“Malone writes with such quiet authority and clear understanding of the world his characters inhabit that the story strikes deep emotional chords." - Washington Post Book World




Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn our thoughts towards celebrating the spirit of Christmas. Malone’s book begins on Christmas Day, 1956, as two babies—one white and one black—are born in a small Southern town. Those babies, Noni and Kaye, cross paths eight years later, and form a lifelong friendship and romance. Through this unlikely pairing, Malone explores a changing American South, but more importantly, presents a deep love that transcends all barriers and survives against all odds.



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 Michael recommends:


The Big Easy feels like the perfect place for a time-slip novel (they do it all the time there). The 19th-century mystery blends easily with the modern romance. Best of all, like the land of dreamy dreams itself, Ware's heroine, reporter Corlis McCullough, is smart, eccentric, seductive, wry and resilient. Also like New Orleans--she is practically irresistible.



NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “Michael Malone” to download his compelling novels.


by spec on ‎11-30-2012 07:45 AM

Here's additional freebies, a.k.a Free Friday's Extras, that many good people found and shared since last Friday. Pretty poor selection, but it is what it is. As usual all the books were free at the time of submitting this post, please verify the price before clicking Buy.

Religious Fiction
Operation Bonnet by Kimberly Stuart

Genes, Chromosomes, and Disease: From Simple Traits, to Complex Traits, to Personalized Medicine by Nicholas Wright Gillham

Business & Investing
Paying the Price: Ending the Great Recession and Ensuring a New American Century by Mark Zandi
Be a Dividend Millionaire: A Proven, Low-Risk Approach That Will Generate Income for the Long Term by Paul Rubillo
The Rules of Work, Expanded Edition: A Definitive Code for Personal Success by Richard Templar
The Truth About the New Rules of Business Writing by Natalie Canavor, Claire Meirowitz
The Truth About Getting the Best From People by Martha I. Finney
Know What You Don't Know: How Great Leaders Prevent Problems Before They Happen by Michael A. Roberto
Making It Work at Work: A Guide to Career Development and Fulfillment (Collection) by Alan Lurie, Kevin Elko, Edward G. Muzio, Deborah J. Fisher PhD, Erv Thomas PE
Social Media 101: A Beginner's Guide to Online Marketing (Collection) by Jon Reed, Jamie Turner, Clara Shih, R. Scott Corbett
Leading Teams with Integrity: Advice from Leadership Experts (Collection) by Stedman Graham, Ken Blanchard, Jon Huntsman, Doug Lennick, Fred Kiel, Ph.D.


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

by Eros-Ashima on ‎11-30-2012 07:53 AM

Thanks for a timely read! I am so enthusiastic about my Nook that someone asked me if I get a commision on each one I recommend! To those that post additional books - thank you very very much! Cheers to all who visit here, the happiest place on the internet.

by anodein82 on ‎11-30-2012 08:06 AM

Thank You to all the people who comile the lists of free reads.  You make my weeekends brighter.  Thank you for a wonderful Free Friday selection.  

by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎11-30-2012 08:08 AM

Perfect timing for a Christmas story and it sounds like a great read!  Thanks for this selection, as well as Spec's consolidated list and all others that are posted.


Happy reading to all this weekend!:smileyhappy:

by Artistic_Fish on ‎11-30-2012 08:13 AM

I love the Free selections, but am very dismayed when I look for other free books on my Nook I get mostly pornography! :smileysad:  Is there a way to screen out the "exotic" selections???

by JulieBAZ on ‎11-30-2012 08:19 AM

Loved Four Corners of the Sky, can't wait to read this one! Thanks so much for another great pick!


by Baste on ‎11-30-2012 08:25 AM

Thank you B&N, Jeremy, Spec, & an early thank you to Butterflly13; & all others that post free books. Free Friday is the best day of the week in my home.  Have a great, safe reading weekend everyone.

by PeecWithin on ‎11-30-2012 08:26 AM

Thanks for the great selection...can't wait to read it! Thanks Spec for taking the time - no matter the number of titles!


Happy reading everyone!

by butterflly13 on ‎11-30-2012 08:28 AM

Claudines New Adventure   By:  Nicole Murphy


Double Trouble   by: Deborah Cooke


First Dance   by: Bianca Giovanni


Secrets of a Summer Night   by: Kay Stockham


Give it all you got   by: Linda Swift


It was You   by: Carly Fall


Lost and Found Innocence    by: Agnes Musa


Reckless Nights in Rome   by;  Christine MacKenzie


Last Bride in Ballymuir   by: Dorien Kelly


Twin Passions  by: Miriam Minger


Girl Power: War on Women    by: Dee Dawning


Operation Bonnet  by: Kimberly Stuart


Making Room At Christmas   by: Oliva Stowe

by ga_diva on ‎11-30-2012 08:34 AM

thanks to all who post here! here;s one for those of us of a mature age. i do not know how to post the link so please do not berate me,


aarp 2013 almanac


have a wonder weekend and everyone enjoy your reads.

by GracieMae on ‎11-30-2012 08:37 AM

Once again Friday's selections are great!! Thank you everyone for taking the time to find these books and let us know about them. You are great!!!!!! :catvery-happy: Have a fantaboulous weekend everyone!

by LillieAna on ‎11-30-2012 08:38 AM

Thanks for the great selection. I enjoyed The Four Corners of the sky so I am looking forward to reading The Last Noel.

by dba_n_the_dark on ‎11-30-2012 08:42 AM

I too wait eagerly for Free Friday's postings.  Some I've have, some I don't. But, the best part is IM'n with friends to see if they saw this listing or that listing, and basiclly having a mini book club meeting over the postings. To many times people who are geographiclly seperated don't discuss books, but with Free Fridays my friends and I have something to have a quick chat :smileyhappy: Thank you B & N for this special gift of Free Friday's. :heart:

by Moderator dhaupt ‎11-30-2012 09:01 AM - edited ‎11-30-2012 09:13 AM

Oh just what I need to get in the spirit :smileyhappy: A touching love story and what better than when love survives through all.

Thanks Jeremy and B&N, you make Fridays more memorable!!

by JfroJeff on ‎11-30-2012 09:03 AM

Hey Guys, found some free time so I thought I'd post a list for old times sakes:


SciFi / Fantasy


Darkin: A Journey East


Dreaming Of Darkness


Time Enough


Upon Reflection


Death and the Call Girl


In Apprehension How Like a God


The Alien Artifact: Part I




The Arbiter and the Mummy's Curse


A Day in a Life in After World: SoGlog


The Last Praetorian


Chunks of Flesh




The Imaginist


Under Suspicion: The Legend of D.B. Cooper


Cold Granite


The Second Bat Guano War


Glacier Lake


Three Mangoes


The TV Detective


He Needed Killing



Sketch of Secrets


Kiss On The Bridge 2


Jars of Clay


The Infects (Free Preview of Chapters 1-3)


Sarah Smiles




Discovery Kids Readers: Sharks


Middle School: Get Me out of Here! - Free Preview


Kahonua Island


Cougar Cub Tales: Lost and Alone