Daily Deals: A favorite middle grade, a memoir and the start of an e-serial
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. $ 2.99
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In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.
Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers.
Out of the Woods by Lynn Darling. $ 1.99
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A powerful, lyrical memoir of self-discovery full of warmth and wry humor—a book that combines the soul-baring insight of Wild, the profound wisdom of Shop Class as Soulcraft, and the ad venturous spirit of Eat, Pray, Love.
When her college-bound daughter leaves home, Lynn Darling, widowed more than a decade earlier, finds herself alone and utterly lost. Freed of her parental responsibilities, she has no idea what she wants or even who she is. Searching for answers, she leaves her apartment in New York City and moves to a cranky little house in the middle of the Vermont woods, her only companions, a new dog and a compass. There she hopes to develop a sense of direction—both in the woods and in her life.
As she finds new ways to get lost in her own backyard, Darling meditates on her past and on the challenges that aging poses to love, work—not to mention fashion—and the way she sees herself. She has just begun to chart a new course for the future when an unexpected setback unsettles her newfound balance.With rare insight and remarkable honesty, Out of the Woods reveals how honing the skills of navigation—literal and metaphorical—smoothed one woman’s path through the uneven course of life. It is a story at once universal and deeply personal—in the words of writer Geraldine Brooks, “both a compass and a manifesto for navigating the often-treacherous switchbacks of the second half of life.”
There’ve been many accounts of this particular female extreme adventure, but Darling’s is striking in its intelligence and imagery. For instance, sitting on her couch in Castle Dismal one night, Darling looks out her French doors at the inky black woods and sees an old man’s pale face staring back at her in the glass. “Fascinated, [and] repelled,” Darling, who’s lost her hair to chemo, realizes that “this old bespectacled egg-headed man” is, indeed, her own face reflected in the glass. It’s another powerful moment where Darling completely loses her bearings.
Out of the Woods is not one of those memoirs that ends with lessons learned and a safe plateau in life secured. In fact, if there’s one thing that Darling’s intense story impresses upon readers, it’s that we’d be fools to think that any of the paths we’re following are straightforward, or that any of our fancy GPS systems won’t someday leave us stranded in an unknown land, looking up at the stars for direction.”
The Other Brother Part 1: Forbidden by Lauren Hawkeye. $ 0.99
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From two New York Times bestselling authors comes a stunning tale of betrayal and blood…
Simple. The consummate good girl, this is the word I used to describe my life… until my stepbrother Seth came to live with us. Until that point, I’d been a very good girl… but my older, emotionally blocked stepbrother made me want to do very bad things.
In the course of one night everything changed, and my simple world was torn to shreds. I wanted to hate him. I did hate him. Mostly.
But now he’s back. And nothing will ever be simple again.
The Other Brother is a novel told in three parts. This is part one of three.
**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+**