[Free eBook] Into the Darkness Laughing: The Story of Jeanne Hébuterne, Modigliani’s Last Mistress by Patrice Chaplin [Early 20th C Artist Biography]

Into the Darkness Laughing: The Story of Jeanne Hébuterne, Modigliani’s Last Mistress by British author Patrice Chaplin is her historical arts figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Virago. This biography of Jeanne Hébuterne, an aspiring artist who was also the lover and frequent model of early 20th century painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani, who both died tragically young, examines her life and their relationship.

The author, a journalist as well as novelist, drew upon previously unseen documents and artworks, as well as interviews with Hébuterne’s surviving friends and their families.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, History Essays, Historical Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, are as follows:

  • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, is her young adult historical literary fiction coming of age novel, set during the 1960s and based on a real-life child evacuation program known as Operation Pedro Pan, starring a Cuban girl and her brother sent alone to the U.S. to flee Castro’s revolution, and their experiences adjusting to a new life; from Ideal Audiobooks, read by Kyla Garcia
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois, is his classic seminal compilation of literary essays about the history and experience of African-American life in the generations shortly after the abolition of slavery; from Dreamscape Media, read by Rodney Gardiner

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 22nd, 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] The Dancing Bear by Frances Faviell [Vintage WWII Postwar Germany Memoir]

The Dancing Bear by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage historical personal expat memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1954 by Rupert Hart-Davis under the title The Dancing Bear: Berlin de profundis — An account of the author’s experiences in Berlin, 1946-49, and this reprint edition includes an afterword by the author’s son, and contains never before published sketches by the author made while they lived in Berlin.

The memoir covers the experiences of postwar conditions and daily life in Berlin during the years immediately after World War II, where the author’s husband, a British civil servant, was posted as part of the reconstruction efforts alongside his family. Some of the observations about their German friends and neighbours eventually formed the basis of Faviell’s literary fiction novel A House on the Rhine, which has previously been offered free.

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[Free eBook] The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven by Sheridan Morley [Classic Actor Biography]

The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven by the late British author Sheridan Morley, a broadcaster and drama critic who briefly had a theatre biography prize named for him, is his show business celebrity biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1985 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

This comprehensive biography of the classic Hollywood actor David Niven, who starred in many popular films including an installment of the James Bond franchise (and was author Ian Fleming’s preferred choice to play the role), draws upon specially-conducted interviews with many of Niven’s colleagues, as well as friends and members of his family, and was originally published shortly after his death.

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[Free eBook] Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic by Carl Rollyson [20th C Literary Biography]

Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic by Carl Rollyson, a professor of journalism at the The City University of New York, is his literary biography of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1991 by Paragon House under the title The Lives of Norman Mailer: A Biography and later reprinted in 2008 by the author himself via self-publishing service iUniverse, in an updated version with extra material covering Mailer’s later work.

This biography of 20th century literary figure Norman Mailer, twice the recipient of the Pultizer Prize and the National Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, was notable back when first published for making use of the author’s unpublished letters and manuscripts, as well as interviews with his friends and foes. The book draws connections between various formative influences and life events and Mailer’s creative output, also using them to trace the roots of assorted personal and professional controversies, and received favourable reviews from various outlets.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult Novel, Documentary Memoir]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic, 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, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 18th, are as follows:

  • Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes, a teen contemporary fiction novel about young people in the inner city learning to express themselves when a teacher begins an “open mic” night for poetry, from Recorded Books, read by a full cast
  • Teenage Diaries: Then and Now by National Public Radio, an award-winning personal history documentary programme which followed a group of teens as they recorded interviews, audio journals, and daily life experiences, and then revisited them 16 years later to find out how their lives turned out, from Highbridge Audio, hosted by Joe Richman

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 18th, 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] Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods by Richard B. Primack [Nature Observations & Earth Science]

Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods by Richard B. Primack, a Professor of Biology at Boston University, is his accessibly-written natural history book cum scientific memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press

This explores climate change via seasonal nature observations, alongside scientific explanations, in a tribute to the classic nature experience memoir [Walden; or, Life in the Woods][subject-wiki-2] The author uses the device of tracking the effects of changing climate upon the modern flora and fauna of the famous site near the town of Concord, Massachussetts (hometown of philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau by comparing them with Thoreau’s own journal notes from over a century ago. There are also a few illustrations in it, and a good deal of information and analysis about Thoreau and his methods, as well as the methods used by the recording team.

Offered worldwide through April, available from the university’s website as their featured Free Book of the Month selection.

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