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1.99 Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: The Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroads, by Dee Brown (Author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee)

2.99 for Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale

FREE: A Noble LIfe, by Dina Maria Mulock Craik:
Amazon Review:
The last Earl of Cairnforth is born severely disabled, just days after the death of both his parents. He grows up unable to walk or feed himself. But his nature is affectionate and even cheerful, his expression sweet, and his intellect precocious. With these few assets, and many physical liabilities, the “wee Earl” is launched into life’s adventure.

Henry James was scornful of Craik’s predilection for disabled characters, but Victorian readers enjoyed plenty of pathos and a good moral lesson with their novels. Craik’s books were popular.

The Scottish locale is charming, the Earl’s extensive property is wonderfully picturesque, and the Scottish tenants are industrious and forthright. The local minister, while not a brilliant preacher, is religious in the best sense and a thorough scholar. He becomes tutor to the Earl, and gives him the classical education considered de rigueur for a gentlemen.

In the early pages of the book, my eyes were misting over constantly, as are those of all the good people in charge of, or serving, the tiny Earl. Yet despite his physical helplessness, the Earl survives to live a life rich in love and friendship, visited by a modicum of disappointment and heartbreak — and full of wise business decisions!

I read the excellent introduction with great interest. Craik was a strong woman who took on unconventional subjects in her fiction with skill and courage.

This may not be one of the great Victorian novels, but it’s very good storytelling — and a fascinating window into the sentimental and devout heart of the typical Victorian reader.

2.99 Fix It and Forget It Big Cookbook

FREE: The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales by Mrs. Gatty

.99 Stock Market Investing for Beginners: Essentials to Start Investing Successfully, Tycho Press
Some reviewers felt it wasn’t basic enough, but even most of them suggested it was worth it as a reference tool. HEre is one positive review (the average is 4.5 for over 100 reviews): This book de-mystifies the world of investing for those of us who have maybe been scared off by terms and numbers we didn’t understand. This does not read like another “get rich quick” book at all, but rather encourages the reader to educate themselves by not only reading this text, but others as well, which are listed in the bibliography and “for future reading” sections. It’s filled with easy-to-read charts and graphs, and gives simple equations that can be used to easily calculate the number you’re looking for. In the end, Chapter 11 recaps the book with a great section entitled, “Building Your Perfect Portfolio”, which is straightforward and easy to follow. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in becoming more active with their investment strategy.

FREE: John Halifax, Gentleman, by Dinah Craik

.99 for The Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook: Vital Microbiome Diet Recipes to Repair and Renew the Body and Brain
by Kristina Campbell
Amazon Reader Review: This book is for you if any of these are true!
– You’re looking for a basic lesson in how our guts and the billions of good microbes that reside there work
– You are curious and have heard about the benefits of probiotics but haven’t tried them yet
– You’re constantly on the go with family commitments, but still want to feed your family in a healthy way that supports good “gut health”
– You have specific gastrointestinal issues and are looking for a long-term solution which focuses on restoring your gut flora (rather than a “quick fix” solution)

The book begins with a very accessible explanation of gut health and the human microbiome (the sum total of the microbial community in and around our body), aka the “gut flora”. The author is a scientist but the information is understandable by anyone. Probiotics, prebiotics and the working of the human gut are all explained.

As a scientist, the author is careful not to make any claims beyond what is currently scientifically known. Admittedly, modern science is in the early stages of understanding how this newly discovered “organ” operates within the context of our body.

As a mom, she has made the advice, technique and recipes family- and budget-friendly.

The book provides common sense dietary guidelines on how to work with, restore, and feed your gut flora. She lays a foundation of how to change your habits in order to be most successful, with tips such as “go shopping once a week” and “shop the perimeter” of the supermarket. I think the phased approach for people suffering from ailments is wisely prescribed. The recipes are simple and made from ingredients found at any supermarket.

2.99 The Best Quick Breads: 150 Recipes for Muffins, Scones, Shortcakes, Gingerbreads, Cornbreads, Coffeecakes, and More
by Beth Hensperger

FREE Free: The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic

1.99 The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783-1789

FREE: How to Live a HOly Life by Charles Ebert Orr

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