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Contrition

by Maura Weiler

In this sweeping, heart-wrenching, and inspiring tale, twin sisters separated at birth reconnect through art, faith, and a father who touched the world through his paintings.When journalist and adoptee Dorie McKenna learns that her biological father was a famous artist, it comes with another startling discovery: she has a twin sister, Catherine Wagner, who inherited their father's talent. Dorie is eager to introduce her sister's genius to the public, but Catherine is a cloistered nun with a vow of silence who adamantly refuses to show or sell the paintings she dedicates to God. Hoping to get to know her sister and research the potential story, Dorie poses as an aspiring nun at the convent where Catherine lives. Her growing relationship with Catherine helps Dorie come to terms with her adoption, but soon the sisters' shared biological past and uncertain futures collide as they clash over the meaning and purpose of art. Will they remain side-by-side for the rest of their lives, or will their conflicts change the course of the future? Find out in this beautifully detailed story that takes you on a spellbinding journey of the heart.

Expect Nothing

by Clarice Bryan

A inspiring & instructional guide to living out the powerful Zen tenet: by expecting nothing, we gain everything.

How to Cook Everything

by Mark Bittman

Today's Favorite Kitchen Companion--Revised and Better Than Ever Mark Bittman's award-winning How to Cook Everything has helped countless home cooks discover the rewards of simple cooking. Now the ultimate cookbook has been revised and expanded (almost half the material is new), making it absolutely indispensable for anyone who cooks--or wants to. With Bittman's straightforward instructions and advice, you'll make crowd-pleasing food using fresh, natural ingredients; simple techniques; and basic equipment. Even better, you'll discover how to relax and enjoy yourself in the kitchen as you prepare delicious meals for every occasion. "A week doesn't go by where I don't pull How to Cook Everything down from the shelf, so I am thrilled there's a new, revised edition. My original is falling apart!" --Al Roker "This new generation of How to Cook Everything makes my 'desert island' cookbook choice jacked up and simply universal. I'll now bequeath my cookbooks to a collector; I need only this one." --Mario Batali "Mark Bittman has done the impossible, improving upon his now-classic How to Cook Everything. If you need know-how, here's where to find it." --Bobby Flay "Mark Bittman is a great cook and an incredible teacher. In this second edition, Mark has fine-tuned the original, making this book a must for every kitchen." --Jean-Georges Vongerichten "Throw away all your old recipes and buy How to Cook Everything. Mark Bittman's recipes are foolproof, easy, and more modern than any others." --Isaac Mizrahi "Generous, thorough, reliable, and necessary, How to Cook Everything is an indispensable reference for both experienced and beginner cooks." --Mollie Katzen, author of the Moosewood Cookbook "I learned how to cook from How to Cook Everything in a way that gives me the freedom to be creative. This new edition will be my gift to new couples or for a housewarming; if you have this book, you don't really need any others." --Lisa Loeb, singer/songwriter

Zen Meditation Plain and Simple

by Albert Low

First published in 1989 as An Invitation to Practice Zen, this popular guidebook now has a new preface and updated instructional photographs. It remains the perfect introduction for a new generation of readers seeking to learn the basics of zazen, Zen meditation. This concise overview, presented in a wide philosophical context, is enhanced with clear photographs showing the proper positions and postures. Zen Meditation Plain and Simple demystifies the practice of zazen and brings its benefits into the lives of contemporary Westerners.

The Business of Venture Capital

by Mahendra Ramsinghani

The definitive guide demystifying the venture capital business The Business of Venture Capital covers the entire spectrum of a venture capital business, from raising venture funds to structuring investments, value creation as board member and assessing exit pathways. Author Mahendra Ramsinghani covers the distinct aspects of the venture capital fund raising and investment process with insights and perspectives from leading experts. Interviewees include Limited Partners (LPs) such as Credit Suisse, Grove Street Advisors and General Partners (GPs) from Foundry Group, Spark Capital, Benchmark Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners. If you're curious about venture capital businesses, you've found the only book that covers it all. - The first book to address the full investment cycle of the venture capital business - Demystifies the key aspects of the business - raising venture funds, fund-level due diligence and fund terms, structuring investments, value creation, and exits - Foreword by Mark Heesen, President, National Venture Capital Association - Benefit from the experiences of the best-in-class practitioners, who have made investments in leading companies like Zynga, Twitter & Foursquare - Describes how venture capital is an art as well as a science In-depth and thorough, The Business of Venture Capital is the one book that includes insights, tools and real world examples every practitioner can benefit from.

Financial Markets, Banking, and Monetary Policy

by Thomas D. Simpson

Praise for Financial Markets, Banking, and MonetaryPolicy"A lucid treatment that takes on board shadow-banking,Dodd-Frank, the zero lower bound, and forward guidance. In short,all the key post-crisis issues."--Anil Kashyap, Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economicsand Finance, University of Chicago"The financial sector is a vital component of the USeconomic machinery. The Federal Reserve works within this sector topromote its congressional mandates of maximum employment and lowinflation. Unfortunately, the contribution of the financial systemto the economy's performance is not well understood. Studentsof standard college courses on money, banking, and monetary policyoften find that the textbooks have not kept pace with the evolutionof the financial sector, including the rise of securitized financeand the Federal Reserve's evolving monetary operations. TomSimpson's book represents a huge step forward in this regard.His comprehensive exposition of the essential parts of thefinancial system and modern explanation of how the Federal Reservesupports the economy gives readers a much better understanding ofthe US financial system and the Federal Reserve."--James Glassman, Managing Director and Head Economist forthe Commercial Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co."Financial Markets, Banking, and Monetary Policy byTom Simpson provides a comprehensive introduction to the financialsystem, including the markets, institutions, and mechanisms offinance, as well as the role of the Federal Reserve and monetarypolicy. The economic principles underlying finance are woventhrough the chapters, and the book includes an insightfulintroduction into the causes of and responses to the recentfinancial crisis. Tom Simpson has had a front-row seat on financialdevelopments in recent decades and has written a book that providesan ideal introduction to the financial system and monetarypolicy."--Dan Sichel, Professor of Economics, Wellesley College

Internal Control/Anti-Fraud Program Design for the Small Business

by Steve Dawson

A how-to guide to small business anti-fraud protection and internal control Internal Control/Anti-Fraud Program Design for the Small Business is a practical guide to protection for businesses NOT subject to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Written by an expert with three decades of forensic investigation experience, this book is geared specifically toward private, non-public small businesses and their unique needs in the realm of fraud protection. Covering all elements of an internal control structure applicable to the small business community, this guide provides a step-by-step roadmap for designing and implementing an effective, efficient internal control structure/anti-fraud program tailored to your business's particular needs. Case studies are used throughout to illustrate internal control weaknesses and the fraud that can result, and follow-up analysis describes the controls that would have reduced the probability of fraud had they been in place. You'll learn how to analyze your company's internal control issues, and implement a robust system for fraud prevention. Guidance toward Sarbanes-Oxley compliance is readily available, but there is little information available for the many businesses not subject to the act --until now. This book is the step-by-step guide for instituting an internal control program tailored to your small business. Understand the five elements of internal control Avoid gaps in protection with relevant controls Design the ultimate anti-fraud program Implement internal control tailored to your needs The majority of small business owners simply do not know the elements of or implementation process involved in internal control, and Sarbanes-Oxley guidelines don't necessarily scale down. Internal Control/Anti-Fraud Program Design for the Small Business helps you design and install the internal control/anti-fraud protection your business needs.

Short-Selling with the O'Neil Disciples

by Chris Kacher Gil Morales

Leave the old paradigm behind and start safeguarding your portfolio Short Selling with the O'Neil Disciples is a guide to optimizing investment performance by employing the unique strategies put forth by William O'Neil. The authors traded these strategies with real money, then refined them to reflect changing markets and conditions to arrive at a globally-relevant short-selling strategy that helps investors realize maximum profit. Readers will learn how short selling recognizes the life-cycle paradigm arising from an economic system that thrives on 'creative destruction,' and has been mischaracterized as an evil enterprise when it is simply a single component in smart investing and money management. This informative guide describes the crucial methods that preserve gains and offset declines in other stocks that make up a portfolio with more of an intermediate- to long-term investment horizon, and how to profit outright when markets begin to decline. Short-selling is the act of identifying a change of trend in a stock from up to down, and seeking to profit from that change by riding the stock to the downside by selling the stock while not actually owning it, with the idea of buying the stock back later at a lower price. This book describes the methods that make short-selling work in today's markets, with expert advice for optimal practice. Learn the six basic rues of short-selling Find opportunities on both the long and short sides of stocks Practice refined methods that make short-selling smarter Examine case studies that profitably embody these practices Investors able to climb out of the pessimistic, conspiratorial frame of mind that fixates on the negative will find that short selling can serve as a practical safeguard that will protect the rest of their portfolio. With clear guidance toward the techniques relevant in today's markets, Short Selling with the O'Neil Disciples is an essential read.

Study on the Auditing Theory of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, Revised Edition

by Jiayi Liu

A comprehensive guide to China's public, private, and internal audit system Study on the Auditing Theory of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics provides a comprehensive overview of China's auditing practices. Recent years have seen the National Audit Office of China (CNAO) making remarkable headway not only in China by guaranteeing the healthy operation of the economy and society and improving national governance through government auditing, but also in the international arena by carrying out audits with the United Nations. With constant development in the practice, an audit theory with socialist Chinese characteristics has taken shape, centering on the premise that government auditing serves as the cornerstone and safeguard of national governance. At the XXI INCOSAI held in 2013 in Beijing, the theme of "national audit and national governance" proposed and chaired by CNAO, was met with widespread approval by participants from over 160 countries, and led to the endorsement of the Beijing Declaration, which makes it a priority and target for audit institutions to promote good national governance. To explore the nature and development of government auditing, this book probes into the history and reality, and theories and practices of auditing in various countries, and puts forward the assertion that, "as a cornerstone and important safeguard for national governance, government auditing is an 'immune system' endogenous within the synthetical system of national governance, with functions of precaution, revelation and defense." Furthermore, China's socialist auditing theory has been elaborated in nine aspects, nature, functions, goals, features, methods, management, framework of regulations and standards, IT application and culture, covering the new concepts, methodologies, techniques and achievements of China's government auditing. This book is highly relevant, practical, and readable. Jiayi Liu, the chief author, is the Auditor General of China and the current Chairman of INTOSAI Governing Board. In 2013 he won the United Nations Peace Prize in recognition of his auditing work for UN peacekeeping operations.

Trading as a Business

by Dick Diamond

Discover what legendary trader Dick Diamond knows about tradingthat you don't Trading as a Business: The Methods and Rules I've Used ToBeat the Markets for 40 Years gives you a behind-the-sceneslook at how Dick Diamond has become a successful independent traderfor more than four decades. This vital resource reveals Diamond'smethods for analyzing the market and knowing the right time to getin and out of trades. With this book in hand, you'll be able to tapinto Diamond's strategy of 80/20 trading which offers an 80% chanceof making a winning trade. Diamond also includes his six statisticsthat are critical for determining where the stock market isheaded.This book is written for anyone who wants to learn the methods,tools, and techniques that will transform them from an ordinaryinvestor into a trading force in the marketplace. Once you masterthe trading secrets from Dick Diamond, you will have the ability tomake money in a business where you call the shots.Filled with Dick Diamond's trading secrets for beating themarketIncludes a wealth of trader strategies including Diamond's80/20 techniqueDiscover how to identify and take advantage of the market's buyand sell zonesLearn what it takes to become an independent trader who makesmoney over the long-haulBreak free of your old trading habits and discover DickDiamond's tools and techniques for financial freedom.

Using Excel for Business Analysis A Guide to Financial Modelling Fundamentals

by Danielle Stein Fairhurst

Utilize Excel 2013 capabilities to build effective financial models Using Excel for Business Analysis, Revised Edition provides practical guidance for anyone looking to build financial models. Whether for business proposals, opportunity evaluation, financial reports, or any other business finance application, this book shows you how to design, create, and test your model, then present your results effectively using Excel 2013. The book opens with a general guide to financial modeling, with each subsequent chapter building skill upon skill until you have a real, working model of your own. Financial tools, features, and functions are covered in detail from a practical perspective, and put in context with application to real-world examples. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of Excel modeling, including step-by-step instructions that walk you through each feature, and the companion website provides live model worksheets that give you the real hands-on practice you need to start doing your job faster, more efficiently, and with fewer errors. Financial modeling is an invaluable business tool, and Excel 2013 is capable of supporting the most common and useful models most businesses need. This book shows you how to dig deeper into Excel's functionality to craft effective financial models and provide important information that informs good decision-making. Learn financial modeling techniques and best practices Master the formulas and functions that bring your model to life Apply stress testing and sensitivity analysis with advanced conditionals Present your results effectively, whether graphically, orally, or written A deceptively powerful application, Excel supports many hundreds of tools, features, and functions; Using Excel for Business Analysis eliminates the irrelevant to focus on those that are most useful to business finance users, with detailed guidance toward utilization and best practices.

Virtual Banking

by Renaud Laplanche Dan Schatt

Technology is permanently transforming the banking industry, anddigital payments are the key Electronic Payments, Mobile Commerce, and Virtual Banking: AGuide to Innovation, Partnering, and Regulation takes ahands-on approach to competing in the modern banking environment.Former PayPal Head of Financial Innovation Dan Schatt explores thereasons behind the massive consumer migration away from traditionalbanks, and provides clear, actionable guidance on beating newbanking models at their own game. Digital payment is the hottesttopic in banking today, and is set to define the future of theindustry.Consumers are rapidly abandoning traditional banks in favor ofinstitutions that are lower-cost and more consumer-centric. Betweenthe pace of financial regulatory reform and the cloud computingrevolution, the old banking model is on the fast track toextinction. Electronic Payments, Mobile Commerce, and VirtualBanking provides the information banks need to compete in thisnew environment, and details the integral implementation actionsthat will allow them to thrive. The book discusses real-worldinnovations from banks, non-banks, and up and comers, and the heavycompetition from the new outsource bank model. Topics include:The changing POS landscape and the need for digital walletpartnershipsShifting gears to greenfield market opportunities versusnon-profitable marketsDigital channel best practices for superior customerexperienceWhen to outsource, and what capabilities to truly ownCase studies including PayPal, Google, Square, Facebook,Twitter, and more illustrate acceleration of innovation throughbanking partnerships, as well as the mechanics behind banking'sbiggest, scariest threats. The trick to surviving the paradigmshift is to embody innovation while providing a superior customerproposition. Electronic Payments, Mobile Commerce, and VirtualBanking: A Guide to Innovation, Partnering, and Regulationprovides the inside track on managing the shift and dominating thenew marketplace.

Working Capital Management

by James Sagner

Stay liquid, think global, and better manage resources withthis authoritative guideWorking Capital Management is a comprehensive primer onkeeping your business financially competitive in the face oflimited access to short-term funds. With detailed insightapplicable to each phase in the business cycle, this authoritativeguide helps managers revamp current practices for more efficientuse of assets and liabilities, including more stringent monitoringand planning of collections, disbursements, and balances. Readerswill learn how to minimize investments in idle resources, and howto maximize the use of forecast data to better identify risk andthe optimal use of available funds. Case studies illustrate thepractical applications of the ideas presented, with particularattention given to cash budgeting, forecasting, bankingrelationships and other common scenarios with specificrequirements.Managing a company's short-term resources is both an artand a science. Effectively maintaining funds for ongoing activities- and keeping those funds liquid, mobile, and available- is a masterful skillset lacking in business. WorkingCapital Management offers practical advice for managers in thischallenging position, providing guidance that helps them:Learn the specific metrics at work in capital management, andthe problems that they can causeImprove cash management with robust fraud protection and betteruse of short-term instrumentsManage the issues that arise from accounts receivable,inventory, payables, information management, and internationalsourcesDevelop an effective management system for key points in theworking capital cycleThe recent liquidity crisis in the U.S. has thrown the spotlightonto those companies that have adjusted well to credit contractionand the weakened economy, and these success stories - some ofwhich are noted in the book - demonstrate that a positivebusiness outcome can be accomplished. Working CapitalManagement provides a clear look at a complex issue, withpractical, actionable, sustainable advice.ainable advice.

Emma

by Jane Austen

The timeless romance starring one of Jane Austen's most unforgettable charactersEmma Woodhouse is a privileged young woman whose greatest pleasure in life lies in matchmaking for anyone but herself. Written, by Austen's own admission, as "a heroine whom no one but myself will much like," Emma's charm and wit exist in constant tension with her capacity for selfishness and vanity. Despite her intelligence, Emma stumbles from one catastrophe to the next--from a misguided attempt at securing a husband for her friend Harriet Smith to her disastrous meddling in the affairs of new arrivals Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax--before ultimately falling into her own unexpected happy ending.Both a discerning look at the strictures of Regency England and an enchanting comedy of errors, Emma remains a classic two centuries since it was first published.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

The premier monster story of English literature--a tale of science pursued to horrifying extremesAn origin story nearly as famous as the book itself: One dreary summer on the shores of Lake Geneva, amid discussions of galvanism and the occult and fireside readings from a collection of German ghost stories, Lord Byron proposed a game. Each of his guests--eighteen-year-old Mary Godwin and her future husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, among them--would try their hand at writing a tale of the supernatural. Unable at first to think of a plot, Mary was visited one sleepless night by the terrible vision of a corpse, a "hideous phantasm of a man," lurching to life with the application of some unknown, powerful force. The man responsible, a "pale student of unhallowed arts," fled in horror from his creation, leaving it to return to the dead matter from which it had been born. But the monster did not die. It followed the man to his bedside, where it stood watching him with "yellow, watery, but speculative eyes"--eyes of one who thought, and felt. The novel that Mary Shelley would go on to publish, the legend of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy creation, and their obsessive, murderous pursuit of each other from Switzerland to the North Pole, has been the stuff of nightmares for nearly two centuries. A masterpiece of Romantic literature, it is also one of the most enduring horror stories ever written.

The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas

An epic adventure and one of the most enduring fables in Western literatureEdmond Dantés has a life that any man would envy. A promising young sailor about to be made a captain, he has come home to Marseille to marry his beautiful fiancée, Mercédès. But on the eve of his wedding, Dantés is betrayed, accused of treason, and sentenced without trial to life in prison. For the first six years, Dantés can only mourn his stolen future and dwell on the treachery that landed him behind bars. On the verge of suicide, he meets a fellow prisoner who gives him not just an education in revenge, but the means to accomplish it, as well. After an ingenious escape, Dantés recovers a hidden treasure and returns to Marseille as the Count of Monte Cristo, a man whose unlimited resources are matched only by his boundless thirst for vengeance.An illuminating portrait of early nineteenth-century France and a timeless tale of justice achieved, The Count of Monte Cristo has inspired numerous adaptations, from comic books and Broadway plays to the hit TV series Revenge.

Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë

The immortal story of love and obsession in the North of EnglandAtop the stormy Yorkshire moors sits Wuthering Heights, a manor inhabited by Mr. and Mrs. Earnshaw and their two children, Catherine and Hindley. The fate of the manor, and the family that lives in it, is forever changed when the Earnshaws adopt a dark-skinned orphan boy named Heathcliff. As the years pass, Heathcliff and Catherine fall deeply in love, but even their great passion cannot survive the pressures of society and the black force of jealousy. Driven away by a broken heart, Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights only to return years later, bent on the cruelest kind of revenge.Published just one year before Emily Brontë's untimely death, her only novel shocked Victorian reviewers with its vivid depictions of passion and brutality. It is now considered a masterpiece of English literature and one of the most enduring romances of all time.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

The Official Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices 2010

by Dan Shideler

The All-New, Completely Updated 2010 Edition! This all-new, completely updated 2010 edition of The Official Gun Digest® Book of Guns & Prices contains everything you need to identify and price thousands of commercial cartridge firearms from around the world. Based on data collected from auctions, gun shows and retail gun shops from around the country, The Official Gun Digest® Book of Guns & Prices is an affordable, one-volume field guide to today's hottest collectible rifles, pistols and shotguns. On your desk or in the field, The Official Gun Digest® Book of Guns & Prices is all you need!An easy-to-use resource for internet auctions, gun shows and retail shopsMore than 10,000 firearms listings arranged by manufacturer, from A to Z50,000 firearms values ranked by condition

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

The premier novel of the French Revolution, by England's greatest authorSet against the bloodthirsty backdrop of revolutionary France, this monumental saga--one of the most famous works in all of literature--is at its heart the story of a beautiful woman and the two men who compete for her love: Charles Darnay, a French aristocrat who renounces his heritage, yet stands accused of treason in the rush to the guillotine, and Sydney Carton, a disillusioned English barrister who finds his salvation in the ultimate act of sacrifice.Full of rich historical details and populated by a sprawling cast of characters, Charles Dickens's masterwork is epic in every sense of the word. Yet its finest achievement may be the intimate moments shared by three people who have the foresight and the courage to see beyond the chaos that surrounds them. A novel whose contradictions are laid bare from the very start--"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"--A Tale of Two Cities is the stuff of life, and great art. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

by Jules Verne

One hundred fifty years later, Jules Verne's epic novel of science and adventure is just as thrilling as when it was first published A dirty slip of parchment falls from the pages of an ancient manuscript. Deciphered by the indefatigable Otto Liedenbrock, professor of geology, and his reluctant nephew, Axel, the parchment's coded message is a wild assertion made by a medieval alchemist: Inside a volcano in Iceland is a passageway to the center of the earth. Impossible, says Axel--the temperature of the earth's core is far too high for any human being to go near it. That is one theory, the professor replies. Two days later, they embark on a journey so fantastic it will alter the very meaning of history. First published in 1864, Journey to the Center of the Earth is a cornerstone of science fiction and one of the greatest stories ever told. This ebook edition contains the classic Ward Lock & Co. translation of 1877, one of the first English-language versions faithful to the original French.

Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

The iconic novel of American girlhood The March sisters are four of the most beloved characters in literature. Beautiful and proper Meg, headstrong Jo, gentle Beth, pampered little Amy--generations of young women have recognized themselves in one or more of the devoted siblings. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War and the changing seasons of New England, the story of their passage from adolescence to adulthood, from a Christmas without presents to a glorious fall day in a bountiful apple orchard, from castles in the air to real-life hearths and homes, is just as touching and illuminating today as it was a century and a half ago. Based on Louisa May Alcott's own childhood and early career as a writer, Little Women is her masterpiece and one of the most popular novels of all time.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

The Moonstone

by Wilkie Collins

The novel that T. S. Eliot called "the first, the longest, and the best of the modern English detective novels"Guarded by three Brahmin priests, the Moonstone is a religious relic, the centerpiece in a sacred statue of the Hindu god of the moon. It is also a giant yellow diamond of enormous value, and its temptation is irresistible to the corrupt John Herncastle, a colonel in the British Army in India. After murdering the three guardian priests and bringing the diamond back to England with him, Herncastle bequeaths it to his niece, Rachel, knowing full well that danger will follow. True to its enigmatic nature, the Moonstone disappears from Rachel's room on the night of her eighteenth birthday, igniting a mystery so intricate and thrilling it has set the standard for every crime novel of the past one hundred fifty years.Widely recognized, alongside the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, as establishing many of the most enduring conventions of detective fiction, The Moonstone is Wilkie Collins's masterwork and one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Roughing It

by Mark Twain

The Wild West as Mark Twain lived itIn 1861, Mark Twain joined his older brother Orion, the newly appointed secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey from Missouri to Carson City, Nevada. Planning to be gone for three months, Twain spent the next "six or seven years" exploring the great American frontier, from the monumental vistas of the Rocky Mountains to the lush landscapes of Hawaii. Along the way, he made and lost a theoretical fortune, danced like a kangaroo in the finest hotels of San Francisco, and came to terms with freezing to death in a snow bank--only to discover, in the light of morning, that he was fifteen steps from a comfortable inn. As a record of the "variegated vagabondizing" that characterized his early years--before he became a national treasure--Roughing It is an indispensable chapter in the biography of Mark Twain. It is also, a century and a half after it was first published, both a fascinating history of the American West and a laugh-out-loud good time.

Winesburg, Ohio

by Sherwood Anderson

The classic story collection by a great American masterSherwood Anderson's unforgettable story cycle has long been considered one of the finest works of American literature. The central character is George Willard, a youngartist coming of age in a quiet town in the heart of the Midwest, but his story is no more extraordinary than those of friends and neighbors such as Kate Swift, a lonely schoolteacher whose beauty inspires lust and confusion; Wing Biddlebaum, a recluse whose restless hands are the source of both his new name and the terrible secret that led him to abandon the old one; and Doctor Reefy, who hides his personal suffering by pouring it onto scraps of paper. With its uncompromising realism and unique narrative structure--twenty-two short tales linked by their setting and by a large cast of recurring characters--Winesburg, Ohio inspired an entire generation of writers, including William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and forever changed the depiction of small-town life in popular American culture.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

by Ulysses S. Grant

The celebrated remembrances of the man who led the Union to victory during the Civil WarCompleted just days before his death, Grant's Personal Memoirs is a clear and compelling account of his military career, focusing on two great conflicts: the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. Lauded for its crisp and direct prose, Grant's autobiography offers frank insight into everything from the merits of the war with Mexico to the strategies and tactics employed by Union forces against the Confederacy to the poignancy of Grant's meeting with General Lee at Appomattox Court House.Beloved and bestselling since its publication in 1885, Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant is a seminal work of military history and one of the great achievements of American autobiography.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

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