At twelve, Howard Dully was guilty of the same crimes as other boys his age: he was moody and messy, rambunctious with his brothers, contrary just to prove a point, and perpetually at odds with his parents. Yet somehow, this normal boy became one of the youngest people on whom Dr. Walter Freeman performed his barbaric transorbital—or ice pick—lobotomy.
Abandoned by his family within a year of the surgery, Howard spent his teen years in mental institutions, his twenties in jail, and his thirties in a bottle. As Howard began to live the “normal” life he had been denied, Howard struggled with one question: Why?
Through his research, Howard met other lobotomy patients and their families, talked with one of Freeman’s sons about his father’s controversial life’s work, and confronted Rodney, his father, about his complicity. And, in the archive where the doctor’s files are stored, he finally came face to face with the truth.
Revealing what happened to a child no one—not his father, not the medical community, not the state—was willing to protect, My Lobotomy exposes a shameful chapter in the history of the treatment of mental illness. Buy this book today for only $1.99. Audiobook: $4.49.
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Offering quality and prices that can’t be beat, and emphasizing the enduring value of small local farms, farmers’ markets are popping up all over the country. Acclaimed food writer Janet Fletcher and photographer Victoria Pearson bring the freshness and flavor of peak produce to the kitchen with Fresh from the Farmers’ Market.
The more than eighty easy and delicious recipes included here — many but not all of them meatless — are as perfect for family meals as for entertaining. Organized by season, Fresh from the Farmers’ Market is for anyone who wants to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables at their peak of flavor. Enjoy the summer’s bounty with recipes from this book, selling today for $1.99.
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International authority on child development Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., joins forces with bestselling author Gabor Maté, M.D., to tackle one of the most disturbing trends of our time: Children today looking to their peers for direction—their values, identity, and codes of behavior. This “peer orientation” undermines family cohesion, interferes with healthy development, and fosters a hostile and sexualized youth culture. Children end up becoming overly conformist, desensitized, and alienated, and being “cool” matters more to them than anything else.
Hold On to Your Kids explains the causes of this crucial breakdown of parental influence—and demonstrates ways to “reattach” to sons and daughters, establish the proper hierarchy in the home, make kids feel safe and understood, and earn back your children’s loyalty and love. Buy the book for only $1.99 today.
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So who has time to prepare food these days? We time-starved cooks need recipes that are guaranteed to be— Quick to fix, Easy for anyone to make, whether you’re a cook or not, Delicious and satisfying. The solution? Fix-It and Forget-It 5-Ingredient Favorites—the latest member in the multi-million copy Fix-It and Forget-It cookbook series!
This smart cookbook offers convenience and comfort to anyone faced with a too-full life and hungry people to feed. Gather five or fewer readily available ingredients + your slow cooker + Fix-It and Forget-It 5-Ingredient Favorites—and you can have— Apricot Chicken, Lazy Lasagna, Sweet and Savory Brisket, Bacon Feta-Stuffed Chicken, Tortellini with Broccoli, Upside-Down Chocolate Pudding Cake, Brownies with Nuts.
Fix-It and Forget-It 5-Ingredient Favorites, with its more than 700 recipes, can be your new faithful companion. Buy it today for only $1.99.
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Mayo Clinic Guide to Fertility and Conception is a comprehensive medical reference that provides answers and explanations to questions and concerns related to fertility, and potential solutions for those having difficulty conceiving or maintaining pregnancy.
From lifestyle and dietary recommendations to understanding your ovulatory cycle to medications and procedures that can improve fertility, this book is a comprehensive source of answers from Mayo Clinic experts you can rely on. Buy this book today for $2.28.
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Best Lunch Box Ever is full of recipes, ideas, and strategies for packing creative and healthful lunches for kids, solving what is for many parents the most taxing of daily chores.
Kids will love the scrumptiousness, while busy moms and dads will appreciate the quick and simple solutions for wholesome, balanced meals developed by Katie Sullivan Morford, a registered dietician and mother of three. The 65 recipes are easy, delicious, and—best of all—packed with nutrients for well-rounded lunches and snacks, including Deconstructed Caprese Skewers, Easy Cheesy Thermos Beans, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cinnamon Wonton Crisps, Parmesan Kale Chips, Crispy Applewiches, and more.
Buy this cookbook for $1.99 today and pack a great lunch tomorrow.
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Brown Sugar Kitchen is more than a restaurant. This soul-food outpost is a community gathering spot, a place to fill the belly, and the beating heart of West Oakland, a storied postindustrial neighborhood across the bay from San Francisco.
Rich visual storytelling reveals the food and the people that made and make West Oakland what it is today. Brown Sugar Kitchen truly captures the sense—and flavor—of this richly textured and delicious place. Buy it today for only $2.99 today as it is the B&N price match.
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Another lawsuit about book prices
Only in America.
Two groups, The American Booksellers Association and Authors United, have filed complaints with the Department of Justice requesting that the DOJ begin an anti-trust investigation into the activities of Amazon for their book prices. The two groups claim that Amazon charges consumers too little for books.
The complaints state that Amazon is a monopoly in the book business and threatens the book marketplace. According to this article in TheDailySignal, Amazon sells 40% of print books and 65% of the e-book market. That’s not a monopoly.
For those of us who purchase many e-books and print volumes from Amazon, we enjoy those low prices. Authors should be paid a fair price for their product, but markets drive prices. I’ll let you know how this request to the DOJ proceeds.
Paula’s Top 4 reads from first half 2015
I’ve read many books so far this year. These are my favorite reads in the first 6 months of 2015.
Maybe it’s my age, but Ove’s story tugged at my heartstrings.
Billed as a “delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden,” A Man Called Ove ($10.99) is a commentary of the loneliness of older citizens.
Ove, seen as grumpy and anti-social to many, struggles with a deep void in his life. He transforms from a shell of a man to one with purpose and a reason for living. Ove’s story is revealed slowly, but it’s worth the wait.
This novel has humor; quirky, lovable characters of all ages and a few twists.
I purchased the book when it was a Daily Deal. It was also an Audible Daily Deal.
Last winter my husband and I attended a cowboy poetry reading by Baxter Black. We shared a table with a young rancher who said he enjoyed C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett series about a crime-fighting game warden in Wyoming. I bought Force of Nature ($7.99) and had my socks scared off with non-stop action and suspense. Great read for guys.
Nic Tatano has become a favorite author of quirky romantic comedy. Wing Girl (99 cents) is a sweet story of the young lady who blossoms with the help of her friends. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and a great read for new adults and anyone who wants to learn about today’s dating scene.
If you live in a state that has a strong and bitter rivalry between two major universities, you might enjoy A House Divided ($3.99) by Jennifer Peel. A great summer read, it’s a sweet, clean romance about second chances. Two teens succumb to family pressure and end their relationship. One goes to Auburn; one to the University of Alabama. The story is their reunion years later.
Enjoy these three non-fiction reads for only 99 cents each.
Shop Your Closet (99 cents) Just when you feared your overstuffed, eyesore of a closet was a lost cause, here’s the antidote to all your closet woes. Closet expert and style maven Melanie Charlton Fascitelli is here to help you whip your closet into shape, refreshing your wardrobe and saving you time along the way.
The 24-Hour Turnaround (99 cents) With a glut of health information assailing readers, there’s never been a better time to bring the best, most reliable facts together in one source. Jay Williams provides a proven, quick ‘jumpstart’ action that will give you results within 24 hours – and inspire to keep going with more valuable lifestyle changes.
The Genome War (99 cents) On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel the complete genetic code of human life—seven years before the projected finish of the U.S. government’s Human Genome Project.
The long-awaited story of the science, the business, the politics, the intrigue behind the scenes of the most ferocious competition in the history of modern science—the race to map the human genome.
Everyone knows that regular exercise and weight training lead to physical strength. But how do we strengthen ourselves mentally for the truly tough times? And what should we do when we face these challenges?
This list of things mentally strong people don’t do resonated so much with readers that when it was picked up by Forbes.com it received ten million views.
Now, for the first time, Morin expands upon the thirteen things from her viral post and shares her tried-and-true practices for increasing mental strength. Buy this book for only $1.99 today.
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