This week we spotlight a brilliant near-future technothriller, a cookbook brimming with 500 Keto recipes and a look back at the reign of emperor-about-town Augustus Caesar.
This week’s top curated picks:
Indie ebook spotlight
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$1.99 on Kindle ($24.95 print)
By Eliot Peper
Publisher: 47North (an Amazon imprint)
Sci-fi thriller: In this near-future speculative technothriller, lobbyist Dag Calhoun reshapes politics on an international scale in a world ravaged by rising sea waters and energy shortages. “Bandwidth” is something rare: a riveting read that will make you smarter. (This is one of my Best Buys of the year.)
Top ebook deals of the week
$1.99 on Kindle ($12.99 print)
The Last Move
By Mary Burton
Publisher: Montlake Romance (an Amazon imprint)
Suspense: In this fast-paced novel from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: She’s the final target.
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($9.49 paperback)
The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook
By Amanda Hodges
Cookbook: Want to start the Ketogenic diet but not sure how? This new guide offers 500 recipes that can be prepared in less than 45 minutes. (I just bought it myself.)
Nonfiction: Hailed as one of history’s greatest emperors, Augustus Caesar laid the foundation of a regime that transformed Rome into an empire. The author sketches a man who was a tyrant, womanizer and peace maker.
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time
Mark of the Devil
By Tana Collins
Publisher: Bloodhound Books (an independent publisher of crime fiction)
Crime fiction: A body of a young woman is found on a deserted beach. The bizarre clues to her identity include a strange tattoo, a set of binoculars, and a slab of meat left on the cliffs.
Contemporary romance: In this new release, Mable Harper doesn’t fit the fashion industry’s mold of what a model should look like—she’s not tall or skinny, and she’s hard of hearing. But, with the help of Simon, a handsome and witty fashion photographer, she plans to shatter the industry’s patriarchal expectations.
Indie film watch
Elijah Wood and Melanie Lynskey in “I Don’t Feel at Home …” (Courtesy of Netflix)
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
The New York Times called this “an appealingly ramshackle crime drama” from indie filmmaker Macon Blair. A nursing assistant (Melanie Lynskey) recruits a neighbor (Elijah Wood) to help her track down the lowlifes who burgled her home. “I Don’t Feel at Home …” won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance last year.
Available on Netflix