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  • The Ladies' Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness
    The Ladies' Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness (English, Paperback) Florence Hartley

    Florence Hartley's insightful etiquette guide was first published in 1860, and yet her witty and useful advice on behaving like a lady often still rings true down the ages...

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  • On Deception
    On Deception (English, Paperback) Harry Houdini

    On Deception presents the highlights of Houdini's writings on illusions, revealing him to have been a remarkably prescient champion of rationalism and an ardent opponent of the duping of susceptible individuals. Throughout his life, the world's most famous escapologist strove to expose the methods and tricks of illusionists and sham spiritualists. Studying entertainers and criminals alike, Houdini...

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  • On Reading
    On Reading (English, Paperback) Marcel Proust, John Ruskin

    "To understand a profound thought is to have, at the moment one understands it, a profound thought oneself; and this demands some effort, a genuine descent to the heart of oneself . . . Only desire and love give us the strength to make this effort. The only books that we truly absorb are those we read with real appetite, after having worked hard to get them, so great had been our need of them."...

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  • Notes from the Underground
    Notes from the Underground (English, Paperback) F. M. Dostoevsky

    Dostoevsky's Underground Man is a composite of the tormented clerk and the frustrated dreamer of his earlier stories, but his Notes from the Underground is a precursor of his great later novels and their central concern with the nature of free will. Initially musing on his ?sickness? and the detested notion of self-interest, the maladjusted and willful Underground Man turns to a series of...

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  • Tales from the Queen of the Desert
    Tales from the Queen of the Desert (English, Paperback) Gertrude Bell

    Extracts from two of Bell's most compelling works of travel writing, Persian Pictures andSyria: The Desert and the Sown, as well as some of her most fascinating letters...

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  • The People of the Abyss
    The People of the Abyss (English, Paperback) Jack London

    In 1902, Jack London purchased some secondhand clothes, rented a room in the East End, and set out to discover how the London poor lived. His research makes shocking reading. Moving through the slums as one of the poor; eating, drinking, and socializing with the underclass; lining up to get into a flophouse, London was scandalized and brutalized by the experience of living rough in Britain's...

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  • We
    We (English, Paperback) Yevgeny Zamyatin

    Inside its glass dome the One State is a place of mathematical precision, a community where everything belongs to everyone, and integrity, clarity, and unerring loyalty reign over all. D-503, Builder of the Integral, is an honest Cipher, ashamed of the hairy hands that link him to a barbaric ancestry. And yet he is tormented by the figure v-1, that impenetrable x, the legacy that makes him lust,...

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  • Pollyanna Grows Up
    Pollyanna Grows Up (English, Paperback) Eleanor H. Porter

    In this sequel to the children's classic Pollyanna, our beloved heroine continues to cheer up everyone around her with her sunny personality and relentless good humor...

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  • Good Wives
    Good Wives (English, Paperback) Louisa May Alcott

    The sequel to Little Women sees the March sisters grow up and experience great love and tragedy in their lives...

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  • The Blue Castle
    The Blue Castle (English, Paperback) L. M. Montgomery

    A timeless, heartwarming classic from the author of Anne of Green Gables, this delightful and witty romance will sweep readers away...

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  • 12 Years a Slave
    12 Years a Slave (English, Paperback) Solomon Northup

    The astonishing memoir of a free man who was sold into slavery in Louisiana where he was kept for 12 years?a powerful, riveting condemnation of slavery, and a story soon to be introduced to a new audience through a major film...

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  • Wakolda
    Wakolda (English, Paperback) Lucia Puenzo

    Now a major motion picture, this is a story of obsession, loyalty, and control as one man with dark intentions charms his way into the lives of an innocent, unsuspecting family, based on the true exile of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele to South AmericaPatagonia, 1960. José is on the run. Having fled from his homeland of Germany, he has come to South America to continue his work as a doctor seeking to...

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  • The Book of the Duchess
    The Book of the Duchess (Multiple languages, Paperback) Geoffrey Chaucer, Bernard O'Donaghue

    The earliest of Chaucer's major works, this charming and absorbing dream-poem is traditionally read as an allegorical elegy for Blanche of Lancaster, John of Gaunt's first wife. A sleepless poet lies in his bed, reading the legend of Ceyx and Alcyone, wishing that he might be granted rest. He finally falls asleep, only to have a beautiful vision. Dreaming himself in a chamber with stained glass...

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  • The Professor
    The Professor (English, Paperback) Charlotte Bronte

    Charlotte Brontë's first ever book is a love story full of feeling and emotion told from a male viewpoint?a must read for Brontë fans...

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  • Wisdom's Daughter
    Wisdom's Daughter (English, Paperback) H. Rider Haggard

    In the fourth and final book in the She sequence, the beautiful and immortal Ayesha tells her tale of power, wisdom, love, and deception, in her own words...

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  • City of Endless Night
    City of Endless Night (English, Paperback) Milo Hastings

    A fascinating and disturbing dystopian vision from a neglected sci-fi master, imagining an all too terrifying alternate ending to World War I and its implications for the human race...

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  • Jo's Boys
    Jo's Boys (English, Paperback) Louisa May Alcott

    In the fourth and final book in the quartet, the boys from Plumfield have grown-up, but young men face as many troubles as children do, and they are all still "Jo's boys"...

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  • The Wouldbegoods
    The Wouldbegoods (English, Paperback) E. Nesbit

    The Bastable children are up to yet more adventures in this sequel toThe Story of the Treasure Seekers?a delightful classic that will charm children and adults alike...

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  • Riders of the Purple Sage
    Riders of the Purple Sage (English, Paperback) Zane Grey

    From the author who invented the Western genre comes one of the most iconic novels of all time full of gun-slinging action, romance, and revenge...

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  • Mapp and Lucia
    Mapp and Lucia (English, Paperback) E. F. Benson

    Meet Mapp and Lucia?two of the most unpleasant, disgraceful women you're ever likely to encounter, in E.F. Benson's carefully observed tale of 1930s village life and social ranking...

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