Grand Union Hotel, Saratoga. [Public Domain] Scanned post card, dated 1907 via https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2983773

New York

This week we have a friend staying with us. He is on a road trip which will take him on his way to New York. And what’s better than to take a hand-curated e-book of short stories with you!

Today we have two stories for you which have something to do with New York. The first one is The Tipster by Edwin Lefèvre. Born in Columbia, Lefèvre was a journalist turned stock broker who was born to an immigrant father and educated in the U.S. Best known for his bundle Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Lefèvre published several novels and stories with money and finance as the subject.
The second story is the much more light-hearted; The Courtship of Susan Bell by Anthony Trollope. Set in Saratoga Springs, New York, this story revolves around 19-year-old Susan, the naïve daughter of a boarding house owner, who is set aflutter by the arrival of a handsome young lodger.

New York bundle .ePub [download]
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These stories were sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
The Tipster by Edwin Lefevre
The Courtship of Susan Bell by Anthony Trollope

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Father and Child. Andrei Osipovich Karelin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AFather_and_child.jpg

Parenting

We’re very glad to offer you a new bundle today, on the subject of parenting. And a very amusing set at that, with one piece of lighter and one of dark comedy.

The dark comedy is a great juxtaposition of opinions and styles of parenting by Troy Farah, called Ms. Bijou Ate Her Babies. Troy Farah is a journalist and photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. His writing and criticism has appeared in VICE, LA Weekly, Spillers #3, LitReactor, The Molotov Cocktail, Riddled With Arrows and others. His website is troyfarah.com and he can be found on Twitter @filth_filler.

The second piece, Apricot Iced Tea by Zachary Slingsby, is a lighter comedy about a mother who has planned the perfect outing with her little one, until the unexpected spoils it all. Zachary Slingsby is a graduate of the New School MFA program in New York and now lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and daughter. He has just completed his first novel which he has every confidence will soon be available wherever fine books are sold. An audio version of this story, Apricot Iced Tea, is also available on the July 13th episode of the Second Hand Stories podcast.

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Romeo and Juliet, by Frank Dicksee. Public Domain via https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=896519.

Crush

We’re very excited here at Jumbelbook to feature our first pair of contemporary short stories!

Recently we’ve opened to submissions of fiction and non-fiction, and lo and behold these two pieces on the subject of Crushes landed in our collective inboxes.

The first is Astro Song by Scott Bassis. Scott Bassis is a young writer eager to establish himself as a serious talent. He has had short stories published in the literary magazines Poydras Review, The Acentos Review, The Missing Slate, Quail Bell Magazine, Fiction on the Web, Rainbow Curve and Harrington Gay Men’s Literary Quarterly.

The second is Sipapu by Shaun Polakow. Shaun Polakow is a fantasy fiction writer moonlighting as a TV producer with 12 years experience on network and cable shows. His comic book, Hunting Lyons, was published in Alterna Comic’s 2016 IF Anthology. Shaun lives in LA, reps Hufflepuff, and could learn a new language in the time he spends on Fantasy Football. More of his writing can be found at Sanguine Tales

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Mary Noailles Murfree by unknown artist, published in Leonidas Payne, Southern Literary Readings (Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1920), p. 298. Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons at https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8871238.

Mississippi River

I’ve escaped the bustle of Chicago for a sojourn in New Orleans, another notable Mississippi river city, to see old friends and celebrate Independence Day, this July 4th. The Mississippi river connection between the cities made be bundle two stories with that subject by Mary Noailles Murfree this week.

Mary Noailles Murfree was an American author of novels and short stories, and is considered the first significant female writer of Appalachian literature. Born near the town of Murfreeboro, which was named after her great-grandfather, Murfree was lame since childhood and spent her childhood reading and studying the local Appalachian culture, which led her to became known for the realism of her accounts in her writing.

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These stories were hand-curated for you by Jumbelbook in .ePub and .mobi format and sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
The Crucial Moment by Mary Noailles Murfree
The Phantom Of Bogue Holauba by Mary Noailles Murfree

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Announcement: Jumbelbook goes contemporary

We’ve seen some exciting developments here at Jumbelbook these past weeks!

We have opened to submissions of contemporary copyrighted short content of any genre, subject and theme. This means that very soon we will be bundling such stories as well and will be distributing these as part of our weekly offering, alongside the best public domain content.

If you are an author or copyright holder and want your content considered for distribution via Jumbelbook, head over to our Submit page.

"Julians on Harrow Hill, Trollope's boyhood home", Orley Farm by John Everett Millais (1861). Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons at https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23729164.

Dating

Being told about another new dating app this weekend I was thinking about how different dating was before our modern communication era. Or even before telephones. Social circles were very much more restricted and if you were farther away than the next village over then getting the know one another happened by written letters via the post.

To sign a light on those by-gone days, I hand-bundled two stories by Anthony Trollope this time, both with the subject of mate selection. Trollope was a postal works inspector and novelist, born in 1815. His notable works are set in the imaginary county of Barsetshire, in addition to works set in Ireland during the potato famine during the 1840-1850′s.
This bundle contains The Parson’s Daughter of Oxney Colne in which a young woman apparently changes her mind after a proposal, and La Mere Bauche which is a much more sobering tale of star-crossed lovers.

Dating bundle .ePub [download]
Dating bundle .mobi [download]

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These stories were sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
The Parson’s Daughter of Oxney Colne by Anthony Trollope
La Mere Bauche by Anthony Trollope

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Charles Dickens [Public domain], via Project Gutenberg at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/42232

Children

Summer has good and well started where I am. Among other treats this means that with luck through the open window I am privy to the wonderful musings of children passing by on the pavement below. Listening to them this week has set me in mind to bundle for you two short stories for and about children.

Children bundle .ePub [download]
Children bundle .MOBI [download]

The first is The Light Princess by scotsman George MacDonald, in which discord between the king and his sister leads her to curse the king’s daughter to have no gravity; in more than one way.
In A Child’s Dream of a Star, a tale by renowned writer Charles Dickens well known for writing stories involving children, a brother and sister share musings on life and death while star-gazing.

Hope you enjoy!

These stories were sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
The Light Princess by George MacDonald
A Child’s Dream of a Star by Charles Dickens

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Knut Enferd [Public domain], via Project Gutenberg at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32686

Nordic Tales

This week’s bundle is dedicated to Tanja, a lovely lady from Copenhagen I met last year on our joint trip around the world. Meet her at Traveling Tanja [Instagram].
The download contains two nordic-themed stories, hand-curated for you by Jumbelbook in .ePub and .mobi format.

Day of the Druid by Knut Enferd is a little known, little described volume that is indexed under the subject of Vikings and described on Amazon as a tale about “a Norseman who wants to rescue Sleeping Beauty from the evil space-druids“.
The second story in today’s selection is The Waif Woman by Robert Louis Stevenson, an tale set in Iceland about a woman’s deathbed wishes going ignored. It was published posthumously despite its abrupt ending, due to it being unfinished before Stevenson’s death.

Hope you enjoy!

Nordic Tales bundle .ePub [download]
Nordic Tales bundle .MOBI [download]

These stories were sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
Day of the Druid by Knut Enferd
The Waif Woman by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Elizabeth Stuart Phelps [Public domain], via Project Gutenberg at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34255

War Memorial

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. This day was originally instituted as Decoration Day in 1868, and endures as a day to remember those that fell in times of war. To commemorate, we bundled two stories with subjects U.S. civil war and Memorial Day.

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War Memorial bundle .mobi [download]

The first is An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by civil war soldier Ambrose Bierce, published in 1890. Other than its subject, the story is of interest due its non-linear narration and because it’s told from the point of view of the narrator, which makes it one of the earliest examples of a stream of consciousness format. Themes are dying with dignity and that there is no romance or glory in war.
The second story is Comrades by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps which was posthumously published following her death in 1911. Phelps was an American feminist who challenged gender roles, female clothing traditions and the christian afterlife, and who became an antivivisection advocate later in life. The subject Comrades is Memorial Day itself.

This bundle was hand-curated for you by Jumbelbook in .ePub and .mobi format. Hope you enjoy!

Stories were sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
Comrades by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

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M. R. James [Public domain], via Wikipedia at https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2f/Ghost_stories_of_an_antiquary.jpg

Ghosts

Today we created a curated bundle of short stories from Project Gutenberg with the theme of Ghosts. These stories are downloadable as stand-alone stories from Project Gutenberg directly, or as a bundle curated for you by Jumbelbook in .ePub or .mobi format.

Hope you enjoy!

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James
The Roll-Call Of The Reef by Arthur Quiller-Couch
The Shape of Fear by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Told After Supper by Jerome K. Jerome
Wandering Ghosts by F. Marion Crawford
The Gay Cockade by Temple Bailey
The Gray Nun by Nataly von Eschstruth
The Last of Mrs. DeBrugh by H. Sivia
Over the Plum Pudding by John Kendrick Bangs
The Phantom Of Bogue Holauba by Mary Noailles Murfree
Sixes and Sevens by O. Henry
Frances Kane’s Fortune by L. T. Meade
Her Weight in Gold by George Barr McCutcheon
His Unquiet Ghost by Mary Noailles Murfree
In a Little Town by Rupert Hughes
Kerfol by Edith Wharton
Drift from Two Shores by Bret Harte
All Men are Ghosts by L. P. Jacks
Cold Ghost by Chester S. Geier

Ghosts bundle .epub [download]
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