One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery by Canadian author Karyn L. Freedman, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Guelph, is an exploratory trauma recovery and treatment memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month for November and was a recipient of the 2015 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, shortlisted for the 2015 Alberta Book of the Year, and was also featured in the Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books of 2014 as well as the CBC Reads 2017 Longlist.
The memoir is a globe-trotting philosophical meditation about the immediate and long-term effects of the author’s own experience with the trauma and recovery from being raped in 1990 and her travels in search of justice and treatment over the decades since then, as well as the broader effects of sexual violence and gender inequality in society throughout history, drawing upon insights from recent neuroscientific and psychological research to examine how recovery becomes possible for survivors.
Offered worldwide through November, available directly from the university’s website.
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Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Food by Jennifer A. Jordan, a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, is a botanical and agricultural-focused social history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month for October.
The book is an accessibly-written combined social, scientific, and food industry history which spotlights selected fruits and vegetables both common and uncommon, as they go from global luxuries to local staples or vice versa over the centuries—gaining or losing popularity with changing tastes, becoming hybridized for convenient selling qualities for the mass market or preserved in “heirloom” forms for upscale consumption and otherwise evolving in physical form and cultural meaning—interwoven with the author’s observations of the associations the foods evoke in people from the hobby gardeners and professional farmers who grow them, to the end consumer who eats them, to the national identities they may be tied to (as in the case of the US and apple pie).
Offered worldwide through October, available directly from the university’s website.
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The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by [Aaron Mahnke] is a standalone tie-in companion in the Lore series of supernatural-themed true crime and horror podcasts, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for October and is narrated by the author himself. The Lore (now adapted to a TV series) features scary non-fiction, presenting true crime in a dramatic horror story fashion, themed around historical cases which often have links to superstitious and supernatural elements, as well as investigating spooky local folklore beliefs in their own right.
This tie-in companion spotlights the dark side of human nature and beliefs, exploring incidents such as the 19th century Mercy Brown case of alleged vampirism rooted in panic over tuberculosis in Rhode Island, a supposedly enchanted doll which was the inspiration behind the Child’s Play franchise of horror films, accounts of both real-life and folkloric cannibalism, séances, and other intersections of crime and superstition featured in the podcast, adding bonus materials.
Offered worldwide until noon Eastern Time on October 31st, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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The English Bible and the Seventeenth Century Revolution by the late British author Christopher Hill, an historian specializing in 17th century England and a former Master of Oxford University’s Balliol College, is a 1sociocultural and political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1993 by Penguin Books.
The book provides an in-depth historical overview of the social, cultural, and political impact of the ready availability of English-language translations of the Bible to the commoner masses in the 17th century in Britain (a then-radical change from the Latin and Greek versions only readable by the educated upper classes and clergy), in the form of topical chapters covering the differing versions printed, and then addressing its revolutionary influence on everyday society, literature, conflicts with assorted religious movements and the ensuing English Civil War, philosophical arguments and approaches towards poverty and liberty, and other aspects of post-Reformation British life.
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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As a special treat to mark the end of back-to-school month, publisher Verso Books are offering a repeat of the 15 titles from their September flash giveaways accompanying their still-ongoing 50% off Student Reading sale, in case anyone missed them earlier.
The titles include a mix of quasi-academic history (ancient and recent), political and economic philosophy, arts & culture, social and gender studies, and other related topics written by authors worldwide, selected from their promotional recommendation lists during the Student Reading sale.
This is the list, and you can pick them all up from their dedicated promo blogpost here (wait for everything to load, then click to switch to “Ebook” for each title before adding to cart; requires account signup with billing address but no payment info) through this weekend:
- Capitalism, Socialism, Ecology by André Gorz, from the Environment & Ecology recommended reading list
- Bad New Days by Hal Foster, from Art & Aesthetics
- Darkwater by W.E.B. Du Bois, from Race & Ethnicity
- Building the Commune by George Ciccariello-Maher, from Sociology
- Fictitious Capital by Cédric Durand, from Economics
- Invisibility Blues by Michele Wallace, from Feminism and Gender
- Democracy Against Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood from Political Theory
- Read My Desire by Joan Copjec, from Psychoanalysis
- Good Neighbors by Sylvie Tissot, from Architecture & Cities
- Peasant-Citizen and Slave by Ellen Meiksins Wood, from History (is about ancient Greece)
- Politics and Letters by Raymond Williams, from Cultural & Literary Theory
- Cultural Capital by Robert Hewison, from Film & Media
- The Left Hemisphere by Razmig Keucheyan, from Critical Theory
- The Philosophy of Marx by Etienne Balibar, from Philosophy
- Homo Juridicus by Alain Supiot, from Anthropology
Offered worldwide through 11:59 PM Eastern Time on September 30th, available DRM-free (ePub & Mobi, watermarked with your email address but otherwise freely transferrable to all your devices) directly from the publisher.
That’s the Way It Is: A History of Television News in America by Charles L. Ponce de Leon, a professor of history at California State University, is a social history of the media industry and surrounding culture, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month for September.
This accessibly-written social history covers the origins and gradual evolution of TV news broadcasting and audience reception in the US from the 1940s to the present day, dispelling popular notions of a golden age of reporting which has declined into exploitative celebrity-obsessed frivolity—instead presenting the mixed reality of serious journalism, silly gossip, and politicization which has existed since the beginning, alongside entertaining anecdotes about key figures in media history.
Offered worldwide through September, available directly from the university’s website.
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Poverty and the Industrial Revolution by the late Irish author Brian Inglis, a journalist, historian, and television presenter best known for the All Our Yesterdays historical documentary series, is a standalone 18th-19th century British socioeconomic history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1971 by Hodder & Stoughton.
This examines the background behind and immediate and lingering effects of the changes in British economy and society as a result of the Industrial Revolution, with its impacts upon agriculture and manufacturing and the ensuing lives of the lower classes as machinery and other “modern” techniques made their traditional burden of manual labour lighter even as it made the value of their labour worth less to landowners, accompanied by speculation on lessons to be learned and applied to the increasingly automation-filled present day (circa the 1970s).
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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