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August's Bundle of Books

The bundle of books up for grabs for August is made up of five fantastic books we featured in the August Avid Reader. From a broke Hungarian hockey player who takes to robbing banks, to an Australian heroin addict who escapes prison to become a slum doctor in India, and more, these are bound to be some great, edge-of-your-seat reads. Good luck!

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts


Gregory David Roberts

"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas---this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

Julian Rubinstein

Attila Ambrus was a Romanian hockey player in post-Communist Hungary. He was, overwhelmingly, a mediocre hockey player on a mediocre team, who had consistent difficulty making ends meet, in part because of his insistence on showing women his lavish lifestyle (which did not, in fact, exist).

When his finances grew increasingly desperate, and his desperation increasingly frantic, Ambrus turned to robbing banks. Using the region's poor police resources to his advantage, he managed an impressive number of successful robberies, and earned himself headlines and a nickname.


Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale Jr., Stan Redding

Catch Me If You Can

Frank Abagnale Jr., Stan Redding

Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was twenty-one.

The uproarious, bestselling true story of the world's most sought-after con man was also made into a feature film..

Manhunt: The 12-Day Search for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

Manhunt: The 12-Day Search for Lincoln's Killer

James L. Swanson

The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history -- the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry troops on a wild, twelve-day chase from the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

Manhunt is a fully documented work, but it is also a fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as youve never read it before.

The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

True History of the Kelly Gang

Peter Carey

In True History of the Kelly Gang, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police.

To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged.

Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist.