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Lonesome Land

Lonesome Land by B. M. Bower

Lonesome Land by B. M. Bower

Val had come to Montana to marry a cowboy named Manley, envisioning a life of wedded bliss, freedom, and was anticipating happiness in her adopted part of the country. She would soon learn that the winters could be cruel and lonesome for a woman living on a ranch which was situated miles from the nearest neighbor. She would learn that her husband spent most of his time drinking. And she would learn that everybody has their own methods of dealing with the harshness and loneliness of the land she has come to call home. Val is determined to re-invent her notions about men and women, her new duties in life, and life as it existed in the relatively new West. At every turn, her will and her strength are tested. Would she find the strength within herself to overcome the hardships, or would she succumb to the reality of her surroundings?

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Personal Narrative of Travels – Volume 2

Personal Narrative of Travels - Volume 2 by Alexander von Humboldt

Personal Narrative of Travels – Volume 2 by Alexander von Humboldt

In 1799, with extensive travel permissions from the Spanish government, Alexander von Humboldt and the botanist Aimé Bonpland departed for the Americas on a journey of exploration that would last well into 1804. In writing the “Personal Narrative…”, von Humboldt combined a description of the places and people of their travels with diverse scientific observations; but particularly of plants and animals, geology, weather and astronomy. von Humboldt’s narrative (and Thomasina Ross’s translation) of their adventures is marvelously well written and at times poetically descriptive. Volume I of the “Personal Narrative….”, covers their preparations, departure from Spain, and their travels to the Canary Islands, Tobago, Cumana and vicinity, and Caracas and vicinity in Venezuela. Alexander von Humboldt was a member of the Prussian aristocracy. He was well educated and as a young man worked as an inspector of mines. After receiving an inheritance from his Mother, he was able to follow his desire to explore and follow scientific pursuits, and was sufficiently wealthy to equip and fund his scientific expeditions. Although not a household name today (unless you live in one of the 18 places named after him), von Humboldt was the best known naturalist of his day, and his published observations and interpretations have a very important place in the history of science. For example, he strongly influenced Charles Darwin. He aimed to find the universal principles that integrate all aspects of nature (the Unity of Nature) rather than to just describe and as such is considered to be the founder of biogeography; and he is recognized as being among the first to describe the effect of human activity on climate.

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The Angel of the Revolution

The Angel of the Revolution by George Griffith

The Angel of the Revolution by George Griffith

A lurid mix of Jules Verne’s futuristic air warfare fantasies, the utopian visions of News from Nowhere and the future war invasion literature of Chesney and his imitators, it tells the tale of a group of terrorists who conquer the world through airship warfare. Led by a crippled, brilliant Russian Jew and his daughter, the ‘angel’ Natasha, ‘The Brotherhood of Freedom’ establish a ‘pax aeronautica’ over the earth after a young inventor masters the technology of flight in 1903. The hero falls in love with Natasha and joins in her war against society in general and the Russian Czar in particular. It correctly forecasts the coming of a great war, but in pretty well all other respects widely misses the mark of the real events that followed. Nevertheless, it is a gripping and exciting story of intrigue and plot interwoven with love and romance played over a background of world war.

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The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle

The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle  by Walt Whitman

The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle by Walt Whitman

A short, rollicking story of orphan hood, avarice, and adventure in New York City, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle.

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The Captain of the Nine

The Captain of the Nine by William Heylinger

The Captain of the Nine by William Heylinger

When the veteran captain of the St. Mary’s baseball team is forced to resign at the beginning of the season, the choice for his replacement falls quickly upon the star pitcher. But can the new captain manage to rally the team, cope with detractors, and win the coach’s confidence–all while still keeping his pitching arm in shape? And when fresh disasters threaten to wreck the big game, is there anything he can do to save it?

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The Story of a Bold Tin Soldier

The Story of a Bold Tin Soldier by Laura Lee Hope

The Story of a Bold Tin Soldier by Laura Lee Hope

Yes, I suppose you may say I have, admitted the Bold Tin Soldier. “But though my men and I have a fine home with Arnold, still I get lonesome for you toys once in a while. I have met the Sawdust Doll, the White Rocking Horse, and the Lamb on Wheels. Now I am glad to meet you all once more. And how is my friend the Candy Rabbit?” the Captain asked, as he saw the long-eared chap standing near him.” This is the story of one of the toys created at Santa’s workshop in North Pole Land, who comes down to earth to live with a fortunate little boy or girl.

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The Wreck of the Grosvenor

The Wreck of the Grosvenor by William Clark Russell

The Wreck of the Grosvenor by William Clark Russell

A brutal sea captain, an inhuman chief mate, and an indignant crew set out to sea together—an obvious equation for disaster. This is the gripping tale of this voyage, and of Mr. Royle, the mild second mate who rises to the occasion, overcoming mutiny and shipwreck in an attempt to save the lives of two innocent civilians.

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The Gadfly

The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich

The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich

An adventure thriller set in 1840s Italy under the dominance of Austria, a time of revolt and uprisings. The story of faith, disillusionment, revolution, romance, and heroism centres on the life of the protagonist, Arthur Burton, member of the Youth movement; his antagonist, Padre Montanelli; and his love Gemma.

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Graustark

Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon

Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon

The Graustark novels are stories of court intrigue, royal disguise, and romance. They were popular best-sellers at the time they were published and the original editions are still readily available in used book shops. The novels gave their name to a fictional genre called Graustarkian: this genre contains tales of romance and intrigue usually featuring titled characters in small, fictional, Central European countries.

During the 1870’s, Graustark’s ruler, Prince Ganlook, was killed in a war with neighboring Axphain. As part of the ensuing peace treaty, Graustark agreed to pay a large indemnity to Axphain, to be due, with interest, in fifteen years.(Wikipedia)

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A Knight of the White Cross

A Knight of the White Cross by G. A. Henty

A Knight of the White Cross by G. A. Henty

Adventure, pirates, a young orphan finds a place with a legendary order of knights. Fighting on sea and land to defend his people from barbaric slavers.

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