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Dharkstare , (edited )
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I just found out that Humble Bundle has a book bundle for Terry Pratchett's Discworld. A 39 book bundle that is redeemed through Kobo.com.

Edit: Only available in the US.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/terry-pratchetts-discworld-harpercollins-books

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griD ,

GNU TPratchett

InternetCitizen2 ,

Same but I still prefer eBook/PDF quite a lot. I like it for my text books so I can easily make copies and not carry as much. But paper feels more at home for fun reading.

ameliajeff ,

Way More Than TEXAS TRUMPERY: Politically Cartooned

In the ever-evolving landscape of American politics, change is a constant. "Way More Than TEXAS TRUMPERY: Politically Cartooned" takes a close look at the transformation of the traditional American Republican Party, a shift brought about by the rise of Donald Trump. M. Scott Byers, an Austin-based political cartoonist, offers a unique perspective on this political metamorphosis, with a decade's worth of thought-provoking political cartoons that dissect the phenomenon known as "Texas Trumpery."

For 150 years, the American Republican Party stood as a symbol of conservatism, patriotism, and moral politics. However, as the book's title suggests, the landscape has shifted dramatically. The Republican Party, as it was known, is no more. In its place, Donald Trump has orchestrated a hostile takeover, reshaping the party's core values and principles. Byers leaves no room for ambiguity: he views Donald Trump as a nihilistic rogue, an autocratic demagogue whose actions pose a real danger to America's democracy.

The heart of this collection consists of 240 cartoons spanning 136 pages, each offering a unique and incisive perspective on the state of Texas politics. Byers captures the transformation of Texas, a state that has been one of the most reliably Republican for three decades. While many statewide elected officeholders still bear the Republican label, Byers' cartoons reveal a sometimes laughable, yet hardly humorous reality.

The cartoons, accompanied by text and cutline, delve into the most pressing issues of the past ten years. Through humor and satire, Byers hopes to convey a crucial message to Texas and national Republicans: a stark warning about the slippery slope into what he calls "The Trumpery." The cartoons serve as a satirical mirror, reflecting the potential consequences of zoning out under Donald Trump's influence.

polskilumalo ,
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Wish there was a book satirizing Genocide Joe

ameliajeff ,

Scot-free: Safe in Georgia

Scot-free Safe in Georgia is based on the real-life kidnapping of Scott who stopped to assist, what appeared to be, a lone stranded motorist along I-95 just outside Titusville, Florida. While it appears I may have taken liberties with the facts of this crime, as well as the situations and conversations that followed the initial kidnapping, I can assure you that they are true to Scott's vivid memories of this traumatic event. Scott, his wife Deb, their families, and all their friends, truly hope you enjoy reading this story. A story of how one man's faith, and his love of his wife, provided him with the courage and the mental skills needed in order to survive when most of us would not have.

Jake_Farm ,
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You aren’t supposed judge a book by its cover, but that cover was made by a delusional artist.

ameliajeff ,

Memoire: Triumph over Adversity

"Memoire: Triumph over Adversity" weaves the threads of my life's tapestry, reflecting the values that guided me from humble beginnings in picturesque Kodagu, South India. Born into poverty, I harnessed hard work, compassion, and humility to shape my dreams against challenging odds.

Throughout my journey, I faced daunting obstacles with unwavering resolve and a commitment to education. From teacher to mentor, my roles attest to the power of determination. This memoir resonates with those embracing hope amid adversity, inspiring young minds to chase dreams with persistence.

Beyond words, the book offers insights from consultancy across fifteen countries, guiding those aiming to make a difference. Chapters uncover post-retirement pursuits, painting a picture of enrichment and rejuvenation.

Join me on this literary voyage where "Memoire: Triumph over Adversity" transcends boundaries, celebrating human potential and purpose. It's a shared narrative, an ode to resilience, and an invitation to embrace the essence of being human.

ameliajeff ,

Memoire: Triumph over Adversity

"Memoire: Triumph over Adversity" weaves the threads of my life's tapestry, reflecting the values that guided me from humble beginnings in picturesque Kodagu, South India. Born into poverty, I harnessed hard work, compassion, and humility to shape my dreams against challenging odds.

Throughout my journey, I faced daunting obstacles with unwavering resolve and a commitment to education. From teacher to mentor, my roles attest to the power of determination. This memoir resonates with those embracing hope amid adversity, inspiring young minds to chase dreams with persistence.

Beyond words, the book offers insights from consultancy across fifteen countries, guiding those aiming to make a difference. Chapters uncover post-retirement pursuits, painting a picture of enrichment and rejuvenation.

Join me on this literary voyage where "Memoire: Triumph over Adversity" transcends boundaries, celebrating human potential and purpose. It's a shared narrative, an ode to resilience, and an invitation to embrace the essence of being human.

ameliajeff , (edited )

Escaped from North Korea With a Simphony

In the shadow of Kim Jong Il's oppressive regime, of courage and musical defiance emerges. This dramatic escape saga from North Korea unfolds with the vivid pages of a scorebook, echoing the symphony of resistance composed by an unsung hero. In this symphony, notes and melodies became the weapons of choice, challenging the iron grip of the North Korean dictator.

The composer's name remains unknown to the world, a silent tribute to the sacrifices made in the pursuit of freedom and artistic expression. Their life, like the crescendo of a symphony, swelled with passion and purpose. With each note penned, they risked everything to resist the order of Kim Jong Il and inspire hope among their fellow citizens.

This captivating narrative reminds us of the power of art to transcend borders and break the chains of oppression. It's a testament to the indomitable human spirit, symbolizing the universal yearning for freedom and the lengths one is willing to go to protect it.

As we celebrate the indelible impact of this nameless composer, we are reminded that even in the darkest of times, the language of music can resonate as a beacon of hope, a testament to the unyielding power of the human spirit, and a symbol of resilience against tyranny.

hahattpro ,

I had enough North Korea stuff.

Most stuff I see on Youtube, Talk, show, books from ex North Korea was like, … they want to have people attention.

ameliajeff ,

A City of Flames: The Miami Story

Dive into the heart of a city in turmoil. In this gripping nonfiction work journey back to the explosive events of the 1980 Miami riots. Uncover the untold stories, the unspoken truths, and the raw emotions that ignited a community’s struggle for justice. Through vivid narratives and in-depth research, this book sheds light on a pivotal historical moment, revealing a tapestry of courage, conflict, and resilience. Prepare to be captivated by the voices of those who lived it, as you embark on a powerful exploration of a city at the crossroads of change.

sbv ,

I hadn’t heard of the 1980 Miami riots.

The 1980 Miami riots were race riots that occurred in Miami, Florida, starting in earnest on May 18, 1980, following an all-White male jury acquitting four Dade County Public Safety Department officers in the death of Arthur McDuffie (December 3, 1946 – December 21, 1979), a Black insurance salesman and United States Marine Corps lance corporal. McDuffie was beaten to death by four police officers after a traffic stop. After the officers were tried and acquitted on charges including manslaughter and evidence tampering, a riot broke out in the Black neighborhoods of Overtown and Liberty City on the night of May 17.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_Miami_riots

ameliajeff ,

Going Postal

Going Postal" is an emotionally charged novel that takes readers on a rollercoaster ride through the turbulent world of the United States Postal Service, marked by twenty-seven devastating mass shootings from 1970 to 2021. But this story isn't just about violence; it's a profound exploration of what drives a person to the brink of despair and what it takes to claw back from the edge.

Author R.J. DiPerna offers a unique insider's perspective, revealing the cracks in both individuals and a massive governmental agency grappling with its own flaws. This gripping narrative unearths the raw truths of mental illness, addiction, abuse, and the intricate web of human relationships, from friendship and romance to betrayal and revenge.

Enter the lives of Gemma and Dani, two women seeking a fresh start, only to find themselves embroiled in a bitter battle for their livelihoods. Their unwavering determination pushes them to extreme measures as they fight for their secure jobs, forming alliances and sowing chaos among coworkers, management, and the union. The indomitable spirit of these women ignites a chain reaction, forcing five characters to confront their breaking points, with vengeance on their minds.

Author R.J. DiPerna, a former USPS employee, infuses her narrative with authenticity and a poignant message. "Going Postal" isn't just a novel; it's a catalyst for change. It urges us to recognize the subtle signs of despair, extend a hand of friendship, and dismantle the negative stigmas surrounding mental health and addiction. Through her own diverse life experiences, DiPerna demonstrates the power of resilience, sparking a conversation about empathy and support. This Suspense Thrillers novel is a poignant reminder of the human capacity for redemption and transformation

ameliajeff ,

The Debt Slaves Of The Student Loan Empire

The book is a nonfiction work that addresses the dysfunction of the student lending system. It draws on the author's personal experience and work as a blogger and uses a range of online articles as source material to support its arguments. The book is grounded in reality but is also polemical in nature, advocating for the restoration of student bankruptcy rights. Overall, this book sheds light on an important issue and offers a compelling case for change.

ameliajeff ,

African American Experience During World War II

The book provides a historical perspective of the 1.2 million African American service members' experiences on the unit and personal level serving in a segregated U.S. military and for an American society that denied them equal opportunity and basic civil rights. African Americans served in every military branch (Army, Army Air Corps, Navy, and Marine Corps). Besides serving in segregated units, they were assigned menial tasks, provided inferior training and resources, denied opportunities to serve in combat units, and faced racism despite fighting for liberty, justice, and freedom abroad while being denied those platitudes at home. Basically, they battled for liberty and freedom on two fronts. home and abroad.

I wanted to tell a story of service and experience that has not been ignored by American history books, news media, and the entertainment industry. I wanted to tell the story of African Americans fighting on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, on the islands of the Pacific against imperial Japan, and during the desperate days of the Battle of the Bulge. And, how they also had to face and battle the hypocrisy, racist beliefs, and attitudes of a military that operated segregated combat and support forces to deliver on FDR's four freedoms.

ameliajeff ,

Trump Unleashed: A Satirical Take on the 45th President

In the ever-evolving landscape of American politics, there emerges a book that dares to take a unique and satirical perspective on the 45th President of the United States, Donald J Trump. Aptly titled "Trump Unleashed," this book is a rollercoaster journey through the often eccentric actions and statements of one of the most polarizing figures in contemporary politics.

What sets "Trump Unleashed" apart is its unapologetic use of satire as a lens through which to view the tumultuous political career of DJ Trump. As readers delve into this witty and comical narrative, they are presented with a delightful, tongue-in-cheek commentary on the various facets of Donald Trump's tenure, particularly during his days as the commander-in-chief.

The book takes the reader on a humorous voyage, navigating through the intricate maze of Trump's policies, tweets, speeches, and headline-grabbing moments. With a knowing wink and a dash of irony, "Trump Unleashed" dissects the various episodes that made headlines and raised eyebrows during Trump's presidency. From Twitter tirades to unconventional press briefings, the satirical lens uncovers the comedy hidden within the political landscape.

"Trump Unleashed" invites readers to sit back, relax, and enjoy a satirical journey through the era of Trump's political career. Through witty anecdotes and clever scenarios, it casts a spotlight on the absurd, the outlandish, and the unbelievable moments that unfolded during those turbulent times. It's a satirical take on Trump, a contemporary statesman whose actions and decisions were nothing short of unprecedented.

So, if you're looking for a unique perspective on the political circus that surrounded the 45th President, "Trump Unleashed" is your ticket to a satirical ride filled with humor, jest, and an astute understanding of the absurdity that was the Trump presidency.

polskilumalo ,
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Let go.

There are more important matters to tend to. And this isn’t one of them American.

Your country is a mess and Joe Biden isn’t fixing what Trump broke. Voting won’t do anything, as you already have a democrat president and majority.

Go out there and organize, get your hands dirty, only you and your friends can fix this mess.

Protest, unionize, strike.

This is what will help you.

Not a shitty book poking fun at a dangerous idiot. But actually stepping up to the dangerous idiots and saying that enough is enough.

Please, you’re better than this.

ameliajeff ,

Elevate Your Life: A Guide to Personal Growth for Teens and Young Adults

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, the quest for personal growth and self-improvement is a journey many embark on. "Elevate Your Life" is more than just a book; it's your personal guide to unlocking the potential within you and taking those crucial first steps towards becoming a better, more empowered version of yourself. Targeted at teens and young adults, this self-improvement handbook is a treasure trove of wisdom, distilled from a wealth of valuable life and business experiences.

The pages of "Elevate Your Life" are filled with lessons that transcend age and are universally applicable. These invaluable life lessons offer a roadmap to developing essential interpersonal skills, increasing your personal value, and nurturing a positive outlook on life. While the book serves as your guide, the journey of transformation is yours to undertake.

By embracing and practicing the lessons found within "Elevate Your Life," you have the opportunity to make a profound impact on your life's trajectory. It's a testament to your willingness to cultivate personal growth and navigate the path to becoming the best version of yourself.

One of the striking aspects of this handbook is its emphasis on action. The words on these pages are not meant to be mere philosophy but practical guidance for daily life. The difference lies in your decision to put these lessons into practice. As you begin to apply them in your interactions and experiences, the positive changes you'll witness in yourself will be undeniable.

Imagine the conversations with friends and family when they start to notice the newfound positivity, confidence, and wisdom radiating from you. "Elevate Your Life" empowers you to be the driver of your personal transformation, steering your life towards success, fulfillment, and happiness.

So, whether you're a teenager on the cusp of adulthood or a young adult navigating the complexities of life, "Elevate Your Life" is your trusted companion on the path to self-improvement. It's a handbook that not only imparts valuable life lessons but also encourages you to take action and elevate your life to new heights. Your journey to a better you begins here.

Nerorero ,
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Kinda cringe

nomadic ,

I guess the next step is targeting preschoolers with self help.

edwilk ,
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dzen ,
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rivas , Spanish
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What examples do you know?


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Vrijgezelopkamers ,
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For those of you who speak Dutch: check out Roger Van de Velde. He was in prison and institutions for almost all of his adult life and wrote some truely amazing work.

Uitgeverij Vrijdag recently republished some of it. I can recommend ‘Scheiding van goederen’ and ‘De knetterende schedels’.

mctoasterson ,

Not sure if he was formally writing them or just developing ideas at the time, but it is well known that Dostoevsky was nearly executed as a young man for the crime of running in literary circles that criticized the Tsar. He was spared the firing squad but was in a prison camp for several years.

Many of his later famous works including Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov seem at least tangentially inspired by this experience.

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