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!



I loved those intergalactic 1980s arcade games, and certainly plugged enough quarters into them to fund a small army! So Missile Defender is my ideal NOOK app—a chance to relive the arcade fun from the comfort of my couch.


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.



by michealep91 on ‎06-14-2013 10:33 AM

Dropped my Nook and broke the cover, it is usable, but waiting for my replacement, should come today...Thank goodness I bought the 2 year extra coverage!!!!  New Nook, no extra charge and customer service department was a dream!!!  Thanks B&N...loyal customer FOREVER!!!


by butterflly13 ‎06-14-2013 10:38 AM - edited ‎06-14-2013 11:17 AM

Been a veyr busy week, (no school takes away extra free time)


This week book looks awesome, love the non-fiction!


Will edit post as I find free ones




Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1)  by: K. A. Tucker


A Place Where I Belong  by: Mary Tribbey


A Stranger in the Family (Bardville Trilogy Book 1)  by: Patricia McLinn


Betrothal (Queen's Honor, Tales of Lady Guinevere: #1), a Medieval Fantasy Romance NOVELLA          by: Mande Mathews


BlackMoon Beginnings   by: Kaitlyn Hoyt


Crossroads   by: Mary Ting


Dangerous (Element Preservers Series, Book 1)   by: Alycia Linwood


Dead to the Max ( Max Starr Series, Book 1, a paranormal romance mystery)   by: Jasmine Haynes


Endlessly   by: C. V. Hunt


Game, Set, Match  by: Nana Malone


Her dear and loving Husband  by: Meredith Allard

by lmf22purple on ‎06-14-2013 10:46 AM

Just saw this one and thought I'd share

Wyrd Girl by Jon Jacks

Thanks to all and have a great weekend!


by rfortson on ‎06-14-2013 11:01 AM

Excellent choice for a free book!  Thanks!  I love non-fiction so it's nice to see one on Free Friday.  Summer is a great time to read a baseball book.

by Baste on ‎06-14-2013 11:11 AM

Happy Free Friday all. Big thanks to Jeremy, Spec & eReaderPerks for posting every week and thanks to all other that post free finds. Happy father's day to all the dad's out there.

by BethAnnCullen on ‎06-14-2013 11:21 AM

Thank You!!! :cathappy:

by seacitylady on ‎06-14-2013 11:26 AM

I actually bor's ught this book when it first came out. Good selection for Father's Day!

Love biographies & wish would like to see more nonfiction offered in the future

by Evilynn on ‎06-14-2013 12:56 PM

Thank you all for the great books. Happy Father's Day to all of you dads out there!

by librarian_mom on ‎06-14-2013 01:20 PM
A 2day stay in the hospital turned into 19. I couldn't have survived without my nook and all the free books. Now I have a 2 month recovery, so I know what I will be doing. Thanks to all.
by SoccerGal_94 on ‎06-14-2013 01:23 PM

I am proud to say I FINALLY GO A NOOK!!!!! 


All this time, I have been collecting books (mostly free) and reading them on my Nook app on my phone.  I am happy to say I got my Nook with the INCREDIBLE sale that is going on right now!


This is one HAPPY camper!

by vachona ‎06-14-2013 02:02 PM - edited ‎06-14-2013 02:05 PM

Happy Father's Day to all the dads here !!! 


And for those of us who've lost their fathers, we may not have them with us, but they still live on in our hearts.  Hugs to those who've suffered a recent loss of a parent.


Thanks again to all the folks who post links for other free books !!!


Get well soon, librarian_mom.  I know this oh too well myself.  Take time to heal.  My NOOK was my lifesaver while I was in the hospital, especially the FREE TextNow app:


BTW, I am *seriously* thinking about upgrading to the NOOK HD+, with that awesome sale going on right now, but I just got my tablet in December and bought an extended warranty, so I'm having a hard time justifying the purchase ...  Then again, having access to Google Play opens up a whole new world o' freebies ...  Hmmm ... what a dilemma.

by CarlyTX on ‎06-14-2013 03:54 PM

Found a lot of interesting selections to download today.  Thank you to everyone who takes the time to post free books here.  I love Free Fridays!

by lastcwboysbabe on ‎06-14-2013 07:55 PM

Thanks to all for the free books.

by Happywitch on ‎06-15-2013 12:39 AM




by VinceC1 on ‎06-16-2013 10:57 PM

Thanks to all those who posted free books. I appreciate the time you spend on it. I found something to read this week from the selections, and look forward to this every week. I especially love the dark fantasy genre.