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LitNuts: Books You Won't Find Elsewhere

LitNuts features books you probably won’t see elsewhere. (Scroll down to see our current selections.) What have you been missing? A lot of great indie books for one thing. Also, collections of short stories, essays and poetry - and even recent releases and award winners that other newsletters systematically exclude! How and why do they do that? Read more... 

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Feed Your Mind

Today's featured books include a couple that we are really looking forward to reading: OOF by Strobe Witherspoon got rave reviews from Kirkus and Booklife, and Eat Your Words by Isabel Chiari looks like a thoughtful mediation on self-nourishment, with a few laughs thrown in for dessert. You will also find a great thriller, a steamy romance and a collection of daily inspirations in today's featured books. 

“If you feed your mind as often as you feed your stomach, then you'll never have to worry about feeding your stomach or a roof over your head or clothes on your back.” ~Albert Einstein

OOF: An Online Outrage Fiesta for the Ages by Strobe Witherspoon

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Award-winning novelist and cultural critic Strobe Witherspoon interrogates his own profession. It goes terribly. OOF explores the role of satire in a society lurching from one ridiculous crisis to the next, where media outlets rely on clicks to stay alive and everything is filtered through a lens of anger and misinformation. "A strikingly original book that astutely captures an era of division." -Kirkus Reviews. "Sometimes sad and sometimes hilarious, Witherspoon's timely metafictional novel explores the ways (mis)information can shape public discourse in the digital media age." –Booklife by Publishers Weekly From $0 SHOP NOW


Eat Your Words by Isabel Chiara

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Eat Your Words outlines the history of a first-generation American-Italian girl whose early curvaceous entry into womanhood and hearty appetite make for a complex-carb tale about the depth of our relationship with self-nourishment. Often self-derogatory, and certainly comedic, readers can fall in love with Giana as they relate to her often awkward and outlandish process, simply trying to find herself in the land of milk and honey. Join Giana as she realizes it is never too late to gain a sense of self-compassion and confront issues of body-image, or attempt to modify outworn behaviors. From $5.99 SHOP NOW

If She Dies by Erik Therme

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Nine months ago, Tess’s five-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. The driver, Brady Becker, was sentenced to two years in prison. Brady also has a daughter: a twelve-year-old named Eve. Tess knows this because she's been watching Eve for the last three weeks. It isn’t fair that Brady’s daughter gets to live, while Tess’s daughter does not. When Eve goes missing, all eyes turn to Tess, who doesn’t have an alibi. But Tess isn’t guilty. Or so she believes. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Healing the Hitman by Jane Fox


I never should have taken this job. When I offered to help an old friend, I knew I was on my own if things went sideways. Which, of course, they did. So I find myself bleeding out on a veterinarian’s table, relying on a complete stranger to save my life. A gorgeous, headstrong stranger. Now all that matters is keeping her safe. Because my past is coming back to haunt me, and this time she’s right in the line of fire. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Enjoy In Joy by Geeco

General Nonfiction

Enjoy In Joy: Uplifting Book of Daily Meditations empowers readers to escape humanity’s “epidemic of fear.” Enjoy In Joy shares succinct daily inspirations to help readers find ease and comfort. Created by a group of writers, each contributor is embracing long-term sobriety; they’ve shared their true-life experiences and selected the inspiring words of some of the world’s greatest thinkers in these daily meditations to inspire growth and encourage change. From $2.99 SHOP NOW 

Free online event from "Politics & Prose" on Friday, June 11


Politics & Prose, Friday, June 11, 5:00 - 6:00 pm Central Daylight Time: A free online discussion about books by bestselling authors Lisa Taddeo and Raven Leilani. In her novel, Animal, Lisa Taddeo illustrates one woman's exhilarating transformation from prey into predator. In Luster, Raven Leilani creates a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life—her hunger, her anger—in a tumultuous era.

There are a limited number of free tickets to this online event. There are also tickets available in conjunction with the purchase of either book. 

"Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them." ~Margaret Atwood

The Nine by C.G. Harris

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A hell-bound action fantasy series featuring apocalyptic antics and searing humor. Gabe has carved a successful niche into his arctic afterlife, but when Judas Iscariot makes him an offer he doesn't dare refuse, Gabe must become a double agent for the most dangerous organization the world has never heard of. To make matters worse, his new partner, Alex, is a beautiful, hard-as-nails agent who wants nothing to do with him. Gabe must figure out how to work with Alex, stop a deadly pathogen from being released Topside, and do it without botching the mission or revealing his true identity. "The unique combination of Fantasy Humor and Dark Fantasy kept me intrigued and turning the pages." -Amazon review From $0 SHOP NOW

Adult Fairy Tale Romance: Complete Collection Books 1-8 by Joanna Mazurkiewicz


8 books. 2300+ pages of fairy tale romance with twists and turns and magical foes. Four Kings who will leave you breathless—each one sexier than the other. These twisted fairy tales will drive you wild. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Defender of the Flame by Sylvia Engdahl

Science Fiction and Fantasy

"Reaches back to the brio and speculation of Engdahl's classic books of the Seventies." -Nicholas Birns, author of Understanding Anthony Powell. Torn away from his commitment to defense of a secret colony after learning a secret too deep for its disclosure to be risked, a starship pilot is forced into exile from all that matters to him - his career, wife and unborn child - and must build a new life leading to a strange destiny. "This is fun reading, about a starship captain facing many tough choices...Enjoyable and thought-provoking reading." -Sondra Eklund, Sonderbooks From $0.99 SHOP NOW

When Goodbye Begins: Life Takes Over by Geeta Lal Sahai

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“Powerful, heartbreaking...Remarkable” -Amazon review. In When Goodbye Begins, award-winning author-filmmaker Geeta Lal Sahai takes us to a world where hope, memories and grief play a crucial part. Inspired by real-life incidents, stories portray the fragility of the human mind, love and undying persistence. From $1.35 SHOP NOW

I Can't Breathe: The Never-Ending George Floyds by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

General Nonfiction

In I Can’t Breathe -The Never-Ending George Floyds, political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson examines all aspects of the Chauvin case, and takes an in-depth look at the most compelling issues in the case. "There are far too many I Can't Breath stories in Black America. Hopefully, this book will help to facilitate change." -Amazon review From $0.99 SHOP NOW

"The joy you feel is life." ~Gertrude Stein


Mark your calendar for June 22: In honor of PRIDE Month, Holocaust Museum LA presents a free online event: “The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams,” a virtual talk with Jonathan Ned Katz for his new book about pioneering lesbian activist Eve Adams (also known as Eva Kotchever). The book was published by our friends at Chicago Review Press, a leader in indie publishing. 

Born Chawa Zloczewer into a Jewish family in Poland, Adams emigrated to the United States in 1912, took a new name, befriended anarchists, sold radical publications, and ran lesbian-and-gay-friendly speakeasies in Chicago and New York. Her New York after-theater club “Eve’s Hangout” is considered one of the first lesbian bars In America and is now recognized as a historic monument by both the National Park Service and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.

"Every day is a renewal, every morning the daily miracle. This joy you feel is life." ~Gertrude Stein

Postcards From Here by Penny Guinsinger

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Guisinger’s precise prose, droll wit, and resonant voice offer us intimate, honest glimpses into love, parenting, survival, and earthy, everyday life as lived in rural Maine." -Dinty W. Moore. Postcards from Here is a capturing of a community, a harsh and beautiful place, a family, and the internal experience of its author in the form of micro-essays. "What a breath-taking debut." -Barbara Hurd From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Ollie Come Free by Timothy Patrick

Children and Young Adult

"Sensitive and Engaging." ~BookLife Reviews. A tragic brain injury devastates Ollie Buckmeyer, but it also leaves behind an amazing talent. Now he must use this gift to rebuild his life. "A rewarding page-turner." ~Foreword Clarion From $4.99 SHOP NOW

The 509 Crime Stories: Books 1-3 by Colin Conway

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

“Thought-provoking, memorable and real-life dialogue make this an excellent read." ~Bookzilla/Top 500 Reviewer. These novels are set in Eastern Washington and feature revolving lead characters. They are standalone tales and can be read in any order. In this collection, you’ll get the first three books of the series (regularly $7.99). The second collection (books 4-6) is also on sale for $0.99. “The plot is well crafted and keeps the reader guessing until the very end." ~Merritt Dickinson From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Flawless by Jana Richards


A great read from one of our favorite romance authors: French Resistance fighter Madeleine Bertrand believes jewel thief Hunter Smith was responsible for her husband’s death. Now the two must work together to steal a priceless diamond from the Nazis, posing as husband and wife. "A real romantic thriller." ~Amazon review. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Moments that used to define us...

Coming June 20: Special Father's Day Edition!

Father's Day is celebrated in various ways and on various dates in more than 110 countries around the world. In many European countries, it is celebrated on Saint Joseph's Day (March 19). In the United States, it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.

Watch for a special edition of LitNuts on June 20 this year, which will feature books that would make great gifts for fathers, or great books for father's to enjoy with their children.

“Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. The moments that used to define them—a mother’s approval, a father’s nod—are covered by moments of their own accomplishments. It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.” ~Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven


Elizabeth Goes to Mars! by Betty R Robinson

Children and Young Adult

“It’s rare to find children’s fiction that captures space exploration with any degree of accuracy, but this book gets it right! Wonderfully imaginative and beautifully illustrated, Elizabeth Goes to Mars! belongs in your child’s collection.” -J.A. Read, 50 Things to See with a Telescope. Join Elizabeth, her mom, and her dog as she learns about the technologies needed if we want to live on Mars. “Loved the whole concept of the book and the cool illustrations” -Mom of 7-year-old From $4 SHOP NOW

Jimmy Crikey's Adventures in the Sky Islands by Wallace Briggs

Children and Young Adult

Jimmy Crikey developed his abilities to protect his Earthly home but the Sky Islands are attacked by Zyrons. The witches, their apprentice Jade and the Weatherman , unite to repel the invaders, aided by Jimmy and XRU. The Zyrons are expelled but the Weatherman disappears. The witches search Solar System in Jimmy’s starship and find him in the caverns of Mars where the Ropians live. They threaten because they need water. They need the Weatherman, to bring rain. Jimmy must meet the challenge. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

The Dreaming Land I: The Challenge by E.P. Clark

Science Fiction and Fantasy

What do you do when the Empress asks you to seduce the son of the woman you hate most in the world? For warrior princess Valya, this may be the biggest battle she's ever fought. A sweeping epic fantasy in a subversive Russian setting. "Valya and her daughter are fascinating, compelling characters." -Amazon review From $0 SHOP NOW

Beyond Temptation by Summer Cooper


A 10 book box set of Amazon best-selling romance novels that are beyond temptation! Packed full of gorgeous alpha males and plenty of heat to keep the reading pleasure going all night long. "Down Right Dirty is a great collection of 10 steamy, fun stories with sizzling chemistry, drama and romance." -Amazon review From $0.99 SHOP NOW

New World Order by Derek Green

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In this wide-ranging collection of stories, Derek Green takes readers on a tour of the world as America’s military-industrial complex reels into a new century. Written with grace, masterful precision and brutal honesty, New World Order shows us characters stripped of the familiar and forced to face the world on its own harsh terms. By turns frightening and comical, fierce and suspenseful, these eleven stories turn our attention outward, to a world where our role as Americans is no longer as clear and secure as it once seemed. From $8.38 SHOP NOW

Nantucket Book Festival free events


The Nantucket Book Festival will consist of a series of free and paid (mostly free!) online events this year, beginning June 19 and continuing through September. For more information and to reserve your (virtual) seat, visit the Nantucket Book Festival website

"It is not down in any map; true places never are." ~Herman Melville