Open Road is a digital publishing house that seems to specialize in reprints of classic books. Some I know and some I don’t. But all of these below are $3.99. It looks like from Open Road’s blog that there are more that will become available later. I am on vacation and have a very poor internet connection. So I am not including details on all the books.
Million Dollar Baby by F. X. Toole
260 pages, 36 of 47 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
F. X. Toole knew boxing. Between bouts, he wrote, and two years before his death he published this collection of stories, giving readers an unprecedented look at the gritty life around the ring.
He tells of a cutman with a sweet tooth, young fighters with dreams of celebrity, and a talented boxer who goes to Atlantic City for his biggest bout, only to be humiliated by the prejudices of a callous promoter. In “Million $$$ Baby,” the inspiration for the Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood film, an aged trainer takes on a female fighter, guiding her through disappointment, pain, and tragedy. And in “Rope Burns,” Toole realizes his epic vision, showing that even the purest fighter can succumb to the pressures of the world outside the sport. Throughout these stories, boxing’s violence is redeemed by the respect these men and women share, as they strap on gloves and prepare their bodies for the ultimate test.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of F. X. Toole including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
314 pages, 399 of 481 reviews are 4 or 5 star, Lending Enabled
Alice Walker’s masterpiece, a powerful novel of courage in the face of oppression.
Celie has grown up in rural Georgia, navigating a childhood of ceaseless abuse. Not only is she poor and despised by the society around her, she’s badly treated by her family. As a teenager she begins writing letters directly to God in an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear. Her letters span twenty years and record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment through the guiding light of a few strong women and her own implacable will to find harmony with herself and her home.
The Color Purple
’s deeply inspirational narrative, coupled with Walker’s prodigious talent as a stylist and storyteller, have made the novel a contemporary classic of American letters.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips: A Novel - James Hilton
144 pages, 26 of 36 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Hilton’s inspiring short novel about a beloved teacher’s remarkable role in his students’ lives, through decades of triumph and tragedy in Britain
For three generations, through war and peace, prosperity and misfortune, Arthur Chipping’s students at the Brookfield School have called him Mr. Chips. Beginning in his unpolished first years as a new teacher, through the end of the nineteenth century and well into radical changes of the twentieth, Mr. Chips has shaped the lives of the young men in his class. And when Britain is threatened by the outbreak of the First World War, it is Mr. Chips who must lead the school that has already counted on him for so much.
Made into two remarkable films and other retellings on stage and television, Goodbye, Mr. Chips has endured as a revelation of the difference one good teacher can make in countless lives.
Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello
The Man in the Empty Boat by Mark Salzman
The Devil’s Redhead by David Corbett
The Devil and Ms. Moody by Suzanne Forster
The Transcendental Murder by Jane Langton
Man on a Rope by George Harmon Coxe
Shallow Graves by Jeremiah Healy
Dog Eat Dog by Edward Bunker and William Styron
Blue Eyes by Jerome Charyn
The Witch and the Borscht Pearl by Angela Zeman
Danger Is My Line by Stephen Marlowe
Spellsinger by Dean Foster
Miss Lizzie by Walter Satterwait
Rilke on Black by Ken Bruen
Suicide Season by Rex Burns
Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Mark McShane
The Big Kiss-Off of 1944 by Andrew Bergman
Act of Fear by Dennis Lynds
Sweet Everlasting by Patricia Gaffney
Bride of the Wind by Heather Graham
The Habit by Susan Morse
The Seventeen Widows of Sans Souci by Charlotte Armstrong
The Ninth Directive by Adam Hall
The Hot Rock by Donald Westlake
Penance by David Housewright
The Orchids by Thomas H. Cook
The Villiers Touch by Brian Garfield
It’s Not a Pretty Sight by Gar Anthony Haywood
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel (P.S.) - Muriel Spark