[Free eBook] Romantik 5 [18th-19th C Romanticism Era Literature & Culture Studies]

Romantik 05 edited by Robert W. Rix and a number of others from various universities in Europe is the 5th issue in the Romantik: Journal for the study of Romanticisms series of academic journals featuring multi-disciplinary articles and reviews on the topic of various aspects of the Romantic Era of the late 18th to mid 19th century and/or publications about them, 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 November.

This issue is focused on mainly literature and adjacent arts, but also features essays on nationalistic history-building and other diverse related topics, as well as reviews of recent Romanticism-related books.

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

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[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] Selbstgespräch mit Protoplasma by Peter Schattschneider [Award-Winning German Science Fiction Collection]

Selbstgespräch mit Protoplasma by Austrian author Peter Schattschneider, a physicist as well as author who has twice been a recipient of the prestigious Kurd-Lasswitz Prize, is a collection of his German-language science fiction short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2009 by Waldgut Verlag and contains the short story Pflegeleicht!©, which won him one of his two Kurd-Laßwitz Preis recognitions in 1992.

The short stories in this collection apparently explore themes of connection between environment, individual development, and the meaning of humanity.

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[Free eBook] Someone to Love by Lucy Scala [Italian Contemporary Fiction with Romance]

Someone to Love by Lucy Scala, a pseudonym for Italian author Lucrezia Scali is her standalone contemporary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Te lo dico sottovoce, and is translated by Chloé Ercoli Bannister.

The story is set in Turin, Italy, and stars a career-dedicated veterinarian with a past string of unhappy love affairs and bad blind dates, who unexpectedly starts meeting a number of men who might turn out to be the right one, this time around. NB: apparently this is not that focused on people romantically falling in love, so much as an exploration of the different varieties of love in one’s life and there may be an unusual resolution, according to the customer reviews. YMMV.

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[Free eBook] A New York Love Story by Cassie Rocca [Contemporary Holiday Romance]

A New York Love Story by Cassie Rocca, a pseudonym for Sicilian author Cassandra Rocca is the 1st novel in her Blame It On New York of f/m contemporary romances, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Tutta colpa di New York, and is translated by Paola De Camillis Thomas.

The series is apparently linked by a locational theme of unrelated people meeting cute while in New York City. This one is a festive pre-Christmas tale where a professional gift shopper gets to know a Hollywood actor staying incognito near her apartment to get away from a disastrous former love affair during the upcoming holiday season.

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[Free eBook] Vegetables: A Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano [Award-Winning Culinary Botanical History with Recipes]

Vegetables: A Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, a francophone author and journalist, is her culinary botanical and cultural history cum recipes, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for October and was a recipient of the Prix Brazier de l’essai gourmand in its original form as La Fabuleuse histoire des légumes, which was published in 2008 by Grasset, now translated from French by Teresa Lavender Fagan.

This book explores the scientific, cultural, and culinary histories via mini-biographies of 11 selected vegetables and their origins and uses in various countries throughout the world from the past to the present day, including a brief selection of illustrative vintage recipes showing several ways in which some have been cooked and served over the centuries.

Offered worldwide through October, available directly via the university’s website.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Radix by A. A. Attanasio [Science Fiction]

Radix by A. A. Attanasio is the 1st novel in his Radix Tetrad quartet of far future science fiction novels, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was originally published in 1981 by William Morrow, and was nominated for a Nebula Award, as well as placing 3rd on the Locus Award lists for Best First Novel.

The series is set in the far future of an almost unimaginably altered Earth, with the initial storyline taking place thirteen centuries from now, featuring themes of people being transformed as they embark upon adventures and come into conflict with others of their kind, as well as aliens. This self-contained installment is a sort of journey of self-discovery for one young man as he moves through increasingly elevated stages of personal development, acquiring unusual abilities.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through October as their featured Free eBook of the Month selection, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] A Way Through the Wilderness: The Natchez Trace and the Civilization of the Southern Frontier by William C. Davis [US Southwest Trade Route & Cultural History]

A Way Through the Wilderness: The Natchez Trace and the Civilization of the Southern Frontier by William C. Davis, an award-winning historian specializing in the Civil War and former Professor at Virginia Tech, is his frontier place and community history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1995 by HarperCollins and was later reprinted by the Louisiana State University Press.

This targeted history focuses on the development of the Natchez Trace (nowadays maintained as a spin-off heritage hiking trail) which led to the US South West frontier, during the period from the Revolutionary War to the 1830s, as it became an important migration and trade route, and also explores the various people who used the trail in various ways and the communities which sprang up around it, drawing upon colourful anecdotes, as well as dispelling popular factual misconceptions.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Adios Muchachos by Daniel Chavarría [Award-Winning Latin American Literary Crime Comedy]

Adios Muchachos by Cuba-resident Uruguayan author Daniel Chavarría is his award-winning comedic literary mystery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books, who are generously running a holiday advent calendar promotion.

This is an English-language translation of his Spanish-language novel Adiós muchachos, originally written in 1991, which won the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in this translated version, and is being made free again (previously offered part of as a holiday advent calendar celebration a few years ago) to promote National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs until October 15th.

The story is a zany screwball literary fiction/crime mystery hybrid, set in a post-Cold War Cuba, which embarks on a suspenseful comedy of errors as a local prostitute and a foreign businessman inadvertently cause an accidental death, which they turn into an opportunity to MAKE MONEY FA$$$T, via a clever scheme which does not exactly go as planned.

Offered DRM-free through midnight October 15th (probably Eastern Time), available worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook & Audiobook] Humor by Stefan Kjerkegaard [Danish Academic Cultural Studies Essay]

Humor (Humour) by Stefan Kjerkegaard, an associate professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, is the is the 52nd in the in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This semi-philosophical cultural essay focuses on the topic of the purposes and benefits of humour in our daily lives and wellbeing and surrounding society, beyond just joking around.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through October 9th, available directly from the university’s website.

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