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Daily Deals: A few award winning gift books

Harlequin is having a 50% off sale of featured print or ebooks using coupon code HOHOHO50. There are 92 titles to choose from and they look to largely be Christmas titles.

The Yiddish Policemen's Union      by     Michael ChabonThe Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a “temporary” safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end.

Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil, and salvation that are his heritage.

At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.

I guess the Pulitizer Prize winning authors are on sale. Chabon has been an open advocate for genre fiction to be recognized along side regular fiction instead of great “in their own way.”

BN writes “The starting premise of Michael Chabon’s novel rests on a single historical factoid: On the eve of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt suggested that European Jewish refugees be resettled in the Alaskan territory. From this tiny nugget, the Pulitzer Prize?winning novelist constructs a richly hued noir alternate history/mystery fable, complete with Yiddish jargon and gangster argot. “

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Wait For Me  by     Elisabeth NaughtonWait for Me by Elisabeth Naughton. $ Free at Amazon and Kobo

From the Jacket Copy:

A woman without a past…

After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn’t feel right. She’s had no reason to question what friends and family have told her, not until her husband is suddenly killed and she finds a photo of a young girl in his office. A girl who can’t be anyone but a daughter Kate didn’t know she had.

A man desperate for a reason to live…

Ryan Harrison lost his wife in a plane crash five years ago. To cope with the pain of her loss, he dedicated himself to his job and to raising their daughter. Now a successful pharmaceutical executive, Ryan has everything a man could want—money, fame and power—but he’d give it all up in a heartbeat for just one more day with the woman he still loves.

Two lives about to converge.

As Kate begins to dig into a past she doesn’t remember, evidence leads her to San Francisco and puts her on the path toward Ryan, a man who sees in her the woman he loved and lost. Kate feels a draw to Ryan, one she can’t explain, but is that feeling enough to convince her this is where she’s supposed to be? As Ryan and Kate search for answers, they uncover lies long buried, a passion hotter than either expected and a danger that threatens…even now…when the second chance they’ve both been searching for is finally within reach.

Many reviewers cite the premise as one of the best things about the book. It has a few high ratings and almost no negative ones.

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he Great Gatsby      by     F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby’s youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age. Considered Fitzgerald’s best work, The Great Gatsby is a mystical, timeless story of integrity and cruelty, vision and despair.

The timeless story of Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan is widely acknowledged to be the closest thing to the Great American Novel ever written.

It seems odd that this book isn’t in the public domain. It was originally published in 1925 and is considered one of the great pieces of American fiction.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower      by     Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. $ 3.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.

This book is the basis of the movie with the same name. Some heralded it as Breakfast Club for the new millennium. It’s not qualified as such but it definitely falls under New Adult for me.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Brian
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 14:11:11

    It seems odd that this book isn’t in the public domain. It was originally published in 1925 and is considered one of the great pieces of American fiction.

    It’s PD many places besides the US. Here it’s covered by the Sonny Bono copyright extension so it won’t be PD until January 2021.

    In the United States, no more publications will enter the public domain until 2019.

  2. Cara
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 14:55:28

    I LOVED Wait For Me. And for free? PICK THIS ONE UP. It was just awesome. Hit all my tropey happy buttons. :)

  3. ms bookjunkie
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 16:03:47

    I felt let down by WAIT FOR ME. The premise was incredibly awesome but the followup was meh. It disappointed me enough so that I was angry I’d paid full price. But grab it for free and decide for yourselves, by all means.

  4. Janine
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 16:16:28

    Sold! The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books in creation. It’s wasted on high school seniors, so if you haven’t read it since high school, I highly recommend another go.

  5. cbackson
    Dec 20, 2012 @ 17:15:52

    I loved Michael Chabon’s “Wonder Boys”, but I was really disappointed by “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.” It felt to me like it had absolutely no sense of place at all – it was ostensibly set in Alaska, but I don’t think he made use of that setting in an interesting way. It felt kind of like a movie pitch based on the idea of Jews doing something you wouldn’t expect: “Okay, just hear me out: Jews! In Alaska!”. “Gentlemen of the Road”, similarly, felt like little more than “Jews! With Swords!”.

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