Thursday, May 19, 2011

Planet iPad Free Book Alert, Thursday, May 19: Bestselling mystery writer Tess Gerritsen in a free short; and, notable people reflect on the New York Public Library, just two of 550+ Freebies! plus … 31 authors on the emotions of Saying Goodbye to people, pets, jobs, and things (Today’s Sponsor)

Luminaries from Stephen Colbert to Roy Blount Jr. share thoughts on the NY Public Library on its 100th anniversary.  And, a free Rizzoli & Isles short story pre-order from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen greets us at the top of today's latest additions to our 550+ Kindle Free Book Alert listings….

But first, a word from ... Today's Sponsor
A loved one dies, a job ends, a friend is lost, we give up a favorite thing--life includes many endings and losses.  In true stories from 31 authors, some sad and some funny, readers may find solace in their own goodbyes by reading about the farewells of others.

By 31 Contributors
Publisher:  Dream of Things
5 Stars  -  11 Reviews

Kindle Price:  $2.99
Text-to-Speech:  Enabled
Lending:  Enabled

Here's the set-up:

Saying Goodbye is a collection of true stories about saying goodbye to the people, places and things in our lives. This is a powerful book that includes a number of sad stories, as well as some very funny ones. Taken together, the stories serve as amazing examples of people saying heartfelt goodbyes with grace, dignity, and good humor.

Saying Goodbye includes stories contributed by thirty-one authors from the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.

These stories show that there is sadness in goodbyes, but there is also irony and humor. It's perfect for book groups that want stimulating conversations about saying goodbye, a topic that touches us all in one way or another.
Saying Goodbye is the first anthology from book publisher Dream of Things in a new series intended to fill the gap between popular anthologies of stories that are "short and sweet" (sometimes so saccharine-sweet they are hard to swallow) and the Best American Essays series, which are much longer.

Dream of Things anthologies are collections of quality stories between 500 and 2,500 words. Instead of short and sweet, these stories are short and deep.

From the reviewers:

Tender perspectives helping readers with their own goodbyes. If you have ever had to deal with loss, read this book. It will make you feel better. -- Christina Johns, Midwest Book Review, Oct. 18, 2010

The stories are about love, really, not sadness. Despite all the sadness and grief that come with saying goodbye, there is love and joy and comedy on the Other Side. -- Gretchen Little, Lens, Oct. 29, 2010

Life is full of goodbyes. Some are painful, but some are downright humorous.
Saying Goodbye is an anthology of short (true) stories about people saying goodbye to a variety of people, places and things. The authors vary as much as their subjects, and this collection does a nice job of showcasing how different people have so many different experiences with saying farewell. -- Book Nook Club, Nov. 5, 2010

Saying Goodbye is a great book. It's about memories. There are heartfelt memories, humorous memories, some extremely personal memories. Some really made me smile. Others brought tears to my eyes.  -- UK author Melanie Sherratt, High Heels and Book Deals, Nov. 22, 2010

Click here to download Saying Goodbye (or a free sample) to your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Android-compatible, PC or Mac and start reading within 60 seconds!

UK Kindle customersClick here to buy or  sample Saying Goodbye

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