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Julie Cross Third DegreeThird Degree by Julie Cross. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

I used to be “Isabel Jenkins, child prodigy.” As lame as that sounds, at least it was an identity. But now I’m not sure what I am. I just failed the most important exam of my life—the emotional readiness test required to get into a medical residency program—and it turns out my parents can’t stand each other. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of my life, and that means re-enrolling as a college freshman, but this time I’m shutting the books and majoring in being eighteen.

But so far, my roommate hates me and I’m not into the party scene. The only good thing about school has been getting to know my insanely hot RA. Marshall Collins makes me wonder about everything I missed while I was growing up too fast. Pretty soon we’re hanging out constantly, but for the first time, I find myself wanting more than a no-strings-attached physical relationship. And the lesson I really need is one Marsh definitely can’t teach me: love. Because I’m going to be alone forever if I don’t learn fast.

For some reason, BN is being extraordinarily slow in picking up this publisher directed deals so you can find it on sale at most retailers but BN. Why? I don’t know.

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Lessons Learned  by Nora RobertsLessons Learned by Nora Roberts. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Coordinating the publicity tour for Italy’s most famous—and most adorable—chef was just the kind of assignment Juliet relished. Carlo Franconi could gather a crowd just by smiling, and watching him prepare a meal was like witnessing a lesson in passionate lovemaking. By the time the tour was over, Juliet planned to have Carlo packaged as the world’s sexiest chef. Women everywhere would fantasize about him preparing an intimate meal for two.

But Juliet hadn’t counted on being part of the dinner plans. Candlelight, pasta and romance?Carlo distracted her with his charms, setting his romantic recipes simmering in her heart.

I haven’t read this book but it’s Nora and if you’re filling out your digital Nora library, this is a good one to have.

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Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook  by Anthony BourdainMedium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The long-awaited follow-up to the megabestseller Kitchen Confidential

In the ten years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, from Monday fish to the breadbasket conspiracy, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business—and for Anthony Bourdain.

Medium Raw explores these changes, moving back and forth from the author’s bad old days to the present. Tracking his own strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood, Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he’s seen, pausing along the way for a series of confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food.

Beginning with a secret and highly illegal after-hours gathering of powerful chefs that he compares to a mafia summit, Bourdain pulls back the curtain—but never pulls his punches—on the modern gastronomical revolution, as only he can. Cutting right to the bone, Bourdain sets his sights on some of the biggest names in the foodie world, including David Chang, the young superstar chef who has radicalized the fine-dining landscape; the revered Alice Waters, whom he treats with unapologetic frankness; the Top Chef winners and losers; and many more.

And always he returns to the question “Why cook?” Or the more difficult “Why cook well?” Medium Raw is the deliciously funny and shockingly delectable journey to those answers, sure to delight philistines and gourmands alike.

Bourdain is a super entertaining writer and even if you aren’t a foodie, his observations and somewhat gossipy tone is enjoyable.

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Our Town by Thornton WilderOur Town by Thornton Wilder. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the town of Grover ‘s Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder’s most renowned and most frequently performed play.

It is now reissued in this handsome hardcover edition, featuring a new Foreword by Donald Margulies, who writes, “You are holding in your hands a great American play. Possibly the great American play.” In addition, Tappan Wilder has written an eye-opening new Afterword, which includes Thornton Wilder’s unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material.

True fact. I’ve seen the production of Our Town in more movies and books than I’ve ever seen the actual book referenced. I should read this book. I’ll put it on “things to do when I am retired and done with blogging.”

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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. Fallen Professor
    May 19, 2014 @ 14:18:00

    I notice Kobo often doesn’t pick up on these either. For example, the Nora Roberts is at full price.

  2. library addict
    May 19, 2014 @ 14:20:36

    Lessons Learned and Summer Desserts are both on sale at Amazon and direct from Harlequin. Not yet at Kobo or Google.

  3. Jayne
    May 19, 2014 @ 16:02:47

    @Fallen Professor: I get pissed at Kobo too after reading about what sounds like a great book then heading over there and seeing a “YOWZA! price tag for it.

  4. Julie M.
    May 19, 2014 @ 18:41:57

    Katie McGarry’s “Pushing the Limits” is $.31 right now on Amazon. Odd price – don’t know how long that will last.

  5. MrsJoseph
    May 19, 2014 @ 20:25:38

    @Jayne: That drives me crazy, too. Most recently it was It Happened One Wedding by Julie James. Amazon sells it for $5.99 – Kobo sells it for $7.99! Arrgh! I don’t own a kindle!

  6. Catherine
    May 19, 2014 @ 20:26:28

    Our Town is gorgeous in its simplicity, both on the page and on the stage. It’s a quick read.

  7. library addict
    May 19, 2014 @ 21:12:13

    @MrsJoseph: It was also $5.99 at Google Play. You can download the ePub from there and use ADE to open it and then sideload to whatever reading device if you don’t want to use the Google app.

  8. Patricia Burroughs [aka pooks]
    May 20, 2014 @ 11:16:34

    I’d actually prefer to buy Our Town in hardcover. Looks like a lovely edition and I’ve read the play several times, in addition to seeing it performed.

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