[Free eBook] Pensionatets kulturhistorie: Fællesskab, flirt og frikadeller by Mette Tapdrup Mortensen [Danish Travel Lodgings Cultural History]

Pensionatets kulturhistorie: Fællesskab, flirt og frikadeller (Cultural history of the pension: community, flirting, and meat patties) by Mette Tapdrup Mortensen is the 12th volume in the Skrifter om Dansk Byhistorie (Writings on Danish Urban History) series of topical academic titles, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for November.

This accessibly-written book covers the history and cultural significance of the pensionat, a kind of guesthouse or short-term boarding house for visitors and travellers, covering various aspects of life in and around them, from their heyday in Denmark between the 1800s and WWII, to declining usage into the modern era, and suggestions as to the applicability of its model in the future, illustrated with plenty of period photographs and other facsimiles.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through November, available directly from the university’s website.

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[Free eBook] Granada Window by Marguerite Steen [Vintage Spain Cultural Travelogue]

Granada Window by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage cultural history cum travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1949 by The Falcon Press.

The book is a combined introductory cultural history and personal travelogue memoir of Spain, a country which the author would later settle in, which combines a look at its literature, history, and heritage alongside a tour of the region of Andalusia, sprinkling in her own experiences encountering the Andalusian people during her travels, and observations of cultural differences between Britain and Spain.

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[Free eBook] A New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great by Godfrey Hodgson [Travel History & Culture Essays]

A New Grand Tour: How Europe’s Cities Made Our World Great by British author Godfrey Hodgson, a journalist who was The Observer’s foreign correspondent for the White House, and later taught at Oxford University, is his part-travelogue book of destination essays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by Penguin’s Viking imprint.

The book consists of cultural exploration essays which are part-travelogue, exploring the history and ways of life, etc., of selected European cities in an homage to the traditional Grand Tour of bygone ages, incorporating both observations from the accounts of travelers in previous centuries as well as musings from the author’s own personal experiences visiting them during the course of his career.

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[Free eBook] An Eastern Odyssey: The Early Adventures of Edward Enfield by Edward Enfield [1950s East Asia Travelogue Memoir]

An Eastern Odyssey: The Early Adventures of Edward Enfield by English author Edward Enfield, a former BBC television presenter and newspaper columnist, is his personal memoir cum travelogue, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This is one of their original publications by an established author who has previously written humorous bicycling travelogues published by Bloomsbury and Summersdale.

This travelogue memoir deals mostly with his coming-of-age as a young man in the Far East during the 1950s after having been a child evacuated to Canada during the London Blitz, seeing him return to England for education, join the National Service and travel abroad, taking employment with a shipping company which sent him to Asia where he experienced an assortment of life adventures while stationed in Hong Kong, Japan, Bangkok in Thailand, and elsewhere.

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[Free eBook] Racing Through Paradise: A Pacific Passage by William F. Buckley, Jr. [Ocean Sailing Travel Memoir]

Racing Through Paradise: A Pacific Passage by the late author William F. Buckley, Jr., an influential and controversial right-wing intellectual who founded the National Review and also happened to win a National Book Award for one of his spy thriller novels, is his ocean-going sailing travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1987 by Random House and was a bestseller back in the day.

This is his travel memoir of a sailboat trip across the Pacific Ocean (his earlier memoir of a similar Atlantic Ocean voyage, Airborne: A Sentimental Journey, has previously been offered free as well) in the company of his son and friends, with many stops at various locations along the way, including the Galapagos, the Azores, and more, peppered with recollections of journeys past, as well as present experiences.

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[Free eBook] Airborne: A Sentimental Journey by William F. Buckley, Jr. [Ocean Sailing Travel Memoir]

Airborne: A Sentimental Journey by the late William F. Buckley, Jr., an influential and controversial right-wing intellectual who founded the National Review and also happened to win a National Book Award for one of his spy thriller novels, is his vintage ocean sailing travel memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1970 by Macmillan.

This vintage travelogue cum memoir recounts a 1960s-era voyage sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in the company of his son in a sailboat, during which he reaches back through his memories to also recall other journeys he has experienced even as he records this one.

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[Free eBook] Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World [Academic Anthropology & Culture Essays]

Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World edited by Mikkel Rytter, a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University, & Karen Fog Olwig, a professor in the Anthropology Institute at the University of Copenhagen is the is the 7th title in the in the Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus series of mixed historical archaelogical and current cultural anthropology studies, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for June. This volume contains ethnographic essays focusing on modern culture and the how the intermingling subtitular factors affect each other and shape the domestic and social lives of migrating persons.

The essays cover not only the experiences of immigrants from the Middle East to the Nordic countries, as one might expect, but also people in areas like the Caribbean and Peru, and focused subgroups such as women and the families of “guest workers” imported for labour who later became middle-class in ensuing generations.

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

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[Free eBook] Thalia by Frances Faviell [Vintage Literary Historical Novel]

Thalia by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage historical literary coming of age/journey of self-discovery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1957 by Cassell, and this reprint edition contains a bonus newspaper story originally published in the London Evening Standard in 1957 and teased as a “guess if it’s fact or fiction” piece, The Unininvited Guest, set in India, which the author visited during her travels in the 1930s.

The story takes place in the 1930s, and stars a young London art student who travels to Brittany to act as the paid companion to a woman whose husband is stationed in India, and befriends the troubled teenaged daughter of the family as they both experience the pains of growing up in various ways, as well as assorted excursions in France.

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[Free Audiobooks] 6 audiobooks from Libro.fm for Bookstore Day 2017 [Historical Fiction, Humour, Young Adult, Non-Fiction]

As a special treat to promote Bookstore Day 2017, audiobook retailer Libro.fm is offering 6 free audiobooks, as incentive for visiting your local independent bookstore (which may also offer cards to redeem additional titles).

The titles available as part of the online offer are from a variety of genres and age levels, and can be downloaded via the Libro.fm app available for iTunes and Android devices, or as DRM-free MP3s on your computer.

  • **A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again ** by the late literary fiction author David Foster Wallace, a humorous non-fiction essay about a Carribean cruise experience, exclusive to this Bookstore Day 2017 offer
  • Hachette Audio Story Sampler, another Bookstore Day 2017 exclusive, containing selected short works read by comedian David Sedaris, the late musician Pete Seeger, and the late actor Alan Rickman
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina, a self-improvement guide
  • The Women in the Castle by Jennifer Shattuck, an historical drama about three widows in Germany at the end of World War II
  • Shadow House #1: The Gathering by Dan Poblocki, horror adventure novel for tweens, involving a haunted house
  • Tomb Quest #1: Book of the Dead by Michael Northrup, pulp adventure novel for tweens, involving Egyptian mythology
  • Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler, another Bookstore Day 2017 exclusive, but this one just consists of introductory chapters from their bestsellers

Offered in many regions worldwide, until midnight PST on April 29th, directly from Libro.fm (requires account signup but no payment info)

[Free eBook] The Grand Tour: A History of the Golden Age of Travel by Geoffrey Trease [Travel History]

The Grand Tour: A History of the Golden Age of Travel by the late British author Geoffrey Trease, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature who was known for his meticulous historical research and contributions to children’s literature, is his vintage sociological travel history study, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1967 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. This explores the history of the Grand Tour, a traditional multi-national trip intended to broaden the life experiences of young European men and women via exposure to foreign art and culture. The book focuses on its practice by the English, from its development as an educational tool for providing young Elizabethan aristocrats with a touch of international polish for future official positions (or espionage) into a social convention engaged in by anyone with the proper means from the 18th century onwards, using period travel books and diaries, and spotlighting famous Grand Tourists of the past ages such as poet John Milton (Paradise Lost), historian Edward Gibbon (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), and more.

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