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The Best Mark Twain eBooks for Under a Dollar!

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“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain From his adventure books featuring good ole’ Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, to his own personal accounts found in a very personal memoir, Mark Twain has gone down in history for his classical twists mixed with a touch of humor that splits our sides. This month we’re focused on Mark Twain because November is his birthday month, and we want you to experience the classics you may have missed. Luckily for you, they’re all under a dollar, making them easily accessible for Kindle owners! Here are five suggestions for you to download: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer This is where the adventure begins for…

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Love Classic Books? We Have Free Kindle Suggestions for You!

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If you love books as much as we do, then you’re always up for a good read – no matter what time, what weather, or what day. What’s the best way to feed your book obsession? Free books, of course! At BookTrib, we are constantly suggesting new reads to people who love all genres – from romance, to mystery, to horror and beyond! And when you subscribe to BookTrib.com you will get our weekly free book giveaways right in your inbox! If you are a lover of all things classical, including your favorite books, then you’ve come to the right place because today we have many suggestions for some of your classical faves that we want to share with you.…

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You’re Not Fooling Anyone: Book Bromances That Should Totally Just be Romances

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Ever read a book and wonder why the main characters who are best of friends aren’t just dating each other? Sometimes, if they’re lucky, they will fall in love by the end of the story. However, in many cases, friendship doesn’t always lead to love; which is why we simply call it a bromance. However, let’s step outside of the heterosexual box and take a look at a few literary friendships that, let’s face it, would totally work better as just plain romances. Here, Matt and Katie from the BookTrib staff pick their top three bromances they pretty much consider a relationship: Matt’s Top 3: Frodo and Sam: The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein (Mariner Books, 2005) Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee are…

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Twain’s End Reveals Samuel Clemens’ Surprising Love Triangle

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Who was the real Mark Twain? In the end, “Mark Twain” himself wasn’t a real person—he was a pseudonym (and a persona) invented by Samuel Clemens and he was perhaps the greatest popular culture superstar of his time. As a novelist, essayist and public speaker, Clemens occupied a spot at the zenith of public attention. Without the 19th- and 20th-century equivalents of TMZ and tabloid newspapers, however, we have very little evidence of what Clemens was like behind the Twain facade. But in the new novel Twain’s End (Gallery Books, 2015), author Lynn Cullen sheds new light on what might have been the complicated relationship between Clemens and his private secretary, Isabel Lyon. In March 1909, Twain happily gave his…

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BookTrib exclusive! “New” Mark Twain discoveries aren’t new at all

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You may have heard recently that never-before-seen pieces of writing by Mark Twain have been discovered. However, just as the news of his death once was, reports of new writing by Twain are somewhat exaggerated. The good news, however, is that rare pieces of writing by the man considered by many to be the father of American literature are being compiled for a complete volume of his works. But as far as new stuff goes? “The fact is, stories have made it sound like there was (a discovery) of a discreet, specific cache of Mark Twain writing. That’s not really the case,” said Ben Griffin, editor at the Mark Twain Project at UC Berkeley. “What’s happening is that we’ve been…

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Fabulous literary spring break destinations

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I was swapping ideas one night with a friend about where we would go for an inspirational weekend of no-costs-barred fun, if we could. Winter was dragging. The college kids at the school where he taught were starting to plan their spring break and we were way too old for that. “Someplace where writers would go,” I said. “Someplace strange, but great.” I didn’t want a beach trip or some international adventure. I just wanted to be inspired and see something new. My friend had just told me about the day he’d spent in France when he had accidentally found himself touring Gertrude Stein’s famous apartment, which had been the epicenter of the literary salon scene in 1920s Paris. In…

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Happy Birthday, Mark Twain, comedy godfather of Stewart and Colbert

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Happy birthday, Mark Twain! You’re 179 years old, but America still loves you—in fact, Smithsonian magazine has just ranked you the country’s number one pop icon ever. Number one—ahead of Elvis Presley, Madonna, Bob Dylan, and Michael Jackson. Twain (born Samuel Langhorne Clemens) is, of course, America’s most important literary figure. But it’s not just iconic works like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (widely considered to be the first great American novel), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and The Prince and the Pauper that help assure a special place for Twain in America’s heart. It’s also his indomitable personality, keen wit, and dedication as a satirist and social critic that’s kept his image…

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