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Island of the Blue Dolphins
(Illustrated)

by Scott O'Dell,
Ted Lewin (Illustrator)

Scott O'Dell won the Newbery Medal for Island of the Blue Dolphins in 1961, and in 1976 the Children's Literature Association named this riveting story one of the 10 best American children's books of the past 200 years. O'Dell was inspired by the real-life story of a 12-year-old American Indian girl, Karana. The author based his book on the life of this remarkable young woman who, during the evacuation of Ghalas-at (an island off the coast of California), jumped ship to stay with her young brother who had been abandoned on the island. He died shortly thereafter, and Karana fended for herself on the island for 18 years.

O'Dell tells the miraculous story of how Karana forages on land and in the ocean, clothes herself (in a green-cormorant skirt and an otter cape on special occasions), and secures shelter. Perhaps even more startlingly, she finds strength and serenity living alone on the island. This beautiful edition of Island of the Blue Dolphins is enriched with 12 full-page watercolor paintings by Ted Lewin, illustrator of more than 100 children's books, including Ali, Child of the Desert. A gripping story of battling wild dogs and sea elephants, this simply told, suspenseful tale of survival is also an uplifting adventure of the spirit. (Ages 9 to 12)

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Islands in the Stream

by Ernest Hemingway

In this classic novel, Hemingway created the fascinating character Thomas Hudson, tracing his life from his years as a painter in Bimini in the 1930s through his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II.

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Israel Potter : His Fifty Years of Exile
(The Northwestern-Newberry
Edition of the Writings of Herman Melville)

by Herman Melville,
Harrison Hayford (Editor),
Hershel Parker (Editor), G. Thomas Tanselle

) Fictionalized story of an American who fought in the War of Independence and of his subsequent struggles for survival, by Herman Melville. Published serially in 1854-55 in Putnam's Monthly Magazine and in 1855 in book form, this short picaresque novel was based on a historical Israel Potter, whose autobiographical narrative Melville had read. Israel Potter lived a life of adventure, serving bravely as a regular soldier in the American Revolution. Later, he served under John Paul Jones in the new American navy and was a secret courier for Benjamin Franklin. In exile in Europe, Potter lived a poverty-stricken existence. Upon his return to the United States, his request for a pension was denied. He died forgotten and destitute. Melville turned Potter into a picaresque hero and embellished the facts of his life, satirizing his encounters with Franklin and adding a vignette about Ethan Allen.

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An Italian Renaissance Sextet : Six Tales in Historical Context

by Lauro Martines, Murtha Baca (Translator)

This unique collection offers six tales as enticing views into the history of Renaissance Italy, with fiction and fictional modes thus becoming gateways to a real, historical world. All written between 1400 and 1500 - among them a rare gem by Lorenzo the Magnificent and a famous account featuring Filippo Brunelleschi - the six stories are presented here in new and lively translations. As engrossing, fresh, and high-spirited as those in Boccaccio's Decameron, the tales deal with marriage, deception, rural manners, gender relations, social ambitions, adultery, homosexuality, and the demands of individual identity. Each is accompanied by an essay, in which Lauro Martines situates the story in its temporal context, transforming it into an outright historical document. The stories and essays focus mainly on people from the ordinary and middling ranks of society, as they go about the daily give-and-take of city life, under the pressure of a highly practical, conformist, pleasure-loving (but often cruel) urban society. An Italian Renaissance Sextet reveals the concerns of a searching historical work with a combined anthropological, demographic, and cultural slant; what emerges is a fascinating range of issues: gender, age, sexuality, blasphemy, forms of social address, and, above all, the invasive gaze of a community that kept an ever vigilant eye on its public spaces.

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Ivanhoe (Classic)

by Walter, Sir Scott

Ivanhoe brings alive 12th-century England and its people: Ivanhoe, the disinherited knight, his fair lady, Rowena, Richard the Lion Hearted and Robin Hood. Through them the past of England comes alive--a past of crusades, chivalry and courtly love.

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Jacob's Room

by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf's first original and distinguished work, Jacob's Room is the story of a sensitive young man named Jacob Flanders. The life story, character and friends of Jacob are presented in a series for separate scenes and moments from his childhood, through college at Cambridge, love affairs in London, and travels in Greece, to his death in the war. Jacob's Room established Virginia Woolf's reputation as a highly poetic and symbolic writer who places emphasis not on plot or action but on the psychological realm of occupied by her characters.

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James Baldwin : Early Novels and Stories
(Library of America, 97)

by James A. Baldwin,
Toni Morrison (Editor)

A novelist, essayist, playwright, and public intellectual, James Baldwin's writings on the subject of race in America undeniably made him one of the greatest African American writers of the 20th century. As the civil rights movement gained momentum in the two decades following World War II, Baldwin landed squarely in the public eye, and his prose communicated the hope and frustration of the fight for racial equality. In James Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories, editor Toni Morrison draws heavily on Baldwin's early work, including his first novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, as well as Giovanni's Room, which was praised by the New York Times for its "unusual candor ... and intensity." As pertinent today as it was some 30 years ago, the fiction found in this collection is powerful, eloquent, and a fitting tribute to a consummate writer.

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Jane Austen : The Complete Novels

by Jane Austen

Collected together in one volume, The Complete Novels show the development of Austen as a writer and social commentator. From the early optimism and youthful energy of Northanger Abbey to the quiet and subtle art of Persuasion, this collection reveals the breadth of one of the best loved novelists of all time.

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Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

No review

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Jo's Boys and How They Turned Out

by Louisa May Alcott, Anna Quindlen (Designer)

Recounts the further adventures, successes, and failures of the numerous young men of Plumfield school. Sequel to "Little Men."

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Johnny Tremain (Laurel-Leaf Books)

by Esther Forbes, Lynd Ward (Illustrator)

A story filled with danger and excitement, Johnny Tremain tells of the turbulent, passionate times in Boston just before the Revolutionary War. Johnny, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in a dramatic involvement with Otis, Hancock, and John and Samuel Adams in the exciting currents and undercurrents that were to lead to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington--and finally, a touching resolution of Johnny's personal life.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

by Jules Verne

Novel by Jules Verne, published in 1864 in French as Voyage au centre de la Terre. It is the second book in his popular science-fiction series Voyages extraordinaires (1863-1910). Otto Lidenbrock, an impetuous German professor of geology, discovers an encoded manuscript in which a 16th-century explorer claims to have found a passageway to the center of the Earth. Otto impulsively prepares a subterranean expedition, enlisting his young nephew Axel and a stoic Icelandic guide, Hans Bjelke. After descending into an extinct volcano in Iceland, the men spend several months in a underground world of luminous rocks, antediluvian forests, and fantastic sea creatures until they ride a volcanic eruption out of Stromboli Island, off the coast of Italy.

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Jude the Obscure

by Thomas Hardy, C. H. Sisson (Editor)

In 1895 Hardy's final novel, the great tale of Jude The Obscure, sent shockwaves of indignation rolling across Victorian England. Hardy had dared to write frankly about sexuality and to indict the institutions of marriage, education, and religion. But he had, in fact, created a deeply moral work. The stonemason Jude Fawley is a dreamer; his is a tragedy of unfulfilled aims. With his tantalizing cousin Sue Bridehead, the last and most extraordinary of Hardy's heroines, Jude takes on the world--and discovers, tragically, its brutal indifference. The most powerful expression of Hardy's philosophy, and a profound exploration of man's essential loneliness, Jude The Obscure is a great and beautiful book

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Jules Verne : Five Complete Novels : Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea/a Journey to the Center of the Earth/from the Earth to the Moon/Round the

by Jules Verne

A collection of popular science fiction classics features Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Round the Moon, and Around the World in Eighty Days.

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Julie, or the New Heloise : Letters of Two Lovers Who Live in a Small Town at the Foot of the Alps (Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Works. Vol. 6.)

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Roger D. Masters, Christopher Kelly (Editor), Philip Stewart

No review

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Julius Caesar (Oxford School Shakespeare Series)

by Roma Gill (Editor), William Shakespeare

No review

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The Jungle

by Upton Sinclaire

A true tragedy

Yes, this book has a political agenda. Whether you agree with that agenda or not, you should read the book becasue the story is so strong. This is a most depressing book. Even if you don't want to be depressed, read it anyway because this is one of those rare books that can really impact you.

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Kafka : The Metamorphosis/Audio Cassettes

by Franz Kafka, Alan Hewitt (Reader)

Kafka's bleak allegory on the nature of man, wherein Gregor rediscovers life as a large insect. 2 cassettes.

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Kidnapped

by Robert Louis, III Stevenson

Kidnapped" is the second of Stevenson's two most famous adventure novels, the other being "Treasure Island." The novel is not only a marvelous tale of adventure, friendship and suspense, but is also an exploration of the eighteenth-century Scottish culture. Through brilliant use of dialect and faithful imitation of the Scottish Highlanders, Stevenson conveys to us the life of the Highland rogue during that period. Also, the book can be viewed as a story of a sixteen-year-old's passage to manhood, achieved through risk-taking, friendships and bravery. An essential read

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King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

by Thomas Mallory (Editor), Sidney Lanier

No review

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King John (Cambridge School Shakespeare)

by William Shakespeare, Rex Gibson (Editor), Pat Baldwin

History play in five acts by William Shakespeare, produced in 1596-97 and published in the First Folio of 1623 from an authorial fair copy. The title character provides the central focus of the play, which ends with his death. The playwright surrounds him with such characters as the son of Sir Robert Faulconbridge, known as the Bastard, who supports the king and yet mocks all political and moral pretensions. Shakespeare depicts King John on a rapidly changing course, surrounded by many contrasting characters, so that the king's unsteady mind seems no more than one small element in an almost comic jumble of events

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King Lear
(Arden Shakespeare. Third Series (Paper)

by R. A. Foakes (Editor),
William Shakespeare

A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his scheming two oldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves him. So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe. The king and others pay dearly for their shortcomings--as madness, murder, and the anguish of insight and forgiveness that arrive too late combine to make this an all-embracing tragedy of evil and suffering.

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King Richard II

by William Shakespeare, Andrew Gurr (Editor)

Yes, Mr or Ms Reader, this is a hidden gem of Shakespeare's. Perhaps it is a bit too weighed down with history to ever attract Mr Di Caprio, but the story is intriguing and one's opinion of Richard changes scene by scene. Wonderful wordplay and nobility in abundance make this one to turn too immediately should you wish to delve beyond the traditional canon of the Bard's works

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King Solomon's Mines (Oxford World's Classics)

by H. Rider Haggard, Dennis Butts (Editor)

No review

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L'Assommoir (Penguin Classics)

by Emile Zola, Leonard W. Tancock (Translator)

Zola (1840-1902) spearheaded the French school of Naturalism, whose brutal narratives of human suffering and sexual explicitness drew fire from the neo-Classical critics of its day. In the taverns of the metropolis, vice and lassitude corrupt Lantier, who abandons his paysage lover Gervaise. She struggles to fashion a solid, moral working-class existence for herself and her husband Coupeau the roofer, until the vicious realities of modern urbanity, adultery, industrial injury and domestic abuse capture her too.

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