A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep—the “Iron Lady” of acting, nominated for nineteen Oscars and winner of three—that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent.
Her Again is an intimate look at the artistic coming-of-age of the greatest actress of her generation, from the homecoming float at her suburban New Jersey high school, through her early days on the stage at Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama during its golden years, to her star-making roles in The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, and Kramer vs. Kramer.
Featuring eight pages of black-and-white photos, this captivating story of the making of one of the most revered artistic careers of our time reveals a gifted young woman coming into her extraordinary talents at a time of immense transformation, offering a rare glimpse into the life of the actress long before she became an icon. Buy this biography today for $1.99.
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How do you recover when your life as you know it is burned down to the ground? That’s exactly what happened to Alison Hodgson and her family, when an arsonist singlehandedly turned their home into a crime scene overnight.
The Pug List is a story of a family who lost everything but each other, a ridiculous orphan pug, and the unexpected ways we all find our way home as guided by God’s unconventional grace.
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His historic career as an aviator made Charles Lindbergh one of the most famous men of the twentieth century, the subject of best-selling biographies and a hit movie.
But for all the attention lavished on Lindbergh, one story has remained untold until now: his macabre scientific collaboration with Dr. Alexis Carrel. This oddest of couples joined forces in 1930 driven by a shared and secret dream: to conquer death and attain immortality.
Part Frankenstein, part The Professor and the Madman, and all true, The Immortalists is the remarkable story of how two men of prodigious achievement and equally large character flaws challenged nature’s oldest rule, with consequences—personal, professional, and political—that neither man anticipated. Buy it today for only 99 cents. Audiobook: $3.99.
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In 1943, from a windowless basement office in London, two brilliant intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple and complicated— Operation Mincemeat. The purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.
Filled with spies, double agents, rogues, fearless heroes, and one very important corpse, the story of Operation Mincemeat reads like an international thriller. Buy this history for only $1.99 today.
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May 7, 1896. Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down by the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected.
His second life will be nothing like his first.
Zebulon’s new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares—and from poverty—in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood.
Love, hate, hope, and horror—Zebulon finds them. But will he ever find redemption?
This novel for teens and adults is historical fiction with an undead twist. Buy it today for $1.99.
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The popularity of the Little Free Library has swept around the world and become a neighborly way to share used books with others. The concept is simple: Build a small structure to protect the books; place it in an accessible location; add a few books from several genre for children, teens and adults and spread the word that anyone is welcome to take a book and/or leave a book.
No good deed goes unpunished as a 9-year-old boy in Leawood, Kansas, learned when he was ordered to remove his Little Free Library or face fines when at least two people complained to the city. After much press and citizen outcry, the city council graciously decided to exempt the small structures from the city’s ordinances. Read more about this brave young man here.
Another article tells other stories of local governments trying to stifle the free exchange of books.
In this time of 24 hour/7 day political stories, we are reminded that people need to be involved in the process to work for the best government possible.
My Reading/Listening List
These books that I’ve read or listened to in the last month are ones that I recommend. NOTE: All were purchased when selling for cheap prices.
• The Negotiator by Dee Henderson ($8.32) – Inspirational romantic suspense by one of the best in the business, first book in the O’Malley Series
• Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer ($9.99) – Third book in the Clifton Chronicles, a family with trials, tribulations and an occasional happy event
• At the Scent of Water by Linda Nichols ($4.99) – Amazing inspirational novel of second chances
• Taken by Dee Henderson ($8.64) – Stand-alone inspirational suspense
• Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson ($8.99) – Very good WWI historical fiction
• Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury ($7.99) – Grab a hanky and read this phenomenal novel by a popular inspirational author – a tale of forgiveness
• Lullaby by Ed McBain ($4.99) – 87th Precinct police procedural – good read with several plots. Build your 87th Precinct library with these three books for $1.99 each
• Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt ($7.99) – Another very good legal mystery (not a thriller)
• Circle of Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini ($11.99) – Very good contemporary women’s fiction – solid series that I’m slowly collecting
• Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – $7.99 – A quirky story filled with contemporary characters that are spot-on
• Murder Gets a Life by Anne George ($7.99) – Another Southern Sisters cozy – good, quick read
• Starry Montana Sky by Debra Holland ($4.99) – Sweet historical romance; fast read
• Clementine by Sara Pennypacker ($4.99) – A beginning chapter book for children – cute and entertaining; love how she names her kittens!
• Conspiracy in Death by J. D. Robb ($7.99) – Another solid novel in the Eve Dallas series of futuristic mysteries
• Attachments by Rainbow Rowell ($9.99) – A different novel about office life, email security and working folks
• At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon ($9.99) – The first book in her popular series
A Cheap Read – Historical Mystery
Enjoy a Maggie Hope historical mystery this weekend when you buy this novel for $1.99.
His Majesty’s Hope ($1.99) World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an elite member of the Special Operations Executive—a black ops organization designed to aid the British effort abroad—and her first assignment sends her straight into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very heart of the German war machine.
Relying on her quick wit and keen instincts, Maggie infiltrates the highest level of Berlin society, gathering information to pass on to London headquarters. But the secrets she unveils will expose a darker, more dangerous side of the war—and of her own past.
Morning of Fire by Scott Ridley is the thrilling story of 18th century American explorer and expeditioner John Kedrick as he journeyed for land and trade in the Pacific. Set against the backdrop of one of the most exciting and uncertain times in world history, John Kendrick’s odyssey aboard his sailing ship Lady Washington carries him from the shores of New England across the unexplored waters of the Pacific Northwest to the contentious ports of China and the war-ravaged islands of Hawaii, all while avoiding intrigues and traps from the British and the Spanish.
Morning of Fire is riveting American and naval history that brings the era of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson gloriously alive—a tale of danger, adventure, and discovery. Buy this book today for only 99 cents.
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Much has been written about the enduring marriage of President John Adams and his wife, Abigail. But few know of the equally strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody, accomplished women in their own right. Now acclaimed biographer Diane Jacobs reveals their moving story, which unfolds against the stunning backdrop of America in its transformative colonial years.
This engaging narrative traces the sisters’ lives from their childhood sibling rivalries to their eyewitness roles during the American Revolution and their adulthood as outspoken wives and mothers. They were women ahead of their time who believed in intellectual and educational equality between the sexes. Drawing from newly discovered correspondence, never-before-published diaries, and archival research, Dear Abigail is a fascinating front-row seat to history—and to the lives of three exceptional women who were influential during a time when our nation’s democracy was just taking hold. Buy this biography for only $1.99 today.
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When Tamar Deane is orphaned at 17 in a small Cornish village, she seizes her one chance for a new life and emigrates to New Zealand. Alone and frightened on the Plymouth Quay she is befriended by an extraordinary woman. Myrna MacTaggart is also travelling to Auckland, with plans to establish the finest brothel in the Southern Hemisphere. Myrna’s friendship is unconventional to say the least, but proves invaluable when Tamar makes some disastrous choices in the new colony.
Tamar is the first in a sweeping family saga covering several generations and encompassing the Boer War and the First and Second World Wars. Buy this book today for only 99 cents.
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With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam’s lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph–at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining. Buy this memoir today for $1.99.
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