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Our selection of ebook releases (07/11/2014)

What happened this week on Feedbooks? A lot of great new releases (like, a lot of them), an interview with Lindsay Hunter for the release of her gritty debut novel Ugly Girls, and a timeline about Berlin in fiction for the commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Is your next read in this post? Probably!

Lindsay HunterUgly Girls by Lindsay Hunter

“Everything I write is about loneliness. But who can heal or solve (salve) loneliness? No one. So I write on.”

Read our interview of Lindsay Hunter about Ugly Girls

Texts from Jane Eyre

Ever wondered how Jane Eyre would reply to Mr. Rochester’s all-caps text? Or what Hermione would text to Ron? Then Mallory Ortberg’s collection of text conversations between literary characters if for you. And if you don’t really remember the origin of those conversations, you can download for free most of these texts in our public domain section.

The SportswriterIndependence DayThe Lay of the LandLet Me Be Frank With You

Richard Ford may well be one of the greatest American writers alive. Although most of the literary world didn’t see it coming, his character Frank Bascombe is back in a fourth novel “Let Me Be Frank With You”, which NPR deemed “by turns, smart, annoying, funny, obnoxious and honest. In other words, it’s a Richard Ford book.” And in other words, you should read it.

H is for Hawk

This week, Helen MacDonald won the greatly coveted Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction with H is a for Hawk, the story of her relation with a goshawk she acquired after her father died, that the Financial Times praised for being “A deeply human work shot through, like cloth of gold, with intelligence and compassion – an exemplar of the mysterious alchemy by which suffering can be transmuted into beauty.”

Timeline of Berlin in fiction

For the commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we gathered a list of novels set in Berlin. From the rise of the Nazi regime to post-Wall Berlin, navigate in time with Kastner, Fallada, Isherwood or Ian McEwan.

Funny Girl

Yes, it’s been five years since the release of Nick Hornby’s latest novel Juliet, Naked! In Funny Girl, be ready to dive in the world of the swinging 60s. And if you haven’t quite caught up with his latest releases, you can find all of his works on our catalog.

Discover our timeline of Berlin in fiction

For the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, we offer you this timeline of Berlin in fiction, from the 1930s to the 21th century.

Discover our map of scary places in fiction

If we think about it, what’s scary about the woods? Or about an inhabited mansion where the wooden floor is unusually creaking? Nothing. And yet… The spirit of a place is one of the most used devices in horror or supernatural fiction. From Sleepy Hollow to Rosemary’s Baby, discover our map of 16 titles in which the place and, most of all, the atmosphere of the place, feature prominently.

Do you know your horror classics?

When it comes to horror fiction, do you really know your classics? Take our quiz and find out!

Which one of these novels features the character of Ichabod Crane?

Which one of these novels is written as a succession of diaries and letters?

Which one of these texts was influenced by Guy Maupassant's story of an invisible being living on water and milk in The Horla?

In Mary Shelley's famous novel Frankenstein, what is the name of the creature?

In the novel It by Stephen King, what kind of character terrifies children?

A horror parody of a well-known classic was released in 2009. What was it called?

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Our selection of ebook releases

Are you as enthusiastic as we are about all these literary prize announcements happening all at once? If you can’t keep track of who won what or what the shortlist of the National Book Prize looks like, have a look at our weekly recap and follow our recommendations–who knows, your next read might already be in this post!

The Lost HeroThe Son of NeptuneThe Mark of AthenaThe House of HadesThe Blood of Olympus

Hundreds of titles in the Young Adult Fantasy category are just a click away in our dedicated section.

Spoiled Brats: Stories

If you’re still not convinced, read our interview of Simon Rich about The Last Girlfriend on Earth and after you have realized how funny he is, do not worry, you’ll be able to buy all of his books.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

After Thomas Keneally, Peter Carey and DBC Pierre, Richard Flanagan is the fourth Australian author to receive this award. Eager to read more Australian literature? Look no further.

An Unnecessary WomanStation Eleven: A novelAll the Light We Cannot See: A NovelRedeploymentLila

The Fiction category of the National Book Award getting already its fair share of coverage, do not hesitate to discover the finalists in the three others categories: Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature.

The Baltimore Atrocities

This gem is published by Coffee House Press, an independent publisher that has released hundreds of other gems such as Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner, who we had the pleasure to interview this year. Gems everywhere! Coffee House Press = gems (it’s that simple!).