Tag: Kindle Deals

Reading, Listening, and Watching

 

Here I’m providing snapshots of media I’ve consumed lately since there’s too much material for discrete reviews. Note: The Kindle and audiobooks were deals I acquired on the cheap.

Signing Their Rights Away – This book provides absorbing bios for the thirty-nine signers of the Constitution. (A similar work on the Declaration is entitled Signing Their Lives Away.)  Each piece gives background on the signer’s family life, his career, his part in the Constitutional Convention, and key life events after the signing. I got this as a Kindle deal for under two dollars, and it has been worth it to awaken my mind to facts surrounding this era. For example, I was under the impression that there were just a handful of upstanding “founding fathers” at the birth of our country. This book corrects that assumption, revealing that there were other astute men on hand helping to hammer out an agreement and promote the Constitution to their home states.  I also realize that there was an astonishing amount of wealth in our land even back then; that many of the signers, if not lawyers, were surveyors or merchants; that coming to agreement on the Constitution took weeks of summer meetings in a stifling room; that there were sharp disagreements, especially on how representation in Congress could be fair to both large and small states; and that a number of the wealthy participants also speculated (foolishly) on tracts of land to the west.

Feasting Slowly: An International Smorgasbord of Books

 

My mom read sixty books this year. That’s more than a book a week. Another Ricochet member offered an impressive post on his 2020 reading list where I see that others enjoy a similar diet. I don’t know how you all do it. I read nightly, snacking on my stories for a few minutes before falling asleep, and then partaking of extended meals on occasions when I’m awake in the wee hours. I always have a book or two on my plate. Despite this, it takes me weeks to finish a work, and I realized that I’ve completed only a handful of books in 2019/2020 and sampled a few others. I count my daily grazing at Ricochet as reading, too, so I suppose I could figure in the equivalent of a year of bi-monthly magazines to account for that.

I usually skip the dessert of fiction that keeps me up at night and stick with autobiographical stories and engaging histories with subtle, well-rounded layers. These works, often two-dollar Kindle deals, can have imbalances that earn them a few one and two-star ratings on Amazon. However, I often find them satisfying or even deeply nourishing. Most selections originate from places and times outside my own: the South Seas in the 1700s, Europe, Africa, the Middle East. Some of these international repasts were unforgettable, others savory and filling, and a few meriting abandonment after several bites.

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Spin the big Kindle library wheel for a bargain book review and see if you’ve landed a nod, a dud, or a blank. This is a low-stakes game that might yield some good leads or fun screeds. It won’t hurt your wallet or leave you with life regrets. Here is how to play:  1.) LOOK: […]

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The Marcos Dynasty: The Corruption of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos  Like the typical American, I knew little of the ruling Filipino pair except some breathless news items years ago about Imelda’s scandalous shoe collection, and fragments about the couple’s downfall. When I saw this book for sale for less than two dollars, I wondered whether […]

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Quick & Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes. This was less than two dollars on Kindle the other week, and not knowing what to expect, I started reading it at bedtime. This author and Thai food cook has won me over, not just with her writing skill, but also with her three years of living in […]

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For $1.99: Economics Through Everyday Life: From China and Chili Dogs to Marx and Marijuana  Look for my report to let you know whether it’s any good–if you don’t end up purchasing it this time around.  If there’s a lot of politically charged bunkum, two dollars is worth the risk. The author–an economics professor–seems like he would […]

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I subscribe to Book Bub, which highlights Kindle sales, so I purchase books for $1.99 and don’t have much to lose. Often, there’s a lot to gain, as a number of these bargains turn out to be gratifying reads. Books on sale can be featured again later, so here are three to consider when their prices are lowered.  I […]

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I grabbed this when it was on sale and it turned out to be a rewarding read.  Guilded Lives, Fatal Voyage by Hugh Brewster describes a number of prominent passengers who were aboard the Titanic and their influence on the era. As he moves through descriptions of individuals on the ship, including photographs, he builds toward the time […]

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Ninety-nine cents today. This could be a very interesting and profitable read: Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan When I have time, I’d like to discuss the books on Afghanistan that have proliferated since 9/11. It’s a whole Afghanistan genre. I’ve been disappointed (embarrassed?) by Westerners’ offerings, for the most part, […]

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Reagan Diaries Volume 2: November 1985-January 1989 is 99 cents today. The book has only two Amazon reviews and a generic cover, so I hope it’s real and not some kind of parody. I weighed the risk and bought it.  I just noticed The Humor of Ronald Reagan is available for the same price.  Preview Open

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My subscription to BookBub has been worthwhile, despite the fact that it means another daily update in my inbox. Often there are one or two short-term deals that are potentially enriching reads, and I’ll purchase them if I have some Amazon credit. Some of the free book offers have been good, or at least warrant a browse […]

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I wonder what people living one hundred plus years ago would think if they knew that their descendants loved to dress up like them and put on beautiful, slow-moving dramas with elaborate sets for vast audiences. What fun it would be to demo my laptop to someone from the pre-computer era. On such short acquaintance, he/she could not […]

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I get Kindle deal alerts via BookBub, and most of the featured items have been lackluster. This looks amazing. I’m going to maneuver my month’s blow money so I can buy it.  The deal purportedly saves you $28. Then as long as I’m acquiring books online with my discretionary fund, I’m going to Abe Books and buying up several […]

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