[Free eBook] American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream by Julia L. Mickenberg [20th C Cross-Cultural Biographical Expat Travel History]

American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream by Julia L. Mickenberg, a professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Texas, is a 20th century cross-cultural biographical history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for January.

This accessibly-written biographical and cultural history provides a look at the motivations and deeds of American women who for a variety of reasons were drawn to travel to and experience life in Soviet Russia—some performing charity works in an early form of voluntourism, others seeking perceived greater social and gender equality in the wake of the Russian Revolution and the egalitarian promise of early communism—with in-depth sketches of several featured women including dance pioneer Isadora Duncan, Hollywood screenwriter and Broadway playwright Lillian Hellman, international relief workers trying to alleviate the effects of a disastrous famine, idealistic joiners of a colony settlement in Siberia, and various others who flirted with and embraced or became disillusioned with how the reality lived up to images and expectations.

Offered worldwide through January, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Earth Magic by Alexei & Cory Panshin [Vintage 1970s Adventure Fantasy]

Earth Magic by Alexei Panshin, a recipient of the Nebula and Hugo Awards & Cory Panshin, also a joint recipient of the Hugo Award in the Best Non-Fiction category, is a standalone adventure fantasy novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month promotion for January and was originally published in 1978 by Ace Books, after being serialized in Fantastic magazine in 1973 as “The Son of Black Morca” credited as by A. Panshin & C. Panshin.

The story takes place in a traditional sword and sorcery-styled fantasy world, starring the son of an ambitious would-be King, who in the aftermath of a power struggle is forced to flee for his life with an aging wizard through a land turned perilous in search of his ultimate destiny, as you do.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through January, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Truthwitch by Susan Dennard [YA Fantasy]

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is the 1st novel in her Witchlands series of YA fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books’ Tor Teen imprint.

This is their Tor.com eBook of the Month Club selection for January and was also a previous featured giveaway from the now defunct Tor Teen eBook of the Month Club. The series takes place in a world with competing empires where many types of magic are lumped under “witchery” and stars two young women with differing talents who must save their world from war and corruption.

This story sets up their friendship and initial struggles, as the heroine with the titular power of discerning truth from lies—highly sought after and thus kept carefully hidden—becomes friends with her co-heroine whose power is the ability to see the invisible ties surrounding and pulling people, and they make other friends and enemies in the face of oncoming wars and attempts by various ruthless factions to secure the Truthwitch’s valuable ability for their own purposes.

Offered DRM-free through 11:59 PM EST on January 17th, officially available to Canada & the US, directly from the publisher.

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