John A. Farrell tops today’s Buffet with Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century, his definitive biography of the legendary Speaker of the House. First released in hardcover in 2001, the book is a national bestseller, a “New York Times Notable Book of the Year,” and  winner of the D.B. Hardeman prize.

John was born and raised in Huntington, New York and suburban Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of Virginia and embarked on a prize-winning career as a newspaperman, most notably for The Denver Post and The Boston Globe. He has covered every presidential campaign since 1976, two wars, and the troubles in Northern Ireland.

John’s biography of the great American defense lawyer, “Clarence Darrow: Attorney For The Damned,” won the 2012 Los Angeles Times book award for the best biography of the year. He is currently working on a biography of Richard Nixon.

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Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century: A Biography

Biographies & Memoirs > Political
Author: John A. Farrell
Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century: A Biography

To read this book is to revisit many of the greatest moments of late 20th-century American politics: colorful characters, grand triumphs, and bitter ideological wars during the rise and decline of Democratic politics.

When most modern political personas seem to be slick and elusive images fashioned by outside interests and partisan spinmasters, O’Neill’s legacy endures as a champion of the common man who never forgot where he came from. A garrulous legislative titan and rogue, he used the force of his personality to persuade his colleagues to work with him at a time when the government’s role as a protector of society was changing dramatically.

Given exclusive access to previously untapped resources, Farrell has written a rich, compelling work of narrative history and a model of the biographer’s art. It is an invaluable addition to the American political canon.



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The Fortune Quilt

Romantic Comedy

Author: Lani Diane Rich
The Fortune Quilt

“Accept the book with the amber spine. Return the frog. Take the cab.”

What the hell kind of advice is that?

When Tucson Today segment producer Carly McKay visits the quirky artist’s community of Bilby, Arizona, to do a story on a psychic quiltmaker, she receives an odd reading… and her life falls apart in eerie harmony with what the quilt foretold. Her best friend professes his undying love; her show gets canceled; and the mother who disappeared seventeen years ago appears on their doorstep, getting instant forgiveness from the entire family… except Carly.

Carly rushes off to Bilby to return the cursed quilt, and then surprises herself; she stays. She rents a cabin, gets a job, and meets an artist who shows her new ways to look at life, and love. Can she run away and start a new life, or should she go back and stitch her old one back together?

And why is it so hard to get a straight answer from a psychic, anyway?

Crazy in Paradise

Family Saga > Humor & Satire
Author: Deborah Brown
Crazy in Paradise

Welcome to Tarpon Cove. Dying in the Middle of Summer is Sweaty Business…

If you ever put yourself in trouble by picking up someone else’s past, you have to meet Madison Westin, an honorary Trouble Queen.

Madison is a quirky motel owner, who recently inherited her aunt’s beachfront motel in the Florida Keys. But that is NOT all she inherited, as the motel houses a slew of colorful tenant’s – drunks, ex-cons, fugitives, and whatever bad guy you can think of.

How to solve this mess…?

30 Healthy Desserts You Can Eat Every Day

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Baking > Desserts
Author: Nathalie Lussier
30 Healthy Desserts You Can Eat Every Day

Healthy desserts do exist! You just need to think outside the box to come up with healthy dessert ideas. And when it comes to healthy dessert recipes, we all have our list of requirements… whether that means raw food desserts, paleo desserts, vegan desserts, gluten free desserts, or just plain old heart healthy desserts – this book has all of the above!

With 30 healthy desserts to choose from, you’ll have a fun new sweet treat to try every day for a month. These healthy dessert recipes are so good for you that you can eat dessert every day! No joke.

Healthy dessert is something we should all be looking into to stay fit, lose weight, and keep our sweet tooth happy at the same time. Many of these treats are so simple they’re ideal healthy dessert recipes for kids, that you can make with your young ones in the kitchen or on the go.

Bluegrass Undercover (Bluegrass Brothers)

Romantic Suspense
Author: Kathleen Brooks
Bluegrass Undercover (Bluegrass Brothers)

Cade Davies is an ex-Army Ranger, teacher, and the new head coach of the high school football team in Keeneston. He barely has time to adjust to all of the changes in his life before he runs into the school’s fiery new guidance counselor and a new threat to the peaceful town of Keeneston.

DEA Agent Annie Blake was undercover to bust a major drug ring preying on high school athletes across the South. After her transfer from Miami to Kentucky, Annie looks to make her career by solving the biggest case the DEA has open. What Annie didn’t count on was becoming the local gossip. Amid marriage bets placed by the entire town, a priest as a landlord, and a trio of thugs after her, Annie looks to Cade for help in bringing down the drug ring before anyone else is hurt. But can the unflappable Annie deal with the feelings that follow?

Circle of Friends 25 One-Pot Dinners

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Meals
Author: Gooseberry Patch
Circle of Friends 25 One-Pot Dinners

It doesn’t get any easier than a one-pot meal, so we’ve gathered 25 of our best-tasting, tried & true recipes for those busy nights when time is short, tummies are rumbling and no one wants to do dishes.

The Advocate (The Advocate Series)

Thrillers > Legal
Author: Teresa Burrell
The Advocate (The Advocate Series)

The Advocate, a legal suspense murder mystery, is the first book in The Advocate Series. Three characters continue throughout the series, Sabre Orin Brown, defense attorney, her investigator, JP Torn, and her colleague, Bob Clark.

The Advocate is followed by The Advocate’s Betrayal, The Advocate’s Conviction, The Advocate’s Dilemma, and The Advocate’s Ex Parte.

Smart Mouth Waitress (Life in Saltwater City)

Romantic Comedy
Author: Dalya Moon
Smart Mouth Waitress (Romantic Comedy) (Life in Saltwater City)

With her mother down in LA recording her comeback album, Perry’s in charge of the family household, and things are going to change. She starts with paint colors and moves on to doling out retributive punishments for her fifteen-year-old brother.

What Perry really wants, though, is her first boyfriend. She’s eighteen, and it’s about time!

Boyfriend candidates include: the cute but quiet restaurant regular, the all-too-willing coworker, or the outgoing artist who’s eager to whip off his clothes and model. One of these guys loves Perry exactly how she is, but how can she tell which one?

Van Gogh’s Inner Struggle: Life, Work and Mental Illness

Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature
Author: Liesbeth Heenk
Van Gogh's Inner Struggle: Life, Work and Mental Illness (Secrets of Van Gogh)

Do you love Van Gogh? You will admire him even more after reading this. Using Van Gogh’s own letters as a primary source, the author discusses the artist’s life, his approach to his work and his mental illness. The letters vividly show his life was no bed of roses.

Whereas Van Gogh knew what was saleable, he continued to produce what he considered as honest, ‘truthful’ art, regardless of current taste. He did not expect the art-buying public to understand the rough appearance of his work. Van Gogh acknowledged that being an artist involved struggle, but believed one would benefit from adversity, personally as well as professionally. “No victory without a battle, no battle without suffering.”

In Van Gogh’s case it seems to have been a never ending battle against poverty, isolation and adversity. Given his circumstances – being financially dependent upon his brother Theo, not selling any work, and getting minimal recognition – his achievements are utterly amazing.

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Live by Night: A Novel

Mystery > Hard-Boiled
Author: Dennis Lehane
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Live by Night: A Novel

From Gone, Baby, Gone to Mystic River to Shutter Island to The Given Day, the phenomenal Dennis Lehane has proven himself to be one of the most versatile and exciting novelists working in America today—whether he’s breaking new ground with uniquely inventive psychological suspense, redefining the detective story, or bringing a bygone era to life with sweeping and masterful historical fiction. He’s back with Live by Night, an epic, unflinching tale of the making and unmaking of a gangster in the Prohibition Era of the Roaring Twenties.

Meticulously researched and artfully told, Live by Night is the riveting story of one man’s rise from Boston petty thief to the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runner, and it proves again that the accolades New York Times bestseller Lehane consistently receives are well deserved. He is indeed, “a master” (Philadelphia Inquirer) whose “true literary forefathers include John Steinbeck as well as Raymond Chandler” (Baltimore Sun). And, “Boy, does he know how to write” (Elmore Leonard).

Barcode Booty: How I found and sold $2 million of ‘junk’ on eBay and Amazon, And you can, too, using your phone

Small Business & Entrepreneurship > Home Based
Author: Steve Weber
Regularly $2.99, Today $0.99
Barcode Booty: How I found and sold $2 million of 'junk' on eBay and Amazon, And you can, too, using your phone

Learn how to use your cellphone as a treasure detector, and find items to resell at big profits. Find out which apps are the best, and how to use them.

Check prices instantly, and know your potential profits before risking a dime. Learn to resell on eBay and Amazon, and rake in the profits.

Find bargain inventory virtually anywhere–yard sales, retail stores, outlet malls, warehouse clubs, wholesale dealers, bargain basements, and online bulk suppliers. Learn to specialize in books, videos, games, toys, electronics, grocery, fashion, health and beauty, auto parts, niche regional products–or take them all!

The Internet Gold Rush is just getting started. In this insider’s guide to online selling, you’ll learn the secrets to profitable trading. You can profit from price differences in local and global markets. This book teaches you how, every step of the way.

Kindle Fire Owner’s Manual: The ultimate Kindle Fire guide to getting started, advanced user tips, and finding unlimited free books, videos and apps on Amazon and beyond

Kindle Edition, Steve Weber

Kindle Fire Owner's Manual: The ultimate Kindle Fire guide to getting started, advanced user tips, and finding unlimited free books, videos and apps on Amazon and beyond

Finally … a quick, easy reference to using your Kindle Fire — to the max!

Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the handiest tablet available, and is your portal to an infinite universe of education and entertainment. This valuable reference book explains how to quickly set up your Kindle, navigate the touch-screen, buy, rent or stream video, and browse the world’s largest library of digital books.

This reference guide demystifies the Kindle and explains in plain English how to master the Kindle basics, plus secret tips, tricks and shortcuts you won’t find elsewhere. Each section includes clearly written step-by-step instructions, illustrated with screenshots and menus just like you’ll see on your own Kindle screen.

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

History > Military > Aviation
Author: Mitchell Zuckoff
Regularly $9.99, Today $1.99
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

“A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush andimpenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them a dame withgreat gams, for heaven’s sake), a startling rescue mission. . . . This is atrue story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew—what an utterly compelling and deeplysatisfying read!” —Simon Winchester, author of Atlantic
 
Award-winning former Boston Globe reporter Mitchell Zuckoffunleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War IIrescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S.military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides’ Ghost Soldiers, Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor, and David Grann’s The Lost Cityof Z will be captivated by Zuckoff’s masterfullyrecounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery injungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII.

City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles

Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Author: Robin Hobb
Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99
City of Dragons: Volume Three of the Rain Wilds Chronicles

New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb returns to world of the Rain Wilds—called “one of the most gripping settings in modern fantasy” (Booklist)—in City of Dragons. Continuing the enthralling journey she began in her acclaimed Dragon Keeper and Dragon Haven, Hobb rejoins a small group of weak, half-formed and unwanted dragons and their displaced human companions as they search for a legendary sanctuary.

Now, as the misfit band approaches its final destination, dragons and keepers alike face a challenge so insurmountable that it threatens to render their long, difficult odyssey utterly meaningless. Touching, powerful, and dazzlingly inventive, Hobb’s City of Dragons is not to be missed—further proof that this author belongs alongside Raymond E. Feist, Terry Brooks, and Lois McMaster Bujold in the pantheon of fantasy fiction’s true greats.

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