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5/16 Free Friday: Shadows in the Sun + Fun English Course App + My Little Pony on NOOK Video!


May 16, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays book selection is SHADOWS IN THE SUN by Gayathri Ramprasad — an inspiring memoir about one woman’s journey out of the darkness of depression.


As a young girl in Bangalore, Gayathri was surrounded by the fragrance of jasmine and flickering oil lamps, her family protected by Hindu gods and goddesses. But as she grew older, demons came forth from the dark corners of her fairytale-like kingdom—with the scariest creatures lurking within her.

The daughter of a respected Brahmin family, Gayathri began to feel different. “I can hardly eat, sleep, or think straight. The only thing I can do is cry unending tears.” Her parents insisted it was all in her head. Because traditional Hindu culture has no concept of depression, no doctor could diagnose and no medicine could heal her mysterious illness.

This beautifully written memoir traces Gayathri’s courageous thirty-year battle with the depression that consumed her from adolescence through marriage and a move to the United States. It was only after the birth of her first child, when her husband discovered her in the backyard “clawing the earth furiously with my bare hands, intent on digging a grave so that I could bury myself alive,” that she finally got the help she needed. After a stay in a psych ward she eventually found “the light within,” an emotional and spiritual awakening from the darkness of her tortured mind.

Gayathri’s inspiring story provides a first-of-its-kind cross-cultural lens to mental illness – the very different way it is (or is not) regarded in India and in America, and the way she drew on both her rich Hindu heritage and Western medicine to find healing.


May 16, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays app selection is FUN ENGLISH COURSE – a structured English language course combined with engaging and entertaining games for early learners. The language learning activities in this app will keep your child entertained and occupied while introducing them to English words, sentences, speaking and spelling.


May 16, 2014: Today’s Free Fridays NOOK video selection is MY LITTLE PONY: Season 1 – FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Part 1.

NOTE: Please scroll down to where the episode is listed as $0.00 to take advantage of the free video!

MY LITTLE PONY is hotter than ever — superfans of all ages just can’t get enough of these hip little horses! In the magical land of Equestria, a kingdom populated only by colorful ponies, Twilight Sparkle, a studious and slightly reclusive young unicorn intent only on enhancing her magical abilities, has been assigned by her mentor, Princess Celestia, a very important task: get your muzzle out of those books and make some friends! In the quaint fairytale village of Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle meets 5 new ponies, and through funny, offbeat experiences and exciting, enchanted adventures, they teach her about the most powerful magic of all: the magic of friendship!


This week’s Free Fridays featured author Gayathri Ramprasad recommends…

“If you feel that you or someone you care about may be struggling with signs of depression, I recommend a fantastic resource: ALMOST DEPRESSED: IS MY (OR MY LOVED ONE’S) UNHAPPINESS A PROBLEM?(Hazelden Publishing). The expert authors clearly outline symptoms of depression and offer realistic steps for making positive changes to help reverse ‘almost depression’ and when to seek professional help.”

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