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Friday News: More below-stairs books, 2014 publishing predictions, Goodreads at 25M members, artisan books, and iPad wins the holiday Twitter battle

Friday News: More below-stairs books, 2014 publishing predictions, Goodreads at 25M...

“I read a lot of butlers’ memoirs, and what I found particularly fascinating was how [they] revealed how butlers were so butlery. … Indeed a lot of … men in service at the higher level colluded in their own caricature. And, of course, they themselves were echoing the prevailing view of what it was to be a gentleman. The butler is, as it were, a sort of echo chamber of the upstairs. In the servant’s hall he is king, as the master of the house is king upstairs. …” NPR

“‘Publishers are not going to be able to subsist or rely on endless streams of cheap digital downloads to replace lost print revenue,’ said Richard Nash, a publishing entrepreneur who was most recently vice president of community and content at Small Demons, a digital publishing start-up that has announced its closure. ‘Publishers will try to figure out where to get the revenue if not from digital downloads.’” Digital Book World

“Bound in leather with a Medieval Longstitch binding and printed on archival paper, Clothed in Bark is Lowenstein’s most expensive book to date, and her only one with a leather cover. Each of the 650 copies of the first edition, 6.5 X 14 inches high, retails for $150. Art Marks, for which she initially printed 500 copies, is a more traditional size, 5-3/4 wide X 9-1/2 inches high, and is printed on what seems like a thick notebook paper. It retails for $30, in part because its Coptic binding takes only one and a half hours to bind, versus 4 hours for Clothed in Bark.” Publishers Weekly

Daily Deals: A recommended read from Jane along with a YA romance, and a romance disguised as a lit fic book

Daily Deals: A recommended read from Jane along with a YA...

This book is free. I recently featured it when the price was 99c. I thought the premise was intriguing but I haven’t read it yet.

I’ve featured at least one of the Wilde books at 99c but the entire box set is now on sale for .99c and contains three full length novels.

The first of the $1.99 books is Golden Country, the debut of Jennifer Gilmore.  PW gave it a starred reviewed. PW writes “In a powerfully moving and ambitious debut, Gilmore follows the lives of three immigrant families, the Brodskys, the Verdoniks and the Blooms, who all begin their American journeys in shtetl-like Brooklyn and end up somewhere unexpected between the 1920s and the 1960s.” The last book is Carole King’s autobiography. She is one of the greatest American songwriters.



Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life  Richard CarlsonDon’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff is a book that tells you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life.

You can learn to put things into perspective by making the small daily changes Dr. Carlson suggests, including advice such as “Choose your battles wisely”; “Remind yourself that when you die, your ‘in’ box won’t be empty”; and “Make peace with imperfection”. With Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… you’ll also learn how to:

Live in the present moment
Let others have the glory at times
Lower your tolerance to stress
Trust your intuitions
Live each day as it might be your last
With gentle, supportive suggestions, Dr. Carlson reveals ways to make your actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life more calm and stress-free.

It’s January 2. I’m sure your new year’s resolutions are all off to a good start, right?

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The Rosie Project by Graeme SimsionThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:


MEET DON TILLMAN, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut will resonate with anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of great challenges. The Rosie Project is a rare find: a book that restores our optimism in the power of human connection.

I thought this was a funny but flawed book.

I didn’t like The Father Project part of the book. I understood that it brought them together but it overtakes part of the story and has a fairly unsatisfactory ending but I chalked that up to being Literature.  Literature books don’t like clean endings no matter if the entire book spends its time hurtling toward it

Don is the narrator of the entire book (no switching alternate points of view). As with any first person book, if a reader doesn’t respond to Don, the book is going to be an utter failure.

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This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

Smith authored the book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight which a lot of romance readers enjoyed. I thought that the romance was a little bland and that the core relationship was never fully explored:

The romance with Oliver is a throwaway. It’s superfluous and adds almost nothing to the story.  This is a story of Hadley forgiving her father rather than a lovely young adult romance.  I wasn’t sure what new understandings Hadley reached at the conclusion of the book.  Was it that love happens quickly but then fades just as quickly? That life is too short to be with people that you don’t love or that it is too short to hate people that you love?  Or was it just that I was to experience Hadley’s journey on the plane where she remembers her mother’s loss, her loss, and a couple memories of her dad being kind?  Hadley, that tingly feeling you got when you met Oliver? Those were endorphins and that feeling never lasts. Ask your dad.

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The Dom Project by Heloise Belleau, Solace AmesThe Dom Project by Heloise Belleau, Solace Ames. $ 2.51 | 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

By day, Robin Lessing has a successful career as a university archivist. By night, she blogs about her less-than-successful search for Mr. Tall, Dark and Dominant. Living up to her handle “The Picky Submissive,” she’s on the verge of giving up and settling for vanilla with a side of fuzzy handcuffs when she discovers her best friend and colleague has a kinky side, too.

Sexy, tattooed techie John Sun is an experienced Dom who never lacks for playmates, male or female. If he can’t satisfy Robin’s cravings, maybe no one can—after all, he knows her better than anyone. So he offers to help her master the art of submission for one month.

Robin eagerly agrees to John’s terms, even the pesky little rule forbidding any friendship-ruining sex. But rules are made to be broken, and once they begin their stimulating sessions, it’s not long before she’s ready to beg him for more—much more?

60,000 words

This isn’t technically a deal but it is a low priced book that I enjoyed quite a bit. Willaful wrote the review for the book at DA but I’ll add my two cents. There’s a tenderness and sweetness to this BDSM story and the authors skillfully portray two friends exploring the boundaries of their relationship while still trying to maintain their friendship. It’s a sexy, funny, smoldering romance and I’d hate for anyone who enjoys erotic romance to miss out.

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