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Free ebooks new and updated on Project Gutenberg this week

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Check out the main Project Gutenberg web site for the complete list of new and updated books, and for books that are not new this week but are still awesome.  Like Dracula, which I’m reading with my eighth grade students right now.  And we’re all having a good time with it, too.

Speaking of good times, it’s a very good week at Project Gutenberg.  Check out all the treasures, free for downloading to your computer or reading device!

  • Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.  It’s dated.  It’s sexist.  It’s unbelievably sentimental.  And you will love it anyway.
  • Songs of Womanhood, by Laurence Alma-Tadema.  Speaking of sentimental, how about this collection of heartwarming poems?  Despite the name, the author is a female woman lady.  Her readings on the “Meaning of Happiness” made her a celebrity on the book-talking tour, and her poems about feminine experiences were so sweet that three of my teeth spontaneously decayed and fell out while I was browsing through them.
  • The Door Through Space, by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  Fun!  A 1961 paperback release by the famous writer of science fiction and fantasy.
  • History of the Buccaneers of America, by James Burney.  Pirates!  The author was a captain in the Royal Navy.
  • Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser.  The great American urban novel.  Carrie makes her way to the top using the tools available to a woman.  Widely condemned for its shameless immorality when it was published.
  • Flappers and Philosophers, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I was just reading Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise over breakfast this morning.  His precious and cynical style is wonderful.  This is a collection of short fiction.
  • Life in the Confederate Army, by Arthur Peronneau Ford and Marion Johnstone Ford.  The authors’ memoirs of their experiences in the Civil War.
  • How to Care for the Insane: A Manual for Nurses, by William D. Granger.  This one goes out for the medical history enthusiasts.  Everything you need to know to be a good employee of an asylum in 1886, including the structures of the brain, the causes and types of insanity, and specific instructions on the duties you will likely to need to perform.
  • King Solomon’s Mines, by H. Rider Haggard.  Indiana Jones wishes he were in this book.  But he can’t be, because he isn’t awesome enough.
  • The Last Man, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.  Of course you’ve read Frankenstein.  But have you read this postapocalyptic tale of the plague that will destroy humanity in the 21st century, and the survivors?  If it makes it more tempting, early reviewers called it the sickening product of a diseased imagination.
  • Elements of Style, by William Strunk.  You already have a copy of the paperback edition on your bookshelf.  But wouldn’t it be handy to have one on your phone as well, in case you have an emergency argument over apostrophe usage?  This happens more often than people realize.
  • Punch, or the London Charivari, October 29, 1887.  Punch was the magazine for humor, satire, and general snark.  You’ve read mentions of it in other people’s books, but have you actually read an issue of the magazine?  Some of the jokes are too steeped in popular culture to remain comprehensible, but much of it is still awfully entertaining.
  • The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells.  I don’t feel it is necessary to describe this book.  The title and the author tell you all you need to know.

Written by Contented Reader

August 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Posted in Project Gutenberg


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