If you’re a golf fan, or you have one in your family, don’t miss today’s top pick, Reflections on the Game by Arnold Palmer (with Thomas Hauser). This Kindle edition is a short book that serves as a teaser for Arnold’s full-length biography, Arnold Palmer: A Personal Journey.

arnoldArnold is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of men’s professional golf. He has won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed “The King,” he is one of golf’s most enduring stars and its most important trailblazer, because he was the first superstar of the sport’s television age. Arnold’s social impact on behalf of golf was perhaps unrivaled among fellow professionals; his humble background and plain-spoken popularity helped change the perception of golf as an elite, upper-class pastime to a more democratic sport accessible to middle and working classes.

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Reflections on the Game

Sports & Outdoors > Golf
Author: Thomas Hauser, Arnold Palmer

Reflections on the Game

In celebration of the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational, where Tiger Woods had his seventh win at Bay Hill and first win on the PGA TOUR in 924 days, NBC Publishing and Golf Channel are pleased to offer this download of Palmer’s poignant essay, “Reflections on the Game.”

With the possible exception of Babe Ruth, no athlete has ever done as much for a sport as Arnold Palmer has done for golf. During the course of his professional career he won 92 tournaments, 62 of them on the PGA tour. He is the first golfer to reach the million-dollar mark in tour earnings, and the first four-time winner of the coveted Masters championship. To fans around the world he isn’t just the most exciting personality in the history of golf, he is golf.

Palmer’s impact on the sport extends far beyond the green. He is the first athlete to parlay success on the field into lucrative endorsement contracts—and in the process, he revolutionized the economics of sports, paving the way for Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, Yani Tseng, and Rory Mcllroy.


Zen Culture

Arts & Photography > History & Criticism
Author: Thomas Hoover
Zen Culture

Anyone who examines the Zen arts is immediately struck by how modern they seem. The ceramics of 16th-century Zen artists could be interchanged with the rugged pots of our own contemporary crafts movement; ancient calligraphies suggest the monochromes of Franz Kline or Willem de Kooning; the apparent nonsense and illogic of Zen parables (and No theater and Haiku poetry) established the limitations of language long before the theater of the absurd; 400-year-old Zen architecture seems to be a copy of modern design ideas such as modular space and a California marriage of house and garden.

Zen values experiencing things over analyzing them. Perhaps if we can take the power of direct perception, sharpened by the devices of Zen art, back to everyday activities, we will find a beauty in common objects that we previously ignored.

Hoover covers the ground in an easy and informative way, describing the origins of Zen itself and the Zen roots of swordsmanship, architecture, food, poetry, drama, ceramics, and many other areas of Japanese life. The book is packed with facts, the bibliography is excellent, the illustrations few but most appropriate, and the style clear and smooth.

Last Stand in a Dead Land

Genre Fiction > Horror > Action & Adventure
Author: Eric S. Brown
Last Stand in a Dead Land: An Apocalyptic Bigfoot Novella

A small band of survivors is on the run during the zombie apocalypse. Led by a mysterious man with an arsenal of deadly military weapons, they must work together to stay alive. In a desperate attempt to locate other survivors, they find sanctuary in a lone farmhouse, only to discover the surrounding woods hold more dangers than just bloodthirsty undead.

Broken Things

Science Fiction > Dystopian
Author: G.S. Wright
Broken Things

The world has changed. People live forever, but children are a thing of the past. To meet the demands of want-to-be parents, children have been replaced with androids… very life-like androids.

Josh, a twelve-year old boy, is hit by a truck, leaving him badly damaged. Instead of paying the outrageous cost to fix him, they dump him in the wilderness.

Broken Things follows Josh and his journey to a home that doesn’t want him anymore, through a setting that darkly mirrors our own. Along the way, he must face the fears of abandoned children, from the wilderness to the city streets, and the predators that dwell in both. His only salvation may rest in finding a single person that cares.

Looking for You

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Kate Perry
Looking for You (A Laurel Heights Novel)

Gwendolyn Pierce has a secret. A big secret.

No one knows that the gourd artist is really the missing Grape Princess–the wine heiress who ran away fourteen years before. And that’s the way Gwen likes it. No paparazzi recording her every mistake, no stern family disapproving of her life. She has her gourd shop in Laurel Heights and lives in peaceful bliss.

Until she meets Rick Clancy.

The last person she should get involved with is a private investigator who finds her as suspicious as he does sexy. Only she can’t help herself, and she can’t help wondering if she can trust him with her secrets–and her heart.

The Renovation: A Project Restoration Novel

Women’s Fiction > Domestic Life > Religion & Spirituality
Author: Terri Kraus
The Renovation: A Project Restoration Novel

Ethan Willis has made a career out of restoring old houses like the Carter Mansion so he’s an expert with doors and windows. He knows his way around a toolbox, a construction site, and anything else having to do with rebuilding. If only he could do the same with his own life. Tragically widowed and left with a young son, he’s done the best he could, but now that Chase has become a teenager that best somehow isn’t quite good enough.

For his part, Chase doesn’t know what he’d do without baseball, his best friend Elliott and the secret hideaway even his dad doesn’t know about. What he does know is that the reporter lady who suddenly started chatting with his dad can’t be a good thing.

Killing Hope

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Keith Houghton

Killing Hope (Gabe Quinn Thriller #1)

“Celebrity Cop” Gabe Quinn is back working Robbery-Homicide after a personal tragedy has left him emotionally bare. He’s raw, but resolved to catch a serial killer stalking the streets of two major cities. With cryptic clues left at each crime scene, Gabe is faced with the seemingly impossible task of piecing together the bizarre puzzle – following signs that point toward a killer whose motive questions everything he believes in …

The Frog Prince

Romantic Comedy
Author: Elle Lothlorien

The Frog Prince (A Romantic Comedy)

It was his pheromones that did it. With one sniff, sex researcher Leigh Fromm recognizes that any offspring she might have with the mysterious stranger would have a better-than-average chance of surviving any number of impending pandemics. But when Leigh finds out that the handsome “someone” at her great aunt’s wake is Prince Roman Habsburg von Lorraine of Austria, she suddenly doubts her instincts–not that she was intending to sleep with the guy. The royal house of Habsburg was once completely inbred, insanity and impotency among the highlights of their genetic pedigree.

The Division of the Damned

Science Fiction & Fantasy > War
Author: Richard Rhys Jones
The Division of the Damned

It was a master stroke to redress the balance of the war. What if the Third Reich could own the night? What if they had a Division of Vampires? And if those Vampires didn’t stop? If they had plans to conquer the whole world?

Even Heinrich Himmler hadn’t thought of that. But in Transylvania someone had. And on the Winter Solstice of 1944, the world would be at their mercy.

Shareholder Yield: A Better Approach to Dividend Investing

Investing > Introduction
Author: Mebane Faber
Shareholder Yield: A Better Approach to Dividend Investing

Shows how to find returns in a low-yield world. Investors have flocked to dividend stocks in search of yield; however, fewer companies are paying out less in dividends due to legal, tax, and structural changes in the US markets. Dividend payments are only one use of a company’s free cash flow; other uses of cash include: share repurchases, debt paydown, reinvestment in the business, and mergers and acquisitions.

Consequently, investors in the 21st century must look to all of the direct and indirect ways in which companies distribute their cash to shareholders, a metric commonly referred to as “Shareholder Yield”. In this book, we analyze portfolios based on the various cash flow metrics and find that portfolios of companies with high shareholder yields outperform both broad market indices and high dividend yield portfolios by a substantial margin.

Unintended Consequences

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Marti Green
Unintended Consequences

Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just a few weeks away.

George said he didn’t do it. That the body isn’t his little Angelina. But that’s all he’s ever said – no other defense, no other explanation. Dani Trumball, an attorney for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to believe him. After all, there was no forensic evidence that the body in the woods was George’s daughter. But if the girl isn’t Angelina, then who is it? And what happened to the Calhouns’ missing daughter?

The Mortician’s Wife

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Horror
Author: Maralee Lowder
The Mortician's Wife

Five miles from the new age Mt. Shasta City, the sleepy Northern California town of Dunsmuir plays host to a nightmarish house – the Old Mortuary – where the mortician’s wife spent four decades alone, and some say insane, sleeping in an alcove off one bedroom where she believed the evil spirits of the house could not get to her, harboring terrible secrets.

With the steady flow of dead bodies through the basement and the murderous events upstairs, this is the story of how the Old Mortuary of Dunsmuir became one of the most haunted houses in America as a result of the personality and misdeeds of one man, Horace Carpenter, whose eternal soul most certainly does not rest in peace, as many will attest, and probably never will.

The Spice of Life

Women’s Fiction > Contemporary Women
Author: Jennifer L. Jennings
The Spice of Life

Success can be a tricky proposition, intoxicating one moment and toxic the next. Vanessa Roth, CEO of her own advertising firm, is about to get the shock of her life; her husband of eight years has left her for another woman. As a result, Anna, her niece and only friend provides her with a healthy distraction. However, six weeks of Burlesque lessons is the last thing Vanessa saw coming as a gift for her fortieth birthday. Ultimately, she accepts the challenge against her better judgment and gets a lot more than she ever bargained for.
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