Tightwad Tuesday — Free or Affordable eBooks — Memoirs

May 29, 2012

Wel­come to another edi­tion of Tight­wad Tues­day. While look­ing around for non-fiction books, I saw some really cool free ones and thought that you might like them as well.

Authors: If you’d like your book to be fea­tured on Tight­wad Tues­days please email me.

For the Kindle:

Daily Deal

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

From Booklist

*Starred Review* At age 34, Bailey was stricken with a mysterious virus while on a trip to Europe. Her healthy life had been full of activity, and now just the thought of getting up to get something was exhaustive. When a friend found some violets and brought her one in a pot, she also added a live snail below the violet’s leaves. Bailey wondered why she needed a snail, but after square holes began to appear in a letter propped on the violet’s pot, it occurred to Bailey that the snail needed food. She put a withered flower in the saucer below, and when the snail began to eat, Bailey realized that she could hear it eating—it was the sound of someone very small munching on celery. Soon the author realized she was attached, the snail providing an oasis of calm for her frantic and frustrated thoughts. She worried that the snail’s world was too artificial, so her caregiver created a woodland terrarium. Not only did the snail have a new home but Bailey had a new game: hide-and-seek with a snail. She began to read about snails, learning from scientists, early naturalists, poets, and writers, and found herself beginning to understand a snail’s world. And when her snail began to lay eggs, Bailey discovered that she might be the first person to record observations of a snail tending its eggs. This beautiful little book will not only make snail lovers of its readers, it will make them appreciate the small things in life. –Nancy Bent

The Olympics Beat: A Spectator's Memoir of Beijing by Shannon Young

The Olympics Beat: A Spectator’s Memoir of Beijing
by Shannon Young

The drama, the variety, the spectacle – Shannon can’t get enough of it. She is an American student who has always been fascinated by the Olympic Games; her father has a lifelong love affair with China. They team up for the Beijing games and the adventure of a lifetime. Without the filter of a small screen, Shannon and her father are hypnotized by the passion of a great nation unveiling itself to the world. This mini travel memoir is a picture of a new China and the experiences that would change one American girl’s life forever

Cybill Disobedience by Cybill Shepherd , Aimee Lee Ball

Cybill Disobedience
by Cybill Shepherd , Aimee Lee Ball

‘How I survived beauty pageants, Elvis, sex, Bruce Willis, lies, marriage, motherhood, Hollywood, and the irrepressible urge to say what you think.’

From wholesome beauty queen to saucy cover girl, from heartbreaking movie star (THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, TAXI DRIVER) to one of television’s most loved comediennes (MOONLIGHTING, CYBILL), Cybill Shepherd is renowned as sassy, shocking and sexy. In CYBILL DISOBEDIENCE, she opens her heart with the wit and honesty of a star who’s seen and knows it all.

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant - Volume 1 by Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) Grant

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant – Volume 1
by Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) Grant

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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  • MarjorieMay 29, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I just recently got a kindle, so thanks for sharing.

  • Julie MusilMay 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Tightwad Tuesday! I love it! I’m a huge cheapskate (hey, I’m a stay at home mom, I’ve gotta watch those pennies). Thanks for the freebie mentions 🙂

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