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A Country Doctor

by Jewett Sarah Orne

As the ward of the widowed physician Dr. Leslie, young Nan Prince becomes interested in medicine. But when she enters a medical college, she finds she must choose between marriage and a career as a doctor, between the expectations of society and her duty to her true self. In part an homage to Sarah Orne Jewett's beloved father, A Country Doctor portrays an America on the verge of change and Nan, ultimately, as a courageous young woman with a new world opening to her. This edition, which reproduces the obituary of her father that Jewett wrote but published anonymously, includes an introduction exploring the rise of women doctors in nineteenth-century America and showing A Country Doctor as a pioneering narrative of a woman passionately following her professional calling. Book jacket.

Living My Life

by Emma Goldman

Anarchist, journalist, drama critic, advocate of birth control and free love, Emma Goldman was the most famous--and notorious--woman in the early twentieth century. This abridged version of her two-volume autobiography takes her from her birthplace in czarist Russia to the socialist enclaves of Manhattan's Lower East Side. Against a dramatic backdrop of political argument, show trials, imprisonment, and tempestuous romances, Goldman chronicles the epoch that she helped shape: the reform movements of the Progressive Era, the early years of and later disillusionment with Lenin's Bolshevik experiment, and more. Sounding a call still heard today, Living My Life is a riveting account of political ferment and ideological turbulence. First time in Penguin Classics Condensed to half the length of Goldman's original work, this edition is accessible to those interested in the activist and her extraordinary era .

War and Peace: With bonus material from Give War and Peace A Chance by Andrew D. Kaufman

by Leo Tolstoy Andrew D. Kaufman

War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men. A s Napoleon's army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds--peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers--as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving--and human--figures in world literature.

A City So Grand

by Stephen Puleo

Once upon a time, "Boston Town" was an insulated New England township. But the community was destined for greatness. Between 1850 and 1900, Boston underwent a stunning metamorphosis to emerge as one of the world's great metropolises-one that achieved national and international prominence in politics, medicine, education, science, social activism, literature, commerce, and transportation. Long before the frustrations of our modern era, in which the notion of accomplishing great things often appears overwhelming or even impossible, Boston distinguished itself in the last half of the nineteenth century by proving it could tackle and overcome the most arduous of challenges and obstacles with repeated-and often resounding-success, becoming a city of vision and daring.In A City So Grand, Stephen Puleo chronicles this remarkable period in Boston's history, in his trademark page-turning style. Our journey begins with the ferocity of the abolitionist movement of the 1850s and ends with the glorious opening of America's first subway station, in 1897. In between we witness the thirty-five-year engineering and city-planning feat of the Back Bay project, Boston's explosion in size through immigration and annexation, the devastating Great Fire of 1872 and subsequent rebuilding of downtown, and Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone utterance in 1876 from his lab at Exeter Place.These lively stories and many more paint an extraordinary portrait of a half century of progress, leadership, and influence that turned a New England town into a world-class city, giving us the Boston we know today.From the Hardcover edition.

Hard Times

by Charles Dickens

Hard Times, one of the most widely read of Dickens' major novels, is both a captivating story and an illuminating indictment of capitalist exploitation during the Industrial Revolution. The hard lessons wrought by zealous materialism awaken characters to a new philosophy, and to hope. From fact-worshipping Mr. Gradgrind, to eternally noble Stephen Blackpool, to endearing Sissy Jupe, Martin Jarvis masterfully portrays each of the unforgettable characters. "Dickens was in the full flower of his talent when he wrote Hard Times, and this performance is a tribute to him. "-- AudioFileCharles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of the most celebrated and prolific English novelists. Many of his works first appeared in monthly installments, notably Oliver Twist (1837-39), David Copperfield (1849-50), and Great Expectations (1860-61). Hard Times (1854) was published in weekly installments in Dickens' magazine, Household Words. Martin Jarvis has been named Reader of the Year by the British Spoken Word Publishers Association, and has won Audie Awards for Carry On, Jeeves, and The Third Man. He also performs David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and The Essential King James Bible.

The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories

by Stephen Crane

Henry Fleming, a raw Union Army recruit in the American Civil War, is anxious to confirm his patriotism and manhood--to earn his "badge of courage. " But his dreams of heroism and invulnerability are soon shattered when he flees the Confederate enemy during his baptism of fire and then witnesses the horrible death of a friend. Plunged unwillingly into the nightmare of war, Fleming survives by sheer luck and instinct. This edition of Stephen Crane's poignant classic is supplemented by five of his acclaimed short stories as well as selected poetry, offering the full range of this great American author's extraordinary talent. Includes five of Crane's short stories: "The Open Boat", "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky", "The Blue Hotel", "The Self-Made Man", and "The Veteran" Features a new introduction and notes by American literature scholar Gary Scharnhorst .

The Magic Ladder to Success

by Napoleon Hill

A primer in success-building, The Magic Ladder to Success is Hill's compact distillation of his lifetime of learning. The Magic Ladder to Success is the volume in which Napoleon Hill first distilled the seventeen factors that make up his "Law of Success" philosophy. These key principles capture the ethics and actions that empower all who harness them to become leaders in the field of their choice. Leaders are not born, Hill argues, they are molded by a remarkably similar, simple, and dynamic set of habits. The Magic Ladder to Success is Napoleon Hill's lost classic-long out of print, it is newly available as a stand-alone edition, revised and updated for the twenty-first century. .

The Mark of Zorro

by Johnston Mcculley

This exciting adventure story has achieved immortal fame thanks to the blockbuster film of the same name, starring Douglas Fairbanks-a cinematic triumph that inspired author Johnston McCulley to dedicate it to Fairbanks. It has since seen numerous film and other adaptations, and is even set to become a full-cast audio drama in 2010, produced by renowned audio dramatist Yuri Rasovsky and featuring the voice talents of Val Kilmer, Ruth Livier, Elizabeth Pea, Armin Shimmerman, and Meshach Taylor. Set in Mexican California during the 1820s, the tale follows the career of Don Diego Vega, by all appearances just a timid and aristocratic dandy. But apearances can be deceiving, and this is nothing more than a mask to conceal his hidden side as a California Robin Hood known as Zorro, whose swift blade strikes down those who exploit the poor and oppressed. The Mark of Zorro remains a paradigm of swashbuckling adventure and a popular novel to this day.

The Prosperity Bible

by Napoleon Hill

For the first time in paperback, here is the all-in-one "bible" on how to fire up the creative powers of your mind to attain a life of prosperity. The Prosperity Bible is a one-of-a-kind resource that collects the greatest moneymaking secrets from authors across every field-religion, finance, philosophy, and self-help-and makes them available in a single, handy volume.Now reprinted with an affordable paperback price, this is the only volume in which you can explore success advice from Napoleon Hill, P. T. Barnum, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Fillmore, Wallace D. Wattles, Florence Scovel Shinn, and Ernest Holmes-along with a bevy of legendary writers and success coaches who have one aim: explaining and promulgating the laws of winning.

Farewell, My Lovely

by Raymond Chandler

Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Secret Doctrine

by H. P. Blavatsky

Madame Blavatsky's Victorian-era masterpiece is now scaled down to its essentials, providing the most readable, accessible experience ever of one of history's seminal occult works. The Secret Doctrine, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky's masterwork on the origin and evolution of the universe and humanity itself, is arguably the most famous, and perhaps the most influential, occult book ever written. Published since 1888 only in expensive, two-volume editions of some 1,400 pages, it has long eluded the grasp of modern readers- until now. This single-volume edition, abridged and annotated by historian and Theosophical scholar Michael Gomes, places the ideas of The Secret Doctrinewithin reach of all who are curious. In particular, Gomes provides a critical sounding of the book's famous stanzas on the genesis of life and the cosmos- mysterious passages that Blavatsky said originated from a primeval source and which form the heart of The Secret Doctrine. Gomes scrupulously scales down the book's key writings on symbolism to their essentials, and offers notes and a glossary to illuminate arcane references. His historical and literary introduction casts new light on some of the book's sources and on the career of its brilliant and elusive author, one of the most intriguing personages of the nineteenth century. At once compact and representative of the work as a whole, this new edition of The Secret Doctrinebrings unprecedented accessibility to the key esoteric classic of the modern era.

The Gospel of Wealth Essays and Other Writings

by Andrew Carnegie

Words of wisdom from American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie Focusing on Carnegie's most famous essay, "The Gospel of Wealth," this book of his writings, published here together for the first time, demonstrates the late steel magnate's beliefs on wealth, poverty, the public good, and capitalism. Carnegie's commitment to ensuring and promoting the welfare of his fellow human beings through philanthropic deeds ranged from donations to universities and museums to establishing more than 2,500 public libraries in the English-speaking world, and he gave away more than $350 million toward those efforts during his lifetime. The Gospel of Wealth is an eloquent testament to the importance of charitable giving for the public good. .

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

by H. P. Lovecraft

Collecting uniquely uncanny tales from the master of American horror, H. P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories is edited with an introduction and notes by S. T. Joshi in Penguin Modern Classics. Credited with inventing the modern horror tradition, H. P. Lovecraft remade the genre in the early twentieth century. Discarding ghosts and witches, and instead envisaging mankind at the mercy of a chaotic and malevolent universe, Lovecraft's unique works would prove to be a huge influence on modern horror writers such as Stephen King. This selection of short stories ranges from early tales of nightmares and insanity such as 'The Outsider' and 'The Rats in the Walls' through the grotesquely comic 'Herbert West - Reanimator' and 'The Hound', to the extraterrestrial terror of 'The Call of Cthulhu', which fuses traditional supernaturalism with science fiction. Including the definitive corrected texts, this collection reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerising narrative style and establishes him as a hugely influential - and visionary - American writer. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), born in Providence, Rhode Island was self-educated and lived in his birthplace all his life, working as a freelance writer, journalist, and ghostwriter. Using many pen names, he contributed his supernatural/horror and science fiction/fantasy stories to various pulp magazines but his reputation as a writer rests mainly on the 60 or so stories he published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales starting in 1923. If you enjoyed The Call of Cthulhu, you might also like Arthur Machen's The White People and Other Weird Stories, available in Penguin Classics. 'The twentieth century horror story's dark and baroque prince'Stephen King

About Love

by Anton Chekhov Seth David Helwig

Written in France toward the end of his career, these stories are Chekhov's only attempt at the linked collection. "A Man in a Shell" is a grotesque Gogolian comedy; "Gooseberries" a narrator's impassioned response; and "About Love" a poignant story of failed relationships. Translated by the impeccable David Helwig and fabulously illustrated by Seth, About Love is essential for any Chekhov enthusiast.David Helwig is the author of twenty volumes of fiction and fourteen volumes of poetry, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and former poet laureate of Prince Edward Island.

If This Be Destiny

by Denise Robins

A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1941, and available now for the first time in eBook.

This Spring of Love

by Denise Robins

Christine, an orphan with high romantic ideals, agrees to aid Fiona in her elopement, but soon she finds her position as an imposter a nefarious one. Here she is, living the life of a spoilt heiress in the beautiful Lakeland district - a dream come true. But with fear of discovery and an assumed social position to maintain, separating her from an active life and the man she esteemed, the loss of her own identity assumes nightmarish proportions.

Those Who Love

by Denise Robins

"Tell Auburn... I... loved him so!" -- These last words from a dying girl still haunted Dr. Noel Frensham; still made him bitter. The voyage back from India had been a memorable one for Frensham. Racked with a terrible sickness, he had come very close to death. Convinced that his hours were numbered, he had persuaded a pretty fellow passenger, Peta Marley, to marry him, hoping to repay her goodness with the money he would leave her after his death. But amazingly he had recovered. It was then that Peta told him of her love for Auburn Lyell. She pleaded with him to annul their marriage and set her free. But Noel had seen death on one young innocent face because of this man, and he was determined to prevent it happening again.

The Tiger in Men

by Denise Robins

It was a wild and passionate night - a night that drives beautiful Fenella to marry a stranger, and begin the most hair-raising adventure of her life. Moments before, Fenella finds her blond fiancé Max with another woman, and in a blind fury she rides with the stranger through the Canadian wilderness to the magistrate's office - to become Mrs. Gail O'Shean. Then they part forever, or so she thinks. Try as she might, Fenella cannot forget Gail's handsome face and beautiful eyes. Max wants her back desperately. But suddenly, in a rush of kidnapping, bandits, and sheriff posses, Fenella is involved in a breathtaking intrigue. Three men want her, but only one loves her. Will she discover him before it was too late?

Time Runs Out

by Denise Robins

A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1965, and available now for the first time in eBook. This brilliant novel by Denise Robins is a warm, human story of mother-love in a framework of terrifying suspense. When her eleven-year-old son Bing is badly burned in a train accident, Christine Ross is told by the plastic surgeon that only one thing can save the boy's life - a skin-graft from an identical twin. The information plunges Christine into a twofold crisis: To reveal to her unsuspecting husband the truth that he is not Bing's father. To find, somewhere in the wide world, the missing twin - with only two weeks in which to do it. As time runs out... This novel is one of the three Mayflower books originally published under the name of Julia Kane - the others are Dark Secret Love and The Sin was Mine.

To Love Again

by Denise Robins

It is six months since the death of her fiancé Christopher, but Helen still feels the world contains very little that is worth living for. She thinks of herself as a one-man girl - until she meets Peter Farrington, the very image of Christopher - and realizes she can love again. But Helen stills has little chance of happiness. For although Peter seems to feel the same way about her, he is engaged to someone else...

To Love is to Live

by Denise Robins

A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance first published in 1940 and available now for the first time in eBook.

Twice I Have Loved

by Denise Robins

Etta Hughes has been jilted by her fiancé, Rod. Bewildered and stricken, she decides to take a job as cook to the Trenders. In their beautiful house on the river perhaps her heart will mend. But here, in spite of herself, Etta becomes attracted to Mark Trender. Mark is in love with his exquisite child-like wife, Flair. It seems that once again Etta is doomed to the anguish of hopeless love. And then to complicate matters further, Rod arrives unexpectedly to dinner - with his new wife...

Two Loves

by Denise Robins

Bill is handsome, tender and exciting, but Cherry knows she can't live on love alone. Phillip does not attract her as Bill does, but his wealth can buy Cherry everything she's always wanted. Cherry is determined to have them both. Cleverly concealing one's existence from the other, Cherry begins leading a dangerous double life, unknowingly pushing all three of them towards disaster.

The Uncertain Heart

by Denise Robins

A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance first published in 1949 and available now for the first time in eBook. Linda quietly hoped that her absence abroad would awaken tender feelings in Grant. But when she returned, he was as uncertain as ever. And besides, there was a new woman in his life.

The Unlit Fire

by Denise Robins

Andra Lee is a promising young actress and her film career seems guaranteed. But her fiancé, determined that their future together lies in South Africa, has other plans. She is prepared to comply until a vivid nightmare shatters her resolve. And as she sails towards South Africa, thinking only of the world she is leaving behind, the disturbing figure of her dreams comes into her life.

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