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For three days only, June 9, 10, and 11, Unbridled Books will offer 25 ebooks for 25 cents each, exclusively at independents like!

Titles include the 2011 Indie Booksellers' Choice Award-winner The Singer's Gun by Emily Mandel, and many more indie favorites. (See the full list here.) Now you can support your indie bookstore in the digital world, and get a gret deal in the process. Here are three of the 25-cent ebooks to get you started, selected by Changing Hands co-founder Gayle Shanks:

The Green Age of Asher Witherow by M. Allen Cunningham
The Green Age of Asher WitherowIn 2004, this was a debut novel put out by a brand new publisher, Unbridled Books, and seven years later, the images still haunt me. It's a coming-of-age story set in a mining town in 19th century Northern California. Eight-year-old Asher Witherow, who works in the mines, witnesses a horrific accident that molds his life from that day forward. Cunningham's prose is perfect—he writes dialogue and sentences that beg to be read aloud. There are elements of mysticism, glimpses into the grim reality of poverty, a strange romance and a sense that, while one is capable of recovering from tragedy, the resulting scars often change the way we perceive the world forever. Download now.

The Distance Between Us by Masha HamiltonThe Distance Between Us
This is a novel about being a journalist in a war-torn country. It is about the men and women who put their lives in danger to bring us the news and why they do it—personal gain, a dedication to tell the truth, a lust for death-defying experiences. It's about the repercussions when a reporter dies. It's about death and survivor's guilt. Masha Hamilton has crafted a compelling tale of reprisal and endurance with a rich cast of characters. With prose both beguiling and elegant, the story will strike a chord, particularly if you are following current events in the Middle East. Download now.

The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
The Singer's Gun
2011 INDIE BOOKSELLERS CHOICE AWARD WINNER | Nothing is simple when you live a life on the edge, if you live among thieves and criminals who just happen to be family members. If you try to get away, they trap you into doing 'one last job,' and that job undermines all the space you've carefully put between you and them. This thriller revolves around faked college diplomas, passports, social security cards and anything else that can be printed to look like the real thing and sold for thousands of dollars. It's a gripping and thoughtful novel that looks at families and the consequences of major life choices. It's about loyalty and depravity and about love and telling the truth. It will keep you reading as quickly as you can turn the pages of your e-reader. Download now.

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7pm | TEEN EVENT | DARK DAYS OF THE SUPERNATURAL TOUR | Start your summer off right with four authors and their hot new supernatural and sci-fi novels for teens. Debut authors Veronica Roth (Divergent) and Josephine Angelini (Starcrossed) offer dystopian thrills and Greek mythology. Also joining them is Aprilynne Pike with Illusions, the third installment of her New York Times bestselling Wings series, and Ellen Schreiber, who presents Cryptic Cravings, the eighth book in her Vampire Kisses series. More »

10am-Noon | FAMILY EVENT | CROWNS & TIARAS | There's a little bit of Fancy Nancy or Prince Charming in everyone, so indulge it today with a fancy fête at Changing Hands! Princesses and princes in their most glamorous finery (and parents too) are invited to celebrate their inner royalty with tiara- and crown-making projects, tea and cookies, and more! More »
10am-6pm | HANDMADE AZ | BUESgENWARE | Ceramic jewelry by Mary-Beth Buesgen. More info:
5:30-8:30pm | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzie Coggins. "Your Angels are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration and pre-payment: 480.730.0205. Mystic
7pm | LAUNCH PARTY | PASCAL MARCO | IDENTITY: LOST | Debut author Pascal Marco visits to celebrate the launch of Identity: Lost, his new crime thiller. More »

11am | GETTING INVOLVED 101 | Volunteer opportunities with HandsOn Greater Phoenix. A one-time tax deductible activation donation of $25 applies to ages 19 and older. More info: 602.973.2212 x237.
2-4pm | WORKSHOP | DEBBIE ELMAN | JIN SHIN JYUTSU: EXPERIENCE SELF-HELP THROUGH THE POWER OF TOUCH | Learn simple Jin Shin Jyutsu techniques to ease daily stresses with Debbie Elman, who has been a practitioner since 1980 and studied and worked with renowned teacher Mary Burmeister. More »

6:30-8:30pm | WRITING WORKSHOP | JAMES A. OWEN | ADULTS WRITING FOR YOUNG ADULTS | Want to write for kids, tweens, or teens? Here's your chance to learn from one of the best! James A. Owen, author of the bestselling Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, shows you how to capture your young audience and keep them turning the pages until the very end. More »
7pm | MARK GUDGEL | ACCESSING DARFUR | Educator Mark Gudgel presents his new book filled with suggestions for teachers to approach the topic of genocide sensitively in their classrooms. He encourages his audience to learn from his experience and to get involved in the anti-genocide movement. More »
7pm | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your original poems once a month with a group of peers. More info:

7pm | ELAINE PETRONE: THE MIRACLE BALL METHOD FOR PREGNANCY | Elaine Petrone visits with The Miracle Ball Method for Pregnancy, her new program designed to help women deal with the pains, stress, and physical changes of pregnancy, and then help them regain a flat belly afterwards. More »

7pm | STEVE STOCKMAN: HOW TO SHOOT VIDEO THAT DOESN'T SUCK | Steve Stockman—director of Two Weeks and hundreds of TV shows, music videos and commercials—presents his book How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro. More »

6:30pm | STEP INTO THE TAO WITH MASTER SHA | Experience the power of the Tao with world-renowned healer and spiritual teacher Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, who seeks to bring you "to the gate of Tao, where the true secrets of healing, rejuvenation, longevity, and transformation dwell." More »

7pm | MICHAEL WALLIS | DAVID CROCKETT | PRETTY BOY | THE WILD WEST | Michael Wallis, host of PBS's American Roads and bestselling author of Route 66 and Billy the Kid, speaks and signs his three newest books, David Crockett: the Lion of the West, Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd, and The Wild West: 365. More »

10am | FAMILY EVENT | PHOENIX ZOO ANIMAL TAILS | Brown and green, hard to be seen. What colors on an animal's side help them hide? Join Phoenix Zoo animal specialists and some of their critter friends as we read the colorful adventures of Art & Max and see some animals that use camouflage to hide in plain sight.
5:30-8:30pm | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | Tarot reader James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration and pre-payment: 480.730.0205. Info: 602.840.2222.
6-8pm | ARTIST'S RECEPTION: AMANDA PETERSEN | Meet June's Gallery Wall featured artist during her reception for "The Love of Grace Pet Icons," featuring pets painted like religious icons.

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Stupid Smelly Bus Tour
Reserve your spot now at 480-730-0205
4pm Tuesday, June 21
We're bringing Junie B. Jones to town to meet her fans, live at Dobson High School auditorium! Enjoy her hilarious antics through a live theatrical performance based on Barbara Park's bestselling Junie B. Jones series. More »
Changing Hands sells eBooksChanging Hands now sells e-books!
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The Greater Journey The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough | $19.99 (Google eBook)
David McCullough, the best-selling author of 1776, tells the story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris—the intellectual, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world; fell in love with the city and its people; and changed America through what they learned there.
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Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson | Hardcover | $25.00
RobopocalypseWhen I first picked up this book I thought, well, it'll be a good in-between-everything-else-book. But it turned into more than that. Robopocalypse is well written, intense, driving and exciting. You won't like all the characters, but then again, do you really have to? In a good book, sometimes there's someone or something that you just really want to see fail. And in this book, the robots aren't the only ones responsible for the mess—there's plenty of human characters creating problems too. The characters that you do like, you will REALLY want to win and to live to see another day. Many don't, but the book is so well-written that you will understand and mourn their loss without losing track of the story. This book is so intense that only Spielberg could do it credit if it was a movie—and he will in 2013. Read it now before it hits the big screen! —Stephanie

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Upright Piano Player Shallows Blood Red Road

The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott | $23.95 | Hardcover | Henry Cage seems to have it all: a successful career, money, a beautiful home, and a reputation for being a just and principled man. But public virtues can conceal private failings, and as Henry faces retirement, his well-ordered life begins to unravel. Buy Now

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr | $15.95 | Paperback | The bestselling author of The Big Switch returns with an explosive look at technology's effect on the mind. The Shallows has been selected as a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. Michael Agger, Slate, raves, "Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind." Buy Now

Blood Red Road by Moira Young | $17.99 | Hardcover | Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. When a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Her beloved twin brother Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back. Buy Now

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Around Town is a listing of upcoming and ongoing events in and around the Valley. Unless otherwise noted, these events are not sponsored by Changing Hands. Browse Around Town listings here.
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Spring Gift Pack A $25 gift card tucked into a Changing Hands mug makes a handy gift. In fact, it's already wrapped and ready to go! (Available in-store only.)Cool Dipper

The Cool Dipper by Clay In Motion consists of two functional bowls you'll use over and over again! Perfect for summer parties, this beautiful piece keeps dips and salad dressing cool while on the buffet table. Simply fill the bottom bowl with ice and then nest the shallow bowl on top with your favorite dip or other food item. The Cool Dipper is also great for potlucks and makes a wonderful gift. Measures 9" x 3.5". $35.99 each, colors may vary.

Zoobies has teamed up with the World of Eric Carle to bring you the Very Hungry Caterpillar plush toy, blanket & book combo. This limited edition plush character folds into a pillow with a butterfly print blanket zipped inside, and comes in a specially designed box that includes the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar hardcover book. This toy, blanket & book combo is sure to be a hit for children and collectors alike. Perfect for story-time! $29.99 each.

Healthy Asian Vegetarian Dishes 5 Minute Florist Desperation Entertaining

Learn to Cook Healthy Asian Vegetarian Dishes | Was $9.95 | Now $4.95 | Highly nutritious, easy to digest, and always delicious, Asian vegetarian food offers a healthy, tasty alternative to meat-based meals. Whether you're preparing complete, well-balanced vegetarian dinners, or special dishes for vegetarian guests, you'll find it's quick and easy to prepare them at home.

Five-Minute Florist by Bo Niles | Was $12.95 | Now $9.95 | We all need flowers in our lives. Five-Minute Florist contains dozens of inspiring and affordable ideas for quick everyday arrangements that range from cutting-edge chic to soft and romantic. Suggestions range from easy flowers for entertaining to simple wrapped bouquets that make wonderful gifts. You also get the lowdown on secret strategies for the fast florist, from treating stems so flowers last as long as possible to choosing the right vase and getting the overall proportions right.

Desperation Entertaining! by Beverly Mills, Alicia Ross, Robin Zingone | Was $14.95 | Now $7.95 | Socially inclined but time-deprived? Want to see friends for dinner, but can't do more than order takeout or meet in a restaurant? Well, help is here! From Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross—whose nationally syndicated column reaches millions of readers through 115 papers—comes the perfect cookbook for the harried would-be host and hostess. Desperation Entertaining! is filled with 200 marvelous recipes for impressive dinner party food.

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Red StarWe've reduced hundreds of hardcover and paperback books to just $2 and moved them into special Red Star $2 Sale cases near the back of the store. Have a look next time you're in!