Christmas, 1859. Just one month after the publication of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin received an unsettling letter. He had expected criticism. But this letter was different. It accused him of failing to acknowledge his predecessors, of taking credit for a theory that had already been discovered by others. Darwin realized that he had made an error in omitting from Origin of Species any mention of his intellectual forebears.
Yet when he tried to trace all of the natural philosophers who had laid the groundwork for his theory, he found that history had already forgotten many of them.
With each chapter focusing on an early evolutionary thinker, Darwin’s Ghosts is a fascinating account of a diverse group of individuals who, despite the very real dangers of challenging a system in which everything was presumed to have been created perfectly by God, felt compelled to understand where we came from. Ultimately, Stott demonstrates, ideas—including evolution itself—evolve just as animals and plants do. Darwin’s Ghosts presents a groundbreaking new theory of an idea that has changed our very understanding of who we are. Buy this book for $1.99 today.
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The extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson is illuminated as never before in this full-scale biography by Arnold Rampersad, who was chosen by Jack’s widow, Rachel, to tell her husband’s story, and was given unprecedented access to his private papers.
Rampersad’s magnificent biography leaves us with an indelible image of a principled man who was passionate in his loyalties and opinions: a baseball player who could focus a crowd’s attention as no one before or since; an activist at the crossroads of his people’s struggle; a dedicated family man whose last years were plagued by illness and tragedy, and who died prematurely at fifty-two. He was a pathfinder, an American hero, and he now has the biography he deserves. Buy it today for $1.99.
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In this candid memoir, Phelps talks openly about his battle with attention deficit disorder, the trauma of his parents’ divorce, and the challenges that come with being thrust into the limelight. Readers worldwide will relive all the heart-stopping glory as Phelps completes his journey from the youngest man to ever set a world swimming record in 2001, to an Olympic powerhouse in 2008, and the most decorated Olympian in 2012. Athletes and fans alike will be fascinated by insights into Phelps’ training, mental preparation, and behind-the-scenes perspective on international athletic competitions.
A chronicle of Phelps’ evolution from awkward teenager to media-savvy superstar, Beneath the Surface is a must-read for any sports fan. Published 2012. Buy this book for $1.99 today. Audiobook: $3.49.
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Fanciful dreams of gold-medal glory led Jennifer Sey to the local gymnastics club in 1976. A natural aptitude and a willingness to endure punishing hard work took her to the elite ranks by the time she was eleven years old. Jennifer traveled the country and the world competing for the U.S. National team, but the higher she set her sights—the world championships, the 1988 Olympics—the more she began to ignore her physical and mental well-being.
Jennifer suffered devastating injuries, developed an eating disorder, and lived far from family and friends, all for the sake of winning. When her parents and coaches lost sight of her best interests, Jennifer had no choice but to redefine her path into adulthood. She had to save herself.
Chalked Up delivers an unforgettable coming-of-age story that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt not good enough and has finally come to accept who they were meant to be. Buy this book today for $1.99
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Ruthless (99 cents) After dinner with the most arrogant man in the world, Jessica Miller is shocked when her blind date tries to maul her in the parking lot. Enter “Zag”: the brooding, bruising alpha male who jumps off his motorcycle and teaches the jerk a lesson he won’t forget. After getting one taste of a bad boy who lives on the edge, Jessica’s hooked.
The Heat Is On (99 cents) When veteran catcher Connor Jackson gets traded to the New Jersey Sonics, he welcomes the opportunity to possibly cap his career with a World Series ring in his home state. But there’s another reason Connor is glad things have come full circle. In pursuit of hardball glory, he left behind his college sweetheart, the one girl he could never forget.
Line of Scrimmage (99 cents) One bad tackle. That’s all it took to put wide receiver Jake Russell in a cast for the rest of the NFL season. From being a high school all-star to getting drafted by the Austin Mustangs, football has been Jake’s life for as long as he can remember. It’s what defines him—because he has a secret he never shares. But now that he’s laid up in bed with a nurse displaying a lot of distracting bedside manners, he’s discovering life on the sidelines might have its perks. . .
Pass Interference (99 cents) Party girl Tyler Gillette has just one rule: no football players. As the daughter of the owner of the San Antonio Hawks, she grew up in the shadow of the sport and her father’s enormous wealth. She was even named Tyler because he wanted a boy. Life couldn’t have drawn up a better play for turning her into a wild child—until that same life is threatened by someone from the past . . .
After six years in the minors, pitcher Dirk Hayhurst hopes 2008 is the year he breaks into the big leagues. But every time Dirk looks up, the bases are loaded with challenges–a wedding balancing on a blind hope, a family in chaos, and paychecks that beg Dirk to answer, “How long can I afford to keep doing this?”
Then it finally happens–Dirk gets called up to the Majors, to play for the San Diego Padres. A dream comes true when he takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants, kicking off forty insane days and nights in the Bigs.
Like the classic games of baseball’s history, Out of My League entertains from the first pitch to the last out, capturing the gritty realities of playing on the big stage, the comedy and camaraderie in the dugouts and locker rooms, and the hard-fought, personal journeys that drive our love of America’s favorite pastime. Buy this sports memoir for $2.99 today.
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Set in New York in the Depression, this is the story of Jim Braddock, who takes up boxing to make money to feed his family, and eventually goes up against champ Max Baer, notorious for having killed two men in the ring.
James J. Braddock, born in New York City, was known locally for his thunderous right hand and successful amateur boxing career. After turning professional, he defeated foe after foe, and his rapid rise from obscurity earnt him the nickname, the Cinderella Man. He was given a shot at the world light heavyweight title against champion Tommy Loughran in 1929, but lost in a 15–round decision. Following that defeat and the stock market crash of 1929, Jim Braddock struggled to win fights and provide for his young family.
Eventually Jim’s luck turned. In 1934 he had upset wins against Corn Griffin and John Henry Lewis. Buy this biographical novel today for only 99 cents.
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Competitive freediving—a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath—tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth. The unique and eclectic breed of individuals who freedive at the highest level regularly dive hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them.
Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. With unparalleled access and masterfully crafted prose, One Breath tells his unforgettable story, and of the sport which shaped and ultimately destroyed him. Buy it today for $1.99. Audiobook: $4.49.
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All-New Kindle eReader
Exciting week in the world of Kindle – huge credits from the Apple Settlement and Amazon announced an All-New Kindle, 6″ eReader.
The new device is not remarkably different. It’s like most of us would like to be – thinner and lighter. The price is $79.99 with Special Offers; $99.99 without. Choose black or white. Pre-order today for delivery beginning July 7.
Amazon highlights these features:
• All-new design is thinner and lighter than the previous-generation Kindle, and available in your choice of black or white
• Touchscreen display that reads like real paper
• Unlike tablets, no screen glare, even in bright sunlight
• Battery lasts weeks, not hours
• Indulge your love of reading without e-mail alerts or push notifications
• Massive selection, low prices – over four million books including latest bestsellers, Kindle exclusives and more
Track your Kindle Credit
If you haven’t used all of your Apple Settement credit yet, you will want to bookmark this page. Amazon provides a succinct review of your remaining credit.
Available for use starting: June 21, 2016
Total Credit: $317.79
Unused Credit: $317.79
Expiry Date: June 24, 2017
Just below this information are several suggestions on how to use that credit including: Best Books of the Month; Select 25 (Amazon Editor’s Choices); NYTimes Bestseller List; Books to Read in a Lifetime List; sales and new releases. Most of these lists will change over the coming weeks to give you more options for how to use your credit.
Just for E-Books?
About that Apple credit, the e-mail I received from Amazon included this sentence:
We will automatically apply your available credit to your purchase of qualifying items through Amazon, an Amazon device or an Amazon app. [snip] In order to spend your credit, please visit the Kindle bookstore or Amazon.
From these sentences I assumed that the credit could only be used for Kindle books.
However, yesterday I purchased stationery, envelopes and refrigerator filters. When checking out I could choose to have the entire purchase of about $100 paid using my gift card balance which was $6 purchased previously + $317 Apple credit.
I did not want to use my credit to buy mundane items and put the charges on a debit card.
Has anyone used this credit for non-Kindle items? Please let us know.
UPDATE: Charleen left a comment that Amazon rep said credit could be used for anything except subscriptions and gift cards.
Cheap Bundle – Baseball-themed Mysteries
Alison Gordon Two-Book Bundle: The Dead Pull Hitter and Safe at Home (99 cents) Trouble has a way of finding sports journalist Kate Henry. And with her natural curiosity and nose for a good story, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Purchase this two-book bundle of the first two Kate Henry mysteries for only 99 cents today.
The Dead Pull Hitter: For the first time in their history, the Toronto Titans are on a winning streak and headed for the World Series—a dream come true for sports reporter and baseball fan Kate Henry. But when a pair of murders hits the team at its very heart, Kate finds herself in the middle of the investigation.
Safe at Home: As the baseball season heats up, a serial killer stalks young boys on the streets of Toronto. While her boyfriend, Sergeant Andy Munro is at the heart of the investigation, Kate herself is working on the scoop of a lifetime—one that will rock the baseball world to its core. Kate’s world collides violently with Andy’s as the killer suddenly threatens those closest to her. With time running out, can Kate save those she loves the most?