I downloaded these kindle books free over the past few months. Amazon has a rotating free collection.
This nonfiction story follows a Jew recruited into the Russian army in the early 1900s. He becomes a Revolutionary under his deprivations serving the little father, Czar. His tone is at times arrogant and self-righteous, but the story unfolds and still fascinates along the way. 105 years in the writing makes it a multi-generational accomplishment.
This is the book to read when you are feeling entitled and depleted. This is a keep-your-handkerchief-handy account of Stalin's ravaging troops and how it personally affects a Ukrainian family. The book is tender and uncomplainingly written. I stayed up till 4 in the morning finishing this one and woke up at 7 the same morning thankful to be living where I do.
A sweet, true love story of an American man and an Ecuadorian girl. As an American wife living in this era, I appreciated this spunky South American woman who let her husband be a man and was joyful being his helpmate. There was no foolish feminism and roles were clearly understood and cherished.