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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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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The Blackhouse by Scottish expat France-resident author Peter May is the 1st novel in his Lewis Trilogy of police procedural mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus’ Riverrun imprint.
This novel was originally translated into French for its initial release and won two French literature prizes, the Prix des Lecteurs at Le Havre, a festival prize, and the national Cezam Prix Littéraire Inter CE, and also won the US’ Barry Award for Crime Novel of the Year upon English publication.
The trilogy is set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, starring a locally-raised Inspector returning from Edinburgh. This first novel sees him draw back to his home island to investigate a murder which finds him becoming hunted by something sinister as old skeletons in the close-knit community are revealed.
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Beyond Grace’s Rainbow by Irish author Carmel Harrington is her standalone contemporary literary fiction heartwarming tearjerker novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s HarperImpulse.
This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and won the Book of the Year in the 2013 Kindle Book Awards and was also Winner of the Romantic eBook of the Year at the Festival of Romance 2013..
The story is set in Ireland, starring a young single mother diagnosed with cancer, whose best hope is finding a compatible bone marrow transplant, and accordingly goes on a quest to find more of her biological relatives with the help of friends, uncovering the obligatory family secrets along the way while dealing with the concerned renewed attention of her ex and son’s father.
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The Secret Lives of Teachers by Anonymous is a combination professional memoir cum analysis, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for September.
This anonymous memoir, written from the perspective of an educator at an elite private school in New York, provides an uncensored inside look at the professional experience and varying challenges within it.
Offered worldwide through September, available directly via the university’s website.
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Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge by Mike Resnick, prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, is a standalone novella in his Birthright Universe setting of far future science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.
This was originally published in 1994 by Pulphouse Publishing’s Axolotl Press imprint, and also appeared in the Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy and won both the Nebula & Hugo Awards, as well as receiving a number of other prize nods.
The story is set in the very far future, starring aliens archaeologists visiting Earth long after humanity and its Empire are gone, and making discoveries which tell them things about various eras of the long-vanished world, from the artifacts they find.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through September as their featured Free eBook of the Month selection, available directly from the publisher.
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A Strangeness in My Mind by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, is his standalone literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
The novel is set in and around the city of Istanbul, Turkey, and is a coming of age journey of self-discovery tale, taking place over the course of four decades from 1969 to 2012. It was shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, and also won two Turkish literary awards, the Erdal Öz Prize and the Aydın Doğan Foundation Award in 2015, as well as Russia’s Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award in the Foreign Literature category in 2016.
The story uses a cast of characters to tell from different viewpoints the core story of a misfit boy who grows to manhood through various experiences and mishaps, never ceasing to restlessly wander the streets and ponder the feeling of difference which sets him apart from everyone else, until he finally uncovers what it is he has always truly wanted out of life.
Offered worldwide until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on September 29th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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Antikkens verden (The Ancient World: Science, culture, myths, religion, and strangers) edited by Birte Poulsen & Ole Høiris is a volume in the Verdensboger (World Book) series of Danish-language self-contained titles which provide a comprehensive introductory overview to particular cultural and historical periods, 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 September. The Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series.
This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the world of western classical antiquity, mostly in and around the Mediterranean and the Greek, Roman, and later Egyptian cultures that held sway, as well as some later “barbarians”, filled with essays on various cultural and historical topics, illustrated lavishly with many photographs of relevant artifacts from the corresponding places and times.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through September, available directly from the university’s website.
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Return to Sender by Dick Cluster is the 1st novel in his Alex Glauberman series of retro-contemporary (circa the 1980s) murder mystery, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself via backlist author republishing consortium BooksBNimble.
This was originally published in 1988 by Dutton. The series stars a Jewish auto mechanic turned globe-trotting private investigator, taking place during the late 1980s when the series was originally written, and apparently this case has further historical elements tying back to WWII.
This first case gets him involved in the crime-solving business, as a well-intentioned offer to mail a package for a stranger leads him on an international trail to clear his name for murder, taking him to London and Berlin (circa the fall of the Berlin Wall) to trace the mysterious dangerous package while uncovering the various secrets of the parties involved, some of them buried in the long-ago past.
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Smerte (Pain) by Troels Staehelin Jensen, a Professor and pain researcher in the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, is the 51st 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 science research essay focuses on the topic of the sensation of pain, and its drawbacks and benefits in signalling various aspects and statuses of continuing life and health.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through September 11th, available directly from the university’s website.
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