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Free ebooks new and updated this week at Project Gutenberg

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These books were added or updated on Project Gutenberg in the last week.  All of them are available as free ebooks in a variety of formats, at least one of which will be readable on your favorite ebook reading device or on the computer you’re using right now.
  • Tom Swift and His Sky Racer, by Victor Appleton.  If you liked last week’s “Tom Swift” book, you’ll probably like this one as well.  I actually use a section of this book in my seventh grade classroom- my students roll their eyes at the old-fashioned earnestness of the story, but when we get to the end of the selection, my students all demand to know what happens next.
  • With Links of Steel, by Nicholas Carter.  “Nicholas Carter” is a pseudonym, the name of the main character, not of the real author.  This is one of a series of pulp detective novels- Nick Carter also became the hero of a radio series and several movies.
  • Progress Report, by Alex Apostolides and Mark Clifton.  Mark Clifton was the recipient of the 2010 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, given to a writer who has unjustly slipped into obscurity.  This story was published in “If: Worlds of Science Fiction” in July 1953.
  • The Letters of Amerigo Vespucci.  A first-person account of the exploration of America, by the man whose name it carries.
  • The Lamp in the Desert, by Ethel Dell.  Critics of her day just hated Ethel Dell’s trashy romances.  I’m sure your taste is far too good for this book.
  • Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsy.  It’s a lot better than you remember from your college English class.  Give it another try.
  • Helena’s Path, by Anthony Hope.  The Prisoner of Zenda is the only novel of his that is still widely read, but he was a fairly prolific writer in his time.
  • Nicotiana, by Henry James Meller.  A book in praise of tobacco, with descriptions of its history and its medicinal benefits.  Published in 1832.  You’ll have to read this, because no one is going to write a similar book today.
  • Rambles by Land and Water, by B. M. Norman.  An 1845 travel book, about Cuba and Mexico.
  • Twenty Quick Soups, by Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer.  A very short cooking pamphlet from 1894.  Spoiler warning: “Ye food of ye gods” appears to be cream of mushroom soup.  I can respect that.
  • The Heart’s Country, by Mary Heaton Vorse.  Vorse was a journalist and an activist, a pacifist and a suffragette.  She inspired the character “Mary French” in John Dos Passos’s USA.  And she wrote novels.  This is one of them.
  • Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington.  If you haven’t read this, you really should- Washington became a key figure in the early debate over civil rights.  This is his autobiography, of what it was like to be a slave, and how he gained freedom and education.

Written by Contented Reader

August 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

Posted in Project Gutenberg


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