June 7, 2020
Week 12: Ebook Sale
by Amelia Stymacks
Another week, another ebook sale! We have a fantastic selection of novellas for $1.99 this week—as well as a special sale on Malcolm Harris’s Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit. Smart, timely, and with a portion of proceeds going to Black Lives Matter, we cannot recommend it enough.
The tale of a rebellious young man so disgusted with bourgeois society that he drops out to live amongst the working classes, only to find himself confronted by the morally and mentally deadening effects of provincialism.
The Eternal Husband
A man answers a late-night knock on the door to find himself in a tense and puzzling confrontation with the husband of a former lover—but it isn’t clear if the husband knows about the affair. What follows is one of the most beautiful and piercing considerations ever written about the dualities of love
A Simple Heart
This heart-breaking tale of a simple servant woman and her life-long search for love meant something else to Flaubert. Written near the end of his life, the work was meant to be a tribute to George Sand—who died before it was finished—and was written in answer to an argument the two were having over the importance of realism.
The Invisible Man
H. G. Wells
A young scientist who discovers the secret of invisibility feels initial joy at his newfound freedoms and abilities, but quickly turns to despair when he realizes the many things he has sacrificed in the pursuit of science. While he struggles to create the formula that will restore his visibility and his connection to other people, murder and mayhem ensue.
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
The tale about the chilling re-animation of a curse haunting the Baskerville family since Medieval times, wherein a supernatural beast stalks the gloomy moors, would be the most sensationally successful of all the Holmes stories, and a century later, it is still the most thrilling of them all. Full of moody atmospherics, suspicious characters, and dramatic discoveries.
The Lesson of the Master
A piercing study of the life that art makes. When the tale’s protagonist—a gifted young writer—meets and befriends a famous author he has long idolized, he is both repelled by and attracted to the artist’s great secret: the emotional costs of a life dedicated to art.
The Country of the Pointed Firs
Sarah Orne Jewett
The story of an endearing, unlikely friendship set against the backdrop of a remote and beautiful Maine coastal town, The Country of Pointed Firs is one of Sarah Orne Jewett’s most loved works, and it quickly earned her a reputation as a talented writer upon its publication.
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
Edgar Allan Poe
Ostensibly, it’s a classic adventure story about a young boy who runs away to sea and encounters all the classic scenarios. Poe drew on many contemporary accounts of exploration in the South Seas to give his story a sense of verisimilitude. But there are far deeper currents at work in the book than mere adventure.
The Abbess of Castro
Brigands, convents under siege, a prince who’d do Machiavelli proud…This adventurous novella from a writer famous for far longer works is a singular take on love and war in Renaissance Italy.
NOW $4.99: SHIT IS FUCKED UP AND BULLSHIT
Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit
by Malcolm Harris
From the writer hailed for giving voice to a generation in Kids These Days comes a bold rejection of a society in which inequality, student debt, and exploitation have come to define our lives.
A portion of the proceeds from this title will be donated to Black Lives Matter.
Amelia Stymacks is the director of digital marketing at Melville House.