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  • The Water Ghost and Others, by John Kendrick Bangs.  A collection of humorous short stories by a popular 19th century writer, editor, and speaker.
  • Mary Louise, by L. Frank Baum.  The author is best-known for the Wizard of Oz books- this is the first in a series of books about a girl detective, originally published under a female pseudonym.  The first four books in the series are by Baum, but other authors continued the series after that.
  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys. Daily life in Elizabethan England, including some of the most important events of the time, and theatre reviews of Shakespeare.  This is, notoriously, very very long.  After all, it’s nine years of a daily diary.  But there’s no rule that says you have to read the whole thing.
  • Nerves and Common Sense, by Annie Payson Call.  This is a collection of articles originally published in The Ladies’ Home Journal in the nineteenth century, about how to maintain good mental health.  This is Call’s best known book, but if you like it, Project Gutenberg added four books by Call this week.
  • The Private Life of the Romans, by Harold Whetstone Johnson.  Just what it says on the label.
  • The Trial, by Franz Kafka.  A man is put on trial by a shadowy court, which won’t tell him the crime.  We all know how that feels, right?
  • The Watcher, and Other Weird Stories, by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.  If you like Lovecraft and Poe, give Le Fanu a try.
  • How I Found Livingstone, by Henry M. Stanley.
  • Eminent Victorians, by Lytton Strachey.

Written by Contented Reader

August 22, 2012 at 6:45 am

Posted in Project Gutenberg


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