[Free eBook REPEAT] Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones [Sociopolitical Current Affairs]

Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones, a Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii, is his non-fiction sociopolitical book about the current refugee crisis, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.

This is part of a promotional event to help support the “Families Belong Together” rallies protesting for more humane treatment of migrants, and is accompanied by a reading list of other related picks from their catalogue, if you’re interested.

The book is an accessibly-written pop academic title which covers the various recent crises involving refugees, examining the global responses to and underlying contributing factors of, with a special focus on cross-border mobility as related to economic disparity. This edition has been updated with a discussion of Brexit and the Trump administration.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through midnight EST on July 10th.

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[Free eBook] 3 issues of Dreamworks [Academic Literary, Poetry, & Science Journal]

Three back issues of Dreamworks: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, a Pushcart Prize-winning academic literary journal edited by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, & Marsha Kinder, a film scholar and Professor of Critical Studies at the University of California, are free for a limited time, courtesy of reprint publisher Story Merchant Books.

These were originally published in the 1980s, and the journal was devoted to bringing together both scientific and artistic viewpoints as it drew upon anthropology, psychology, neurophysiology, and culture and literature to explores dreams and the process of dreaming, which gained contributions from famous filmmakers, authors, and poets including Frederico Fellini, William S. Burroughs, and many more, with a special theme for each issue.

The issues being offered are as follows (available worldwide at Amazon):

If you’re interested, you can also read a retrospective write-up about the journal over at co-editor Kinder’s website.

[Free Audiobooks] Girls Like Us by Gail Giles & The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge [Young Adult COA Novel & Refugee Memoir]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of friendships between women overlooked by society and finding their own path through life, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 12th, are as follows:

  • Girls Like Us by Gail Giles, is a Schneider Family Book Award-winning young adult contemporary/literary fiction coming-of-age novel about two special ed teens with very different personalities, thrown together by circumstance as they make their way in the grown-up world; read by Lauren Ezzo, from Candlewick on Brilliance Publishing, available worldwide
  • The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge, a biographical memoir of two women starting over, one a breast cancer survivor moving to Oregon, another a Somalian refugee struggling to raise her five daughters in an unfamiliar culture with little help, as they meet and forge a lasting friendship; read by Kirsten Potter, from Oasis Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 12th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist [1940s Cultural History, Travel, & LGBT Essays]

Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist by the late Samuel Steward, a poet, novelist, and university professor turned tattoo artist and LGBT erotica writer, edited by Jeremy Mulderig with a foreword by Jason Spring, is a collection of mid-20th culture and life experience essays, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for June, and this collection assembles an selection of columns originally printed during the 1940s in the Illinois Dental Journal, an obscure publication which allowed the author to write freely on eclectic subject matter drawn from a broad variety of life experience.

The essays are thoroughly annotated by editor Mulderig, giving cultural and historical context, as well as explaining various allusions and the gay subtext which Steward, who would later become an erotic novelist under the pennames Philip Sparrow and Phil Andros, liked to lace his columns with, unbeknownst to his dentist audience. Topics include his friendships with famous literary authors Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder, his stints as a holiday sales clerk and opera and ballet extra, his travels to unusual destinations such as a bodybuilding competition and pet cemetary as well as more conventional trips to Paris and Algiers, and much more.

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

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[Free eBook] 2 issues of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine [Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Essays]

Galaxy’s Edge Magazine: Issues #1 & #2 edited by prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author Mike Resnick, are two installments of the science fiction & fantasy magazine, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

These are their featured Free Book of the Month selection for June, and were originally published in 2013. Also, every month, the current issue of Galaxy’s Edge is generously offered as a free online read for a limited time.

These particular issues contain a mix of original and reprint short stories by new and established authors including Robert J. Sawyer, Mercedes Lackey, Ken Liu, C. L. Moore and many more, alongside book reviews by Paul Cook, sfnal retrospective essays by Barry N. Malzberg, a science fact column by novelist and physicist Gregory Benford, plus two parts of a novel serialization (the late Daniel F. Galouye’s Dark Universe, a 1962 Hugo Award finalist).

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

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[Free eBook] Cicely: The Story of a Doctor by Ann Dally [Pioneering Medical Biography]

Cicely: The Story of a Doctor by the late English author Ann Dally, a psychiatrist turned medical historian, is a vintage biography of a pioneering historical medical figure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1968 by Victor Gollancz.

This biography of mid-20th century Jamaican physician Cicely Williams, who discovered and researched the malnutrition condition kwashiorkor and was appointed the first director of Mother and Child Health at the World Health Organization, covers her life up until 1945 and her journeys throughout the world as an open-minded colonial doctor who paid attention to local traditional knowledge, and took care of others while imprisoned in an internment camp in Malaya during World War II, among other experiences in an apparently remarkable life.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg [Young Adult LGBT Play & Novel]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of coming of age while coming out, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, are as follows:

  • Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a personal drama/comedy play in L. A. Theatre’s science-themed Relativity series, starring a lonely 13-year old boy whose devotion to the Saturday Night Horror Movie show hosted by the titular Doctor Cerebus convinces him to change his life; performed by a full cast in front of a live audience in 2010, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, a YA contemporary/literary fiction novel with m/m romantic elements, starring an out and accepted gay teen who when transferring to an out-of-state all-boys’ boarding school, decides to try a change of pace by not mentioning his sexual orientation rather than have it become the focus of what people first see about him, only to find that trying to avoid being labelled boxes him in in other ways; read by Pete Cross, from Dreamscape Media, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 26th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] A Company of Heroes: The American Frontier, 1775-1783 by Dale Van Every [US Western & Native History]

A Company of Heroes: The American Frontier, 1775-1783 by the late Dale Van Every, an early Hollywood screenwriter and film producer, is a vintage US history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.

This was originally published in 1962 by William Morrow.

The book explores the lesser-known western frontier of the US Revolutionary War in the “backcountry” regions where the British also recruited Native American allies into their brutal conflict with the rebellious colonials, focusing especially upon the exploits of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant and American officer George Rogers Clark

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[Free Audiobooks] Come August, Come Freedom by Gigi Amateau & My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter [Young Adult Historical]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of slavery and freedom in US history, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 21st, are as follows:

  • Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau, a YA biographical novel narrative, intertwined with readings from actual surviving historical documents, about Gabriel, an enslaved blacksmith who, inspired by the revolution in Haiti, planned a large-scale slave rebellion in Virginia at the turn of the 19th century which eventually had significant repercussions for decades afterwards; read by JD Jackson, from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, available worldwide
  • My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter, a YA historical novel set during the US Civil War, starring an orphaned black boy who is sold from freedom in the North into slavery in the South and must make his way back again; read by Dion Graham, from Scholastic Audio, available in most countries worldwide (excluding UK & Ireland)

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 21st, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] White Mischief: A Cultural History of Cocaine by Tim Madge [History & Current Affairs]

White Mischief: A Cultural History of Cocaine by British author Tim Madge, an historian and journalist, is a cultural and political history of the drug, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2001 by Mainstream Publishing and this reprint comes with a brand new foreword commenting on the changes (or lack of them) in policy in the past two decades.

This covers the history of the uses and abuses of various forms of cocaine, from its origins as the revered coca leaf in South America and early favourable image as a miracle drug in 19th century Europe and the US to its eventual banning and subsequent re-emergence as a 20th century recreational drug for high-rollers, as well as exploring the policies which arose as a result of the modern “war on drugs”.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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