[Free eBook] This Shining Woman: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin 1759-1797 by Marjorie Bowen [18th C Author Biography]

This Shining Woman: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin 1759-1797 by the late English author Marjorie Bowen, a prolific multi-genre novelist who wrote under many other pseudonyms during the early mid-20th century and had several works adapted to film, is a biography of the notable 18th century author and proto-feminist, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1937 by Collins using the pseudonym George R. Preedy.

This vintage biography examines the unorthodox personal life and formative influences of the 18th century British author Mary Wollstonecraft, who in addition to being the mother of Mary Shelley of Frankenstein fame, was a pioneering writer in her own right and author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, one of the earliest works of feminist philosophy, in addition to a number of other literary works also briefly covered in this.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Invested: How Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money (with a Little Help from My Dad) by Danielle Town [Personal Finance]

Invested: How Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Taught Me to Master My Mind, My Emotions, and My Money (with a Little Help from My Dad) by Danielle Town, co-host of the InvestED podcast, & Phil Town, a motivational speaker and hedge fund manager, is a personal finance self-help guide cum memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint.

This book recounts the author’s year-long journey about learning to invest, with assorted advice and financial lessons for taking control of one’s personal finances by studying the strategies of successful investors, presented in a straightforward, anecdotal manner, as she began to understand and become more comfortable with managing her money directly after having previously avoided doing so.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Matthew Benns [Australian True Crime History]

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Australian author Matthew Benns, a journalist and author of assorted nonfiction bestsellers, is an Australian true crime history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

This book, which is tilted towards the pop entertainment side but provides plenty of dates and references, gives an account of con artists in Australia throughout history, from the 19th century to the present day and ranging in type from relatively harmless literary hoaxers to devastating personal scammers and financial fraudsters, with case studies detailing their exploits and methods and the lasting effects upon their victims.

Offered in the US only, available at Kobo only, from the looks of it.

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[Free Audiobooks] Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings & Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki [Young Adult LGBT Memoir & Literary 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 teenaged identity and self-discovery, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 24th, are as follows:

  • Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings, is an autobiographical memoir of the author’s transition which started in early childhood, supported by her parents, and the challenges she faced growing up as a girl in less understanding surroundings in the public eye and eventual success as an activist and YouTube celebrity; read by the author herself, from Listening Library, available worldwide
  • Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki, YA contemporary/literary fiction coming of age novel, starring the teenaged daughter of two moms living in a less-than-tolerant California town, who has an obsession with believing in paranormal mysteries and eventually unravels the greater mystery of being herself; read by Rebecca Lowman, from Listening Library, available worldwide (excluding Canada)

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 24th, 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 Audiobooks] Johnny Get Your Gun by John Ball & On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni [Mystery & War 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 children caught up in conflicts, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 17th, are as follows:

  • Johnny Get Your Gun by the late John Ball, is the 3rd novel in his Virgil Tibbs mystery/crime thriller series starring an African-American police detective (the Edgar Award-winning 1st novel, In the Heat of the Night, was adapted into an Oscar-winning film), with this story, originally published in 1969, exploring racial tensions and childhood gone awry in Pasadena, California, when a nine-year-old boy shoots an older child; read by Dion Graham, from Brilliance, available worldwide
  • On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni, is a memoir of the author’s boyhood during the height of the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, when as a 10-year old he is forced to flee Tehran in order not to becoming drafted as a child soldier, leaving his parents and friends behind to seek a refuge among strangers in Istanbul; read by the author himself, from Brilliance, available in Canada & US only

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 17th, 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 Audiobook] Annie Oakley: Woman at Arms by Courtney Ryley Cooper [19th C Markswoman Biography]

Annie Oakley: Woman at Arms by the late Courtney Ryley Cooper, a circus perfomer turned journalist and crime writer, is a 19th century historical figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for May, and is narrated by Jonathan Reese.

The book was originally published in 1928 and was the first-ever biography of the 19th century celebrity Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley, separating the facts from the legends that grew up around her, tracing her life from humble beginnings through to her rise to fame and later years, and the many eventful things that happened along the way.

Offered worldwide through May, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free eBook] Bourbon and Stuart: Kings and Kingship in France and England in the 17th Century by John Miller [History]

Bourbon and Stuart: Kings and Kingship in France and England in the 17th Century by British author John Miller, an emeritus professor at the University of London, is a comparative political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1987 by George Philip.

The book examines and compares the 17th century monarchic dynasties ruling England and France, respectively, with a bit of mini-biography of the various kings and their close associates and the influence of their private lives upon their public decision-making, as well as the lingering effects of the monarchy upon the government and people, and vice versa, in the wake of the eventual French Revolution and the English Civil War.

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[Free Audiobook] American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise by Joe Drape [Racehorse Biography]

American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise by Joe Drape, an Eclipse Award-winning reporter for the New York Times, is an equine sports figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of audiobook retailer Audible (a division of Amazon).

This is a special giveaway to celebrate the appearance of the racehorse Audible (a namesake of, but otherwise not related to the audiobook company) at the Kentucky Derby. It’s narrated by Aaron Abano from Hachette Audio, and a PDF booklet containing a glossary of horseracing terms and stats on the races is included.

The biography draws upon extensive interviews to paint a portrait of the prize-winning racehorse American Pharoah and the people surrounding him, from the earliest days to his 2015 triumph as the first horse ever to win all four races needed to qualify for the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing.

Offered in Canada & the US, and possibly other regions worldwide through May 9th, available from the retailer’s website.

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[Free eBook] Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole [1970s Gay Theatre & Porn Director Autobiography]

Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir by Wakefield Poole, a Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering gay pornography film director during the 1970s, is an autobiographical memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 2000 by Alyson Books and was later adapted into the documentary film I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole in 2013.

This is the 2011 updated edition with a new afterword by the author, who was a respected Broadway choreographer and theatrical director who became a pioneering director of gay pornography films, and covers his experiences in both, with reminisces about vintage theatrical celebrities and life on and off stage, as well as the rise of the porn industry during the sexual revolution of the 1970s.

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[Free eBook] Napoleon and His Parents: On the Threshold of History by Dorothy Carrington [18th C Family Biography]

Napoleon and His Parents: On the Threshold of History by the late British author Dorothy Carrington, a lifelong expat who was a leading authority on Corsican history and culture, is a joint biography of a prominent 17th century family, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1988 by Penguin Books.

This book examines previously-overlooked (circa the 1980s) documents in the Corsican archives to draw a picture of the 18th century French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s family background and formative influences via the characters and life experiences of his parents, who were of minor Italian nobility and rose to prominence even before their famous son’s accomplishments.

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