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26 Beulah [Secure eReader]
by Augusta Evans Wilson
  A January sun had passed the zenith, and the slanting rays flamed over the window panes of a large brick building, bearing on its front in golden letters the inscription Orphan Asylum. The structure was commodious, and surrounded by wide galleries, while the situation offered a silent tribute to the discretion and good sense of the board of managers who selected the suburbs instead of the more densely populated portion of the city.
Category: Classic Literature

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27 Book of Pirates [MultiFormat]
by Howard Pyle
  If you enjoyed Pirates of the Carribean, you might enjoy reading about the real buccaneers who sailed there, ruthless men like Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, and Henry Morgan, plus a chapter on infamous women pirates like Anne Bonney. (Published: 1913)

Words: 72968 - Reading Time: 208-291 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Young Adult

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28 Brave New World [Secure eReader]
by Aldous Huxley
  In the end, it was Aldous Huxley, not George Orwell (whom Huxley taught at Eton), whose vision of the future had the touch of prophecy. The modern world did not collapse into the cold, damp totalitarian hell Orwell described in his 1948 novel 1984. What has happened is closer to Huxley's vision of the future in his astonishing 1931 novel Brave New World--a world of tomorrow in which capitalist civilization has been reconstituted through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering... more info>> (Published: 2002)
Category: Classic Literature/Science Fiction
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29 Breakfast of Champions [Secure eReader]
by Kurt Vonnegut
  Kurt Vonnegut's "explosive meditation" of a novel Breakfast of Champions (1973) is subtitled "Goodbye Blue Monday!" It is peppered with simple, childlike illustrations drawn by the author, and it tells a crazy-quilt story that eventually defies the constraints of the novel format itself. All of this seems to constitute an act of self-liberation, and it is: Vonnegut overhauling his creative world, breathing deeply and toying with the very nature of the novel. The title echoes the claims of a well... more info>> (Published: 2002)
Category: Classic Literature/Mainstream
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30 Cat's Cradle [Secure eReader]
by Kurt Vonnegut
  In this wild, hurtling, apocalyptic tale, we meet the grown-up children of Dr. Felix Hoenikker, the absent-minded "father of the atomic bomb," who have the only example of their father's last discovery--ice-nine. From Ilium, New York we travel to a Caribbean banana republic where Bokononism is practiced--and ice-nine begins to overtake mankind. (Published: 2001)
Category: Classic Literature/Mainstream
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31 Child's Book of Christmas Stories [MultiFormat]
by Charles Dickens
  A sparkling collection of children's bedtime stories, with a Christmas theme. These are suitable for reading by older children, or for reading aloud to the smaller ones at bedtime. There are enough stories included to use them as an advent activity, by reading one each night to your little ones every night from Thanksgiving to Christmas. (Published: 2006)

Words: 77316 - Reading Time: 220-309 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Children's Fiction
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32 Christmas Mystery [MultiFormat]
by William J. Locke
  Short Story. It's Christmas in England and three old men gather to solve a mystery. (Published: 1890)

Words: 5246 - Reading Time: 14-20 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Young Adult
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33 Christmas Outside of Eden [MultiFormat]
by Conningsby Dawson
  A Classic Christmas Tale based on the premise that Christmas was Christmas, even before the birth of Christ. (Published: 2006)

Words: 10348 - Reading Time: 29-41 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Young Adult

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34 Circlular Staircase [MultiFormat]
by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  Rachel Innes rents a summer house that is full of hidden rooms and sinister happenings. Chilling horror, romance and rollicking humor permeate this story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind, deserted her domestic gods in the city, took a furnished house for the summer out of town, and found herself involved in one of those mysterious crimes that keep our newspapers and detective agencies happy and prosperous. (Published: 2006)

Words: 70012 - Reading Time: 200-280 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Suspense/Thriller
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35 Complete Works - Vol I [Secure eReader]
by James Whitcomb Riley
  On Sunday morning, October seventh, 1849, Reuben A. Riley and his wife, Elizabeth Marine Riley, rejoiced over the birth of their second son. They called him James Whitcomb. This was in a shady little street in the shady little town of Greenfield, which is in the county of Hancock and the state of Indiana. The young James found a brother and a sister waiting to greet him--John Andrew and Martha Celestia, and afterward came Elva May--Mrs. Henry Eitel-- Alexander Humbolt and Mary Elizabeth, who, of... more info>>
Category: Classic Literature

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36 Count of Monte Cristo [MultiFormat]
by Alexandre Dumas ( Pere )
  by Alexander Dumas (pere) This enduringly popular tale of love and revenge in the post-Napoleonic era follows Edmond Dantes as he prepares to captain his own ship and marry his beloved Mercedes. But on his wedding day, he is betrayed by spiteful enemies and arrested on trumped-up charges. Condemned to lifelong imprisonment, he befriends Faria, a priest and fellow inmate with an escape plan. When Faria dies, Edmond escapes alone. Free at last, and incredibly wealthy, Edmond enters society posing... more info>> (Published: 1844)

Words: 459405 - Reading Time: 1312-1837 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Historical Fiction

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37 Cruise of the Snark [MultiFormat]
by Jack London
  Author Jack London sails the South Pacific and visits the Islands of Teipe (Typpe), Tahiti, Samoa, Hawaii, and Bora Bora. Join Jack for his adventures at sea and on land, among the cannibals. (Published: 2006)

Words: 79555 - Reading Time: 227-318 min.
Category: Classic Literature
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38 Dark Lady of the Sonnets [Secure eReader]
by George Bernard Shaw
  I had better explain why, in this little piece d'occasion, written for a performance in aid of the funds of the project for establishing a National Theatre as a memorial to Shakespear, I have identified the Dark Lady with Mistress Mary Fitton. First, let me say that I do not contend that the Dark Lady was Mary Fitton, because when the case in Mary's favor (or against her, if you please to consider that the Dark Lady was no better than she ought to have been) was complete, a portrait of Mary came... more info>>
Category: Classic Literature

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39 Dick Spindler's Family Christmas [MultiFormat]
by Bret Harte
  In Rough and Ready, a mining camp in California, Dick Spindler has found gold. He builds himself an impressive house and, decides to invite his family, who always thought he was a loser, to spend Christmas with him. Several surprises turn up, including a pair of orphans and an uninvited grass widow. (Published: 2005)

Words: 6152 - Reading Time: 17-24 min.
Category: Classic Literature
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40 Domestic Manners of the Americans [Secure eReader]
by Fanny Trollope
  On the 4th of November, 1827, I sailed from London, accompanied by my son and two daughters; and after a favourable, though somewhat tedious voyage, arrived on Christmas-day at the mouth of the Mississippi.
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41 Dracula [MultiFormat]
by Bram Stoker
  A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga o... more info>> (Published: 1897)

Words: 160641 - Reading Time: 458-642 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Horror
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42 Dutch Courage and Other Early Stories [MultiFormat]
by Jack London
  Early short stories by Jack London, including his first short story, written at the age of 17, "Typhoon off the Coast of Japan." (Published: 1923)

Words: 32278 - Reading Time: 92-129 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Historical Fiction

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43 Emma [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  Emma Woodhouse thinks she is a natural matchmaker but, in the opinion of George Knightley, her brother-in-law, she is little more than a meddler. See Emma make hash out of people's prospects, lives, and social standing This book is a fascinating glimpse into the marriage market of early 19th-century England. From THE original Regency Romance writer! (Published: 2006)

Words: 157477 - Reading Time: 449-629 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Romance
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44 Emma [Secure eReader]
by Jane Austen
  Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. (Published: 2005)
Category: Classic Literature
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45 Emma (Coscom Blue Banner Classics) [MultiFormat]
by Jane Austen
  Emma loves to play matchmaker between those she cares about, and after her success matching her governess with Mr. Weston, she decides her next project will be her friend Harriet Smith. But first, she must convince Harriet that Mr. Elton is indeed the man for her. However, everything changes when the very man she is trying to link up with Harriet actually cares a great deal about her instead. To further complicate things, Emma soon finds herself taken with her friend Mr. Knightley, a man she or... more info>> (Published: 2010)

Words: 157776 - Reading Time: 450-631 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Romance

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46 Essays, Second Series [Secure eReader]
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  A moody child and wildly wise Pursued the game with joyful eyes, Which chose, like meteors, their way, And rived the dark with private ray: They overleapt the horizon's edge, Searched with Apollo's privilege; Through man, and woman, and sea, and star Saw the dance of nature forward far; Through worlds, and races, and terms, and times Saw musical order, and pairing rhymes.
Category: Classic Literature

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47 Ethics [Secure eReader]
by Spinoza
  A Spinoza classic.
Category: Classic Literature

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48 Fall of the House of Usher [MultiFormat]
by Edgar Allan Poe
  Poe's classic short story about Roderick Usher and the destruction of his family. (Published: 2008)

Words: 7294 - Reading Time: 20-29 min.
Category: Classic Literature/Horror

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49 First Christmas Tree [MultiFormat]
by Henry Van Dyke
  A heartwarming Classic Christmas Tale. (Published: 2006) ARIANA Award Winner: Best Cover Art

Words: 7547 - Reading Time: 21-30 min.
Category: Classic Literature

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50 Fury [Secure eReader]
by Henry Kuttner
  Under the roiling seas of Venus, under the deadly atmosphere are the Keeps, fully enclosed cities, and within them live the descendants of those survivors who used atomic energy to propel the spaceships which first took them to Venus. In the massive superstructures that were built under the Venusian seas a complex feudal society devoted to decadence has evolved. Presiding over that society are the Immortals--genetic throwbacks to the mutant atomic survivors--who control the culture. This is a st... more info>>
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