Sometimes Amazon ebook deals are too good to skip

As regular readers can guess, I read a LOT and — because I share my Amazon Kindle library with my sisters — I often buy those not available from the library or under the Kindle Unlimited program. Recently I’ve cut back on purchases as my NY Public Library hold list suddenly burped up four books as available in one week.
Never say that Amazon doesn’t pay attention to the habits and preferences of its customers. It didn’t take long before I received an email offering me a credit of $Y (about a 20% discount) if I bought $X of ebooks before December 31st. Of course I had a list of ebooks (mostly  nonfiction) that I hadn’t bought yet because they were never on sale and not included in the Great Books program, or entire fiction series in one purchase. So it didn’t take me long to place the order.
Because blogs give their readers a chance to be invisible voyeurs if the writer permits, I thought you’d like the list of what I bought:
(1) When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning— always thought this looked interesting, about the paperbacks that were sent over to the servicemen to read in the trenches
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LRI90R8/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

(2) Washington Black: A novel by Esi Edugyan — an award-winning novel brought to my attention again by being on President Obama’s 2018 list of favorites — wanted to have at least one piece of literary fiction that didn’t need to be read in 21 days

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07911499V/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

(3) That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means: The 150 Most Commonly Misused Words and Their Tangled Histories by Ross Petras — how could I resist this?

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B078DTY5GT/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

(4) The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers — always enjoy his books — read a sample and became intrigued by the centering of the story on the trees rather than the people

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B073VX7HT4/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

(5) The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers by Martin Doyle — since climate and water issues are often topics I post about, you know this was a no-brainer

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B073SFSDKK/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

(6) The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne — as our economic layering gets more ossified, might as well find out how it shapes our lives

(7) The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti — relates to the wealth and diversity found on the coasts and a few inland cities that’s largely skipping Trump country
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B008035HQQ/ref=kinw_myk_ro_title

(8) The Gentleman Bastard Series 3-Book Bundle: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies, The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards) by Scott Lynch — science fiction that I used the $14 credit for — usually I just go for the KU books

(9) The African Trilogy: Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe — one I’ve had on my list a long time
Since I’ve recently received two cookbooks, Michelle Obama’s memoir, and Dopesick by Beth Macy, I’m well supplied on the quality end.
Since I’ve recently several other nonfiction books that I’d like to read

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