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Saturday Steals 1/11/14

Welcome to Saturday Steals! Do my suggestions help? Please let me know if you are enjoying or using this feature. 

Dover Publications, and they now have E-books too, Is having a sale – but only until Monday 1/13/14 so hurry.  A Steal, a Deal! 25% off 60 bestselling books and 20% off an order of only $30 or more with Coupon Code SAVE7. No, I do not receive any compensation for Dover. I just like the books, they are unique, educational, fun and many How-To offerings.  Plus they have great coloring books for children and adults. 

Fairies Around the World   Color Your Own Impressionist Paintings   Complete Preludes and Etudes
 
Term Limits  by Vince Flynn. Normally $9.99 for the Ebook, now $1.99 for a limited time. A STEALReaders like Flynn for his fast paced writing.

 

Where Are You Now?: A Novel
By Mary Higgins Clark. Normal E-book price is $7.99 now available for $1.99. A STEAL

Best Seller Clark’s Where Are You Now?  is the tale of a young woman trying to unravel the mystery of a family tragedy — a quest with terrifying repercussions. One of Clark’s, if not her primary, oft-repeated story troph is still fresh and exciting.

The Secret Piano: From Mao’s Labor Camps to Bach’s Goldberg Variations  By Zhu Xiao-Mei. E-book is only $1.99. A STEAL!

Zhu Xiao-Mei was born to middle-class parents in post-war China, and her musical proficiency became clear at an early age. Taught to play the piano by her mother, she developed quickly into a prodigy, immersing herself in the work of classical masters like Bach and Brahms. She was just ten years old when she began a rigorous course of study at the Beijing Conservatory, laying the groundwork for what was sure to be an extraordinary career. But in 1966, when Xiao-Mei was seventeen, the Cultural Revolution began, and life as she knew it changed forever. One by one, her family members were scattered, sentenced to prison or labor camps. By 1969, the art schools had closed, and Xiao-Mei was on her way to a work camp in Mongolia, where she would spend the next five years. Life in the camp was nearly unbearable, thanks to horrific living conditions and intensive brainwashing campaigns. Yet through it all Xiao-Mei clung to her passion for music and her sense of humor. And when the Revolution ended, it was the piano that helped her to heal. Heartbreaking and heartwarming, The Secret Piano is the incredible true story of one woman’s survival in the face of unbelievable odds—and in pursuit of a powerful dream. 

Romance Super Bundle Various Authors. A STEAL for $0.99! 
From espionage, love triangles and amnesia to secret babies, murderous liaisons and pretend girlfriends, the Romance Super Bundle has everything you love about romance novels, times ten! 720,000 words and more than 2,500 pages! There is bound to be at least one book you will enjoy in this bundle.  (Pun intended). 
 

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Books Available 1/13/14 PreOrder

The excitement of a new book from a favorite author, the anticipation of settling down with a well written book and the satisfaction and sadness when you have finished reading a wonderful book. This is why each week I bring you reads I recommend because I love to read and I think my friends you feel the same.  

I am ready to go to other worlds, live other lives, learn, experience a different time, share a mystery and spy on romance. So I bring a romance, children’s books, a horror thriller, something funny, historical fiction and a brilliant piece of non-fiction.


First Love  By James Patterson. Available January 13, 2014. (by the end of the month most of us should know what year it is and won’t need the reminder.)
 Axi Moore is a “good girl”: She studies hard, stays out of the spotlight, and doesn’t tell anyone that what she really wants is to run away from it all. The only person she can tell is her best friend, Robinson–who she also happens to be madly in love with.

When Axi impulsively invites Robinson to come with her on an unplanned cross-country road trip, she breaks the rules for the first time in her life. But the adventure quickly turns from carefree to out-of-control.

A remarkably moving tale with its origins in James Patterson’s own past, First Love is testament to the power of first love–and how it can change the rest of your life.

If you can’t wait Amazon has First Love — Free Preview — The First 12 Chapters
The Night Before My Birthday  by Natasha Wing and illustrator Amy Wummer. Available January 13, 2014.

The Night Before My Birthday captures all the excitement and anticipation that every child experiences in the lead-up to their special day. The decorations are up, the table is set, and the food is ready – but what happens when there is an ice cream emergency? Once again Natasha Wing has written a story that is sure to appeal to every child getting ready for a birthday. The book is told by and seen through the eyes of the birthday child, so it is gender neutral and a fun gift for any birthday girl or boy. 

And I also found another Children’s book of the same title I wanted to share. How marvelous to create a tradition with a beautiful book. And we all have Hurty Feelings, right? 
 
The Night Before My Birthday Book  by Joni Rubinstein.

“The moon will soon rise, and the sun has just set. But it’s still not my birthday yet.” The Night Before My Birthday Book is a magical poem read to children on the night before their birthday. It captures the feelings of children as they are tucked into bed, full of anticipation, with dreams of waking up a brand new age. This beautifully illustrated book, now in hardcover, becomes a childhood keepsake with chronicle pages to record birthday dreams come true. The Night Before My Birthday Book will become a favorite tradition as it celebrates the birth of a child and becoming a growing family.

“The moon will soon rise, and the sun has just set. But it’s still not my birthday yet.”


Hurty Feelings (Laugh-Along Lessons) By Helen Lester and illustrator Lynn Munsinger. Hardcover available January 14, 2014. This book was released in paperback in 2007 but is now available in Hardback.

Fragility the hippo is solid on the outside and fragile on the inside. In every compliment, Fragility hears an insult. If someone says she looks nice, she hears that she looks like a big, squishy cupcake—since cupcakes are also nice. But soon, Rudy the bully comes along to insult her for real. In the face of these insults, will Fragility realize the difference between a jab and a compliment?  

Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival  By Jennifer Chiaverini. Available January 14, 2014.

Kate Chase Sprague was born in 1840 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second daughter to the second wife of a devout but ambitious lawyer. Her father, Salmon P. Chase, rose to prominence in the antebellum years and was appointed secretary of the treasury in Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet, while aspiring to even greater heights.
Beautiful, intelligent, regal, and entrancing, young Kate Chase stepped into the role of establishing her thrice-widowed father in Washington society and as a future presidential candidate. Her efforts were successful enough that The Washington Star declared her “the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her.”

None, that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Mrs. Lincoln and her young rival held much in common—political acumen, love of country, and a resolute determination to help the men they loved achieve greatness—they could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other. When Kate Chase married William Sprague, the wealthy young governor of Rhode Island, it was widely regarded as the pinnacle of Washington society weddings. President Lincoln was in attendance. The First Lady was not.

Jennifer Chiaverini excels at chronicling the lives of extraordinary yet little known women through historical fiction. What she did for Elizabeth Keckley in Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and for Elizabeth Van Lew in The Spymistress she does for Kate Chase Sprague in Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival.

For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind By Rosemary Mahoney. Available January 14, 2014.

“Rosemary Mahoney is one of a handful of nonfiction writers so original and so surprising that I look forward to each new book with an excitement bordering on impatience.  What makes For the Benefit of Those Who See especially absorbing is that it turns on Mahoney’s greatest strength: her idiosyncratic and unblinking eye.  As it explores the world of the blind, this provocative and revelatory work teaches us a great deal about what it means to see.  And when I finished this book, I returned to the world feeling that all my senses had been sharpened.” — George Howe Colt, author of The Big House

Annoying Orange #4: Tales from the Crisper By Scott Shaw and Mike Kazaleh. Available January 14, 2014.

Don’t adjust your television; that really is a talking orange and he really is that annoying! Annoying Orange and his friends from the fruit bowl have already taken over the airwaves and the internet with their groaningly silly adventures, and now it’s time for them to scare the seeds out of you in this bumper crop of horrific pulpy parodies. Gather ’round the campfire (not so close, Marshmallow!) and join your host, Annoying Orange, for an evening of…Tales From the Crisper!

Mayhem By Sarah Pinborough.  Available January 14, 2014. “A compulsively readable story that starts as a conventional murder mystery and morphs, by degrees, into a horrifying supernatural thriller,” The Guardian said of Mayhem.

A virtuoso fantasy writer, Sarah Pinborough has won numerous awards including the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. In Mayhem Pinborough turns her attention to one of the most baffling and notorious crime sprees in Victorian times.

Already frustrated in their attempts to capture serial murderer Jack the Ripper, the detectives of Scotland Yard are suddenly confronted with a new monster, dubbed the Torso Killer for his habit of leaving behind neatly wrapped parcels of his victims’ body parts, minus the heads. With the terrible increase in mutilated corpses to examine, the highly regarded police surgeon Dr. Thomas Bond has lost the ability to sleep. True, a growing dependency on opium affords him some solace in his loneliest and most desperate hours, but he also fears the grip of the drug.

During Dr. Bond’s nightly tours of London’s underbelly in search of pharmaceutical respite from the horrors that plague him by day, he encounters a mysterious Jesuit priest scouring the opium dens himself, clearly in search of someone—or something. The doctor at first rejects the strange priest’s unnatural theories about the Torso Killer as an affront to scientific thought. But over time Dr. Bond’s opium-addled mind begins to crumble under the growing impression that there might be some awful truth to the Jesuit’s ideas.

As the police struggle to capture two serial killers, the troubled forensics expert begins to suspect that he may actually know the Torso Killer personally. If he is right, Dr. Bond will need all the strength he can muster to save his small circle of loved ones from falling victim to the bloody depravities of this twisted creature.

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Books Available PreOrder 1/6/14

Welcome to 2014 my friends. Time flies so it is Time to get reading.  Here are the upcoming books I recommend.
Return to Tradd Street  By Karen White. Available January 7, 2014.
Melanie is only going through the motions of living since refusing Jack’s marriage proposal. She misses him desperately, but her broken heart is the least of her problems. Despite an insistence that she can raise their child alone, Melanie is completely unprepared for motherhood, and she struggles to complete renovations on her house on Tradd Street before the baby arrives.
 When Melanie is roused one night by the sound of a ghostly infant crying, she chooses to ignore it. She simply does not have the energy to deal with one more crisis. That is, until the remains of a newborn buried in an old christening gown are found hidden in the foundation of her house.
 As the hauntings on Tradd Street slowly become more violent, Melanie decides to find out what caused the baby’s untimely death, uncovering the love, loss, and betrayal that color the house’s history—and threaten her claim of ownership. But can she seek Jack’s help without risking her heart? For in revealing the secrets of the past, Melanie also awakens the malevolent presence that has tried to keep the truth hidden for decades.

I cannot wait for this release, I preordered 4 months ago! I love Karen White and the next novel in the Tradd Street series follows The House on Tradd Street, The Girl On Legare Street (Tradd Street) and The Strangers on Montagu Street (Tradd Street).  You don’t have to start at the beginning but what fun to read a series! So I recommend buying The House on Tradd Street.

Calling all Charlaine Harris Lovers. This woman can write and I have never been disappointed in any of her books. Recently she has begun working with other authors AND Ms. Harris has a new book releasing in May! I cannot recommend Charlaine Harris enough and while I don’t read many graphic novels, I must try her new offering below.  Other Recommendations follow.

Cemetery Girl: Book One: The Pretenders (The Cemetery Girl Trilogy)  By Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden with artwork by Don Kramer. Available January 7, 2014.

She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill—names taken from the grim surroundings where she awoke, bruised and bloody, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or who left her for dead. She has made the cemetery her home, living in a crypt and avoiding human contact. But Calexa can’t hide from the dead—and because she can see spirits, they can’t hide from her.

Then one night, Calexa spies a group of teenagers vandalizing a grave—and watches in horror as they commit murder. As the victim’s spirit rises from her body, it flows into Calexa, overwhelming her mind with visions and memories not her own. Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself—or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help.
Midnight Crossroad (A Novel of Midnight, Texas)  By Charlaine Harris. Available May 6 2014. You might as well order this now, I have.

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawn shop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth.

Teacup Turbulence (A Pet Rescue Mystery)  By Linda O. Johnston. Available January 7, 2014. Los Angeles animal shelter manager Lauren Vancouver has a soft spot for animals in need—and a keen eye for crime.

Thanks to a savvy ad campaign featuring teacup pups sporting HotPets Bling—a new line of faux jewelry dog collars—small dog adoptions have skyrocketed across the city.

So when Lauren discovers a shelter in the Midwest with more toy dogs than it can handle, she arranges a private plane to swoop in and fly the pups back to LA.

But Lauren didn’t count on rescue worker Teresa Kantrim coming along for the ride. Teresa has cared for the dogs since they were found and doesn’t trust anyone from La-La Land to take over the job. Her biting comments clearly haven’t earned Teresa any new friends, but when she turns up murdered, it’s time for Lauren to dig into Teresa’s past and find out who wanted her put down.

Erased (Altered)  By Jennifer Rush. Available January 7, 2014. They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she’s learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam’s rules: Don’t draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.

This young adult book is a sequel to Altered.  Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch, at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. The boys escape and take Anna hostage. 

Blind to the Bones: A Cooper & Fry Mystery  By Stephen Booth. Available as an E-book January 7, 2014.

I came across this book when I was doing my new release search. The book is part of a 15 book series and this book is number 4 originally released in Hardcover 9/23/2003 by Scribner,Paperback 12/6/2003 by Harper and Mass Market paperback 6/27/2006 by Bantam. The E-book release is through Harper Collins Witness Impulse line. I may start posting many new E-book releases of backlists now available. An entire world of ‘new’ authors for readers.

Also, my interest was piqued by this information and as I researched I found fodder for another blog post. When completed I will post the link here.

Standup Guy (Stone Barrington)  by Stuart Woods. Available January 7, 2014. Stone Barrington’s newest client does not seem the type to bring mayhem in his wake. A polite, well-deported gentleman, he comes to Stone seeking legal expertise on an unusual—and potentially lucrative—dilemma. Stone points him in the right direction and sends him on his way, but it’s soon clear Stone hasn’t seen the end of the case. Several people are keenly interested in this gentleman’s activities and how they may relate to a long-ago crime . . . and some of them will stop at nothing to find the information they desire.


Fear Nothing: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel (D. D. Warren) by Lisa Gardner. Available January 7, 2014.
Lisa Gardner’s latest pulse-pounding thriller, Detective D. D. Warren must face a new fear as a serial killer terrorizes Boston.

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Blog Posts I Recommend

Happy Holidays. Below are some marvelous, enjoyable, astounding and thought-provoking posts from blogs I follow. Enjoy!

Three Little Pugs is a sweet blog. Stella Rose usually gives us her insight as the senior pug. We learn that “we are hosting a Dating Game Contest….Would you like to win a date with Maggie to go to the Bash….anyone can enter, dogs, cats, pigs, ….the only EXCEPTION is the evil elf Chrissy, she is not allowed to enter our contest cos we dislikes hers a lot.” and learn about Gussied Up for Visitors.  Stop by and visit  Stella Rose, Margaret Mae, Angus McConnell and their Momma and learn why Stella Rose is Worried. I just enjoy the posts and you will too!

Interesting Literature brings readers the earliest known film version of A Christmas Carol in a incomplete but restored version from 1900/1901 of Scrooge or Marley’s Ghost. I have to say for 1900/1901 the special effects are pretty phenomenal (you may not think so compared to today but this is film in infancy).  This now ties with MY Favorite Christmas Carol Film: Scrooge. (info below) Interesting Literature also offers Twelve Facts from Interesting Literature including why Winnie the Pooh and Green Eggs and Ham have been banned.

Through A Peacock’s Eyes Julianne share her Tarotscope predictions for 2014. She is amazingly accurate, have a look.

The Ghost of Christmas Present: There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish. The thing is to try to do as much as you can in the time that you have. Remember Scrooge, time is short, and suddenly, you’re not here any more.

A Small Press Life brings a post entitled Book Nerds Links featuring new art for a new publication of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. I must say the art serves as a perfect description for the book. And yet another marvelous post Daily Diversion #181 on The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum.

Students and Birds has a post about a Parrott and Family In Need. They are thinking of the welfare of a parrot in need of medical care and the family that loves their animal companion. I always advocate looking to animal welfare so if you can help, please do and Kudos to Students and Birds for caring and sharing.

Alarmingman has beautiful haiku poetry. I have so many favorites, I recommend just dropping by.

Books and Bassets posted about a non fiction book called Courage Has No Color. Her blog is about Childrens & YA lit with some Bassets thrown in. Readers can find excellent reading material for the young and for the not young. Exposing us to this non fiction is a beautiful addition.

Stop by A Mixed Bag for some wonderful photography.

Visit Speedy the Cheeky House Bunny for a wonderful Christmas Countdown of some animal companions.


Scrooge starring Albert Finney and Alec Guiness.

I am not going to give the official online summaries. I say this is a beautiful musical adaption. Released in 1970, when I first say the movie as a young teen I wondered how they made Scrooge look young again. This is a credit to how masterfully Albert Finney plays the role as well as the makeup artist.  Alec Guiness is a a fantastic Marley.

Quotes from the screenplay:

Ebenezer Scrooge: Why do you walk the earth? Why’d you come to persecute me? And what is that great chain you wear?

the Ghost of Jacob Marley: I wear the chain I forged in life. I made it, link by link and yard by yard, while on Earth, and now I will never be rid of it, any more than you will ever be rid of yours!

Guiness quoted this line so perfectly that to this day I take him seriously, I don’t think the words are hokey or  trite, when I read them I do feel they are a bit schmaltzy but not in the telling in this movie.

       

The musical Scrooge is from a stage play. While the songs are still wonderful, having seen and heard the music in the 1970 movie I prefer the movie.  The book offers all the music even the songs that did not make the cut in the film version.

From the song at the end of the movie the most excellent lines:

Ebenezer Scrooge: I will start anew/I will make amends/and I will make quite certain/that the story ends/on a note of hope/on a strong amen/and I’ll thank the world/and remember when/I was able to begin again!

If you are brave enough to read my post and watch the video featured in my I Love Dogs and Animals blog, then the lines above are a wonderful mantra to a Resolution to Be Humane.

I will start anew/I will make amends/and I will make quite certain/that the story ends/on a note of hope/on a strong amen/and I’ll thank the world/and remember when/I was able to begin again!

            

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A Christmas Gift

A Christmas Gift for Readers and Nerds Like Me. Open Courseware!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I have a gift for you my friends. FREE online course work is available from several universities.
Here is the link to MIThttp://ocw.mit.edu/courses/index.htm  The OCW stands for Open Courseware. For my friends that are strictly readers the Literature courses link is here.
Tufts University. Tufts OCW (and most all OCW)
·      Publishes Tufts course materials.
·       Does not require any registration.
·       Does not grant credit, degrees, or certificates.
·       Does not provide access to Tufts faculty; however  feedback is shared.
 I say who cares I don’t get credit – I get to learn! How cool is that?  Tres, tres cool!

Utah State University.  

Washington State proudly declared in November 2011 their open library hit 10,000 visitors in 11 days. Washington’s State Board for Community and Technical Colleges SBCTC manages OpenCourseLibrary.org

The Open Courseware ConsortiumWhat is  OpenCourseWare? OpenCourseWare is the name given to open educational resources that are presented in course format, often including course planning  materials, such as syllabi and course calendars, along with thematic content,  such as textbooks, lectures, presentations, notes and simulations. Open  Educational Resources are materials developed by experienced educators that are  available for use, repurposing, and modification (including translation), in whole or in part, by everyone, everywhere in the world.
What is Open Education? Open Education is, at its core, about free and open sharing.  Free, meaning no cost, and open, which refers to the use of legal tools (open  licenses) that give everyone permission to reuse and modify educational  resources.  Free and open sharing increases  access to education and knowledge for anyone, anywhere, anytime.  It allows people to make changes to materials or to combine resources in new ways to build something new.  Open Education incorporates free and open learning communities, educational networks, teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship, and on and on. Open Education gives people access to knowledge, provides platforms for sharing, enables innovation, and connects communities of learners and educators around the world.
Enjoy!

BE THE CHANGE!

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Happy Holidays Saturday Steals!

Happy Holidays my friends! I hope Christmas brings you together with friends and family.

If the joy of sharing with loved ones isn’t an option, do not fret, stress or get depressed. I have spent Christmas alone with my wonderful dogs for about 20 years. I have my own traditions. I love watching A Christmas Story over and over. On good years the doggies get toys to open, in lean years they still get and give love.  And I usually wash old toys and present them as new. Please be animal friendly and no fur, please.

I have some last-minute Steals for Everyone.

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Coming Soon – Pre Order Books Available 12/23 and 12/30

I might have missed a week – did I? In the scurry of Christmas and craft shows and job search I have lost rack. But I have some fantabulous books you will want to Pre Order!

Most are available as E-books for Christmas. Or my birthday is the 30th …. 🙂

A large portion of the books being released the week of the 23rd are ‘diet’ books and some cookbooks. Since I recommend books I can only recommend one and this is available 12/17/13.

The Best of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
by Deborah Madison with Contributors. Available 12/17/13.
See below for more upcoming releases.

Right now I recommend, though not new releases, the following books from PETA.

Start 2014 off by making an ethical choice or just because vegetarian is a healthy lifestyle.

Vegan Eats World          The Compassionate Cook             Making Kind Choices

http://www.petacatalog.com/booksdvds/veganeatsworld/     
New from the Who Was Series available 12/26/13. The Nelson Mandela book has been released early as an E-book. The paperback will be available 1/9/14.
The Who Was Series is wonderful and targeted for Grades 3 to 7.
            

Get Started: Crochet  by Susie Johns. Available  December 23, 2013.

Get Started: Crochet teaches beginners basic stitches and shows how to start crocheting with 20 easy projects, including hats, blankets, and baby clothes.

Perfect for beginners who want to learn a new craft, DK’s Get Started: Crochet takes a “do and learn” approach by starting simple and building new skills, using photographed techniques to help people learn step-by-step.

I love to crochet and perhaps this book will serve as an introduction to an enjoyable craft.

For nerds like me, an immense 2 volume non-fiction.

Papers, Literary, Scientific, Etc. (Cambridge Library Collection – Technology) (Volume 1)  and Papers, Literary, Scientific, Etc. (Cambridge Library Collection – Technology) (Volume 2) by  Fleeming Jenkin, Sidney Colvin (editor). Available December 28, 2013.

An electrical engineer, university teacher and wide-ranging writer, Fleeming Jenkin (1833-85) filed thirty-five British patents in the course of his career. Edited by Sidney Colvin (1845-1927) and J. A. Ewing (1855-1935) and first published in 1887, this two-volume work brings together a selection of Jenkin’s varied and engaging papers. The collection ranges from notes on his voyages as a marine telegraph engineer, to a critical review of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, essays on literature, and thoughts on technical education. A memoir written by Robert Louis Stevenson, his former student, provides biographical context and attests to Jenkin’s many interests and talents across the arts and sciences. Volume 1 begins with Stevenson’s memoir, incorporating Jenkin’s records of his voyages. This is followed by writings on literature and drama. Three pieces on scientific subjects, including the review of Darwin, conclude the volume.

And for the even dorkier people like me here is something already released that you may love.


Papers, Literary, Scientific, etc.  This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts – the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. This text refers to the Bibliobazaar edition.

Chasing God by Angie Smith. Kindle edition available now. Hardcover Available January 1, 2014.

Maybe you’ve never asked the question out loud, but you’ve wondered. You do the things that look good on paper: read your Bible, pray, attend study groups and go to church on Sundays.

But you aren’t convinced you really know Him. Angie Smith understands, because she had run circles around the same paths searching for Him, frustrated at her lack of progress.

And she probably would have continued to do so had it not been for one realization that changed everything.

She wasn’t following God; she was trying to catch up with Him.

And without realizing it, you may be as well.

It’s a distinction that affects every aspect of our lives with Christ, and it begins with learning where we’ve relied more on man’s explanation of God than God Himself.

So many requirements, so many rules, and so much guilt where there is supposed to be freedom. It’s the reason you wonder if you’ve measured up, and the nagging voice that tells you you’re a failure as a Christian.

Three simple words changed everything for Angie, and she believes they can do the same for you.

Stop chasing God.

Happy Holidays my friends!

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