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John Holdsworth

by William Clark Russell

In a period of English history which graybeards call the good old times—the fine old times; that is to say, when Parliament was horribly corrupt, and the Poor Laws as barbarous as the Inquisition; when it...


Abraham Lincoln, Papers and Writings

by Abraham Lincoln

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a long-term project dedicated to identifying, imaging, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime (1809-1865).

Abraham Lincoln is one of...


The Alpine Path

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career (1917) by L. M. Montgomery.

“The Alpine Path” of the title refers to the long climb she had to achieve success as a writer. She began in childhood, and never wavered...


The Life of Henry Bradley Plant

by G. Hutchinson Hutchinson Smyth

If it be asked why another biography is added to the almost endless number now in our bookstores and libraries, an answer is found in the countless distinctions of individual character, and in the varied experiences...


Charles Pachter

by Leonard Wise, Margaret Atwood & Tom Smart

The life and times biography of one of Canada’s best-known living artists, the irascible, witty, and larger-than-life Charles Pachter.

Charles Pachter, the grandchild of poor Jewish immigrants from Eastern...


Disraeli - A Study in Personality and Ideas

by Walter Sydney Sichel

The power of imagination is essential to supreme statesmanship. Indeed, no really originative genius in any domain of the mind can succeed without it. In literature it reigns paramount. Of art it is the soul....


Thomas Campbell

by J. Cuthbert Hadden

Reviewing Beattie’s Life of Campbell in the Quarterly in 1849, Lockhart expressed the hope that no one would ever tell Campbell’s story without making due acknowledgment to 'the best stay of his declining...


The Life of Sophia Jex-Blake

by Margaret Georgina Todd

There are several reasons why it has seemed worth while to write the life of Sophia Jex-Blake at some length. 1. She was one of the people who really do live. In the present day a woman is fitted into her profession...


The Memoirs of Casanova (Illustrated Edition)

by Giacomo Casanova & Arthur Machen

A series of adventures wilder and more fantastic than the wildest of romances, written down with the exactitude of a business diary; a view of men and cities from Naples to Berlin, from Madrid and London to...


Walter Scott - The Man Behind the Books

by Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet. He was the first modern English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary...


Apauk, Caller of Buffalo

by James Willard Schultz

Blackfoot boy Apauk longs to be the Buffalo Caller, the member of the tribe responsible for luring buffalo to a death trap concealed beyond the edge of a cliff. Apauk endures many tests, some of them heartbreaking,...


Life of a Pioneer

by James S. Brown

The life of a pioneer in Western America always is full of peril and hardship; often it has a large share of startling episodes and thrilling adventures; not infrequently it is associated with notable historic...


Floating: A Life Regained

by Joe Minihane

The thrillingly triumphant memoir of one man’s self discovery and mastery of anxiety through wild swimming

Journalist Joe Minihane became obsessed with wild swimming and its restorative qualities, and developed...


Blue Money

by Janet Capron

New York City, 1971, a balmy August evening: Just seven blocks from her childhood home, a young woman walks into a Park Avenue apartment and into the troubled arms of her first trick.

So begins Blue Money—a...


Godmother: An Unexpected Journey, Perfect Timing, and Small Miracles

by Odile Atthalin

After thirty years of traveling the world, Odile Atthalin-a French intellectual from a well-to-do family in Paris-ends up in Berkeley, CA, where synchronicities abound and ultimately give her everything she...


Song of the Plains: A Memoir of Family, Secrets, and Silence

by Linda Joy Myers

How do you disentangle yourself from generations of loss, abuse, and neglect? This is the burning question that drove Linda Joy Myers to doggedly research her family history-a journey that ultimately allowed...


Cartel Wives: A True Story of Deadly Decisions, Steadfast Love, and Bringing Down El Chapo

by Mia Flores & Olivia Flores

An astonishing, revelatory, and redemptive memoir from two women who escaped the international drug trade, with never-before-revealed details about El Chapo, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the dangerous world of illicit...


Another Kind of Madness

by Stephen Hinshaw

Glenn Close says: "Another Kind of Madness is one of the best books I’ve read about the cost of stigma and silence in a family touched by mental illness. I was profoundly moved by Stephen Hinshaw’s story,...


A Paris Year

by Janice MacLeod

Part memoir and part visual journey through the streets of modern-day Paris, France, A Paris Year chronicles, day by day, one woman’s French sojourn in the world’s most beautiful city. Beginning on her first...


Housman Country

by Peter Parker

A captivating exploration of A. E. Housman and the influence of his particular brand of Englishness

A. E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad made little impression when it was first published in 1896 but has since...