book based on the Classic Song (4th of July Favorites for all ages)
George M. Cohen (Author), Xist Publishing (Illustrator)
New release

The lyrics this patriotic classic are combined with stunning photographs of the American flag and displays of USA pride.

With one line on each page, people of all ages will enjoy singing the song while looking at the images. Celebrate America’s Independence day with this short book and use it as a teaching tool to share the song and images of the flag with children for the fourth of July

Dirty Secrets, Dirty War – FREE

Dirty Secrets, Dirty War
David Cox (Author), Robert J. Cox (Foreword)
Unrated nonfiction, South American politics

From 1976-1983, an estimated 30,000 people disappeared in Argentina. They were victims of the “Dirty War” – a brutal campaign designed by the government to root out possible subversives. Those suspected of being dissidents were kidnapped and taken to secret detention centers. Most were tortured and then killed – never seen again.

Robert J. Cox, editor of the Buenos Aires Herald, did what few others were willing to do – he told the truth about what was happening. Every day his newspaper reported on the kidnappings and killings. He challenged those in power – asking questions and demanding answers. Cox’s commitment to reporting the truth made him a hero to the families of the disappeared, but an enemy of the state.

Jazz Anecdotes:Second Time Around – .99!

Jazz Anecdotes:Second Time Around
Bill Crow
4+ stars
Save nearly $18 off the digital list price!

When jazz musicians get together, they often delight one another with stories about the great, or merely remarkable, players and singers they’ve worked with. One good story leads to another until someone says, “Somebody ought to write these down!” With Jazz Anecdotes, somebody finally has. Drawing on a rich verbal tradition, bassist and jazz writer Bill Crow has culled stories from a wide variety of sources, including interviews, biographies and a remarkable oral history collection, which resides at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, to paint fascinating and very human portraits of jazz musicians.

FREE Biography!

Sliding on the Snow Stone
Andy Szpuk
5 stars

It is astonishing that anyone lived this story. It is even more astonishing that anyone survived it.

Stefan grows up in the grip of a raging famine. Stalin’s Five Year Plan brings genocide to Ukraine – millions of people starve to death. To free themselves from the daily terrors of Soviet rule, Stefan and his friends fight imaginary battles in nearby woods to defend their land. The games they play are their only escape.

‘Sliding on the Snow Stone’ is the true story of Stefan’s extraordinary journey across a landscape of hunger, fear and devastating loss. With Europe on the brink of World War Two, Stefan and his family pray they’ll survive in their uncertain world. They long to be free.

(In 1932-33, as part of their drive towards industrialisation, the Soviet Union demanded impossibly high requisitions of grain from rural areas in Ukraine. In a deliberate act of genocide, Ukrainian smallholdings were stripped of food, and the population began to perish, with some estimates as high as 10 million deaths, from starvation. In Ukraine, this atrocity became known as the Holodomor (death by hunger). The following years saw Soviet purges and terrors resulting in the elimination of academics and intellectuals, or of anyone who spoke out against Soviet rule. When World War Two arrived on Ukraine’s doorstep, many people viewed the Nazis as liberators – a view that was quickly proved wrong. ‘Sliding on the Snow Stone’ is Stefan’s personal account of a historical period drenched in the blood of a nation, and of his yearning for freedom).

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