In The Last Boy, Leavy profiles one of the most beloved, and troubled, American sports stars of all time. Mantle was blessed with incredible talent and skill, but cursed with a hardscrabble childhood and a propensity for alcoholism. His affable demeanor and partying lifestyle made him the envy of a generation of baseball fans, but in the end, injuries and alcohol took their toll.

 

Leavy highlights the highs and lows of Mantle’s storied career, drawing on more than 500 interviews with friends, family, teammates, and Number 7 himself. This is a thoughtful and fair-minded biography that befits the mighty slugger.

 

Have a great Father’s Day weekend—and take some time to relax with NOOK!


 

 

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In Missile Defender, your city is under attack, and you’ll need a coordinated plan to intercept the incoming missiles that rain down each night. During the day, you’ll fortify your defenses and prepare a strategy for launching your own missiles to destroy enemy warheads. The combination of quick-thinking and long-term strategizing make this a great app for every gamer.

 

Once your city is safe and secure, make sure to explore some more great apps and puzzles from Epic Pixel.

 

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Free Fridays Recommends

 

Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Jane recommends:

 

 

 

Richard made it possible for me to write about Mickey Mantle.  His reportorial tour-de-force, the literary equivalent of a 56-game hitting streak, taught me how to write about those we deem heroes and the frailties that make them all too human if not always beloved.  Richard had chops.  He made me brave.

 

 

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by spec ‎06-14-2013 07:40 AM - edited ‎06-14-2013 07:40 AM
Here's additional freebies, a.k.a Free Friday's Extras, that many good people found and shared since last Friday. As usual all the books were free at the time of submitting this post, please verify the price before clicking Buy.

Horror
The Girl from the Blood Coven by Brian Moreland

Religion & Spirituality
Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn't Good Enough by Justin Davis, Trisha Davis
Freedom Beyond Comprehension by Joan Hunter
Saved Without A Doubt: Being Sure of Your Salvation by John MacArthur, Jr.

Romance
The Negotiator (O'Malley Series #1) by Dee Henderson
Dragonborn (The Jade Lee Romantic Fantasies, Book 1) by Jade Lee
Untamed (The Wild Women Series, Book 1) by Sharon Ihle
Lovers and Strangers (The Hollywood Nights Series, Book 1) by Candace Schuler

Science
Evolution: A View from the 21st Century by James A. Shapiro

Religious Fiction
Listen by Rene Gutteridge
The Narrow Path by Gail Sattler
They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti

Nonfiction
Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories About Global Warming by Various

Business & Investing
Find (and Keep) Top Talent for Your Business (Collection) by Vince Thompson, David I. Russo, Rusty Rueff, Hank Stringer, Cathy Fyock
Trading the Trend (Collection) by Michael W. Covel

 

Please laurel this post if the list is useful to you.

by eReaderPerks on ‎06-14-2013 07:40 AM

Happy Friday!

Here are some of the very latest top-rated Nook freebies. (All of these are 4+ rated):

Fantasy Unrated on BN (4.6 Stars/28 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-bring-the-fire-part-i-c-gockel/1115457768?ean=2940044551565

Mystery/Thriller 4.1 star/34 reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/two-bits-four-bits-large-print-mark-cotton/1100477292?ean=2940000888...

Mystery/Thriller Unrated on BN (4.2 Stars/21 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/angels-mark-natalie-buske-thomas/1104857287?ean=2940044347809

Religious (Suspense) 4.6 Stars/163 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/negotiator-dee-henderson/1015370792?ean=9781414355092

Religious (Romance) 4.3 Stars/4 Reviews (4.2 Stars/24 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/negotiator-dee-henderson/1015370792?ean=9781414355092

Romance (Contemporary) 5.0 star/2 reviews (4.0 Stars/22 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lovers-and-strangers-candace-schuler/1001866076?ean=9781614172970

YA/Teen Fantasy Unrated on BN (4.0 Stars/18 Reviews on Goodreads): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/betrothal-mande-matthews/1115550625?ean=2940044538108

Non-Fiction Spirituality Unrated on BN (4.6 Stars/18 Reviews on Amazon.): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/saved-without-a-doubt-john-macarthur-jr/1111897537?ean=9781434766779

Non-Fiction Business Unrated on BN (Find (and Keep) Top Talent for Your Business is unrated on BN but individually the four books in this collection are well reviewed. For example, The Truth About Getting the Best from People, has 4.0 stars with 27 reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/find-vince-thompson/1114791933?ean=9780133443196

Happy reading! :smileyhappy:

Lorie @ www.eReaderPerks.com (Free Nook Books in 19 Genres)

by booklover1980 on ‎06-14-2013 07:48 AM

always good choices and i understand it is fathers day but i wish it was a better book but thank you for giving us good books each week

by Eros-Ashima on ‎06-14-2013 07:57 AM

Thanks for the great free book and to everyone that contibutes here. Always worth a look!

by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎06-14-2013 08:06 AM

A non-fiction book this week is a real treat!  Thanks so much!  I am a big baseball fan and also love biographies, so this book is extra nice.:smileyhappy:

by PH03N1X on ‎06-14-2013 08:10 AM

I hope all the father's have an AWESOME father's day. I have now had  my nook for a year and still finding new and wonderful apps and books to add to my collection. Thanks to everyone that posts free books I really appreciate it.

by GracieMae ‎06-14-2013 08:30 AM - edited ‎06-14-2013 08:31 AM

Happy Fathers day to all! I am not a baseball fan, but I do like good non-fiction books, so I am going to be reading Mickey Mantle soon!

 

Thank you everyone that posts free books each week for us. I know you probably have better things to do, but this nookie sure appreciates your hard work whether I score a book or not!

 

Enjoy your weekend - especially the dads out there. May your day be blessed and your weekend full  of faith!

 

by Carlissa on ‎06-14-2013 08:38 AM

Happy Free Friday!

 

Here's a few freebies I found this week:

 

 

Mystery/Thriller

Daddy's Little Killer by L.S. Sygnet

Beneath The Cracks by L.S. Sygnet

Fantasy

Coexist: Keegan's Chronicles by Julia Crane

Goddess Legacy (Goddess Series #1) by M.W. Muse

by Arlr on ‎06-14-2013 08:52 AM

once again, thank you for free fridays

 

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎06-14-2013 09:01 AM

Jeremy you have just made my day. My husbands all time favorite ball player was Mickey Mantel as a younger man he was even told he looked like him. I'm glad to see that this biography was touted as "fair". 

What a great way to make his day even more special when I present him with this new book on the man.

 

I hope you and all the dads here in Nook land have a great father's day!!!

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by moontan on ‎06-14-2013 09:06 AM

Thanks to everyone for the free books this week.

by Sparrow1976 on ‎06-14-2013 09:41 AM

thank you for the free books!!  i had gotten the message that i was running out of storage space on my nook and i had to cut back a little.  plus i wasn't able to make it online for the past few weeks.  but i am back!!!!

 

happy father's day to everyone out there!

by Nytewrayth on ‎06-14-2013 10:00 AM
As always, thanks everyone for the great free books! And Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there!
by 1LadyVi on ‎06-14-2013 10:01 AM

Thanks for the Free Friday selections.