Kindle Deal of the Day for a Cent – Gap Creek

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Gap Creek: The Story of a Marriage by Robert Morgan

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, January 2000: Robert Morgan’s Gap Creek opens with one wrenching death and ends with another. In between, this novel of turn-of-the-century Appalachian life works in fire, flood, swindlers, sickness, and starvation–a truly biblical assortment of plagues, all visited on the sturdy shoulders of 17-year-old Julie Harmon. “Human life don’t mean a thing in this world,” she concludes. And who could blame her? “People could be born and they could suffer, and they could die, and it didn’t mean a thing…. The world was exactly like it had been and would always be, going on about its business.” For Julie, that business is hard physical labor. Fortunately, she’s fully capable of working “like a man”–splitting and hauling wood, butchering hogs, rendering lard, planting crops, and taking care of the stock. Even when Julie meets and marries handsome young Hank Richards, there’s no happily-ever-after in store. Nothing comes easy in Julie Harmon’s world, and their first year together is no exception.

Throughout the novel, Morgan chronicles Julie’s trials in prose of great dignity and clarity, capturing the rhythms of North Carolina speech by using only the subtlest of inflections. Clearly the author has done his research too–the descriptions of physical labor practically leap off the page. (Suffice to say, you’ll learn far more about hog slaughtering than you ever dreamed of knowing.) Yet he resists the temptation to make his long-suffering characters into saints. Julie simmers with resentment at being her family’s workhorse, and Hank flies into a helpless rage whenever he feels that his authority is questioned. In novels like The Truest Pleasure and The Hinterlands, Morgan proved his ability to create memorable heroines. In Gap Creek, he writes with great feeling–but not a touch of sentimentality–about a life Julie aptly calls “both simple and hard.”

Free Kindle Book of the Day – The Art of War

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Free Shakespeare Kindle Book of the Day – Twelfth Night

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B004TPTLI4Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Product Description

Separated from her twin brother Sebastian after a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a boy to serve the Duke of Illyria. Wooing a countess on his behalf, she is stunned to find herself the object of his beloved’s affections. With the arrival of Viola’s brother, and a trick played upon the countess�s steward, confusion reigns in this romantic comedy of mistaken identity.

Book Description

For four centuries Twelfth Night has inspired theatre directors and performers. Surveying a dazzling range of Twelfth Night productions – including many significant productions which have not received due critical attention previously – Schafer provides the reader with an indispensable stage history of this popular play, from its first performance to today.

Your Kindle’s Clock

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To quickly check the time while reading press the “Menu” button to display the time at the top of the screen.

Once your Kindle has been registered, you can change the time on the clock:

  1. From the Home screen, press the “Menu” button.
  2. Select “Settings” and turn to the second page of Settings.
  3. Use the 5-way controller to choose “set ” (Kindle WiFi models) or “set manually” (Kindle 3G+WiFi models) next to the “Device Time” setting.
  4. Use the 5-way controller to adjust the hour, minutes, and a.m./p.m. settings.
  5. Navigate to “save” and press to select.