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The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up by Jacob M. Appel (Cargo/Freight)

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Offered by AppelJacobM (author): Paperback sent by author. Please consider adding this book and my other titles to your Librarything bookshelf, as this enables more giveaways in the future. **Please note: only one free copy of this book is available per person. Thank you for understanding.**

Description: Satire: Arnold Brinkman is a shy and retiring botanist; he loves his plants more than his country. But when his refusal to stand for the national anthem at a baseball game causes a major media incident, he is thrown into a world of pushy patriots, preachers, and press. And it's not going to get any easier when he refuses to apologize.

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50 review copies available
76 members requesting

Request by Jan 21, 6:17PM

The Deer King by Ben Spencer (Knock-Knee Books)

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Offered by BenSpencer (author): To celebrate the release of The Sundering: Novella Two in The Deer King series, I am giving away fifteen copies of The Deer King: Novella One through LibraryThing.

As I look to grow the series, I'm hoping to attract readers looking for a smart, indie fantasy experience. Although every novella is a standalone book, readers who follow the series will become deeply enmeshed in an ever-evolving plot and an ever-expanding cast of characters. Strongly recommended for those who love fantasy with literary undertones.

If you do happen to win a copy of The Deer King, I would be ever grateful if you would post a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Please visit my website for more information on the series. There are also a decent number of thoughtful reviews up on Amazon and Goodreads (many from independent book bloggers)about The Deer King, so feel free to check out what others have said before deciding to take the plunge.

Description: One girl. A reincarnated war god. The chance to stop the carnage before it begins.

Emmaline Rain’s father is the Stoneman. His responsibility: travel into Massaporan lands and end the life of the reincarnated Massaporan deity—the Deer King—the instant he is born. But when he fails in this task, the delicate equilibrium between Emmaline’s people and the Massaporans is disturbed. It seems likely that the violence of the past will be renewed.

Emmaline’s father is soon murdered by a priest of the Bronze Titan for his shortcomings. Newly orphaned, Emmaline absconds with the Saving Stone in the hopes of finding the Deer King and completing her father’s work. But when she comes face-to-face with the Deer King, she realizes that relations between her people and the Massaporans are more complicated than she has been led to believe.

The Deer King is the first in a planned series of fantasy novellas set in Dreyland, a colonial world where the indigenous people rely on the strength of a reincarnated god to help them offset the technological superiority of the settlers.

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30 review copies available
28 members requesting

Request by Jan 31, 4:09PM

KAEROU Time to Go Home by B. Jeanne Shibahara (B. Jeanne Shibahara)

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Offered by BJeanneShibahara (author): Enter for a chance to win a paperback of KAEROU Time to Go Home signed by the author

Description: “KA-E-RO-U is a testimony to the human spirit that bridges differences and overcomes divisions, so different from the spirit that prevailed in the 1930s and 1940s and sent our grandparents and parents to war.”—Elaine Gerbert, University of Kansas, translator of Edogawa Ranpo’s Strange Tale of Panorama Island

“In Japan...everywhere...red strings tie all people we meet together. Some strings are weak. Some have tangles. Some strong.”—KAEROU Time to Go Home

Meryl—Vietnam War widow—misses her grown son, feels left out after her father’s recent marriage. A WWII Japanese flag falls into her hands. The gentle push of a love-struck professor starts her adventure—take the flag home. From the neon of Osaka, to the ancient capital Nara, to the forests of Akita, the trail follows a newspaper reporter, factory manager, ikebana teacher, a Matagi hunter and winds through Japanese culture, past and present. A story of shared humanity and love “in the simplest things.”

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20 review copies available
130 members requesting

Request by Feb 02, 8:07PM
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Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser (SBPRA)

Offered by Moiser20 (author): Moore Field School and the Mystery received an HM award in the 2014 Readers Favorite International book awards, in the pre-teen category.

Description: Moore Field School and the Mystery is the start of an exciting children’s series featuring Samantha, whose parents teach at her school, Moore Field School in Manchester, England. Her best friend is Jessica.

But Moore Field School is about to close down. At the last minute, the headmistress, Miss Moore, moves the school to Lakeview, a place she has always liked.

Just what is the mystery at Moore Field School?

Before the first term starts at Lakeview, the students go to a fun camp where they hear about a local haunted house.

Meanwhile, some scary men are searching for long-lost trophies that they will do anything to find. They even search Miss Moore’s office for clues to where the trophies could be hidden.

What is happening with the trophies and how is Moore Field School involved?

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Request by Feb 09, 5:59PM

Wedding Wipeout by Jacob M. Appel (Cozy Cat Press)

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Offered by AppelJacobM (author): Paperback sent by author. Please consider adding this book and my other volumes to your Librarything bookshelf, as this enables more giveaways in the future. **Please note: only one free copy of this book is available per person**

Description: A mystery novel, but also a satire of religious mystery novels (ie. if you are offended by mild profanity or an irreverent rabbi, please do not request.)

From the jacket:
Two elderly spinster sisters––Florence and Lorraine––have lived together ever since the death of their wealthy father, living on generous stipends provided in his will that continue until one of them marries––at which time that sister is cut off financially. The sisters’ family is shaken up when Florence invites them to her wedding. The morning after the wedding, Florence is found dead in her bed. Was it an asthma attack as her new husband and the police believe or did someone enter her room in the middle of the night and suffocate the old woman with a pillow? Local amateur sleuth Rabbi Jacob Kappelmacher is brought in to investigate the suspicious death. He soon discovers that all of the sisters’ relatives stayed overnight following the wedding and could have strangled the old woman in her sleep. So could have the bridegroom. But who did it? And why? With no money and no motive, why would anyone kill the old woman? Rabbi Kappelmacher begins his investigation by interviewing all of the interested parties, intent on figuring out the convoluted and devious crime––and the sinister culprit behind it.

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30 members requesting

Request by Feb 10, 1:14PM

Reasons to kill God by I.V Olokita

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Offered by IVOLOKITA (author): Over the past five years, many readers have tried to persuade me to translate my books into English. So here's my first book goes on Amazon and I'm delighted to give you some copies to read.

Description: “If you are able to write 180 pages of your memoir without putting the pen down, I might let you live…”
Klaus Holland loves no one other than himself. He victimizes people for being Jews or for just being alive.

He is an old Nazi criminal who escaped to Brazil and was caught and prosecuted. He is now forced to write his memoirs as part of his punishment – the same punishment he used to give Jews at the concentration camp. This punishment makes him remember and re-live his cruelty as the concentration camp commander and as a man.

Deus Esperanca learns from his mother that what he believed to be his family’s history, was just a bunch of lies. He discovers that his real father is Klaus Holland – the sadistic Nazi fugitive.

Having this information and his father being aware of what he knows, their lives intertwine and create chaos.

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55 members requesting

Request by Jan 20, 12:18PM
On sale Mar 10

Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana by Jacob M. Appel (Black Lawrence Pess)

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Offered by AppelJacobM (author): Paperback sent directly by author. Please consider adding this book and my other titles to your Librarything bookshelf, as this enables more giveaways in the future. **Note that only one free copy is available per person; thanks in advance for understanding**

Description: In his ninth book and fifth collection of stories, Jacob M. Appel introduces readers to a diplomat's wife who attempts to seduce her chimney sweep through Norwegian lessons, a minister whose dead wife is romantically involved with Greta Garbo, and a landlord menaced by a rent-delinquent mime.

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49 members requesting

Request by Feb 06, 2:29PM

Scouting for the Reaper by Jacob M. Appel (Black Lawrence Press )

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Offered by AppelJacobM (author): Paperback sent by author. Please consider adding this book and my other titles to your Librarything bookshelf, as this enables more giveaways in the future. **Please note: only one free copy of this book is available per person. Thank you for understanding.**

Description: Literary short stories: Named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Fiction Books of 2014. Each of the characters in SCOUTING FOR THE REAPER faces an unanticipated challenge: transporting a truckload of penguins across the country, arranging a proper Jewish burial for the remains of Gregor Samsa, and selling tombstones dressed as a Girl Scout. These stories explore the domestic and professional adventures of people in over their heads, while leavening their struggles with humor.

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35 members requesting

Request by Feb 08, 8:00AM

Einstein's Beach House by Jacob M. Appel (Pressgang/Butler University)

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Offered by AppelJacobM (author): Paperback sent by author. Please consider adding this book and my other titles to your Librarything bookshelf, as this enables more giveaways in the future. **Please note: only one free copy of this book is available per person**

Description: Literary short stories: A couple adopt a depressed hedgehog; a mother is seduced by the father of her daughter's imaginary friend; a man kidnap's his ex-wife's pet turtle. In eight tragicomic stories, Einstein's Beach House features ordinary men and women rising to life's extraordinary challenges.

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17 members requesting

Request by Feb 11, 5:22PM

The Liars' Asylum by Jacob M. Appel (Black Lawrence Press)

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Offered by AppelJacobM (author): Paperback sent by author. Please consider adding this book and my other titles to your Librarything bookshelf, as this enables more giveaways in the future. **Please note: only one free copy of this book is available per person. Thank you for understanding.**

Description: SHORT STORY COLLECTION: The frustrations of romantic love in its various guises—a domineering kindergarten teacher for a dashing artificial foliage designer, a suicidal physicist for his star student, a dialysis patient at a sleep-away camp for the camp owner’s daughter—provide the common theme for the stories in Jacob M. Appel’s seventh collection. We meet a psychiatrist dabbling with infidelity during a crisis in which rain turns into truth serum, a Finnish-American soldier charged with facilitating his commanding officer’s extra-marital affair, and a couple transporting a wealthy, “locked-in” patient across the Piedmont to his new nursing home. Appel’s literary short fiction offers a quirky window into the pangs and promise of love.

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6 review copies available
104 members requesting

Request by Jan 22, 10:40PM

The Cynic in Extremis by Jacob M. Appel (Able Muse Press)

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Offered by AppelJacobM (author): Paperback sent directly by author. Please consider adding this book and my other titles to your Librarything bookshelf, as this enables more giveaways in the future. **Note that only one free copy is available per person; thanks in advance for understanding**

Description: Poems. Finalist for the 2017 Able Muse Book Award. Eclectic characters in everyday scenarios populate Jacob M. Appel's THE CYNIC IN EXTREMIS. We attend a sister's second wedding with a "hand-me-down groom"; trick-or-treat with a young son; encounter a former teacher long retired, still critical; relive difficult ancestral memories of the Holocaust. Full of fun, wit and insight, these poems present—often unapologetically—uncomfortable truths gleaned from close examination of social norms and conventions mostly taken for granted.

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6 review copies available
92 members requesting

Request by Jan 30, 9:18PM

The Amazing Mr. Morality: Stories by Jacob M. Appel (Vandalia Press / West Virginia University)

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Offered by AppelJacobM (author): Paperback sent by author. Please consider adding this book and my other titles to your Librarything bookshelf, as this enables more giveaways in the future. **Please note: only one free copy of this book is available per person. Thank you for understanding.**

Description: Literary short stories. The Amazing Mr. Morality features tenacious men and women whose determination to buck middle-class social convention draws them toward unforeseen challenges. A failed television producer insists upon having a woodchuck relocated from his lawn, only to receive desperate letters in which the woodchuck begs to return. An overconfident ne’er-do-well obtains a lucrative lecture invitation intended for a renowned ornithologist and decides to deliver the speech himself. An innocuous dispute over whether to rename a local street opens up racial fault lines that prove deadly.

The collection concludes with the title novella in which two unscrupulous ethicists, writing rival newspaper columns, seek to unseat each other by addressing questions such as: If you’re going to commit a murder, is it worse to kill when the victim is sleeping or awake?

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6 review copies available
17 members requesting

Request by Feb 13, 9:23PM

The Brightest: a novella by Marty Dalton

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Offered by MartyDalton (author): This is for a paperback giveaway, looking for reviews on Amazon & Goodreads. Thanks and happy reading!

Description:

This is a love story about love stories. And, as important, a story about why fate will sometimes feel like luck.

"They swirl around each other, like they're being pulled into orbit."

Robyn always thought that she and her destiny were inseparable facts. That true love was waiting around the corner, if only she kept looking.

"She saw signs everywhere and thought of the whole cosmos like an ocean. It was looking to wash beautiful things up on shore, like seashells. All she had to do was pick them up."

But when celebrated author Gatory Penn comes to town with a novel contradicting everything in her world, Robyn discovers that believing in love will mean confronting an old man's broken heart.

Written to be read in one sitting, this heartfelt novella will stick with you long after you finish reading.

~ENDORSEMENTS~

"There's a void in recent fiction that needs to be filled with optimism and goodness, and Marty Dalton's, The Brightest, fills that void in spades. Dalton has written a brave and bold book because it's a good book. Unlike so much writing these days, it doesn't remind us, yet again,that our world is an unstable one. Instead it points out a world that works, one that is founded on love. I can't recommend a better book to hang out with for a few hours if you'd like to close the cover with a smile on your face."
- Katherine James, award-winning author of Can You See Anything Now? Winner CT 2018 Fiction Book Award

"I believe in love - the real, magical, mystical kind of love. And I'm equally sure of its healing power, even for those who have suffered a broken heart. As with all things, there are some who don't agree. I find it comforting that I can now gift them with a copy of The Brightest and know that I've done what was mine to do."
- Suzanne Stabile, best-selling author of The Path Between Us and creator of The Enneagram Journey podcast

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5 review copies available
38 members requesting

Request by Jan 29, 11:36AM

Sycophants by Linda Gould (Independently published)

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Offered by lgould171784 (author): I am the author of "Sycophants," recently published on Amazon, and would welcome any reviews.

Description: Imogene, a country girl by birth, has always longed for the bright lights of New York City. After graduating from a small-town college, she moves to the big city with her husband Steve and supports him through law school by working low-level publishing jobs. An aspiring writer herself, Imogene struggles with both marriage and career. Then her former college roommate, Sara, arrives in town with plans to establish a film production company. Sara takes over an outfit previously run by her brother, a semi-retired rock star, and Imogene jumps at the chance to join this exciting new venture. She becomes Sara’s confidante and assistant in an ambitious movie project about a youth revolution that threatens to engulf the nation’s capital. As the cast expands and the script evolves, the story line flirts dangerously with reality. The filmmakers can’t predict whether the project will make their fortunes or shatter their lives.

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2 review copies available
25 members requesting

Request by Jan 24, 1:57PM

The Bravo by James Fenimore Cooper (Twayne Publishers)

Offered by RoeschLeisure: Hardback discarded from library collection. Good shape for 1963 edition.

Description: The Bravo is a novel by James Fenimore Cooper first published in 1831 in three volumes. Inspired by a trip to Europe where he traveled through much of Italy, the novel is set in Venice. The Bravo is the first of Cooper's three novels to be set in Europe.This group of three novels, which one critic would call Cooper's "European trilogy", include The Heidenmauer and The Headsman. Like his other novels set in Europe, The Bravo was not very well received in the United States.The book largely focuses on political themes, especially the tension between the social elite and other classes.

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32 members requesting

Request by Jan 22, 10:43AM

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (Scribner Paperback Fiction)

Offered by RoeschLeisure: Trade paperback in good shape.

Description: The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise. "If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it." Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.

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20 members requesting

Request by Jan 25, 2:58PM

Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets by Jacob M. Appel (Black Lawrence Press)

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Offered by AppelJacobM (author): Paperback sent directly by author. Please consider adding this book and my other titles to your Librarything bookshelf, as this enables more giveaways in the future. **Note that only one free copy is available per person; thanks in advance for understanding**

Description: Literary short stories: A magician's parrot recommends against donating a kidney to his girlfriend. Inside an antique grandfather clock, a dying child explores Ancient Athens. Rural Virginia is swept by an epidemic of human resurrections. An alien disguised as a Latvian chef opens unwittingly his restaurant opposite an abortion clinic. Jacob M. Appel's Miracles and Conundrums takes us to a world of hope and desperation, where everything is possible, but so much seems far beyond reach.

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1 review copy available
90 members requesting

Request by Jan 27, 9:50AM

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Greenwillow Books)

Offered by leoithne: I bought this paperback only to receive a hardcover shortly after. Book is practically brand new. Has a sticker on the front from original purchase.

Description: [From Goodreads]
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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184 members requesting

Request by Feb 04, 9:50PM
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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin (Gollancz)

Offered by Galina98: Downsizing

Description: A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary’s mission to Winter, an unknown alien world whose inhabitants can choose—and change—their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Exploring questions of psychology, society, and human emotion in an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of science fiction.

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Request by Feb 06, 6:13PM
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