Put the Best Books in Your Pocket

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These great newsletters are giving The Millions readers a chance to win some of the world’s best books in e-book format, including must-read e-books by writers like Joan Didion, Octavia Butler, Henry James, Rick Moody, and others. Subscribe now for a chance to win a Fire tablet with these 10 incredible e-books:

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Octavia Butler
Is it sci-fi? Is it literary fiction? Who cares! It’s amazing. Butler’s legendary collection of stories about aliens, people with mysterious illnesses and gifts, and futuristic and parallel worlds has as much to say about human nature as 10 realist novels.

Willa Cather
My Antonia
Cather’s classic masterpiece tells the story of two American children who are brought into the Wild West in the late 1800s. Nebraska changes them forever. The novel also changed literature’s vision of America’s pioneering past.

Joan Didion
The White Album
In her seminal second collection, which profiles America in the ’60s and ’70s, Didion sweepingly redefines the capabilities of the contemporary essay, blurring the lines between journalism and memoir and shaking the earth with her incredible deadpan sentences.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Notes from the Underground
Philosophical ramblings? Wise madness? Often referred to as one of the first existentialist works, this innovative novella by Dostoevsky still crackles with wit and power.

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tales of the Jazz Age
Fitzgerald’s classic collection of stories enshrined an opulent era in America’s past. It features some of the author’s best-loved tales—including “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”—stories that have almost become parts of American mythology.

Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary
This classic 1857 novel about a woman bent on escaping the boredom of her small-town life caused an uproar. Flaubert was tried for obscenity, and the story is no less hair-raising today.

Henry James
The Bostonians
Get lost in James’s labyrinthine sentences in one of his most overtly political novels, the story of a trio of characters whose lives are upended by the feminist movement in late 19th-century Boston.

Rick Moody
The Ice Storm
Moody’s legendary debut novel—which was adapted into an acclaimed 1997 film— follows two families trapped by an ice storm in the early ’70s. Unraveling family dynamics and the politics of the sexual revolution heat things up, no matter the weather.

Iris Murdoch
An Unofficial Rose
A twisting tale of marriage, adultery, and thwarted longing, Murdock’s masterful sixth novel asks impossible questions about love and freedom.

Walker Percy
The Moviegoer
Winner of the National Book Award, Percy’s first and best-known novel follows Binx Bolling, a lost soul living in postwar New Orleans. Fighting the demons of his past, he seeks solace in movies, which often feel more real to him than his life.

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Book of the Month’s 3 Most Popular Books

The best of of the best: Here are Book of the Month’s most loved titles of 2016 — selected by the club’s judges, and celebrated by its members.  Check ‘em out below, and use code THEMILLS50 to get 50% off a 3 month membership.

1. The Nest

Judge Ellie Kemper chose this debut novel, which follows the nastily fun antics of four inheritance-grubbing siblings. Read Ellie’s essay here!

2. The Queen of the Night

A famous opera singer with a curse, French royalty embroiled in dramatic affairs, and extravagant and ornate gowns. See more here.

3. The Verdict

“A spectacular legal thriller. There’s double-crossing, blackmail, hidden agendas, conspiracies, and danger around every corner.” Check out Judge Liberty Hardy’s purrrrfect essay.

Don’t forget… use code THEMILLS50 to get 50% off a three month membership (that’s just $7.50 per hardcover book — wow!)

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Use the code “THEMILLS” to get 3 months for $19.99 (that’s less than $7 per hardcover book)

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Five Millions-Approved Books You Can Read on Oyster

Oyster is the best way to read books digitally. For just $9.95 a month, you can read as many books in the Oyster Unlimited library (over a million in total, far more than what Kindle Unlimited offers), all within the most beautiful reading app ever designed. It works across your devices—iPhone, iPad, Android, the Kindle Fire, and the web—and it’s the only digital browsing experience that comes anywhere close to the feel of your local bookstore. And since all Millions readers are smart, discerning people of impeccable literary taste, you can try it for free for a month here.

But with a million books at your fingertips, where should you start? Why not start with a few favorites from The Millions.

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald: “H is for Hawk is not a mystical book, but it is one of those rare works of non-fiction that stand up to a metaphorical reading. The echoes of myth in Macdonald’s writing, however subtle and unobtrusive, lend her book an emotional weight usually reserved only for literature, and a grace only for poetry.” — Madeleine Larue

Speedboat by Renata Adler: “Adler’s brief, punchy wit reads, perhaps, better today than it did 35 years ago. Scrolling through news bits and status updates between passages of Speedboat, I’m floored by how the novel reads as a somewhat verbose Twitter feed. That is, verbose for Twitter. Succinct for anything else.” — Eric Dean Wilson

Young Skins by Colin Barrett: “This collection, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the Guardian First Book Award, wastes no motion in its unsparing look at youth and masculinity in the small towns of the west.” — Garth Risk Hallberg

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay: “[M]oral complexity, its denial of easy schematics, turns An Untamed State into something more than good fiction, which it is, and arrives at something approximating, in a larger sense, truth.” — Aboubacar Ndiaye

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner: “Kushner’s fiction is so stuffed with characters, events, stories, history, information — it is so alive in its own specific imagined worlds — that it seems to want to burst. But it never does. And that may be the main reason why Rachel Kushner is well on her way to huge.” — Bill Morris

And if you’re interested in books outside of the subscription library, the Oyster Store has got you covered too. Purchase new releases—like say titles off the Millions Top 10, like My Brilliant Friend, All the Light We Cannot See, or The Girl on the Train—and they’ll automatically sync to all your devices. It’s just as convenient and budget-friendly as shopping on Amazon, except it doesn’t feel like you’re shopping deep within a desolate warehouse.

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