Thursday, April 21, 2011

Free ebooks: Heir to the Everlasting, Beyond the Bougainsvillea, and 2 more

   There are several free ebooks to tell you about today. Two are available as freebies for Kindle only today. The first of these is 'Heir to the Everlasting' by Janice Daugharty. This is the story of the Alexander family, a southern family living in Georgia headed by a matriarch. The story begins in the early 1900's and follows the family through several generation. You can read reviews at Goodreads. Here is the synopsis from Amazon.

The Pulitzer-nominated author of EARL IN THE YELLOW SHIRT turns her acclaimed talents to an epic story of three generations of Southern women at Big Eddy, the home place they love. HEIR TO THE EVERLASTING begins at the turn of the last century with the beautiful, determined Pinkie Alexander, strong-willed matron of the Alexander clan. Come Hell or the high water of the south Georgia river which gave Big Eddy its name, Pinkie will ensure the survival of her family on their beloved land--a place where the family cemetery guards the spirit of the past, and where secrets, as well as the dearly departed, are buried. Follow the lives, loves, mysteries, deadly feuds and steely courage of the Alexander women through a full century of joys and sorrows. HEIR TO THE EVERLASTING showcases the culture, language and daily travails of their time and place with vivid storytelling skills and Janice Daugharty's love for "the working words." 

   Pick up your copy for Kindle here.

   If you are in the mood for more historical fiction pick up 'Beyond the Bougainvillea' by Dolores L. Durando. This story begins in the early 1920's on a farm in North Dakota. Mary Margaret has been married off by her father in return for a piece of land. Follow her story through the 1920's and into the Great Depression as she escapes North Dakota in search of happier things. Read the Goodreads reviews for more info. Here is the synopsis from Amazon.

She found her place in a turbulent era of deep passions, heartbreaking sacrifices, and grand dreams.When scholarly, smart Mary Margaret is sixteen, her father marries her off to a drunken neighbor in return for a tract of land. The year is 1924, and Mary Margaret's motherless childhood has already been hard as a farm girl on the desolate prairies of North Dakota. Abused and helpless, the new Mrs. "Marge" Garrity seems destined for a tragic fate.But Marge is determined to make her life count, no matter what. Her escape from her brutal marriage takes her to California, where she struggles to survive the Great Depression and soon answers the lure of the state's untamed northern half. There, embraced by the rough-and-ready people who built the great Ruck-a-chucky Dam on the American River, she begins to find her true mission in life and the possibility for love and happiness with an Army Corp engineer of Cherokee Indian descent.Author Dolores Durando knows Marge's world very well. She grew up ninety years ago on the plains of North Dakota.

   Pick up your copy for Kindle here.

   If you feel like learning something, pick up 'Allies and Enemies: How the World Depends on Bacteria' by Anne Maczulak. This book, written by a microbiologist, attempts to explain how bacteria can play both good roles and bad roles in our lives; the elimination of all bacteria is not only unnecessary, but also detrimental to human life. Some reviews found this to be a very quick, easy read and others found it to read more like a textbook, but almost all thought it was worth reading. You can see their reviews at Goodreads. Here is the synopsis from Amazon.

Bacteria are invisible, mysterious, deadly, self-sufficient…and absolutely essential for all life, including yours. No other living things combine their elegant simplicity with their incredibly complex role: Bacteria keep us alive, supply our food, and regulate our biosphere. We can’t live a day without them, and no chemical, antibiotic, or irradiation has ever successfully eradicated them. They’re our partners, like it or not--even though some of them will happily kill us.

Allies and Enemies tells the story of this amazing, intimate partnership. Authored by Anne Maczulak, a microbiologist who’s hunted and worked with an extraordinary array of bacteria, this book offers a powerful new perspective on Earth’s oldest creatures. You’ll discover how bacteria work, how they evolve, their surprising contributions and uses, the roles they’ve played in human history, and why you can't survive without them. No form of life is more important, and in Maczulak’s hands, none is more fascinating.

   You can pick up your copy for the Kindle here or for the Nook here.

   The last book I have to tell you about today, appropriate going into the Easter weekend, is 'The Message: The New Testament Psalms and Proverbs' by Eugene H. Peterson. This is, as you may have guessed' a version of the Bible told in paraphrased, modern language. You can read reviews from Goodreads. Here is a synopsis from Sony Reader.

Improved style, size, and added study features make the completely redesigned Message Personal Size New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs the contemporary translation of choice. FEATURES: " Verse Numbers, an exclusively designed numbering system that's distinct to The Message " New Portable Size " Study Helps and charts that enhance the big picture of Scripture Written in the rhythms and idiom of contemporary language--the way you'd talk with friends, write a letter, or discuss politics--The Message Personal Size New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs brings out the expressive, earthy flavor of the original biblical text. Which means that, whether you've been reading the Bible for years or are exploring it for the first time, The Message will startle and surprise you. And it will allow you to experience firsthand the same relevance and directness that motivated its original readers to change the course of history many centuries ago. "Seems like forever since I've picked up a Bible that made the stories so fresh and new.

   Pick up a copy for the Kindle here, for the Nook here, or for the Sony Reader here.

   As always, please check the price before you place these in your cart. Most books are offered as freebies for a limited time, so always check!

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