Uncle Tom’s Cabin and 12 Years a Slave – Free today on Amazon

Click the cover of Slave Narrative Six Pack to go to the book on Amazon (free as of noon July 13, 2017)
Click the cover to go to the book on Amazon (free as of noon July 13, 2017)

The title of this selection / collection may rub some people the wrong way… but for those who want to learn from our past, with an eye towards the future, this collection has some important works in it.

Here’s the Amazon description, including a list of the books included:
The slave narrative is a literary sub-genre that emerged from the written accounts of enslaved Africans in Great Britain and its colonies, including the later United States, Canada, and Caribbean nations. Some of the earliest memoirs of captivity known in England and the British Isles were written by white Europeans and later Americans captured and sometimes enslaved in North Africa, usually by Barbary pirates. These were part of a broad category of “captivity narratives” by English-speaking Europeans.

For the Europeans and Americans, the division between captivity as slaves and as prisoners of war was not always clear. A broader name for these works is “captivity literature.”

Slave Narrative Six Pack presents six of the most famous examples of the genre:

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 by Frances Anne Kemble
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African by Olaudah Equiano
The Life of William H. Furness by William Still
Captain Canot; or, Twenty years of an African slaver: being an account of his career and adventures on the coast, in the interior, on shipboard, and in the West Indies by Brantz Mayer

Includes image gallery and link to free audio recording of Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Tom Sawyer

The Amazon description of Tom Sawyer is a good one, so I’ll share it here:

Whether he’s sneaking doughnuts, mooning over a pretty girl, or snookering the local boys to do his work for him, Tom Sawyer is the consummate schemer—but his charm and easygoing nature keep him from being in anyone’s bad graces for long. However, when Tom teams up with his friend Huck Finn, their sleepy Missouri town had better watch out.

Based on Mark Twain’s memories of growing up along the Mississippi River, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is both an idyllic picture of boyhood and an affectionate satire of adult conventions.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Tom Sawyer, Abroad

There are some authors, and some books, that almost every one in America was assigned to read in school.  Mark Twain, whether it was Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn (Huck Finn to his friends) seems to be in that category.  In High School I discovered one of my favorite works by Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad.  The sense of humor stuck with me… and I found myself quoting it to others for YEARS.  To this day I can still relate a scene from it, because Mark Twain captured two boys on an adventure together so well… he also so perfectly captured their understanding of their world – and the fact there was still more for them to learn.

The clickable cover above will hopefully take you to a free copy, available currently on Amazon.com

Kindle Unlimited – is now the time?

If you’ve been considering an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription, and are an Amazon Prime Member, Prime Day may be the day to give it a go… they will be offering up to 40% off on the subscriptions.  24 months will be down to $6 a month, 12 months will be just under $7 a month, and they will have a 6 month sale price as well.

Something to consider is Kindle Unlimited is a place to find novellas, and stories by indie authors.  If you are looking for books from major publishing houses, and authors, the selection may feel limited.